With Halloween approaching at a gallop, discover a few ways to heighten the fright-factor at your next Halloween party or haunted house using Move and the rest of your Sonos system.

Walking through a cobweb. The feeling you’re being watched. A chair rocking on its own. If an unseen enemy is the most fearsome, then sound is a crucial element in creating a truly terrifying atmosphere. But in a season when excess is expected (and celebrated), an old playlist of novelty songs just doesn’t cut it.

Exploit the unexpected

No matter how new your house is, it needs to sound like it’s falling apart on Halloween. Doors should creak. Hardware should rattle. Wind should gust as if every window in the house has been shattered. And your guests might anticipate these traditional Halloween sounds in the usual places, like around the TV or in the den. To create suspense, deliberately place speakers in spots where they wouldn’t be expected. Hide a Sonos One SL behind a curtain. Put a Play:5 in the attic. Tuck Move inside a hollow tree. The sound of a blood-curdling scream in the living room is scary. Now imagine that scream coming from a wardrobe.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of sounds we created to help you unnerve and petrify. (And now that you can listen to Spotify for free on Sonos, it’s available for everyone—whether or not you’re a premium subscriber to Spotify.)

Find cinematic inspiration

Infuse terror into your home by filling different rooms with a horror film soundtrack. For the bathroom, try Bernard Hermann’s “The Murder” from the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In the kitchen, play “Goldberg Variations” from Silence of the Lambs whilst offering a spread of fava bean hummus and chianti. And accompany each walk down your hallway with sounds from The Shining.

To get you started, we crafted a playlist of soundtrack highlights from the best in horror cinema.

Tell a scary story

Don’t underestimate the power of the written word to frighten. With classics like Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, your imagination does the heavy lifting. Dedicate one room for playing the stories that have been keeping people up at night for centuries.

This Spotify playlist covers everything from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” to The War of the Worlds.

Push past the “Monster Mash”

With tension building throughout the night, you’ll want to give your guests the chance to let their hair down—preferably under the light of the moon. Grab Move and head outside to end the night on a dramatic note with a playlist of our favourite goth jams from the 80s and 90s—Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, the Cure, and more.

You’re ready to go goth with this playlist.

Whether you’ve spent all month transforming your home into something out of a nightmare or just want to set the right mood for trick-or-treaters, these playlists on your Sonos system will make sure the horror sounds great.

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