Spooky season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to hunker down and make boo-eats and “trick or tracks.”
To make your Halloween-themed soundtrack you’ll need an ample selection of scary sounds, cursed samples, blood-curdling screams and horrifying SFX.
That’s why we’ve pieced together a list of the best scary sound packs and horror samples.
What—are you scared? Let’s dive in.
Looking to make horror-style hip-hop for your Halloween mixtape?
Here’s a sample pack that takes inspiration from classic 80s and 90s horror movie soundtracks infused with juicy orchestral stabs that are begging to be flipped into a hip-hop beat.
Our favorite sample from the pack: MOH_L5_GRUESOME_PIANO_80BPM_Dm
Sinister, brooding and straight-up creepy are the best words to describe this dark trap sample pack.
Inspired some of the genre’s best like 21 Savage and Denzel Curry—you’ll what you need to make your horror trap track and spook your fans.
Our favorite sample from the pack: Synth Piano Pad
Haunted chimes, bewitched risers and ice-cold pads are just a few of the spooky sounds you’ll find in Spooky Beats.
There’s even a cursed 808 kit to help you summon demons from the pits of hell with satanic drumming.
Our favorite sample from the pack: OASB_Melody_Cm_130BPM_04
Worthy of a retro-horror soundtrack, the Neon Nightmare sample pack is your go-to for 80s themed synth drones, leads and chords.
Get samples that sound like they came from the opening credits of an old school slasher flick.
Our favorite sample from the pack: AANN_Bass_Neon_Dark_keyBmin_85bpm
If the sound pack’s namesake doesn’t give it away, this sample pack is based on the critically lauded soundtrack of a certain Netflix series involving a Demogorgon and the number eleven.
Fun fact: the ARP 2600 was the legendary synth that was used to make the series’ soundtrack.
Our favorite sample from the pack: ESR_SRS_Arp_Loops_4_Fmin_85bpm
Demonic cackles, howling werewolves, screaming demons. That’s what you’ll find in Dark & Scary Vocals.
Perfect for adding some SFX pads to your Halloween night DJ set.
Our favorite sample from the pack: Vocal_35_125bpm
Every Halloween DJ mix needs a mix of scary vocal cameos from a demonic sounding voice.
This sample pack delivers with scary sounding phrases and effects to remind your audience that it’s Halloween and it’s time to party.
Our favorite sample from the pack: 125BPM_DVL_DONT_CARE
This cursed vault of spooky samples is open for the taking. This is your go-to for, trap and drill samples that stay true to the horror trap sub-genre.
Find creeping leadlines, unsettling chord progressions and jarring trap drum loops.
Our favorite sample from the pack: AAID_Trap_Melodic Loop_160_Emin_sacred
Who doesn’t love when everything starts falling apart in a scary movie.
Personally, I find that moment when the monsters and beasts are unleashed and all hell breaks loose strangely comforting.
One thing is for sure, a scary climax won’t have any impact without some good monster sounds like the ones you’ll find in this sample pack.
Our favorite sample from the pack: ESM_One_Shot_Vocal_Sphinx_Monster_Attack_1_Saber_T
10. Spooky House
Inspired by the dark industrial sounds of techno and house, this pack comes with everything you need to put a spooky atmosphere into your dance tracks.
Find pulsing scrapes, creepy vocal effects, cinematic effects that are reminiscent of something you might hear on an Ed Banger record.
Our favorite sample from the pack: Fx_3
If you’re still looking for that perfect horror sound here’s a great scary sound pack that’s full of sickening sounds, tense drones, creep sound effects and much more.
You’re bound to find what you need for your spooky track or scary film.
Our favorite sample from the pack: Drone_01_Em_125bpm
I find horror video games to be scarier and more intense than most horror movies.
Probably because you’re in the moment a bit more and it’s on you to save your character and fight off whatever’s attacking you.
In any case, no horror game would be scary without some great sound effects. So for your indie horror game grip these samples and make sure scream sounds are extra blood-curdling.
Our favorite sample from the pack: ESM_Horror_Game_Ambience_Loop_Exorsism
They say Freddy comes for you in your nightmares, so for this 13th haunted sample pack, we’re giving you extra power to haunt your listener’s dreams with Digital Nightmares.
These sound effects are perfect for adding extra spook to your tracks, Halloween night DJ set or to play around your house to creep out trick-or-treaters.
Our favorite sample from the pack: SL_Moans_and_Groans_140_14
Alex Lavoie works as a staff writer at LANDR by day and moonlights as a drummer for folk-rock outfit The Painters.
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