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Spooky Songs to Add to Your Halloween Playlist

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MSU chapter.

While the “Monster Mash” and the “Ghostbusters” theme will always have their well deserved place at the top of every sensible Halloween playlist, in order to have a costume party or a pumpkin carving night, you need as many spooky songs as you can find to keep the spirit all night long!

Here are seven new additions to your Halloween playlist to round out your spooky season, whether they’re considered spooky by the actual content or just by the vibe. 

1. “Sisters of the Moon”– Fleetwood Mac

No one is better at witch-y vibes than Stevie Nicks. This song, written and sung by her, revolves around some mysterious woman that is sometimes called a “sister of the moon.” The song and it’s character are shrouded in mystery, Nicks said she doesn’t even know what the song is about, as quoted in Rolling Stone.

2. “White Rabbit”– Jefferson Airplane

This one falls under the category of just having spooky vibes, though an Alice in Wonderland themed psychedelic trip can still be pretty spooky.

3. Biting Down– Lorde

This one also falls into the category of spooky vibes, even if it’s not super about Halloween, but rather about “small moments of intensity”, as said by the artist.

4. “Psycho Killer”– Talking Heads

Though already a famous song in itself, a song told from the point of view of a serial killer should always be included on a spooky playlist. Bass, French lyrics and a killer’s warnings create a great Halloween addition.

5. “Dark Lady”– Cher

This song tells a story, fitting for spooky season. The narrator meets a fortune teller, and then she scares her by telling her man has a dark secret. Murder, love, the supernatural, all in one song for a Halloween playlist. 

6. “Love Crime”– Brian Reitzell and Siouxie Sioux

This one goes out to all of the fans of Hannibal, the rom-com crime drama on NBC from 2013-15. Featured on the series finale, this song fits in to the spooky vibes and the spooky content, perfect for a Halloween playlist or a couple of cannibals and murderers fighting it out in tension filled climax.

7. “I’d Rather Be Burned as a Witch”– Eartha Kitt

There are never too many songs about witches on a spooky playlist! Released in 1959, this song is filled with witch-y imagery and sensuality. Add some vintage to your playlist!

Madison Reinhold is Marketing Director, Events Assistant and Staff Writer for Her Campus at MSU. She leads the Design Team which produces content for social media as well as merch and recruitment, in addition to planning team events and contributing articles to Her Campus. Madison is a senior studying journalism with a concentration in writing, reporting, and editing, with minors in women's and gender studies and history. She also interns for MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context, creating social media content, contributing to their newsletter, and editing their department magazine. She previously interned for local non-profit The Women's Center of Greater Lansing. Additionally, she works for MSU's College of Social Science Office of Student Success, providing supplemental instruction to students. In her precious free time, Madison is attempting to write her first novel, playing fetch with her dog, Hazel, or finding a new niche history book to obsess over.