With Martha Stewart Living: Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween, the lifestyle guru uses her legendary good taste and attention to detail to create a sound effects collection designed to scare the costumes off trick or treaters and Halloween partygoers. And while Stewart isn't usually a name you'd associate with the scariest of holidays, this album of telltale heartbeats, mad cackling, growling dogs, rattling chains, chiming clocks, and eerie atmospheres is surprisingly good at creating just the right creepy mood. The only drawback is that it's one long track of sound effects -- you can't really cue up a specific spooky sound quickly. Perhaps a second volume of Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween could provide more varied sounds in a more accessible format. This disc is all about ambience, however, which it definitely provides. Another nice -- and quintessentially Martha Stewart -- touch is the CD booklet, which includes helpful decoration tips and a recipe for caramel apples. Though sound effects geeks won't find anything new on Martha Stewart: Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween, it's a well-crafted album that delivers an effective atmosphere for the big night.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares