Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25th - Every Day, Every Year...Free MP3 Download

Greetings boils and ghouls,

With Halloween approaching I feel the need to offer up more treats for those of you who read this blog. Here is another FREE download of one of my tracks. The FREE MP3 download today is "Every Day, Every Year" (click here to download), taken from the Nobody Records Pumpkinland Halloween Sampler (also found on mopehead's "Big Top Blues" CD here). Enjoy the FREE track and please drop me a comment. Remember, all of my CDs are available for purchase at and can be downloaded here, here, here and here.
Be sure and support Halloween Radio by purchasing CDs from us!

Happy Haunting,

Click here if you can't figure out where you're supposed to click to download the song.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24th - Some decorations finally up!

Greetings fiends and ghouls,

Well, I finally got some decorations up in my yard the other night.  I plan to try and build it out bit by bit and get more things set up between now and Halloween.

Anyone that knows my living situation knows that I live in what I've called "the worst Halloween house ever".  I live at the end of a court, up a steep hill and then up 19 steps (to the front door).  The front yard is like Jurassic Park and totally overgrown with plants and shrubs and although it makes for a very nice and quiet home it is nearly impossible to decorate in a way that anyone will see.  The house can barely be seen from the street and since most of my neighbors don't decorate for Halloween we get very few trick-or-treaters. I'm lucky to get 3 or 4.
The decoration of my house is for my kids and myself to enjoy.  After I put these few things out the kids were super excited.

My kids are what drive me to get things out. This weekend I'll pull more things out and get more set up in the front in hopes it brings some visitors.

I'm sure my neighbors think I'm weird since I set up all sorts of things, fog machines cranking out fog, strobelights flickering, Pumpkinland HauntScapes blaring and there's no one to enjoy, no one to listen to or see what I'm doing.

My kids appreciate it.  That's enough for now.
Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23rd - Monsters-Creatures

Good evening boils and ghouls,

I thought I'd post "Monsters-Creatures" from the "Outlaws" (here) album tonight. This is probably my favorite track off the album.

This song was written while I was living in Oakland about a weekend when I was responsible for taking care of someone else's dogs. They spent the entire weekend howling, growling and making life pretty miserable.

This song was recorded on my old 4-track.  Some day I'd like to break it out again and record on it.  There was something very simple about using it.

Anyhow, have a listen...leave some feedback...I'd dig it...

Have a creepy evening,

Mark Harvey

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22nd - "Helping Haunters" - FREE MP3 download

Greetings ghouls and fiends,

Back in 2002 I participated in producing a charity CD (with a number of other artists).  It was called "Haunters Helping Haunters" and I had three songs on the disc.

"Helping Haunters" was recorded specifically for this disc.

Please have a listen and ENJOY...

Tonight I'm making this tune available for FREE!

Download "Helping Haunters" now - here.

I hope you enjoy some of the FREE Halloween treats I'm posting.  Remember to support independent artists (like me) by downloading or purchasing music - you can find my music for download here, here, here and here.

Mark Harvey

Click here if you can't figure out where to download the track

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21st - Richard McGhee - WITCHCRAFT (Free MP3)

Around this time of year I get really lonely for Richard McGhee. Here is a FREE MP3 download of Witchcraft (click here) by Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* recorded at the Rain Station's Halloween Bash that we had many years ago. This tune features Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* (click here to check him out LIVE). The track taken from a live recording (off the board) at a Halloween party at the Rain Station. We hired Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* to be the entertainment at our party and I got a first class recording of his show.

Such a perfect time of year to celebrate Richard's life (see what I wrote about him in a previous post by clicking here). Such a perfect song for the Halloween season. His spirit lives on in my memory and his determination to be THE *Star Vocalist* that he was inspires me everyday to live my life to the fullest.
Your comments are appreciated.


Mark Harvey

Click here if you can't figure out where you're supposed to click to download the song.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20th - Halloween Compliation CD

Greetings boils and ghouls,

Each year I create a new Halloween compilation CD to send out to my friends and fiends and this year is no different.

Here's this year's track listing:

1) A Time That Never Was - Lonesome Wyatt And The Holy Spooks
2) Vampires - The Astronauts
3) Twilight Sky - Rain Station
4) Howlin' For You - The Black Keys
5) Frankenstein - Lenny Kravitz
6) Keepin' Halloween Alive - Alice Cooper
7) Came Back Haunted - Nine Inch Nails
8) Leading To Death - Poli├ža
9) Headless Horseman Keeps Gettin' Better - G4GORILLA
10) I Thinks She Knows That I Put A Spell On Her - DJ Earlybird
11) Thriller (Sabo Moombahton Remix) - dj3100
12) Ghosts - UNKLE
13) Dead Souls - Joy Division
14) Spooky Madness - Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
15) Graveyard Swagger - Sick Figures
16) Spooky (Mk's Home Alone Edit) - M.k.
17) Season of the Witch - Dr. John And The Blues Brothers
18) Rattlin' Bones - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
19) Harvest Home - Mark Lanegan Band
20) Forever Halloween - The Maine
21) Ghost Story - Coldplay

Well...there it is.

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19th - The History of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of the summer, the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.

As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there. It was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.

In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything "frightening" or "grotesque" out of Halloween celebrations. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend $2.5 billion annually on Halloween, making it the Country's second largest commercial holiday.

Information courtesy of the History Channel.

Thanks for reading...

Mark Harvey

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