Imagine if you dare a Halloween without some awesome songs…
You know the ones, the spooky sounding, kind of silly, and the kind that you love but unfortunately rarely come on the radio even in October – seriously, we need to get on these DJs, the Halloween songs are freaking awesome.
I know, scary, right? Not to worry, though, we’ve got you 🙂
Actually, we’ve more than got you. We’re not only creating a playlist with all of our favorite Halloween songs, but we’re also adding in some of our Top-40 hits that don’t technically count as Halloween songs, but we love them too much for their creepy/kooky/mysterious/spooky (okay, yes… I did start listing the end words of the first verse from the Addams Family song… but, really, can you blame me?! It’s Halloween 🙂 ) factor to not include them!
Killer. Let’s get this party started!!! 🎃 (~ 💚V.A.)
It wouldn’t be Halloween season without the king himself, Michael Jackson with his hit, Thriller. This is obviously on the list and at the top for obvious reasons. It’s a classic that is just fun to jam out to during this time of the year. (Fun Fact: Thriller peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100).
Season Of The Witch-Donovan
It wouldn’t be a spooktacular playlist unless we included Donovan’s “Season Of The Witch”. Even if your not into celebrating Halloween, this classic is fun to rock out to during anytime of the year but playing it during the month of October just sets the mood.
Somebodies Watching Me-Rockwell
If you want a nice spooky 80s throwback vibe to your party, then this is the one for you. (This one has always been a favorite of mine! It’s so upbeat, and the 80s music video is ridiculous in a good way! Fun little aside: this song is said to have two famous singers on the chorus – Michael and Jermaine Jackson! -V).
Sweet But Psycho-Ava Max
While might not be too old and not what you’d typically think of Halloween, Ava Max with her Top 10 hit single, Sweet But Psycho is a perfect addition to your October playlist. The title speaks for itself and it has a catchy beat that will get your party going. (Fun Fact: This is NJ and KD’s favorite song that they’ve listened to on repeat. What can we say other than it’s a bop)
Maneater- Daryl Hall & John Oates
Coming up with Daryl Hall & John Oates with Maneater. This 1982 classic has an eery but fun beat that is fun to rock out to. Easily deserves to be on this list. (This is probably one of my favorites on this list – I know it’s meant in another context entirely, but I totally ignore it this time of year. It’s boppy, even for Hall & Oates, but it’s such a great song to dance to! ~V).
Scream-Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
Yet again, here we have another Michael Jackson song this time featuring Janet Jackson with Scream. The title speaks for itself and the classic 90s sound is a fun change up from the typical 80s vibes we’ve included.
The Twilight Zone-The Ventures
Of course we had to include the Twilight Zone theme song in this list. (How could we not! The mystery, the suspense – not going to lie, it’s kind of iconic for me at this point. Am I getting to mainstream? Probably… oh well! 🙂 ~V).
Ghostbusters-Ray Parker Jr.
Of course we had to include Ray Parker Jr. with his smash hit, Ghostbusters. The title speaks for itself and the theme song is just so darn catchy. (WHO YA GONNA CALL?? Whenever I hear this on the radio, I ultimately turn the volume up – and if I’m in my car, the windows are totally going down… unless it’s, like, 40 below, but… you get the picture 🙂 I dare you to try to say you don’t totally start dancing when you hear this song! ~V).
The Munsters Theme
Including classic theme songs of old classic TV shows is a must so one of the classics we featured is the Munsters theme because why not. Is it just us or did some classic theme songs have some catchy beats? This would make for great background music. (I know that I put the Addams Family Theme as one of my picks, but I completely blanked about this song until NJ put it in. I think that this one’s my faves as far as classic TV themes goes. I know it’s instrumental, for the most part, but man it’s awesome! ~V).
It’s The Great Pumpkin (Soundtrack)-
And of course we had to feature the score to The Great Pumpkin. Not just one single track but the whole entire album as a whole. This Halloween classic remains one of our all time favorites and the score reminds us of the unique and small world of the Peanuts gang. (Ah, Peanuts… I pretty much love everything Peanuts. I think this one’s probably my second favorite soundtrack – behind the Christmas one, of course, but I’m so grateful that NJ added this one in – I’m losing my mind with the fact that I keep forgetting these awesome songs! ~V).
Monster Mash-Bobby “Boris Pickett” and The Crypt-Kickers
Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a song about monsters having a party… it’s a song about MONSTERS having a PARTY!!!! Don’t get the difference? That’s alright, neither do I lol, but this has been one of my favorite songs when it comes to Halloween👻 (💙 ~V.A.)
Purple People Eater-Sheb Wooley
Okay… I have a little confession to make… I don’t just listen to this song at Halloween… I know, I know, so bad! But it’s just the perfect random dance party song, how could I possibly resist?!?! Btw, fun fact, there was a group of people back in ancient times (think BCE) that were called the “Purple People” by other ethnicities. They were the Phonecians (and were called the Purple People because they made purple dye!). (💜 ~ V.A.)
Addams Family Theme-
First off, I just want to say how much I love John Astin. Don’t get me wrong, Raul Julia does a great Gomez, but… for me, nothing beats the classics – including John Astin! Alright, back to the song. This is probably one of my most favorite of the favorite Halloween songs – and not just because my elementary school science teacher used it to teach us about the parts of an atom. With the snapping and the iconic intro that pretty much everyone knows (it’s kind of like the Sweet Caroline of Halloween songs, if you’ll pardon the comparison), I just love it! (<3 ~V.A.)
Bury A Friend
Spooky, and kind of eerie… and honestly, I’m such a scaredy-cat, I couldn’t even watch the whole video. Still I loved the song. It’s definitely catchy, and super fun in an awesome Halloween way. Perhaps if Steven King needed a theme song this Top 40 hit could do? (~V).
The Witch Doctor
I’ve got to admit, I prefer the original version with David Seville and the Chipmunks, but no matter which version you like, you have to admit – it’s catchy… so much so that you’ll be singing it for weeks after you hear it. So catchy and boppy, I can never stop dancing to it! 🙂 (~V)
Love Potion Number 9
What can I say about this song… it’s got a slightly mysterious song – well, for that time period, anyways. But I just love quartets, the harmonies and the melding of four individual voices together… it’s just awesome. But, I do feel the need to warn you: do not accept any bottles labelled “Love Potion No. 9” The song does not make the affects sound pleasant! (~V)
I will admit, I loved the movie – you know the one where the extraterrestrial bowl of jelly starts eating everyone up and it’s up for Steve McQueen’s character to come up with a way to get rid of it – provided he and his girlfriend don’t get gobbled up first? But this song is just silly – I say family friendly, personally, and it’s the perfect song to interject in some of the creepier songs we listed earlier! (~V).
Well, that’s about it, we think! But make sure to let us know in the comments what YOUR favorite Halloween songs are!