By: Ariel Finkle
I know what you’re thinking: who cares about Halloween music? It’s gotten a reputation for being cheesy, lame, and just plain weird. But what if I told you that’s what makes it so great? Halloween is the one day a year when we can walk around in fake blood-stained shirts, eat candy shaped like eyeballs, and not get sent to therapy for it. Halloween is all about letting loose and having fun, no matter how strange it might look to others. So why shouldn’t we embrace this music like we embrace costumes and candy? On that note, I’m listing off some songs that’ll help you get into the Halloween spirit (ba dum pshhh).
- This is Halloween — The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
I feel like I’d be fed to the wolves if I didn’t put this song on the list. And I understand why: this roll call of Halloween Town’s citizens can put anyone in the end-of-October mood, even if they’re watching this movie on Christmas Eve.
- Spooky Scary Skeletons — Andrew Gold
This song’s been pretty popular on the internet for the past few Octobers, and for good reason. It’s catchy, fun, and perfect for anyone who loves shrieking skulls. And yes, it does include a xylophone/bone solo.
- Spooky Scary Skeletons — The Living Tombstone remix
For added spookiness, listen to the dance remix of the song by the fittingly-named artist The Living Tombstone!
- Remains of the Day — Corpse Bride
This is one of the more famous songs from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, a movie that’s just as good, if not better than Nightmare Before Christmas (Yeah, I said it!). One reason is because of the film’s soundtrack, including this song about how the title character went from a lively bride to a lonely zombie.
- You’re Dead — Norma Tanega (used in the movie What We Do In The Shadows)
Even though this song isn’t very famous (the only reason I know it is from this movie’s opening credits), this goofy vampire movie breathes new life into it.
- Spooky — Atlanta Rhythm Section
This technically isn’t a Halloween song, but it does tell how one man’s girlfriend gives him the creeps.
- Devil Woman — Cliff Richard
This is one man’s cautionary tale about the time he met a mysterious (devil) woman and her equally evil cat. The moral? If you’re ever on a date with a woman who has the same eyes as her cat, don’t take her home to your parents.
- Abracadabra — The Steve Miller Band
This song is about a man (presumably a magician), and the magic he shares in his relationship with his girlfriend. It’s also really really catchy.
- Ghostbusters Theme — Ray Parker Jr.
Everyone already knows and loves this one, right? And on that note, enjoy this playlist of horrifying Halloween hits!