The Un-boo-lievably Best Songs for Halloween

This Is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloweentown

The only correct way to ring in the Halloween season.

The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber

*shatters glass while trying to hit the high notes*

Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

My first exposure to Halloween music was this song at my 2nd grade Halloween party and it sparked my love of all things macabre.

Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul) by Meat Loaf

The first of many Rocky Horror songs to grace this playlist. Because you can’t properly celebrate fall without Meat Loaf- or meatloaf.

Harry Potter Theme by John Williams

Because DUHH

Black Magic by Magic Wands

Not very well-known, but very well-suited to this most glorious season!

Time Warp by Patricia Quinn and Richard O’Brien

It’s just a jump to the left!

Disturbia by Rihanna

Because the song AND the movie are appropriate for this time of year.

Sweet Transvestite by Tim Curry

Professor: *asks me a question*

Me: “I see you shiver with antici…




Night Fever by The Bee Gees

This is one kind of fever that won’t make you rush out to buy Tylenol.

Danse macabre in G Minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns

I never would have thought to include this had it not been for my music professor showing us a Halloween cartoon featuring this song during my freshman year.

Time of the Season by The Zombies

It’s the time of the season for loving (pumpkins and skeletons and all things spooky)

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

If you ask me, it would have been better as “Werewolves of Lancaster.”

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Arguably the most important Halloween song of all time. (And a tribute to my Michael Jackson-obsessed roommate!)

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

Also featuring Michael Jackson on the chorus!

Season of the Witch by Donovan

*feels a cool breeze* “MUST BE THE SEASON OF THE WITCH!”

Science Fiction/ Double Feature by Richard O’Brien

The best opening to a movie EVER.

This Is Halloween by Marilyn Manson

If you think this is the same as the OG version of “This Is Halloween,” then I feel very sorry for you.

Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley

Difficult to say, easy to enjoy.

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

Also great for when you need more cowbell!

The Addams Family Theme

*snap snap*

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Don’t think you know it? You do.

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

There are several versions of this song, but for Halloween, this is the best.

The Munsters by Jack Marshall

Not just the music from “Uma Thurman,” but admittedly, it threw me off too.

Requiem For a Tower by London Music Works

Also serves as great motivational music.

Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees

Another song that takes me back to elementary school. We sang a Halloween-inspired version called “Scarin’ Alive” and I haven’t been the same since then.

Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr.

When I was 16, I went to an event (right before Halloween!) to meet Dan Aykroyd, and they played this song so many times I lost count. Now in addition to Halloween, I associate it with one of the greatest days of my life.

The Twilight Zone by Jerry Goldsmith

*plays this while home alone at night to make myself even more scared*

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Skrillex: a long-lost member of the Addams family.

Come Little Children by Erutan

Yes, it’s the song from Hocus Pocus.

Blood on the Dance Floor by Michael Jackson

My roommate would probably murder me if I didn’t include this other ode to Michael Jackson. (Still a good song, but don’t tell her I said so!)

I’m Your Boogie Man by KC & The Sunshine Band

If your boyfriend does not refer to himself as “your boogie man” at least once during the month of October, then you need to break up with him. It’s basically the law.

Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

“Wow, I can’t believe Danny Elfman invented Halloween”

Halloween Theme by John Carpenter

Pro tip: do not listen to this when you’re driving around, lost, in the middle of nowhere.

Oogie Boogie’s Song by Danny Elfman

Perfect with a batch of snake and spider stew!

The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band

*fiddle music intensifies*

Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band

Probably your dad’s favorite.

Black Magic Woman by Santana

*blasts this while applying black lipstick*

Boris The Spider by The Who

This is the only time I’ll allow a spider in my house.

Witch Doctor by David Seville


Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra

Sometimes you need a nice, ambient song amongst all the spooky celebration.

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

*profanity warning* (But RIP to an icon!)

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