Creating A Playlist For Your Halloween Party

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It’s that time of year, folks! Jack-O-Lanterns. Costumes. Decorate the house with skeletons and cobwebs.

Wait! We've forgotten … the music. We don’t just want MC Hammer screaming not to touch this, no matter how it gets the booties popping. We want to throw in a few seasonal tunes, reminders of why we so love All Hallow’s Eve. Slip them into the playlist, or just create one using them. Either way, there are songs that are traditional and fun. Songs that are indeed pretty scary and some artists you should include because, well, they’re scary all by themselves!

Monster Mash Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Anyone who’d leave this off is trying too hard to be hip. It’s like refusing to sing Merry Christmas on December 25th or taking a stand against stuffing and candied jams on Thanksgiving. Dragging chains, bad Karloff impressions and references to horror’s classic characters make this one a must.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead Bauhaus
Nine minutes of bizarre instrumentation, dub-influenced guitar and lyrics like The bats have left the bell tower. The victims have been bled. makes this little piece of gothic rock a great Halloween party song. No one will be dancing but they’ll durn sure will be paying attention.
97 Bonnie & Clyde Eminem
There are actually a lot of songs by this artist that we could include. The psychological issues abound as he jumps from paranoia to murder to arson to denigrating any name that pops into his head. Just his thought process is scary enough.

Thriller Michael Jackson
To not include this one would be blasphemous. Jackson wasted a lot of time trying to create another “scary” song as good as this. It was just one of those moments where everything jelled perfectly. Even without that brilliant video, this song captures the attention and makes you look over your dancing shoulder.

I Put a Spell on You Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Intentional or not, Hawkins’ sound was ghoulish. No other artist says Halloween with such gusto. This one gets a nod for its references to hypnosis and magic, and, well, mind control. All wrapped neatly around Hawkins nearly gnawing the lyrics like he’s scraping skin.

Helter Skelter The Beatles
Marilyn Manson put the phrase on the map but this is one raw, riotous rocker. McCartney gives a stirring performance, sounding nothing like the guy who loves silly love songs. And since we brought him up, throw some Marilyn Manson into the mix. Doesn’t matter which songs. They’re all pretty spooky.

Come to Daddy Aphex Twin
It’s the video that actually amplifies the chill in this tune. Still, by itself it’s a pounding and howling experience for the ear. If you’re lucky enough to own a copy of the original release, go look at that cover art again. It’s good and creepy. Put it on the wall with other Halloween decorations.

Out of room and we’ve only hinted at the potential. Ray Parker’s Ghostbusters, Zevon’s delightful Werewolves of London and Harry Belafonte’s Day-O and so many others have earned a place on Halloween party playlists.

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Creating A Playlist For Your Halloween Party

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