We've rounded up a collection of decent public domain scream sounds and put them in
a handy ZIP file for you to download. Listen to the preview and if you want the file,
right-click the download link and choose 'Save Target As..' Please download it to your
computer - do not direct link to us!
Although this website is dedicated to our number 1 Halloween album pictured above, we've
decided to offer you some free horror sound effects to get you started. We've gathered
together some of the best public domain horror sound effects but please note, you can
only use these for home entertainment purposes - so please don't try to sell them or use
them in a commercial project because you may get in trouble. Be sure to check our top tips
below and look out for more free sound effects on this page throughout 2012...
Free Halloween Sounds!
Free Scream Sound Effects:
Play it safe and take a look at our royalty-free horror sound effects on sale here.
They're pretty cheap and available for commercial use. For the non-professional, we
also make a best selling Horror sound effects album called Halloween Chopped Up
which you will find on the home page and at most online stores including iTunes.
Editing Tips & Tricks
Nowadays, we all have access to audio editing software - whether it's inside your
usual media player like Nero, Roxio or a great piece of free-ware such as Audacity.
You can make your own unique horror soundtrack in no time by followng these
- Open your audio editing software and import a spooky drone sound. This can
be a WAV file, AIFF or mp3 file. Most editors support various formats.
- Now import another sound like a scream. You may need to create a new track
for this but editors like Audacity will automatically create one for you.
- When you hit play, you will notice that you can hear both tracks at the same
- Select your scream sound and use an 'effect' to spice it up. This could be
reverb (echo) which would place it in a large hall. Or anything you fancy
- If you want to chop your sounds up, select the scissor tool and chop away. But
you must create a quick fade at the start and end of each section, otherwise
you'll get a nasty click sound. Fades are very important when editing sound.
- Move your sounds around randomly, import more and make a horror mash-up!
- When you're happy with your arrangement, check the over all level isn't clipping
(hitting red) otherwise you may need to turn some of the individual sound
- If you finished, hit 'Quick Mix' in Audacity or save / export your project in the
format you desire. This could be a high quality WAV which would be ideal for
burning a CD, or a smaller mp3 which is good for internet use.
- You're done! The more you do it the better you get. Next time why not try all
the effects, try reversing sounds, pitch shifting them to monster level and
maybe even using your computer's microphone to manipulate your own voice.
Of course, this is just the basics but it should get you started. If you really can't be
fussed then please consider purchasing our Halloween Horror album. At $9.95 it's a
lot of fright for your money and we believe it's the best sounding Halloween album
available. It's on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and most other online stores or you can buy it
direct from us here....