Halloween Songs for Piano

Halloween songs for piano players who are past the beginning stages... solos and duets!  

Don't consider these just HALLOWEEN songs - they are mysterious-sounding pieces that bear a child away in their imagination, to another time and place.

A dark forest - the imagination stirs!

Stories I Don't Believe

In "Stories I Don't Believe," the words are ominous... "Something's in the forest, just behind the trees..."  But we don't know what it is!  

There are two versions of the lyrics: one ends with the mention of stories about a monster, stories about a sasquatch, stories about a dragon... these are "stories I don't believe!"  This version of the lyrics is satisfying for younger children, with enough mystery to pull them into the song.

Stories I Don't Believe! a Halloween song
Halloween song for intermediate piano

The arrangement above ALSO comes with no lyrics at all - just plain piano music.

Here is the simplified version of the song, a lead sheet really, which shows the alternate lyrics in part 2, more suitable for older children who are not moved by monsters, sasquatches, and dragons!  

Instead, the unknown and indescribable fears are more likely to bring a feeling of being "deliciously scared," as Anne Shirley in "Anne of Green Gables" says.  

"Legends inside the darkness... whispers within the shadows... tales of secret terror..."

Easy Halloween piano music

The download comes with a teacher's guide to the lead sheet, with my suggestions for interpreting the chords (I do more than just play root position chords in this song with my students).  

Yes, this set of songs (36 pages for 4 songs in several versions and levels of difficulty) is FOR SALE: $8 for all 36 pages of music, including 4 pages of lead sheet guides.


Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

The next song, Double, Double, Toil & Trouble, has the same tune as the song Zombies are Everywhere (also included in this set).  

Double, Double has cleverer lyrics; William Shakespeare himself wrote them - they are the words that the three hags of Macbeth are chanting as they stir a cauldron.

Here is the full solo arrangement, which I have not placed on my site before:

Fast moving song Double Double Toil and Trouble

This is page one.  The song set also comes with the former lyrics, "Zombies."  Here is page 2, with the Zombie words:

Zombies song

These solos are part of the $8.00 set of songs:


Double, Double, Toil & Trouble also comes as a duet.  The Primo makes a fine solo for elementary students - but playing it as a duet is a BLAST!  Last year, this may have been the most requested song in my studio.

Double Double Toil and Trouble music

Here is page 2 of the Secondo, which makes it very exciting!

Double Double Toil and Trouble music

A shortened version is perfect for older first-year students:

Easy scary song

These duets and solos are part of the $8.00 set of songs:


The Lady of Shallot (The Lily Maid)

The Lily Maid, below, is going to have an appeal for young girls... for some girls, a GREAT appeal.  

It is romantic, dwelling on a time of chivalry, ladies, knights, castles and strange curses.  

The melody is simple and slow, the chords hollow-sounding and atmospheric.  

The Lady of Shalott song for piano
The Lady of Shalott - The Lily Maid
The Lily Maid song for piano

Yes, that graphic group of words at the bottom of page 2 is the figure of a boat - the boat that bears "the Lily Maid" away.  Or the boat that Anne (of Green Gables) sank in, when play-acting the Lady of Shallot poem!

And oops!  I put "King Alfred" instead of "King Arthur" on page 2.  But I have fixed the PDF, though the graphic doesn't show it.

Here is a denser right hand for page 2, very pretty:

Piano music Lady of Shallot

And a trickier arrangement of the Lily Maid, showing just page 1:

The Lily Maid song for piano

Page 2 (not shown) has running left hand chords, and right hand chord inversions in the melody.

Buy the Lily Maid, Double, Double, Toil & Trouble, and  Stories I Don't Believe multiple-arrangements set, $8.00 for 36 pages, with permission to download the songs for your students in perpetuity:


And here is the LEAD SHEET of The Lily maid, which can be played as is, or, using the teacher's guide, with chord alterations:

The Lily Maid song for piano, easy
The Lily Maid song for piano, easy

I have had good luck getting kids to understand the value of chord inversions, using this melody.

Buy The Lily Maid and the other songs in this set, $8.00 for 31 pages, with permission to download the songs for your students in perpetuity:


Why is mysterious music so compelling?

My students have been enjoying these songs.  I don't know why mysterious-sounding songs have a pull for children, but I know that they DO.  

Perhaps it is because they sound SIGNIFICANT, as if something important is being revealed.  I know your students will enjoy these songs as well.

Here is what Anne is reciting on her slow walk through the woods at the beginning of "Anne of Green Gables," 1985:

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,            
Little breezes dusk and shiver               
Through the wave that runs for ever              
By the island in the river              
Flowing down to Camelot...

There she weaves by night and day              
A magic web with colours gay.            
She has heard a whisper say,               
A curse is on her if she stay               
To look down to Camelot.               

She knows not what the curse may be,               
And so she weaveth steadily,              
And little other care hath she,              
The Lady of Shalott.     

Zombies are Everywhere...

This arrangement, identical to Double, Double, Toil & Trouble except for the lyrics, was on its own page for several years.  There is still the shortest version there, for free.  Here, there are both pages of the duet, plus the secondo to fill it out!


The Secondo, page 1


These songs in their multiple versions are FOR SALE, for $8.00 for all 36 pages, with permission to copy again and again for your students.


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More Halloween or Mysterious-sounding Music:

Beethoven's 5th Symphony theme - arresting, somewhat ominous, & recognizable by almost everyone, this great theme comes in three levels of difficulty!

De Boself - a charming arrangement of a classical piece from the Netherlands about a mischievous gnome-like creature

Funeral March by Frederic Chopin - somber and reflective, there are several levels of difficulty offered here

Halloween Song Set - a collection of 8 songs for young beginners, with "safe" lyrics (for the most part) that won't offend parents!

Halloween Songs for Late Elementary and Intermediate Piano- four original pieces with multiple settings, all with lyrics to sing or give your students the shivers!

Have You Seen the Ghost of John - a beautiful minor vocal round with unlikely lyrics about a skeleton!

Toccata in Dm theme, by J.S. Bach - this is the super-dramatic theme that we associate with an organ-playing villain! Three arrangements.

Zombies are Everywhere - this song about watching out for zombies is action-packed, with a singable melody!

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.