How to Play 3 Tricky Halloween Songs on Your Ukulele

Are you ready to learn some tricky tunes this Halloween season? Believe it or not, Halloween music is rather difficult to play! Learning new chords is always easier on songs you know best. Warm up with a childhood favorite like Scooby Doo, or take some musical risks with This is Halloween. When you feel ready to take on Thriller, we will be right here cheering you on (from a distance). 

Scooby Doo theme song

This throw back tune is bound to bring you and your friends back in time! 

scooby doo ukulele


where are you?
      D                G
We've got some work to do now
where are you?
   D                   G
We need some help from you now

You know we got a mystery to solve
so, Scooby Doo, be ready for your act!
F          G
Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo, if you come through
you'll have yourself a Scooby snack.

This is Halloween from the Nightmare Before Christmas 

Imagine all the voices from Tim Burton's classic as you strum through this favorite. Is your voice more like Jack's, or Sally's? The original version of This is Halloween changes key each verse, but don't worry, we opted to share a simplified version here. Thank goodness for one-finger chords like Am and C major. 

Boys and girls of every age
F Wouldn't you like to see something strange? C Come with us and you will see F This our town of Halloween Am F This is Halloween, this is Halloween C G Pumpkins scream in the dead of night Am F This is Halloween, everybody make a scene C G Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright

Thriller by Michael Jackson 

thriller ukulele tab

Something evil's lurking in the dark... and they call them the Dm and G7 chords! While commonly played, there is nothing easy about these 3-finger chord shapes. Strumming along to Michael Jackson's timeless Halloween classic is a great way to practice! 


              Dm                                                G7
It's close to midnight, and something evil's, lurking in the dark.
Under the moonlight, you see a sight, that almost stops your heart.
           G7                                            Dm
You try to scream, but terror takes the sound, before you make it.
             G7                                           Dm
You start to freeze, as horror looks you right between the eyes;
You're para-lyzed.
[Chorus 1]
              Dm   F    F     G      Dm
'Cos this is; Thril-ler, Thril-ler Night;
    G7                              Gm7
And no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike.
               Dm   F    F     G    Dm
You know it's; Thril-ler, Thril-ler Night;
       G7                                       G7         (Dm)
You're fighting for your life, inside a killer, Thriller, to-night.

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