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Halloween Hinjinks: The Walking Dead and Music Playlist

Halloween weekend was chock full of hijinks – and the topper of the weekend was The Walking Dead television premier at the Baghdad Theatre in Portland, Oregon. 600+ Zombie fans crammed into the ornate location for a costume contest, raffle and unveiling of the episode. This is the first time I’ve watched television with hundreds of people, so it was actually quite thrilling to listen to the roar of chatter during the commercials. We were warned about talking during the episode, so when the show started – the theater became quiet enough that you could hear the rustling of people in the first few bottom rows from the upper levels of the balcony.

The costumes were pretty fantastic. We missed getting pictures of Chairface (The Tick) but there were dozens of other people who really dressed for the occasion.

Check out the pictures we snapped here, as well as some from our Halloween party:

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Another highlight of the weekend was getting to air out the massive playlist of Halloween-y songs I’d been preparing all throughout October. It ended up being about six hours long (three hours of ambient, three hours of dance).

The Top 20 Tracks from each are listed here.


AMBIENT HALLOWEEN TUNES

1. M1A1 – Gorillaz

The opening vocals are actually ripped from Romero’s Day of the Dead

2. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Metallica

– This song is featured in the best Zombie film intro sequence EVER

3. Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

– The lead singer “baas” like a sheep towards the end of the song.

4. Zombie – The  Cranberries

5. Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac

6. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. Psycho Killer – The Talking Heads

8. Little Ghost – The White Stripes

9. Bad Things – Jace Everett

10. Full Moon – The Black Ghosts

11. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

12. Evil (Is Going On) – Howlin’ Wolf

13. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash

– Another fantastic Zombie film intro sequence.

14. Panic – The Puppini Sisters

15. Bad Blood – Beck

16. Chop and Change – The Black Keys

17. The Beginning is the End is the Beginning – The Smashing Pumpkins

18. Ghost Town – The Specials

19. The Killing Moon – Echo and The Bunnymen

20. Eyes on Fire – Blue Foundation

HALLOWEEN DANCE TRACKS

1. Skeletons – Lifesavas

2. Creator – Santogold

3. Here I Come – The Roots

4. Black Math – The White Stripes

5. Heads Will Roll – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

6. Closet Freak – Cee-Lo

7. 5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO – The Coup

8. Outta Your Mind – Lil Jon & LMFAO

9. ATLiens – Outkast

10. Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot

11. Thriller – Michael Jackson

12. Magic Man – Heart

13. Chop Me Up – Justin Timberlake

14. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leion

15. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

16. Maneater – Nelly Furtado

17. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

– Owes it’s place in this listing to an amazing dance scene from Shaun of the Dead.

18. Hangin’ Tree – Queens of the Stone Age

19. Bird Flu – M.I.A.

20. Machete – Moby

These songs also make great purely instrumental ambient tracks.

1. Earthbound – Mylab

2. Dawn of the Dead Theme – The Goblins

3. Theme Song – 28 Days Later

I’m officially done with Halloween 2010. Hope you all had a great weekend. Now to start planning next year! 🙂

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

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