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, 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.


  1. I had this record. It was the greatest thing ever. I listened to it so many times I’m sure it pushed my parents to the edge of insanity.

  2. Jimmy, a bunch of my girlfriends and I spent an evening recently listening to vinyl records. We did a listening test of OK COMPUTER (with modern mastering) via iPod and via Vinyl, and there was no comparison. The vinyl had depth, detail and amplitude that was completely absent on the digital file.

    Interestingly, the one sound that didn’t come across as markedly superior on vinyl was synthesizer sounds. No big surprise there, I guess!

    It was a very revealing night, however. I’m glad I never threw out my records!

  3. Ah yes, a great record. I liked that one side was just the sound effects themselves and the other sides was the same noises, but transformed into stories by the narration. A lot of them were silly but I found the “falling out of the tree” story tense and scary – that scream!

  4. Wow the memories of this. Just seeing the album cover brought them back. Damn I love the Interent!!! I still have my record player in my stereo system. Techniques made them long lasting! I recall living in East Texas many of abandoned houses that looked like Haunted Houses. I wished I had taken more pictures of them! Thanks for this entry!

  5. The SCREAM that is used repeatedly as a capper on some of the sketches is from the 1946 movie Great Expectations.
    In it, the character of Miss Haversham (played by Martita Hunt) gets her wedding dress caught on fire. It’s her screams that we’ve all come to know and love.

  6. Just as an fyi, the rock band Phish used this as inspiration for a Halloween night set of music, playing 10 original instrumentals based on the stories on this record:

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