Was there ever a greater record than CHILLING THRILLING SOUNDS OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE? If you are like The Beat, every Halloween was an excuse to listen to this record over and over again, and use its liner sleeve with “Party Hints” as either an evocation of the ideal Halloween party, or the blueprint for the same. If you google around you can probably find an MP3 online. Or you can read more about this record — based on concepts for Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride–at HauntedMansion.com, or here.
The narration for this album was by actress Laura Olsher. “You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but YOU don’t believe in such myths.” As a kid, our favorite part was the terrified scream that was used as the punchline for nearly every disastrous adventure on the record.
The whole record is an example of Disney Imagineering at its finest, and until our last breath, it will always sound like Halloween to us.