Halloween Songs
for Beginner Pianists

Halloween Trick-or-Treat music

Kids LOVE scary Halloween music.

 You will be giving a big TREAT to your beginning piano students if you can find any for them.

But the TRICK is finding Halloween songs that they can read easily and learn to play quickly, and that won't take too much time from their regular lesson material.  

Here is a collection of songs for Halloween, now with ALPHANOTES as well as regular notation!

This is a group of songs my students and I have been enjoying for several years.

Music should be fun, and maybe a little bit spooky at Halloween time, and that's why I wrote these songs!  

This collection is a set of 8 songs, and now the downloads include arrangements with lettered notes as well.

free Halloween Song for beginner piano that moves easily step-by-step

The first song in the collection is Monsters Everywhere, and it is FREE.

Scroll down the page for the free download link...

"Out the window I can see monsters everywhere..."

Monsters Everywhere is very simple, yet has a feeling of building tension.

Even beginners can play this free Halloween music by watching the intervals closely.

Notes stay within one step of each other until the last phrase, when a repeated scale pattern makes the skips easy to figure out.

Below is the same song, but with "Alphanotes" - notes with letters inside the noteheads:

Monster song with letters in the notes

The new versions with Alphanotes - music notes with letters - have been very encouraging to younger students, and those whose note-reading skills are shaky.

These versions of "Monsters Everywhere" are also free to download (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the download links).

And here is a modified version of that, with some easy-read notes, and some regular notes:

Monsters Everywhere, with a few AlphaNotes

Each of the 8 songs comes in THREE versions: as a version with standard notation, with AlphaNotes, and also with "helper notes" - just a few lettered notes.

The best thing about these little Halloween songs is that they conjure up pleasantly spooky images without being too creepy for young children.

Also, it is easy for piano students to succeed quickly (making them feel smart) with this "scary Halloween music" because the simple stories pull them along toward the conclusions with many repeated step-wise patterns. 

All of the following 8 songs are available in 3 versions in the downloadable PDF file. 

  • Monsters Everywhere, 
  • Candy Night, 
  • See the Pumpkins, 
  • There's a Dark House Down the Road, 
  • Cats at Night, 
  • Did I See a Witch Last Night, 
  • Black Cat, and 
  • Ghosts & Goblins 

One version of each song is standard notation, one version is written entirely with Alphanotes, and one version is written with SOME alphanotes.  (I call these "helper" versions.)  

The noteheads are quite a bit larger with both kinds of  Alphanote songs, to make the letters easy to read.  

Ghosts and Goblins in the Sky piano music

Ghosts and Goblins sounds like scary Halloween music because of all the half-steps, just as in the Jaws theme song.

There are some big steps in the music -- from G to Middle C and D -- but D is a note even your beginners likely recognize. (If not, then they are good candidates for the Alphanotes & Helper Notes arrangements.)

This song makes a good pattern-spotting and note-reading drill even away from the piano, and with a group of keyboard players. But best of all, it has a great spooky melody!

Dress-up fairy princess - getting ready for Halloween
Candy Night, a safe little song for Halloween
See the Pumpkins, a Halloween song

Candy Night and See the Pumpkins are safe little Halloween songs aimed at children whose parents tend to frown at celebrating Halloween.

These songs just celebrate the fun of costumes and candy.

Halloween song about seeing a witch flying on Halloween night.

"Did I see a witch last night when I was coming home?" This is the question and the theme of this eerie-sounding melody.

One of my young students liked this quick-success song "Did I See a Witch" so much that he wanted to play it for a Christmas recital.

Well, I wasn't going to put that title on the Christmas program, so together we scrambled to invent a new title and words, and came up with something involving Santa and reindeer on the roof!

This Halloween song uses lots of repeated patterns and a minor feeling, building towards a surprise quarter rest and a staccato.

A haunted house!
A haunted house song for Halloween!

There's a Dark House plays with a hidden longing all of us have as children (and even as adults) -- the desire, for some reason, to be scared, but not to be really in danger.

We love to have a haunted house somewhere nearby upon which we can focus unspecified fears and suspicion! I think this song achieves this atmosphere, employing many half steps and a tritone in the melody.

Black Cat easy piano song for Halloween

Black Cat and Cats at Night are both a little bit harder than some of the other Halloween songs, because of skips, and little chords. However, one of your most timid beginners is bound to want one song or the other because they are about cats!

Cats at Night Halloween piano music, easy piano song

Cats at Night is really fun, and a great favorite at my studio. The articulation (the "creeping" legato left hand and the staccato right hand chords) make it enough of a challenge for even a Level 1-2 student.  

The words are fun, too: "Creeping 'round the house at night (meow! meow! meow!)..." etc.

In measure 3, the four beats of staccato followed by whole notes in both hands feels like a POUNCE! (Perhaps the cat has pounced upon a mouse.)

I like to approach this song as a duet the first practice session, switching LH/RH (left hand/right hand) parts with the student.

At the very end is a glissando.

SO FUN.  Your pupils will have many imaginative ways they'd LIKE to play the glissando, but in the PDF collection, I offer my two bits' worth on how to achieve the glissando spectacularly, with the least amount of effort.

And that's all the 8 songs, with their trios of iterations!  

Buy Halloween Songs, $8.00:

Buy Now

Now here are the links to the free downloadable PDFs of Monsters Everywhere:

Download links for Monsters Everywhere:

Download free Halloween music Monsters Everywhere 

Download Monsters Everywhere with lettered notes

Download "helper" version of Monsters Everywhere with some lettered noteheads

If you enjoy this easiest piece of the 8-song collection, Halloween Song Set, consider downloading the complete set!  

Buy Halloween Songs, $8.00:

Buy Now

Aside from the fact that these Halloween songs are going to be hits with your beginner piano students, why should you buy Halloween Theme Songs from me?

* The 8-song collection, 24 pages of music, is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer, for only $8.00, with the right to make all the copies you wish, for your students.

* You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to acquire the PDF for these Halloween songs. I don't know about you, but I detest clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.

* For a little extra excitement, you can pick your own special paper, and print on unusual colors of paper instead of plain white. My students are thrilled when I give them music printed on colored pages, so at Halloween time, I go for darker paper -- as long as the notes can be read.

* The notes and lyrics are nice and big, making reading easy.

* I give you permission to make multiple copies legally of each song. This is a real deal! Ordinarily, one music book, for just one student, will cost at least $5.00, and then there is tax and postage. 

*PayPal, the payment system I use, is a secure and recognized payment system. You can pay by credit or debit card, or your bank account. E-Junkie delivers the PDF document, working as a partner with PayPal...your purchase is guaranteed.  Any problems downloading?  Contact me here at Music-for-Music-Teachers, and I will email the file directly to you.

Tip for Printing:

Once you've got the PDF file for the Halloween theme songs, feed just one page at a time, unless you know you have high-quality paper which won't grab extra sheets when being pulled through the feeder.

Buy Halloween Songs, $8.00:

Buy Now

One of the nice things about these Halloween songs is the limited number of notes they use.

Because of this, they make good "note-reading worksheet" companions.

I don't ask for perfection, but I will assign 2 of these songs to students who are currently progressing through "the Orange Book" (Perfect Start for Notereading) and instruct them to label the notes with the names using the Grand Staff worksheet as their guide.

Buy Halloween Songs, $8.00:

Buy Now

Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church?  Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!

SingTheBibleStory.com clickable logo link

Recent Articles

  1. Kate Emht's Piano Music, at Music-for-Music-Teachers

    Kate Emht is a piano teacher in the United States. See what she composes and arranges for her students!

    Read More

  2. Piano Chord Patterns for Beginners

    Piano chord patterns for beginners to learn broken chords. Help them gain EASE & familiarity with this musical tool!

    Read More

  3. Canon Sheet Music for Beginner Piano Students

    Canon sheet music for your early piano student. The newest version may be THE EASIEST CANON arrangement in the world! Six different versions, & a duet secondo.

    Read More

  4. Staff Paper PDFs - Download Free Staff Paper

    Staff paper PDFs for your music lessons, FREE. Big horizontal & vertical staff pages with & without clef symbols! Download printable staff paper of all types

    Read More

  5. Classical Piano Sheet Music - a Collection of Short Introductions

    Classical piano sheet music - 1-page intros. Check out the newest addition - Hint: Now there are TWO intros to the Moonlight Sonata!!!

    Read More

  6. Sweet Betsy From Pike Guitar Chords & Tabs

    Sweet Betsy From Pike guitar chords, tabs, and lyrics will make this an EASY song for your beginner guitar player to learn! Check out the free sheet music here.

    Read More

  7. Sweet Betsy from Pike Easy Piano Sheets & Worksheet for Beginners

    Sweet Betsy from Pike is a great old-fashioned song with a story to sing! Easy piano arrangements, lead sheets, and a worksheet too!

    Read More

  8. Chopsticks Music for Piano - Easy Duets and Solos!

    Chopsticks music is easy to play by rote - incorrectly! NOW with Parts 2 & 3. Sharpen up your students' abilities with duets & solos with accurate melodies.

    Read More

  9. Free Printable Piano Music In the Hall of the Mountain King

    This EASY free printable piano music for beginners will be an excellent first exposure to the wonderfully spooky piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King!"

    Read More

  10. Choosing a Piano Teacher - HOW?

    Choosing a piano teacher may seem to be a difficult task. Follow these SIMPLE GUIDELINES for success.

    Read More

The Story of Esther - a Bible opera!

Queen Esther in the Bible

This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This",  available as a digital downloadtells the riveting story of the time when  Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a  brave young queen risked her life to save her people.

A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!

This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.

Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site.  Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.

It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

Available at Amazon

Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.

About the Author

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.