11 Best Halloween Songs
Planning a Halloween blast? Looking for creepy Halloween songs but don’t know what to pick? I would be lying if I said I knew all the best Halloween songs. It took a lot of time, even years, to compile a full list of delightfully creepy songs so now I want to help you throw the best party ever! Party without music isn’t a fun party, you know that. The right music sets the right mood and tone. After all, there’s nothing scary like playing Halloween songs. Here’s the list of my favorite songs for you to choose from.
1. Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party”
Featured in the Malcolm in the Middle episode “Halloween,” Chuck during John Casey’s fake funeral and the promo for the season 5 of Bones, the song “Dead Man’s Party” is a must-play at every Halloween bash. Even though this song is a bit old, it’s still as creepy as it was in 1986.
2. Donovan, “Season of the Witch”
An early example of psychedelic rock, the song “Season of the Witch” will definitely set a spooky mood. The song’s been covered by lots of singers, but Donovan’s version is the best one – probably because it’s original. If you really want to throw a creepy Halloween party, make sure you include the song “Season of the Witch” in your playlist.
3. The Arcs, “Pistol Made of Bones”
Released in 2015, the song “Pistol Made of Bones” is perfect for modern Halloween parties. Once you check out its lyrics and hear the music, the song “Pistol Made of Bones” will become your favorite Halloween song for many years to come.
4. The Fifth Estate, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”
This old song of late 60s may seem to be too ‘kind’ for a creepy Halloween party, but pay more attention to its lyrics and you will change your mind instantly. It was recorded and released worldwide in 5 languages, namely English, Japanese, French, Italian, and German. Plus, this song is ideal for guests who are not Halloween fans.
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5. Grimes, “Flesh Without Blood”
“You hate, you bite, you lose.” The four-minute track “Flesh Without Blood” will make everyone itch. Although this song about getting over an ex, you will certainly feel that dark, electronic minimalism. If you are planning to throw a Halloween party for girls only, the song “Flesh Without Blood” will boost your girls’ moods.
6. Nina Simone, “I Put a Spell on You”
Performed originally by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the song “I Put a Spell on You” is a great addition to any Halloween bash. While the original version of the song gave it an ironic theme, Nina Simone transformed “I Put a Spell on You” into a thrilling and scary love song, complete with strings and horns.
7. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, “A Nightmare on My Street”
Want to hear a little story about Freddy Krueger? The song “A Nightmare on My Street” will tell you a spooky story that won’t leave anyone laughing. The song’s content is awesome – Will Smith did his job well. Released in early 1988, the song “A Nightmare on My Street” became a hit in the US and reached #15 on the Hot 100.
8. Dusty Springfield, “Spooky”
The song “Spooky” was a crossover hit for Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Dusty Springfield’s version is thrilling and exciting too. Dusty’s song was featured in the Guy Ritchie movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Regardless of what type of Halloween party you are organizing, this song will be perfect for it.
9. The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein”
Impress you creepy guests with rocking electroshock therapy on the eve of All Saints’ Day. The song “Frankenstein” is a timeless Halloween song played on October 31 every year, perhaps since 1973 when it was released. Amazing choice!
10. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
Michael Jackson, of course. No Halloween playlist is complete without his song “Thriller.” Yes, it’s not spooky and, you know, it’s not even a super scary ghost or zombie story. But Michael Jackson’s talent can’t be forgotten. I bet, each of your guests will be happy to hear Michael Jackson’s Thriller in the middle of the night.
11. Dead Kennedys, “Halloween”
The seventh and final single by the Dead Kennedys, “Halloween” has inspired many people to fall in love with this scary holiday. The song has a fantastic ability to boost Halloween spirit even at the most boring party in the world. Plus, it says that Halloween isn’t a one-day celebration. You can live each day as if it’s Halloween.
There are plenty of wonderful Halloween songs that you can include in your party playlist, but these 11 songs are musts for inclusion. Spooky music doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with scary words. It has to boost your Halloween spirit and nothing more. Do you already have your own Halloween playlist? Feel free to share your most favorite songs with us.