Halloween might remind you of trick-or-treating excitement, spooky stories, and dimly lit haunted houses. Why not turn that spookiness up a notch with a playlist of the best Halloween songs? Set these songs on repeat as October 31st approaches.
“Monster Mash” by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without this iconic hit! Yet, it’s hard to believe that it was banned by the BBC when it was first released! With a catchy melody and throwback to the Mashed Potato dance, the “Monster Mash” is a must-play tune this spooky season.
“Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley
With its minor notes pinging away, the “Boogie Monster” is a modern take on the traditional Halloween song. And, to top it all off, Barkley’s tone suggests he might be the monster or the prey!
“Halloween Theme” by John Carpenter
Carpenter’s “Halloween” movie starring Michael Myers was a horror hit. Of course, its terrifying theme song stole the spotlight thanks to its simple yet menacing piano melody.
“I Put a Spell on You” From Hocus Pocus
The beloved “Hocus Pocus” movie is full of infectious songs. In fact, the catchiest one was made famous by Bette Midler’s character, Winifred. As a result, “I Put a Spell on You” is a cult hit among movie and Halloween fans.
“Disturbia” by Rihanna
This R&B song was released in 2008 with a dark beat and irresistible vocals. So, without a doubt, Rihanna’s lyrical choices, matched with the pulsating beat, create the perfect Halloween tune. From the moment the “Bum-bum-be-dum” hits, you’ll know it’s a creepy yet catchy song to listen to!
“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
Watching spooky movies is a tradition for many during Halloween, and one of the top choices is “Ghostbusters.” In fact, the theme song’s lyrics – “Who’re you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” – is one of the most iconic lines in Hollywood to this day.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
If you remember the 1980s, the “Thriller” music video was a short film filled with zombies and creepy themes. As a result, the song continues to thrill Halloween fans with its pulsating beat and scary undertones.
“This Is Halloween” From the Nightmare Before Christmas
Danny Elfman composed this theme from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” movie. Consequently, the melody and lyrics became instant hits as fans sang along to this blended holiday film. Yelling out, “This is Halloween,” at the top of your lungs is just part of the autumn fun.
“Costume Party” by the Pop UPS
If you don’t want to scare your kids, try “Costume Party” by the hit children’s music duo called The Pop Ups. Emphatically, the upbeat song describes everyday clothing while alluding to fun costumes to show off your personality. Indeed, it’s truly a song to get the little ones excited about Halloween.
“Zombie” by the Cranberries
Fans of the 1990s rock and grunge scene are all too familiar with “Zombie” by The Cranberries. Although it was drafted initially as a protest song, the lyrics can be reimagined for Halloween purposes. For instance, lead singer Dolores O’Riordan belts out the lyric “zombie” several times to make an impact on listeners.
“A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
If you remember the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie series, this Halloween song superbly samples the theme song. It has an infectious rhythm and comedic twist, perfect for a fun and exciting Halloween celebration.
“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
With an unforgettable piano riff and funky lyrics, the “Werewolves of London” can definitely set the right spooky yet funky ambiance for your Halloween party.
“Season of the Witch” by Donovan
For a more laid-back listening, play this folk song from the 1960s. But don’t be mistaken; “Season of the Witch” has a relaxing yet dark tone to its music and lyrics. Furthermore, it’s perfectly suited for those hazy afternoons when you’re carving pumpkins before dark.
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
This 1970s rock hit flirts with the idea of an early death. Because of its reaper reference, you can recognize this song in many horror movies and TV shows.
“Monster” by Kanye West Ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver
Released in 2010, “Monster” is a rap frenzy from Kanye West. Unquestionably, he dominates the lyrics with explicit depictions of monsters on several metaphorical levels. For die-hard Halloween fans, this song offers an urban taste of scary monsters.
“The Addams Family Theme” by Vic Mizzy
TV show themes aren’t often top Halloween songs, but this 1960s black comedy is a hidden treasure. With quirky lyrics and a catchy tune matched with snapping fingers, “The Addams Family Theme” puts a smile on everyone’s face each October.
“Time Warp” From Rocky Horror Picture Show
Who doesn’t like to sing along to a classic movie song? With hand movements and hip-shaking action, “Time Warp” is a necessity at any Halloween party. Let’s do the “Time Warp” again!
“I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow
This song breaks down Halloween into a simple phrase. Yes, everyone wants candy! Bow Wow Wow’s 1980s pop hit was originally about an attractive guy, but its use as a Halloween song is a perfect fit for fans.
“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
Although this 1970s tune isn’t as creepy compared to other Halloween songs on our list, the unique clavinet riff from “Superstition” gets you and your guests moving.
“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” by David Bowie
With this song’s catchy guitar riff, new wave effects, and Bowie’s iconic vocals, we can’t blame you if you rock out to this Halloween tune!
Other Halloween Songs
- The Monster by Eminem feat. Rihanna
- Witchy Woman by Eagles
- Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
- Stranger Things Theme Song by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
- Spooky Scary Skeletons by Andrew Gold
- Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees
- Highway to Hell by AC/DC
- Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
- Black Magic Woman by Santana
- Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac
- Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell
- Bones by Imagine Dragons
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
- Skeleton Sam by LVCRFT
- Vampire by Olivia Rodrigo
- Oogie Boogie’s Song by Ken Page
- Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga
- Unholy by Sam Smith
- Maneater by Nelly Furtado
- Haunted Heart by Christina Aguilera
- Dark Horse by Katy Perry
- Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys
- Graveyard by Halsey
- Season of the Witch by Donovan
- Bury A Friend by Billie Eilish
- Spooky by Classic IV
- Freaking Me Out by Ava Max
- Monster by Lady Gaga
- Witchy Woman by Eagles
- Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
- Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band
- Evil Ways by Santana