I grew up on a farm in rural Maryland where Halloween barn parties are an annual event. I have always loved Halloween because it is the one night of the year when fantasy and fear cross paths and you can face them in a safe environment. Add a vampire, vampire slayer, Jason Voorhees, and a camp counselor, and you have a very interesting evening.
I wrote “Party Like It’s Halloween” to be a simple song, with a cool bass line, haunting synths/piano, and as a twist, a Darbuka hand drum. The lyrics are tongue-in-cheek yet fear based with, like every scary teen movie, the main characters walking into dangerous situations. But by the end, a dance hall with a disco ball convinces the listener that “On Halloween, this is where you belong.”
“Party Like It’s Halloween” was filmed on an iPhone 8+ with a 3 person crew (including myself) and it was created/edited within one week. The “outside the box” concepts used to write the song are brought to life in this video. Using materials available on the farm, the scenery is as real as it gets, like in the opening scene I jump over a downed tree from a recent storm and we used car headlights to light up the camp counselor in the backyard. Final touches were added during editing to create the old TV styled effects by adding a little cheesy VFX. As a bonus, I’m pleased to say I’m now the proud owner of a disco ball.
I hope you enjoy “Party Like It’s Halloween” as much as we did making it. Cheers!
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