Halloween, much like Christmas, is a prime time for parties and music, albeit very different kinds. While most Halloween music is a little campy or silly, there are still a number of monstrous melodies to pipe into your costume party between bobbing for apples and giving out candy.
No need to search for any as we’ve compiled a list of some truly horrific (and horrific-sounding) Halloween songs for you. We’ve selected a nice mix of songs, ranging from scary to creepy to just for fun. Load them up in a playlist and have a groovy Halloween.
“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The quintessential Halloween song, “Monster Mash” is a must at your party for its catchy and campy lyrics. Indeed, playing this song will make your event get off to the right start.
“I’m Your Boogieman” cover by White Zombie
While KC and the Sunshine Band wrote the song, White Zombie put its own personal spin on the '80s hit, ramping up the horror in the pastel blazers.
“The Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley
The Boogie Monster proves to be a popular figure to sing about as Gnarls Barkley provides his own take on the creature that likes to hide in your closet or under your bed.
“Monster Hospital” by Metric
A little bit of a different sound here, with the Canadian indie pop band Metric. The song isn’t heavy on the ghoul factor, but the video is artfully gory.
“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
Crazy times, the '70s. Zevon gives his rock song to werewolves, a solid entry in your playlist. It’s sure to make you and your friends howl.
“Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Morgan
One of the better parodies of “Thriller”, “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” comes from the NBC sitcom "30 Rock", performed by Tracy Morgan as his character Tracy Jordan.
“I Put a Spell On You” by Screamin Jay Hawkins
Perfect for that special someone, “I Put a Spell On You” works better than mistletoe during Christmas.
“Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield (aka "The Exorcist" theme)
The super creepy theme from "The Exorcist" wasn’t actually written for the film. The song was one of the first released by Virgin Records and helped lay the foundation for the label as well as Oldfield’s career. Of course, being chosen for "The Exorcist" didn't hurt.
“This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman
As a scare down from “Tubular Bells,” we recommend this delightful little song from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
We opened with an essential Halloween song, and now we close with one, too. “Thriller” isn’t just a great song, but an excellent video. And perfect for that last big dance of the party.
Know of other tunes we should include in our list of Halloween music? Leave us a note in the comments below.