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120 Spooky Songs for Your Halloween Party Playlist

Lauren Miolene

It's time to start planning your Halloween monster mash! Why save all the fun and festive music for Christmas when you can oogie and boogie this October to haunted hits by Taylor Swift , Rob Zombie, and Kim Petras? Get your scary costume ready because you're going to want to host an epic party with this spooktacular Halloween music. Don't worry, our Halloween party playlist is also available on Spotify for easily listening all season long.

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Here are 120 spooky songs add to your Halloween party playlist:

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  •  vampire - Olivia Rodrigo
  •  Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps
  •  Thriller - Michael Jackson
  •  Monster Mas h - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
  •  Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
  •  Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift
  •  bloody mary (lady gaga) - sped up viral
  •  The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
  •  Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
  •  Haunted (Taylor’s Version) - Taylor Swift
  •  Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
  •  I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  •  You're The Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
  •  TRANSylvania - Kim Petras
  •  Scream - Michael Jackson 
  •  Dracula's Wedding - OutKast, Kelis
  •  no body, no crime - Taylor Swift, HAIM
  •  The Twilight Zone - Jerry Goldsmith
  •  This is Halloween - The Citizens of Halloween
  •  Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  •  Scary Monsters And Super Creeps - David Bowie
  •  Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  •  Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
  •  The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
  •  bury a friend - Billie Eilish
  •  Jump in the Line - Harry Belafonte 
  •  The Addams Family Theme - Halloween Kids
  •  Oogie Boogie's Song - Ed Ivory, Ken Page
  •  Harry Potter Prologue - The London Fox Players
  •  Hocus Pocus Soundtrack - Dr Stiig
  •  Stranger Things - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  •  People Are Strange - The Doors 
  •  Transylvania Twist - Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Crypt-Kickers
  •  Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong 
  •  Purgatory - Kim Petras
  •  Magic Dance - David Bowie
  •  Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
  •  Disturbia - Rihanna 
  •  True Blood - Justin Timberlake
  •  She Wolf - Shakira
  •  Cannibal - Kesha
  •  I Did Something Bad - Taylor Swift
  •  Calling All the Monsters - China Anne McClain
  •  Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
  •  Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
  •  The Munsters Theme - The Great TV Crew
  •  Time Warp - Little Nell, Patricia Quinn
  •  Spooky, Scary Skeletons - Andrew Gold
  •  Witchy Woman - Eagles
  •  Witch Doctor Radio Mix - Cartoons
  •  I’m In Love With a Monster - Fifth Harmony
  •  Boo! Bitch! - Kim Petras
  •  Haunted Heart - Christina Aguilera
  •  I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
  •  Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  •  Ghostly Music Box - Music Box - Haunted Mansion
  •  Halloween - Mix-O-Lydian 1981 - Misfits
  •  Halloweentown Theme - Retrospectre
  •  Rotten to the Core - Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce
  •  all the good girls go to hell - Billie Eilish
  •  Howl - Florence + The Machine
  •  Season Of The Witch - Lana Del Rey
  •  Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
  •  Black Magic Woman - VCTRYS
  •  Control - Halsey
  •  Grim, Grinning Ghosts - Ghosts
  •  Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
  •  Can’t Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
  •  Happy Halloween - John Zacherle
  •  Ghost Town - The Specials
  •  Howlin’ for You - The Black Keys
  •  Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked - Cage The Elephant
  •  Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
  •  Knives - Kim Petras
  •  American Horror Story Theme - Cesar Davila Irizarry, Charlie Clouser
  •  Cold Cold Cold - Cage The Elephant
  •  Keep Your Head on Halloween - Descendants Cast
  •  Shake Your Bones - Marco Marinangeli
  •  Teeth - Lady Gaga
  •  Zombie - The Cranberries
  •  Close Your Eyes - Kim Petras
  •  (Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
  •  Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix) - Michael Jackson, Steve Aoki
  •  Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Official Version) - Bauhaus
  •  The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
  •  Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) - Concrete Blonde
  •  Dead Man’s Party - Oingo Boingo
  •  Werewolf, Baby! - Rob Zombie
  •  Every Day Is Halloween - Ministry
  •  There Will Be Blood - Kim Petras
  •  Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart
  •  Clap for the Wolfman - The Guess Who
  •  Pet Sematary - Ramones
  •  The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  •  Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Flood
  •  The Boogie Monster - Gnarls Barkley
  •  Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
  •  <demons> - Kim Petras
  •  Vampire Heart - HIM
  •  Ghost - Mystery Skulls
  •  I Was A Teenage Werewolf - The Cramps
  •  Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
  •  Lil’ Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  •  Devil Inside - INXS
  •  They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh! - Sugjan Stevens
  •  The Killing Moon - Echo & the Bunnymen
  •  Halloween - Dead Kennedys
  •  Burn the Witch - Radiohead
  •  Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood - Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians
  •  A Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  •  Witch Hunt - Rush
  •  Season of the Witch - Donovan
  •  Love Potion No. 9 - The Searchers
  •  Turn Off The Light - Kim Petras, Elvira, Mistress of theDark
  •  Alice - Lady Gaga
  •  Therefore I Am - Billie Eilish
  •  …Ready For It? - Taylor Swift
  •  bloody valentine - Machine Gun Kelly
  •  Bloody Mary - Lady Gaga

Check out our Halloween party playlist on Spotify for easy access and sharing!

Tips for booking a live band or dj to play halloween music:.

  • On The Bash, you can search through a list of top-rated, bookable live bands and DJs in your local area. While browsing, be sure to review vendor profiles and check out their photos and videos.
  • When preparing a request for one of our live bands or DJs, keep in mind that the more details you can provide, the more accurate the price quote you'll receive. If you receive a price quote that seems like it needs clarification, don't hesitate to reach out to the vendor directly to find out more.
  • Make sure you have discussed what supplies the vendor will need for their performance. You'll want to know what they can provide, and what you'll need to have on hand at your event.
  • Communicate your expectations and special requests to any prospective bands or DJs, and make sure to ask about their repertoire — especially if you have a particular song that you would like them to perform or play.
  • If you're planning an outdoor event, be sure to discuss where the vendor will be situated for the best acoustics and conditions for them to perform.
  • Discuss what kind of atmosphere and mood you are hoping to set for your event. The more they know, the better they'll meet your expectations.

For more advice on hiring musical entertainment, here are helpful tips on how to book a band — and be sure to check out these 10 questions to ask before signing a vendor contract .

Find more  Halloween entertainment and party ideas  on The Bash.

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For those who like to sing or live for any opportunity to perform karaoke, we have listed classics like Michael Jackson’s Thriller and This is Halloween , which is from the soundtrack of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Other essential dance songs we’ve included span pop, rock and rap, and can even be found in some of your favorite horror movies . We’re talking Monster Mash , A Nightmare on Elm Street and, of course, I Put a Spell On You.

While most of these jams can easily be pulled up on YouTube, you can also add them to your Amazon playlist for easy streaming on October 31. And if you’re planning on including kids in on the night, check out this curated list of kid-friendly Halloween songs created just for them.

1. "Monster Mash" — Bobby (Boris) Pickett

Yes, you've heard it all before. No, it has not gotten any less catchy — or less of an absolute essential Halloween classic!

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2. "anthem" — michael ables.

From the psychological thriller Us , composer Michael Ables said he wanted the opening song to sound like an "evil march."

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3. "Bury a Friend" — Billie Eilish

Looking for something more modern for your playlist? This hit from Billie Eilish is the perfect dark pop track that's simultaneously catchy and bone-chilling.

4. "The Phantom of the Opera" Overture — Andrew Lloyd Webber

This one's obviously a must-play for all musical theater fans, but there's no doubt that anyone and everyone will appreciate that epic, instantly-recognizable organ intro.

5. "Stranger Things" Theme — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

I mean, is there anything more perfect for Halloween than the spooky Stranger Things theme song?

6. "Haunted" — Beyonce

Leave it to Queen Bey to slay with a scary-good track that's also accompanied by an equally eerie music video.

7. "Haunted" — Taylor Swift

Speaking of great songs named "Haunted," this one from Taylor Swift is everything you want in a dark, dramatic break-up anthem (and more!).

8. "Creep" — Radiohead

This one's an essential for celebrating the creepiest night of the year — especially for all the weirdos and misfits out there.

9. "A Nightmare on My Street" — DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Who knew '80s hip hop and Halloween could go so well together?

10. "Monster" — Kanye West ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver

Not only does this hip-hop track feature the ultimate collab of musicians, it also features a horror-filled theme perfect for Halloween.

11. "I Put a Spell On You" — Bette Midler

Disney's wicked '90s hit Hocus Pocus and it's sequel, Hocus Pocus 2 , feature the quirky Sanderson sisters, who wreak havoc on a small town. Bette Midler's rendition of "I Put a Spell On You" always puts us in the holiday spirit.

12. "Thriller" — Michael Jackson

There's nothing quite like a posse of zombie back-up dancers. You just can't resist mimicking all their iconic moves.

13. "Ghostbusters" Theme — Ray Parker Jr.

Who you gonna call? You won't be afraid of no ghosts when you're jamming to this classic.

14. "This Is Halloween" — The Citizens of Halloween

Jack Skellington's passion for this fright-filled holiday is pretty contagious.

15. "Superstition" — Stevie Wonder

We agree with Stevie Wonder — it doesn't always pay to be superstitious — but we can still be a little apprehensive about breaking mirrors and crossing black cats on Halloween.

16. "Somebody's Watching Me" — Rockwell

A couple of eerie lyrics about being followed, punched up with a little '80s pizzaz, make for one spooky song.

17. "Time Warp" — Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, & Richard O'Brien

A jump to the left and step to the right are the heart and soul behind the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

18. "The Addams Family" Theme — Vic Mizzy

A dismembered hand, a cousin who's literally hidden by hair — of course we had to include the spookiest family of all time on this list.

19. "Wolves" — Selena Gomez & Marshmello

Selena Gomez starred in the Hotel Transylvania franchises so it's safe to consider her a Halloween expert.

20. "Dark Horse" — Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Katy Perry told MTV she wanted this song to have a "witchy, spell-y kind of black magic-y" vibe, and she totally nailed it.

21. "I'm in Love with a Monster" — Fifth Harmony

Grab your other half for this funk-influenced hit. That's why you dressed up in a couples costume, after all.

22. "Zombie" — The Cranberries

The year: 1995. Your obsession: This Dolores O'Riordan song.

23. "Monster" — Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's breakthrough album includes a very appropriately titled track for Halloween.

24. "Get Ur Freak On" — Missy Elliot

Crazy story: Missy Elliot was actually in the hospital the night before she performed this song at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. She still killed it of course.

25. "Freaks Come Out at Night" — Whodini

This little '80s earworm will stay in your head long into November.

26. "She Wolf" — Shakira

It's impossible not to dance to Shakira — just try.

27. "The Monster" — Eminem ft. Rihanna

Pop singer Bebe Rexha actually wrote the hook for this song that later won a Grammy Award.

28. "Werewolves of London" — Warren Zevon

Place your bets now that someone will start howling along to Warren Zevon's 1978 rock track.

29. "I Want Candy" — Bow Wow Wow

Bow Wow Wow's cover of the Strangeloves' single describes your trick-or-treating sugar rush to a T.

30. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" — David Bowie

The 1980 album's title track gets eerie real fast with lyrics about a woman's descent into madness.

31. "Disturbia" — Rihanna

Right from the opening scream, Rihanna's number one hit will get people dancing — and singing along to that crazy catchy hook. Bum-bum-be-dum-bum-bum-be-dum-bum ...

32. "Season of the Witch" — Donovan

The hippie vibes of this psychedelic rock may not seem scary, but the song's appeared in everything from Halloween III to American Horror Story .

33. "Heads Will Roll" — Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs somehow turned the creepy topic of decapitation into insanely-danceable anthem.

34. "Halloween" Theme — John Carpenter

The slasher movie franchise may include a whopping 11 flicks, but the original soundtrack is undeniably the best. Just cross your fingers that Michael Myers doesn't show up to the party.

35. "Hungry Like the Wolf" — Duran Duran

This Duran Duran classic is a straight shot to the '80s, back when MTV played the jungle-themed music video non-stop.

36. "Ghost" — Ella Henderson

You might have caught this recent hit by X Factor contestant Ella Henderson on the radio.

37. "Witchy Woman" — The Eagles

Sure, it's a classic Eagles track, but the witch-themed lyrics fit the holiday theme.

38. "Midnight City" — M83

This lead single hit it big back in 2011 yet the synth pop track is still the perfect afterdark groove over a decade later.

39. "Black Magic Woman" — Fleetwood Mac

This blues-rock hit from 1969 will definitely be replayed all night, but if your friends start acting strange, you should probably switch the song.

40. "True Blood" — Justin Timberlake

Not the HBO series of the same name, but this Justin Timberlake song sounds like someone's a blood-thirsty vampire.

41. "Spooky" — Dusty Springfield

The name of this song is literally spooky — and it's all about love. You might remember it from the 2008 romcom How to Lose Friends and Alienate People .

42. "Demons" — Imagine Dragons

Okay, so you might hear this one year-round, but that doesn't mean a song about demons hiding isn't perfect for Halloween.

43. "Boogie Monster" — Gnarls Barkley

Is the boogie monster real? Just listen to this creepy song and maybe you'll find out.

44. "Skeleton in the Closet" — Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong is telling the terrifying story of a haunted mansion that's filled with ghosts and goblins — eek!

45. "Super Freak" — Rick James

Change the mood a bit with this classic, which will have everyone in the room bopping along.

46. "Blinding Lights" — The Weeknd

Get some strobe lights out and start blaring this song. If you really want to set the mood, play the video for everyone to watch.

47. "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" — Ella Fitzgerald

The famous tune from The Wizard of Oz is an obvious classic, but Ella Fitzgerald's cover version puts on a jazzy twist that's perfect for any party.

48. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" — The Beatles

Don't get confused by the upbeat tempo in this song. It's about a student named Maxwell Edison who commits murders with a hammer.

49. "Ghost" — Halsey

Okay, this is a love song. But every party needs a few mixed in, and this track does the trick with the haunting music and the line: "My ghost, where'd you go?"

50. "Look What You Made Do" — Taylor Swift

Even if you're not a fan of Taylor Swift, you can't deny how amazing this song is, especially around Halloween.

51. "Don't Fear the Reaper" — Blue Oyster Cult

The song deals with death and how it's inevitable and isn't something that should be feared. And yes, there's cowbell.

52. "Who Can It Be Now?" — Men at Work

Once you really dig into the song, it's not too scary. But during a Halloween party, the sentiment of feeling a little on edge rings truer than ever.

53. "Run" — Michael Abels

There are no lyrics in this song from the classic psychological thriller , Us. And no lyrics are needed as the instruments and sounds are terrifying.

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Halloween, the spookiest day of the year, is a time for casting spells, carving pumpkins and having fun—but the holiday wouldn't be complete without a hauntingly delightful soundtrack. From scary songs with eerie tunes to playful melodies that set the stage for a Halloween dance party, Halloween songs have become an indispensable part of the holiday's vibe.

Whether you're summoning spirits or getting decked out in a Halloween couples costume , our editors have chosen tracks that will provide the perfect Halloween ambiance, no matter the activity. With classics like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" mixed with scary songs from movies and hits like Billie Eilish's "Bury a Friend," we have a feeling you'll want to add these 71 Halloween songs to your Halloween music playlist. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your broomstick, don your vampire fangs, and press play on these Halloween songs to complete your spooky season experience.

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The Knot's Top 10 Halloween Songs

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The Knot Editors have compiled our absolute favorite Halloween songs to play during the spooky season.

"Superstition," Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" is not only a timeless funk classic, but also a fantastic addition to any Halloween playlist. Thanks to its hauntingly irresistible groove and lyrics that delve into the mysteries of, well, superstitions, it's the perfect Halloween song to play at your Halloween party .

"Freaks Come Out at Night," Whodini

This song's eerie synth-driven beat and catchy lyrics create a slightly spooky vibe, making it a perfect track to play on Halloween. The song's title also captures the essence of Halloween, when the night transforms into a playground for all sorts of ghoulish characters.

"Bury A Friend," Billie Eilish

With its mysterious and unsettling vibes, "Bury A Friend" by Billie Eilish sets a chilling tone that makes it perfect for those looking to add a touch of spookiness to their Halloween celebrations. If the song itself isn't enough, her music video is super creepy, too.

"Red Right Hand," Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Boasting creepy lyrics and a dark, brooding melody, it only makes sense to add this song to your Halloween music playlist. It's also used throughout the popular Peaky Blinders series, which will make it even more enjoyable if you're a fan of the show.

"Boogie Monster," Gnarls Barkley

This catchy Halloween song effortlessly combines soulful melodies with eerie undertones, making it an excellent track for setting the mood for your spooky festivities.

"Haunted," Beyoncé

"Haunted" is a haunting song by Beyoncé, known for its atmospheric production and sultry vocals. It explores themes of desire and passion amidst an eerie backdrop that'll fit into any Halloween music playlist.

"Psycho Killer," Talking Heads

This classic song by the American rock band, Talking Heads, is known for its infectious rhythm and distinctive vocals. Its title alone makes it fit for a Halloween playlist!

"Dracula," Gorillaz

"Dracula" by Gorillaz is a hauntingly melodic track that weaves together elements of electronic music and dark, ethereal lyrics — the perfect components that make a killer Halloween song.

"Vampire," Olivia Rodrigo

While the subject of Olivia's new song is still up for debate, it's a great one to listen to on Halloween — especially if you plan on wearing a vampire costume this year.

"Halloween," Phoebe Bridgers

For a chill, indie Halloween song to listen to while you sip your pumpkin spiced latte or make jack-o'-lanterns, Phoebe Bridgers' "Halloween" will not disappoint.

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If you're looking for crowd-pleasers, here are some popular Halloween songs to add to your Halloween music playlist.

"Bad Guy," Billie Eilish

This chart-topping hit by Billie Eilish showcases her dark and edgy style, making it a no-brainer when it comes to popular Halloween songs to listen to this October.

"Haunted," Taylor Swift

Swifties won't care what tracks you put on your Halloween playlist, as long as there are a few Taylor Swift songs they can jam out to. This one should make everyone happy this Halloween.

"Heads Will Roll," Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Heads Will Roll" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs is an electrifying track known for its infectious beat and killer vocals. It'd be a fab addition to a Halloween dance party playlist.

"Creep," Radiohead

This iconic alt-rock song by Radiohead isn't necessarily popular because of Halloween, but its creep-laden lyrics certainly makes it a fitting track to play during spooky season.

"Zombie," The Cranberries

The Cranberries' famous 1990s rock song blends haunting melodies with powerful lyrics, addressing the complexities of political conflict. While it's not about Halloween, the song's repetitive use of the word "zombie" still makes it a good one for the season.

"Witches," Alice Phoebe Lou

If you're looking for indie Halloween songs to add to your witchy playlist, you'll love "Witches" by Alice Phoebe Lou. With lyrics like "I'm one of those witches, babe" and "Me, I've got my own little magic," you could definitely quote it to use as a caption for your next Halloween IG post.

"Surfin' Dead," The Cramps

You'll love the contrast between this song's fun, surf-rock vibe and its awesome lyrics about "the dead." If you're throwing a Halloween party this October, this popular Halloween song is a must-play.

"Monster," Lady Gaga

"Monster," like many of Lady Gaga's songs, is an electrifying and empowering pop anthem known for its infectious beat and bold lyrics. If it isn't already on there, you'll want to add it to your Halloween party playlist ASAP.

"Pet Sematary," The Ramones

This song by The Ramones captures the macabre essence of the Stephen King novel of the same name, evoking a sense of dread and fascination that perfectly fits the spooky spirit of the holiday.

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Yes, you've probably heard these classic Halloween songs 100 times before, but that doesn't mean they don't belong on your Halloween playlist.

"I Put a Spell on You," Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Featured in Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus , this classic Halloween song is too iconic to be skipped this October.

"Monster Mash," Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

"Monster Mash" has graced Halloween playlists since its release in 1962. Campy? Yes. Timeless and one of the best Halloween songs out there? Also yes.

"Season of the Witch," Donovan

This song's enchanting, otherworldly vibe evokes the mystical and supernatural essence of All Hallows' Eve, creating an atmospheric backdrop for spooky celebrations.

"Scary Monsters (and Super Freaks)," David Bowie

What better time is there than Halloween to groove along to the anthem dedicated to scary monsters and super freaks?

"Somebody's Watching Me," Rockwell ft. Michael Jackson

This classic 80s hit by Rockwell has become a staple on Halloween playlists thanks to its paranoid-ridden lyrics — and the catchy chorus sung by Michael Jackson, of course.

"Spooky, Scary Skeletons," Andrew Gold

Perhaps more playful than spooky, this catchy Halloween-themed song has become a popular choice for Halloween parties and events.

"Don't Fear the Reaper," Blue Oyster Cult

Who doesn't love this classic Halloween song's iconic cowbell? If you "don't fear the reaper," then definitely add this track to your Halloween playlist.

"Werewolves of London," Warren Zevon

"Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon is a rock classic known for its catchy piano riff and funny lyrics, painting a vivid picture of werewolves prowling the streets of London.

"Evil Woman," Electric Light Orchestra

With a groovy, funky vibe featuring Electric Light Orchestra's signature blend of rock and orchestral elements, this Halloween song tells the story of an evil woman.

"Skeleton in the Closet," Louis Armstrong

This oldie from 1936 showcases Armstrong's unique vocal and trumpet talents. While the lyrics delve into a metaphorical exploration of hidden secrets and personal baggage, taken literally, it makes for a great Halloween song.

"Black Cat," Janet Jackson

"Black Cat" by Janet Jackson is known for its sultry lyrics and infectious beat. It's subject matter is perfect for evoking those witchy Halloween vibes.

"Voodoo Child," Jimi Hendrix

This legendary rock song by Jimi Hendrix will certainly spice up your Halloween vibe this October. With his electrifying guitar riffs and lyrics like, "Lord knows I'm a Voodoo Child baby," it's a fool-proof addition to your Halloween playlist.

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Here are some of the best Halloween movie songs to listen to this October.

"This Is Halloween," Danny Elfman — The Nightmare Before Christmas

Whether you're a fan of this Tim Burton classic or not, the famous This is Halloween song is a masterpiece that belongs on every Halloween music playlist.

"The Addams Family Theme," Vic Mizzy — The Addams Family

When it comes to iconic Halloween songs from movies, the theme from The Addams Family is one of the greatest.

"Time Warp," Richard O'Brien — The Rocky Horror Picture Show

With its infectious beat and iconic choreography, this dancefloor classic will bring a splash of campy fun to any Halloween celebration.

"Halloween 1978 Main Theme," John Carpenter — Halloween

When it comes to scary songs to play, John Carpenter's theme from Halloween takes the cake. Play it on your porch for an ultra-spooky night of handing out candy.

"I'm in Love with a Monster," Fifth Harmony — Hotel Transylvania

This upbeat Halloween song from the animated film Hotel Transylvania is a modern pop beat perfect for celebrating Halloween with kids .

"Obituaries," Danny Elfman — Beetlejuice

This quirky tune captures the film's darkly comedic spirit, making it a great choice for anyone who loves a bit of macabre humor in their Halloween music.

"Crystal," Stevie Nicks — Practical Magic

If Practical Magic is your comfort Halloween movie, you'll instantly recognize this song. It's perfect for quiet autumn moments, like taking a walk through nature or making crafts.

"Ghostbusters," Ray Parker Jr. — Ghostbusters

The Ghostbusters theme song is an irresistibly fun Halloween song that everybody knows — making it a fantastic addition to any Halloween music playlist.

Halloween dancing

If you're planning on dancing up a storm this Halloween, make sure to add these Halloween songs to your party playlist.

"Bloody Mary," Lady Gaga

This dark pop song explores themes of fear, temptation and the supernatural — making it perfect for a Halloween dance party.

"Dracula's Wedding," Outkast

When it comes to Halloween songs that are truly on theme with the spooky season, Outkast's "Dracula's Wedding" is a great one. It combines elements of funk, jazz and hip hop while using an imaginative narrative to tell the story of a vampire wedding.

"My Girlfriend is a Witch," October Country

This whimsical and psychedelic song uses playful lyrics and a groovy melody to tell the story of a romantic relationship with a supernatural twist.

"Unholy," Sam Smith ft. Kim Petras

While "Unholy" is a haunting and emotive pop ballad about forbidden love, the use of the word "unholy" makes it work as a Halloween song, too.

"Black Magic," Magic Wands

This hypnotic indie pop song conjures an enchanting atmosphere with its ethereal melodies and lyrics, evoking a sense of mysticism that goes hand in hand with Halloween.

"She Wolf," Shakira

If you like the sound of an upbeat dance song about spooky werewolf goddesses, look no further than Shakira's "She Wolf."

"Debaser," Pixies

This Pixies song never disappoints a crowd who likes to dance. While it doesn't explicitly discuss Halloween, the whole "slicing up eyeballs" moment in the lyrics makes it work with the spooky season vibe.

"There Will Be Blood," Kim Petras

This high-energy pop track channels dark and rebellious vibes, with Petras' powerful vocals and edgy lyrics making it a standout song at any Halloween dance party.

"Howlin' for You," The Black Keys

"Howlin' for You" by The Black Keys is a bluesy rock song with a gritty edge, featuring catchy guitar riffs that'll get people moving 'n' grooving this Halloween.

"Calling All the Monsters," China Anne McClain

This catchy pop song features a Halloween theme, with lyrics that invites everyone to join in the spooky fun. It's a great song to play if there will be kids at your Halloween dance party.

"Thriller," Michael Jackson

What would a Halloween playlist be without Michael Jackson's "Thriller"? Written in 1982, this legendary pop song still gets people on their feet at dance parties.

"Monster High Fright Song," Monster High

This upbeat pop song serves as the theme for the Monster High franchise, celebrating the unique and colorful personalities of its monster characters. It's another great one for hosting a Halloween celebration with kiddos.

"Burn the Witch," Queens of the Stone Age

This hard-hitting rock song with dark and cryptic lyrics features heavy guitar riffs and a sense of foreboding that makes it perfect for a Halloween music playlist.

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Whether you're setting the scene for a Halloween murder mystery or a terrifying haunted house, here are some scary songs that belong on your spooky playlist.

"The Phantom of the Opera Overture," Andrew Lloyd Webber

This sweeping orchestral composition will set the stage for your eerie Halloween celebration, just as did for the dramatic and haunting The Phantom of the Opera .

"Suspiria," Goblin

"Suspiria" by Goblin is the main theme from the cult horror film Suspiria . The song is known for its uber-creepy hypnotic melody, making it perfect for setting the vibe at your haunted house.

"Anthem," Michael Abels

This haunting and atmospheric piece from the film Us reflects the scary movie's tension. If you plan on decking out your home in ultra-spooky Halloween decorations, this song would be a great addition to the ambiance.

"Run," Michael Abels

"Run" is another composition from the film Us and is known for its suspenseful and thrilling orchestration — making it the perfect track to add to your scary Halloween songs playlist.

"Stranger Things Theme," Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

This iconic synth-driven piece captures the nostalgic and mysterious vibe of the hit TV series Stranger Things . It'll transport you to "The Upside Down" this Halloween in no time at all.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Opening Credits," Netflix

This enchanting theme sets the tone for the dark and magical world of the show, blending elements of witchcraft and the supernatural — which also makes it a great Halloween song to play this October.

"Wednesday Addams Title Sequence," Netflix

This instrumental track features a whimsically eerie melody that captures the quirky and macabre essence of Wednesday Addams. If you loved the Netflix series, you'll definitely want to add this to your Halloween music playlist.

"I Love the Dead," Alice Cooper

"I Love the Dead" by Alice Cooper is a freaky macabre rock song that explores themes of necrophilia and obsession, characteristic of Alice Cooper's theatrical and shock-rock style. Definitely scary.

"X Files," Génération TV

This song will take you back to the days of the hit series, The X-Files . If you're looking for music that'll set a mysterious vibe this Halloween, this creepy tune should do the trick.

"Werewolf, Baby!," Rob Zombie

This scary, high-energy rock song features the gritty guitar riffs and edgy lyrics that embody Rob Zombie's signature blend of horror, heavy metal and shock-rock.

Halloween karaoke

Getting ready to belt your heart out at a karaoke Halloween party? Here are some songs to consider singing for your on-stage debut.

"Disturbia," Rihanna

This electro-pop song has a dark and edgy vibe that's perfect for singing on Halloween. It features catchy hooks that'll pretty much guarantee a good time.

"Little Drop of Poison," Tom Waits

Tom Waits' distinctive vocal style and the song's haunting melody make this song a unique choice, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to your karaoke performance.

"I Want Candy," Bow Wow Wow

This song's upbeat and playful nature, along with its candy-themed lyrics, will add a fun and lighthearted element to your Halloween karaoke repertoire.

"Purple People Eater," Sheb Wooley

With its humorous lyrics and catchy melody, this novelty song can inject a dose of humor and nostalgia into your Halloween karaoke playlist.

"Witchy Woman," Eagles

The song's mystical and sultry vibe, combined with its well-known chorus, can help you put on a bewitching performance for your Halloween karaoke debut.

"Rhiannon," Fleetwood Mac

The mystical themes of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" make it a timeless classic that can add some serious allure to your Halloween karaoke performance — even more so if you can mimic Stevie Nicks' iconic vocals.

"Cemetery Drive," My Chemical Romance

This song's emotional and raw intensity can suit the darker and more introspective side of Halloween, making it a compelling choice for those who want to explore deeper emotions in their karaoke performance.

"Paint It Black," The Rolling Stones

"Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones features a killer sitar riff and brooding lyrics that can bring a sense of darkness and drama to your Halloween karaoke setlist.

"Spellbound," Siouxsie and the Banshees

The song's hypnotic quality can add an eerie and mesmerizing touch to your Halloween karaoke experience, perfect for those who appreciate more alternative-sounding music.

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66 killer songs for your Halloween playlist

A frighteningly good set of super spooky tunes to fulfil all your Halloween listening needs

spooky playlist for halloween

Halloween : a time for regrettable costuming decisions, novelty props, worm-shaped sweets and, of course, a load of banging Halloween songs. Halloween music is among the most ephemeral of the year: its brief life-span makes it all the more essential that we blast it out every year on October 31 and get everyone in the spooky zone. So, with that in mind, NME  has compiled a Halloween playlist of 66 songs to make your Halloween experience truly freaky.

Some of them are genuinely horrifying propositions – Slayer ‘s ‘Raining Blood’ is literally a nightmare scenario – but some of the choices are slightly more tenuous (that’s you, ‘Batdance’). In the mix we’ve got creepy cuts from David Bowie , Siouxsie and the Banshees , Kanye West and – of course – the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show .

Listen to our playlist of the ultimate Halloween songs to make your party extra spooky below, and check out all of NME ‘s Spotify playlists over on our Spotify page .

1 The Cure – ‘Lullaby’

2 David Bowie – ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’

3 The Black Keys – ‘Howlin’ For You’

4 The Horrors – ‘Mirror’s Image’

5 Kanye West feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver – ‘Monster’

6 Outkast feat. Kelis – ‘Dracula’s Wedding’

7 Iron Maiden – ‘The Number of the Beast’

8 Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’

9 Siouxsie and the Banshees – ‘Spellbound’

10 Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘Bad Moon Rising’

11 Godsmack – ‘Voodoo’

12 Dead Kennedys – ‘Halloween’

13 Bauhaus – ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’

14 Cathy Davey – ‘End of the End’

15 Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

16 Nine Inch Nails – ‘Closer’

17 Metallica – ‘Am I Evil?’

18 Kings of Leon – ‘Closer’

19 Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Bark at the Moon’

20 The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’

21 Alice Cooper – ‘Bed of Nails’

22 Rockwell – ‘Somebody Is Watching Me’

23 Lady Gaga – ‘Judas’

24 Eminem feat. Dr. Dre – ‘Guilty Conscience’

25 Tyler, The Creator – ‘Yonkers’

26 Arctic Monkeys – ‘Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…’

27 Japan – ‘Ghosts’

28 Iggy Pop – ‘Vulture’

29 Bert Convy – ‘The Monster Hop’

30 Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Ghost’

31 Joy Division – ‘Dead Souls’

32 Death From Above 1979 – ‘Blood On Our Hands’

33 Tom Waits – ‘Little Drop of Poison’

34 Ray Parker Jr. – ‘Ghostbusters’

35 Slayer – ‘Raining Blood’

36 Queens of the Stone Age – ‘Burn the Witch’

37 The Rocky Horror Show Original Cast – ‘Time Warp’

38 Deftones – ‘You’ve Seen The Butcher’

39 Metric – ‘Monster Hospital’

40 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – ‘Red Right Hand’

41 Childish Gambino – ‘Boogieman’

42 Bloc Party – ‘Hunting for Witches’

43 Prince – ‘Batdance’

44 Jamie T – ‘Zombie’

45 Iron Maiden – ‘Run to the Hills’

46 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – ‘A Nightmare On My Street’

47 Santana – ‘Black Magic Woman’

48 The Rolling Stones – ‘Sympathy for the Devil’

49 Richard Swift – ‘Drakula (Hey Man!)’

50 Eels – ‘My Beloved Monster’

51 Gorillaz – ‘Dracula’

52 Suzi Wu – ‘Teenage Witch’

53 The National – ‘Anyone’s Ghost’

54 Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘Monster Mash’

55 Ramones – ‘Pet Semetary’

56 Gorillaz feat. Grace Jones – ‘Charger’

57 PJ Harvey – ‘The Devil’

58 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Heads Will Roll’

59 The Replacements – ‘Cruella Deville’

60 Pavement – ‘The Hexx’

61 Wild Nothing – ‘The Witching Hour’

62 Marika Hackman – ‘Cannibal’

63 Beach House – ‘Tokyo Witch’

64 Sonic Youth – ‘Halloween’

65 Radiohead – ‘A Wolf At The Door’

66 Ladytron – ‘Ghosts’

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68 Halloween songs to get the party started

What's not to love about Halloween ?

It's a holiday chock full of spooky delights like crafting a fabulous costume to impress your friends, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns and listening to spooky music.

Make no mistake, curating the perfect Halloween playlist is serious business. After all, having just the right soundtrack playing in the background of all your Halloween activities is nothing short of essential.

To ensure you've got all the creepy classics you need to keep the party going, we've conjured up a list of the best Halloween songs of all time.

Naturally, you'll find standards like "Monster Mash," "Somebody's Watching Me" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," because no respectable Halloween playlist is complete without any of those chart-toppers.

But there are plenty of other favorites to add to your mix like songs from popular Halloween movies including "Ghostbusters" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," along with TV shows like " The Addams Family " and "What We Do in the Shadows."

We’ve even tossed in a few kids’ Halloween songs to entertain the youngest trick-or-treaters in your crew. And, dare we say, all of them are frighteningly good.

Read on to see what Halloween tunes we've unearthed — and get ready to rock out, because these songs are totally wicked .

‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett

Released in 1962, “Monster Mash” is the “hit of the land,” which means that no Halloween party playlist is complete without it.

‘This is Halloween’ by The Citizens of Halloween

The theme song from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is the essential Halloween song by which all others should be measured for the rest of all time. Period.

‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson

Probably the most popular Halloween song of all time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” starts off with a creepy coffin opening and finishes with poetic prose by the late, great master of horror films, Vincent Price.

‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker, Jr.

If there’s something strange going on in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Throw the “Ghostbusters” theme song on your playlist to scare away the ghosts — or at least try to.

“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

This tune by Jay Hawkins is a total Halloween staple, which is why it’s listed here. It’s been covered by dozens of singers since its release, but the most famous version is by the Sanderson sisters in the Disney classic, “Hocus Pocus.” And, dare we say, their version even spookier than the original.

‘Spooky, Scary Skeletons’ by Andrew Gold

This catchy (and mildly unsettling) earworm was released in 1996 by Andrew Gold before going on to become a viral sensation on TikTok .

‘Superstition’ by Stevie Wonder

The writing’s on the wall: Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” is a favorite on Halloween and beyond.

‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ by Rockwell

Are the neighbors watching? The mailman? The IRS? Rockwell certainly thinks so.

‘A Nightmare on My Street’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Released in 1988 by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “A Nightmare on My Street’s” lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the classic slasher film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

‘Werewolves of London’ by Warren Zevon

Beware! Werewolves are taking over London. Warren Zevon sets the scene with this tune, which describes all the mischief that these fictional creatures are getting into — with the Queen, no less.

'Spooky' by the Classics IV

We’ll just come right out and say it: It’s not officially Halloween until you hear this song. And if you’re planning to propose on October 31, then you’ll definitely want to put this song on repeat.

‘Disturbia’ by Rihanna

This popular song Rihanna is not only a total chart-topper, but it’s spooky dance beat makes it perfect for Halloween costume parties. Also, it’s Rihanna. Enough said.

‘Dead Man’s Party’ by Oingo Boingo

This hit by ‘80s band, Oingo Boingo is about “goin’ to a party where no one’s still alive,” or, in other words, a funeral. Grim stuff, but it’s a fan-favorite when it comes to Halloween songs.

Fun fact: The band’s frontman Danny Elfman went on to write the songs and score for “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as well as sing Jack Skellington’s songs in the film.

'Haunted' by Beyoncé

Queen Bey slays in this tune from her eponymous 2013 album. With lyrics like "What goes up, ghost around," this Beyoncé song is guaranteed to deliver chills.

‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials

The Specials totally capture the Halloween vibe with this reggae-inspired song that'll make you think of tumbleweeds and haunted houses.

'Zombie' by The Cranberries

With more than one billion views on YouTube (that’s right,  billion ), the ‘90s classic is a timeless favorite.

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

“Peaky Blinders” fans, this one’s for you. But don’t worry, you don’t need to watch the British drama to appreciate the dark, sinister tone of “Red Right Hand,” a song about blood vengeance.

'Bones' by Imagine Dragons

We've got this feeling, you know, that we're losing all control when listening to "Bones" by Imagine Dragons. This earworm is guaranteed to haunt you long after it's been played.

'She Wolf' by Shakira

No need to believe that werewolves are real to enjoy Shakira's upbeat homage to the she-wolf who, naturally, comes out by the light of a full moon.

'Hells Bells' by AC/DC

"Hells Bells" pays homage to all things dark and evil, making this classic rock song a Halloween playlist essential.

'Frankenstein' by Edgar Winter

This one needs no explanation. The instrumental rock jam was a monster to edit — hence its name. Drummer Chuck Ruff compared it to Frankenstein and the rest, as they say, is rock 'n' roll history.

'Stranger Things' by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

If you’ve got your “Stranger Things” Halloween costume all picked out and ready to go (and let’s be honest, who isn’t ?) you might as well add the show’s theme song to your party playlist.

'Goo Goo Much' by The Cramps

The Cramps totally give off surfer vibes in this 1981 tune which, thanks to Jenna Ortega (who performed the now-legendary Wednesday Addams dance on the hit Netflix show "Wednesday "), is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

'Don’t Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult

This '70s rock tune gets new life every year — and makes us all question if Romeo and Juliet are actually together for all of eternity. So, thoughts?

'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC

AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” is sure to take you a wild ride. Although it'll make a great addition to your Halloween playlist, it's also fitting for your next family road trip — totally your call!

'The Purple People Eater' by Sheb Wooley

This one's for the kids (and the kids at heart). In case you need a reminder, this 1950's hit by Sheb Wooley tells the tale of a one-eyed, one-horned, purple-people-eating alien that comes to Earth to join a rock band.

'Season of the Witch' by Donovan

Although it appeared in "Season of the Witch," the 1972 movie about housewives that get mixed up in witchcraft, this song was actually recorded by Donovan a few years prior. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page even played guitar on the original recording, according to Billboard .

'Clap for the Wolfman' by The Guess Who

This super-catchy song by The Guess Who is guaranteed to get everyone singing and clapping along. It's actually a tribute to radio DJ Wolfman Jack, and you'll even hear his voice several times throughout the tune.

'Hedwig’s Theme' by John Williams

Calling all "Harry Potter" fans! This classic from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" will transform your house into Hogwarts — for a few minutes, at least.

'You Can Do Magic' by America

This infectious ‘80s pop record is all about casting spells, getting hypnotized and seeing things that aren’t really there — all ingredients for an awesome Halloween song.

'Bark at the Moon' by Ozzy Osbourne

The one-time singer of Black Sabbath is the self-proclaimed "Prince of Darkness," and this song is all the proof we need. With lyrics about waking the dead and finding heaven in the mouth of hell (yikes!), this one might be the scariest song on the list.

'The Blob' by The Five Blobs

Beware of the blob — it creeps, leaps, glides and slides. This completely silly (but undeniably singable) song is from the 1950’s movie by the same name.

'People Are Strange' by Echo and The Bunnymen

If you haven’t seen “The Lost Boys,” this Doors cover will give you a sense of what the cult classic vampire film is all about. Press play and prepare to be transported to Santa Carla, the "Murder Capital of the World."

'The Phantom of the Opera Overture' by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sounding like a spooky carnival (clowns = scary), this instrumental overture from “Phantom of Opera” is heavy-handed on the organ and the drama.

'Witchy Woman' by the Eagles

Rumor has it that this vintage Eagles song was inspired by Stevie Nicks, but, according to the Eagles’ Don Henley , it’s actually about women in the ‘70s practicing white witchcraft. Either way, this tune will have you spellbound.

'Abracadabra' by Steve Miller Band

Play this song to cast a spell on your Halloween party guests. Just be sure to have your magician hat ready!

'Materia Primoris (The X-Files Theme)' by Mark Snow

The truth is out there — and it's that this song is loved by all people, even those who've never seen the hit ‘90s TV show, “The X-Files.”

'Witchcraft' by Frank Sinatra

It’s all about witchcraft, wicked witchcraft! Though it wasn’t originally intended to be a Halloween song, this Frank Sinatra smash has grown to become a favorite during the spookiest time of year.

'Theme From Halloween' by John Carpenter

More than 30 years after its release, John Carpenter’s “Halloween” remains the gold standard for slasher films. Crank up the movie's theme ahead of the newest release in the franchise, slated for October 2022.

'Bad Moon Rising' by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This classic by Creedence Clearwater Revival strikes the perfect ominous tone, aka it won't bring down the mood of everyone at the party.

'I Want Candy' by Bow Wow Wow

The chorus sums up the whole point of Halloween: You want candy — and lots of it.

'Time Warp' by Richard O'Brien

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has firmly established itself as a madcap movie for the ages, and its breakout song, “Time Warp,” is vital to any Halloween playlist.

'O Fortuna' by Carl Orff (London Philharmonic Orchestra)

This intense, operatic piece of classical music is sure to bring the drama. Play it on loop to make your trick-or-treaters feel like they stepped into a movie scene.

'Psycho Killer' by Talking Heads

Looking for a Halloween movie to watch? Add “Psycho” to the cue, then add "Psycho Killer" to your Halloween playlist to stay in the spooky spirit.

'Halloween Spooks' by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

This jazzy trio sums up the spooks that Halloween brings. Oooh-wah!

'Myer’s House' by John Carpenter

Nothing says “Help! I’m being stalked by a lunatic serial killer on Halloween," like this song from the original "Halloween" soundtrack. This one will have you checking under the bed before you go to sleep.

'Good Vibrations' by The Beach Boys

"Good Vibrations" is everyone's favorite beach song — unless, of course, you've watched "Us." Then it scares the daylights out of you.

'Heffalumps and Woozles' by The Disney Studio Chorus

How can a song from “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” be scary? Give it a listen and you'll understand.

'In the Midnight Hour' by Wilson Pickett

Everyone knows that ghosts and goblins come out when the clock strikes midnight. This song celebrates witching hour — and will get everyone dancing.

'Full Moon' by The Black Ghosts

If you’re hosting a “Twilight” movie marathon for Halloween, then this automatically goes on the list. Whether you’re Team Edward or Jacob (duh, the winner is obvious), we can all agree that “Full Moon” is as spooky as it gets.

'Toccata & Fugue in D Minor' by Johann Sebastian Bach (Academy of St. Christopher Orchestra)

Yet another classical song associated with Halloween, this centuries-old masterpiece is literally the musical version of a Transylvanian castle during a thunderstorm.

'Friends on the Other Side' by Randy Newman

With lyrics about voodoo and spooky premonitions, this song from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" is deliciously dark and kid-friendly.

'Duel of the Fates' by John Williams

Set this high-octane piece of classical music to your Halloween show for an epic night of "Star Wars"-inspired fun.

'You’re Dead' by Norma Tanega

Fans of “What We Do in the Shadows,” already know this macabre song by Norma Tanega. Even if you haven't seen the movie or TV show, "You're Dead" is sure to get your toes tapping even though the lyrics are all about — you guessed it — being dead.

'Double Trouble' by John Williams

Something wicked this way comes in John Williams’ short, but oh-so-thrilling track off the “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” soundtrack.

'Cry Little Sister' by Gerard McMann

The theme song from the popular vampire movie, “The Lost Boys,” is dark, menacing and just right for when you come across a gang of bloodsucking vampires.

'Tales From the Crypt' by Danny Elfman

HBO’s "Tales from the Crypt" may have ended in 1996, but its spooky theme song lives on.

'Midnight, The Stars and You' by Al Bowlly

Recorded way back in the 1930s, this song sounds innocent enough — unless you’ve seen “The Shining.” In which case, it’ll send chills right down your spine.

'Magic' by Pilot

This classic Pilot song, which was remastered in 2003, is total Halloween magic — even if you never believe it’s not so.

'Tubular Bells (Pt. 1)' by Mike Oldfield

"The Exorcist" is definitely not for the faint-of-heart. Even if you're not a fan of scary movies, it’s eerie instrumental theme will pair well with any of your Halloween activities.

'Day- O (Banana Boat Song)' by Harry Belafonte

This folk song from the "King of Calypso" will forever be associated with the iconic dinner scene in the 1988 movie, “Beetlejuice.” Watch and see why.

'Grim Grinning Ghosts' by The Melomen

Happy haunts will materialize when you listen to "Grim Grinning Ghosts," perhaps better known as the music from The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney theme parks.

‘Every Day is Halloween’ by Ministry

The Ministry perfectly captures the ‘80s synth vibe in this submersive song. Crank it up at your vintage-inspired Halloween party to really play into the theme.

'Rhiannon' by Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks' witchy-sounding vocals on "Rhiannon" make this Fleetwood Mac classic a must on your Halloween rundown.

'Addams Family' by Vic Mizzy

Nothing says "Halloween" like Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. The most ghoulish family on the block remain eternally popular along with the TV show's enduring theme song.

'Heads Will Roll' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

You'll lose your head over this one (pun totally intended). This creepy song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is essentially an ode to the guillotine and encourages everyone to dance until they're ... dead.

'Bury a friend' by Billie Eilish

Where do we go when we fall asleep? Who knows, but this Billie Eilish tune (and accompanying video) are spooky enough to make you go to bed with the lights on.

'Evil Woman' by Electric Light Orchestra

Nothing scarier than an evil woman bent on making your life miserable. ELO's classic from 1975 makes the perfect addition to your Halloween playlist.

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12 Spooky Spotify Playlists Perfect for Any Halloween Party

Finding the right music for this year’s Halloween party shouldn't be a problem. Spotify has a large supply of Halloween playlists to choose from.

If you're looking for some spooky Halloween tunes to creep you out, Spotify has you covered. The music streaming service has plenty of playlists that are perfect for your Halloween party, or if you just want to get into the creepy spirit while working or doing chores.

Are you inviting some coworkers to your party? Or will your friends be bringing their children? It doesn't matter who's attending your Halloween party—Spotify has you covered.

Here are the best spooky Spotify Halloween playlists.

1. Fright Fest : For the Movie Lover's Halloween Party

If you're hosting a party for fans of spooky movies, the Fright Fest playlist is perfect for you. Perhaps you're all dressing up as your favorite horror icon? Or you're watching a creepy movie later in the night?

Whatever the cause, this playlist features tracks from John Carpenter's Halloween, X-Files, Stranger Things, The Twilight Zone, Psycho, and more. All you need to lend a perfectly creepy air to your party.

2. Trick or Treat : For a Children's Halloween Party

You've got to be careful with your playlist when kids are involved. Ideally, explicit lyrics should be kept to a minimum, and you want songs that they can sing and dance to happily. The Trick or Treat playlist has you covered.

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From recreated classics like Somebody's Watching Me and Disturbia, to fun sing-a-long themes like Pokémon and Scooby-Doo, this playlist will suit any child, whether they want some spooky tunes or just a generally good bop.

3. Disney Halloween : For Kids (and Adults) Who Love Disney

If there's one thing that children and adults alike enjoy, it's Disney. Who could say no to hearing Goofy sing Monster Mash? Or the soundtrack from The Nightmare Before Christmas?

If you want to inject an undeniable sense of fun into your Halloween party, look no further than the Disney Halloween playlist. Trust in Mickey and co to give you a good time.

4. Spooky Sounds for Halloween : For the Atmospheric Scares

Perhaps you're tired of hearing the same Halloween songs every year. Or maybe you want to create some atmospheric scares at your party. If so, the Spooky Sounds for Halloween playlist will be right up your alley.

You can use this playlist to soundtrack your party to the sounds of howling wolves, spooky organs, haunted houses, ghostly bats, and more. Just try not to jump.

5. Creepy, Stupid, Love : For a Couple's Halloween Party

If you're having a quiet Halloween night in with your partner, the Creepy, Stupid, Love playlist could be what you need for some romantic thrills.

The songs have a spooky angle (like Beyoncé's Haunted and Gnarls Barkley's Necromancer), but you could get away with jamming to this playlist at any time of the year.

6. Halloween Monster Jams : For a Retro Halloween Party

If you like timeless Halloween tunes, the Halloween Monster Jams playlist is what you need to blast.

It features oldies but goldies like Highway to Hell, Thriller, and Bark at the Moon. There are no modern hits here—as long as you overlook Alvin & The Chipmunks, though whether that's a "hit" is questionable.

7. Scary Stories : For Tales Told in the Dark

"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping. As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."

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When the dancing is done, dim the lights, gather close, and put on Spotify's Scary Stories playlist. Listen to scary fictional tales like The Raven, Dracula, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

8. Classical Halloween : For the Sophisticated Scares

You don't need words to make something scary, as this collection of atmospheric and eerie classical scores prove.

The Classic Halloween playlist has a mixture of film scores and literal classics from composers of yore. If you want to have a sophisticated Halloween party, give this playlist a try.

9. Spooky : For the Hipster's Alternative Halloween Party

PinkPantheress is an English singer who found fame through TikTok and has put together this Spooky Halloween Spotify playlist.

If you want a playlist of songs that you won't hear at any other Halloween party, this is the one for you. Though it features established artists like My Chemical Romance and Travis Scott, it also plays host to up-and-coming stars like beabadoobee.

10. ASMR Halloween : For the Alternative Halloween Experience

Spotify's ASMR Halloween playlist is going to offer a very different vibe to all the others we've covered. If the idea of listening to the sounds of pumpkins, marshmallows, potions, and skulls sounds like your perfect Halloween party, then look no further.

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This playlist might also work well for a party game. You could queue it up and get people to guess what the sounds are. The quicker they get the right answer, the more candy they receive!

11. Ultimate Halloween : For the Best Office Halloween Party

Simply want a playlist full of undeniable bangers? Jam out to Ultimate Halloween, the perfect list of songs to get everyone at your party singing and dancing.

Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and Fleetwood Mac are some of the artists that line this playlist packed full of jams guaranteed to lift the spirits (pun intended).

12. Headbanger Halloween : For a Rocking Halloween Party

If you want to pick up the pace at your Halloween party, crank the volume and put on Spotify's Headbanger Halloween playlist.

If you're more of a rock fan than pop, this playlist will satisfy you no end. Nine Inch Nails, Van Halen, Slipknot, and Black Sabbath are the order of the day here.

Which Spooky Spotify Playlist Will You Choose?

Whatever the vibe of your Halloween party, there's sure to be a playlist here that suits your need. If not, there are plenty of user-generated playlists on Spotify that you can find—or you can have a go at making your own, for the truly personal and unique Halloween party!

The 53 Best Halloween Songs You'll Want to Listen to All Year Long

Spooky season is almost here. Have the right soundtrack handy.

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Speaking of that, have you made a Halloween playlist yet? If not, you’re in luck. The Esquire team searched high and low for the best Halloween songs of all time—and we've curated 53 options just for you. With a mix of oldies and modern hits, these spooky tracks are sure to get everyone in the spirit. So cue them up, make a Halloween-inspired cocktail , and prepare to dance the night away.

Stevie Wonder — "Superstition"

Because just the bassline of this classic alone will make you look like you’re cursed to dance for eternity.

Nine Inch Nails — "The Becoming"

Human screams where the backup vocals should go? You can’t leave this one of your spooky playlist.

Bobby Pickett — "Monster Mash"

Because it's a graveyard smash.

Alice Cooper — "Ballad of Dwight Fry"

A song about a distressed man’s admittance to a psychiatric ward, Ballad of Dwight Fry is also an ode (of sorts) to the actor of the same name, who played Renfield in the original Dracula film. Doubly horrific.

Rihanna — "Distrubia"

Because only Rihanna could make, “bum, bum, bee-dum, bum-bum, bee-dum-bum” sound like an ancient spell to cast you into a night of darkness.

Black Sabbath — "Black Sabbath"

Black Sabbath's self-titled song tells the story of meeting Satan—you can't really get much darker than that.

Alice Cooper — “Feed My Frankenstein”

Really a love song, just with a little Halloween-y twist.

Sufjan Stevens — "John Wayne Gacy, Jr."

Can a song give you nightmares? Turns out the answer is yes, when it’s about the life of one of America’s most notorious serial killers .

Nelly Furtado — “Maneater"

Because Nelly Furtado literally gave us a symptom-by-symptom guide to recognizing man eaters in case of a zombie apocalypse. They make you work hard, make you spend hard, and look nothing like the Walking Dead extras.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Heads Will Roll - A-Trak Remix"

Because the Project X soundtrack is an ominous presence that still haunts party playlists to this day. And this Frankenstein revival of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ original hit takes the cake for most gruesome party ever.

Rocky Horror Picture Show — “Time Warp”

Because if you’re not the kind of person to attend the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show every Halloween, it’s at least in good practice to pour one out for their dedication at your party.

Luniz ft. Michael Marshall - "I Got 5 On It"

Because if you have seen Us once, then this remix of Luniz’s hit from the '90s will make you super uncomfortable. Keep an eye out for red jumpsuited lookalikes.

Rockwell — "Somebody's Watching Me"

Because if the paranoia of feeling like you’re constantly being followed doesn’t plague your psyche, then the recurring memory of the googly-eyed money stack from the “Somebody’s Watching Me” Geico commercials has to.

Radiohead — "Creep"

Because the haunting guitar melody and Thom Yorke’s vocals are as sincere as they are unsettling.

Bow Wow — "I Want Candy"

Because adult Halloween doesn’t have to mean switching the sweets for spirits. Why not both?

Billie Eilish - "bury a friend"

Because Billie Eilish's dark, horror pop, has become one of the most fully realized, debut personas in recent years. And bury a friend is a dark and poignant song that blurs the line between fear and an absolute banger.

Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me a River"

Because Justin Timberlake’s massive break up hit strikes that strange middle ground between certified bop and haunting melody. That opening voice alone is worth inclusion on the list.

Taylor Swift - "Haunted"

Because on the absolute poppiest side of the fence, Taylor Swift’s “Haunted” is an orchestra-filled, dramatic, drum-heavy break up anthem that lingers on the edge of being unhinged.

Shakira - "She Wolf"

Because Shakira’s weird world of werewolf transformations is a necessary addition to any Halloween playlist. Bonus points for performing in what can only be described as a bedazzled interior of a cave?

The Police - "Every Breath You Take"

Because it sounds very innocuous until you really listen to the words. Is it probably well-intentioned? Sure. Does it sound like a big creeper song? Also sure.

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Happy Halloween: Here’s a Bunch of Spooky Music That Isn’t “The Monster Mash”

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  • “Thriller” by Michael Jackson 
  • “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
  • “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • And, of course, “The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

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“Monster Mash” is just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit , and what better way to do so than listening to Halloween songs? You may be surprised just how many Halloween songs there actually are, too. We’ve compiled basically an entire playlist worth here. No matter how old you are, there’s a perfect Halloween song to put you in a spooky mood, whether it’s an obvious Halloween music classic like Monster Mash , or it’s a song with a more subtly scary vibe, like a classic rock song or a song that gives a new modern and spooky twist to an old favorite.

Whether you like indie, pop, metal, folk, or electronica, there’s a Halloween song on this list for you. Do you and your kids just love the old kid-friendly classics ? Or maybe you have a big-time Blippi fan on your hands? Maybe you’re looking for a playlist for the kids to bob for apples to at your annual Halloween bash? Whatever you’re looking for, this extensive list of 40 Halloween songs has definitely got you covered. So check out these 40 songs and make those Spotify playlists because you’ll be jamming to these Halloween songs until the big day and beyond because they’re just that good.

“Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey

You can’t go wrong with a song about witches for Halloween, and Lana Del Ray’s sultry take on “Season of the Witch” is the perfect song to get you in the mood. For Halloween, that is.

“The Becoming” by Nine Inch Nails

Anything Nine Inch Nails is fair Halloween game in my book. Or anytime really. What isn’t spooky about screaming in the background of a song that just sounds like it would be played in the chase scene of a horror movie? If you want an existential crisis to scare you for Halloween, check out the eerie song “ Right Where It Belongs ” also by Nine Inch Nails. The haunting piano and thought-provoking lyrics are the stuff of nightmares.

“Black Magic” by Slayer

Want to get pumped for Halloween? Slayer’s killer riffs, heart-pounding tempos, and signature scary vocals will be a perfect fit for your Halloween playlist. Obviously, this song is super on-brand for Halloween because the song is about black magic.

“Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey

And now to take it down a notch. Lana Del Ray is a queen, and after listening to her cover of “Once Upon a Dream,” you’ll be even more terrified of Maleficent. The haunting beauty of this song would make for a great background song for a haunted house.

“Werewolf “ by Cat Power

You can’t go wrong with Cat Power at any time, but her song, “Werewolf” would make for an excellent track on a Halloween playlist. The spooky cello and playful intonations with her vocals make this song just spooky enough for Halloween lite.

“Ghosts in the House” by The Kiboomers

And now for something the kids would love. I don’t know of any child who doesn’t like The Kiboomers, and this adorable song will have your children bopping around the house yelling, “BOO!” Sorry parents, but it’s all in good fun in the name of the season, right?

“They Don’t Scare Me” by Mickey Mouse

A classic. The organ adds a nice spooky touch to this kid-friendly Halloween song where Mickey claims he’s not scared of lizards, snakes, earthquakes, spiders, witches, goblins, or zombies, among other things.

“Trick or Treat” by Andrew Gold

This fun little jingle is perfect to listen to before trick-or-treating. And Andrew Gold’s voice, as always, is top notch. The folk and bluegrass feel to this song is super fun for parents and children alike.

“Halloween Stomp” by Bounce Patrol

“Halloween Stomp” is awesome because it gives kids an opportunity to do fun movements while listening to music or watching the video on YouTube, which is always a win in my book. Who knows, if you get married on Halloween, this may be a fun replacement for the “Cupid Shuffle,” am I right?

“I Wanna Scare Myself” by Tigger

I love sweet Tigger in this classic Disney Halloween song. He really wants to scare himself and everyone else by bouncing out of the shadows and having a Tigger-like roar. So scary, Tigger. Ferocious.

“Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix

One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix nails it (as always) with “Voodoo Child .” For a grown-up Halloween playlist, this song should definitely be on there, because what’s scarier than a voodoo child, right?

“Goodnight Moon” by Shivaree

This song from the Kill Bill Vol. 2 s oundtrack sounds like a kitschy Halloween theme song with the driving baseline and the crooning of Ambrosia Parsley. This song is hauntingly catchy and a definite bop.

“I Put a Spell on You” by Alice Smith

We all know and love the many renditions of “I Put A Spell On You,” originally sung by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and when it was blown off the charts by Winifred Sanderson at the community center in Salem, Massachusetts at a Halloween party. But this version by Alice Smith for Lovecraft Country is so spooky, so beautiful, and so intense, it just has to be added to the list of wonderful renditions of this Halloween song.

“(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult

If you can get past the visual of Will Ferrell’s stomach hanging out of a too-tight shirt, banging a cow bell in Chris Kattan’s face, then this song is a great Halloween song. It’s a reminder to embrace death and don’t fear it.

“People Are Strange” by The Doors

The Doors are always a bit spooky and whimsy sounding, and “People Are Strange” definitely fits the bill. For an added bonus, if you watch the music video, the sideshow and freak show element is a bit spooky as well.

“Elmo Says Boo!” by Elmo

Of course everyone’s favorite monster has a Halloween song. This sweetly spooky song will win the hearts of everyone in the family, when Elmo’s saccharine voice sings about when Elmo says, “Boo!” And of course everyone’s favorite spooky counting vampire makes an appearance as well.

“Monster in the Mirror” by Grover

Classic. We all have those moments like Grover where we see the monster in the mirror, but we can’t be scared. We must prevail, like Grover. The only downside to this song is you’ll be singing Wubba wubba wubba wubba woo woo woo for weeks and weeks to come. Now that’s scary.

“Bones (Inside of You)” by Count Von Count

The howling of the werewolf, the creepy organ, and the subject matter of skeletons is perfect for a kids spooky Halloween song. Kids will learn a few things while they’re having their Halloween fun, too, in true Sesame Street fashion.

“Baby Truck Watch Out ... It’s Halloween” by Gecko’s Garage

For all those Gecko’s Garage fans, this spooky song is a fun one with just a little bit of spookiness as Baby Truck gets scared of the different vehicles popping out of the shadows and getting scared.

“Eensy Weensy Spider” by Count Von Count

Even though this song is a classic song, the fact that Count Von Count sings it makes it extra Halloween-official. Plus, spiders are spooky and ooky and definitely make for scary Halloween decorations, right?

“Zombie” by The Cranberries

This song can be scary for multiple reasons, the subject matter, the desperation in Dolores O'Riordan’s haunting voice, the haunting guitar riffs, the full driving and pounding baseline, and the name, “Zombie,” obviously.

“Bad Moon Rising” by Rasputina

Now this version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” feels like it should’ve been the original. The cadence of the original song didn’t seem to match the lyrics for me, but Rasputina definitely nails it in this haunting rendition, and makes it a perfect song for your Halloween playlist.

“Ghost Song” by The Doors

“Ghost Song” by The Doors is a Halloween must in my book. What makes this song even creepier is it was released after Jim Morrison’s untimely death. So not only does it sound haunting, but it kind of is actually haunting. A haunting from Jim Morrison himself.

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles

You can’t have a Halloween playlist without “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles on there. It’s against the law. This seductively haunting song about a “witchy woman,” with raven hair is an awesome Halloween song to celebrate the witchy woman in your life on Halloween and every day.

“Black Magic Woman” by Santana

Santana, as always, nails it with the soulful guitar and psychedelic elements in this Halloween song. Plus his velvety smooth voice singing about a black magic woman is pretty haunting and sexy. You’ll be so relaxed you won’t even care if a zombie showed up at your house.

“Six Little Ghosts” by Super Simple Songs

Super Simple Songs pumps out banger after banger for kids, and while I want to put my head through a wall after listening to them for hours on end, my four year old just loves them and who could argue with that? This cutesy song about six little ghosts will definitely get your toddler and preschooler into the Halloween spirit.

“Knock Knock, Trick or Treat” by Super Simple Songs

A song about knocking on doors and trick-or-treating? It’s a must. Plus kids love to explain their Halloween costumes when they’re retrieving their candy (at least the kids in my neighborhood doo) and this song definitely highlights that.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

The perfect Halloween song and music video for all ages. End of story.

“Five Creepy Spiders” by Super Simple Songs

What’s scarier than a creepy spider? Five creepy spiders. And also four boney skeletons, three black cats, two wicked witches, and one white ghost. A song to learn about counting down while celebrating Halloween is a great pick for a Halloween playlist for kids.

“What Will I be?” by Blippi

Like it or not, you can’t have a Halloween playlist for kids without featuring a Blippi song or two. In this song, Blippi is trying to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween, and perhaps his list can help your child choose what they’re going to be as well.

“Samhain Night” by Loreena McKennitt

For folks who also celebrate the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is another name for Halloween , and it’s the original Celtic celebration of when the veil is thinnest between the living and the dead. Loreena McKennitt is the best in the business when it comes to songs for each Wheel of the Year celebration and her song about Samain night is perfect.

“Burn the Witch” by Shaun James

“Burn the Witch” is an intense and electrifying song by Shawn James, and everything from the slow strumming of the guitar at the beginning to the powerful and emotional finish, this haunting song is the ultimate song for your Halloween playlist. There are layers to the lyrics about burning the witch, where there’s the literal witch, and also objectifying and destroying those who are different.

“The Hanging Tree” by Angus & Julia Stone

This song was also sung by Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy. “The Hanging Tree” is creepy and haunting in its simplicity and subject matter, where a man being hanged calls out to his love, and all the creepy things that follow after his body is gone but his spirit remains.

“The Moon & The Night Spirit” by Ég Felé

This song would be perfection to play on Halloween night, and its whimsical and eerie music will haunt you for days to come. The lyrics are Hungarian, but the English translation describes a spirit rising up from the darkness and a light being reborn from the darkness.

“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac

You can’t have a Halloween playlist without the witchy queen herself, Stevie Nicks, and her song about a witch — “Rhiannon.” You’ll be grabbing your flowy skirt, your scarves and your incense and be twirling around dancing in no time.

“This Is The Way We Carve A Pumpkin” by Super Simple Songs

Whether you’re listening for instructions or for Halloween spooky fun, “This Is The Way We Carve A Pumpkin” is a bop through and through, and your kid will love it.

“Halloween Song” by Blippi

This is the ultimate Blippi Halloween song that will be stuck in your head for weeks and you’ll find yourself singing Haaaalllloween...Haaaaalllloween while you’re making dinner. Trust me. And the preschoolers will love it for the fun lyrics and poppy tune. Nicky Notes is pretty creepy with his haunting howls, too.

“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett

You’re not allowed to make a Halloween playlist for kids or adults without this classic song included. “Monster Mash” is the greatest Halloween song of all time, and I won’t be taking any arguments.

“Who Took The Candy?” by Super Simple Songs

A fun spooky Halloween spin on everyone’s favorite childhood song, “Who took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar” comes “Who Took the Candy?” Was it you?

“Count Mikula” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

The show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a wonderful little remake of the original Mickey Mouse Club, but suited for preschoolers. The “Count Mikula” song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (starting at 1:25) is a super fun spooky song Mickey fans will really love.

Whether you’re looking for some fun kid-friendly Halloween songs to get the entire family into the Halloween spirit, or you’re looking for a spooky playlist for your Halloween party (or for when you’re driving to pick up the kids from school alone) this list of 40 Halloween songs gives you plenty of options.

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Nearly every year since I started the blog, I've shared an annual playlist for you guys to enjoy all October long.

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All October posts are part of the  Countdown to Halloween !

In the past, those playlists were themed around the Halloween party I used to host. In recent years, it’s been more about the vibes I’ve been feeling for the season.

This year, that vibe is 60s Halloween music.

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a guest on Ghouls Night In . Naturally, I chose to talk about Halloween music! Using a lot of knowledge I picked up from reading “Graveyard Groove” by David Accord , I walked listeners through the beginnings of spooky music right up to the release of “Monster Mash” in August 1962.

Since then, I’ve kind of been stuck in a 50s and 60s rut when it comes to music. I grew up listening to the oldies radio station (which doesn’t even exist anymore! 👵), so when I’m not sure what else to listen to, this is the timeframe I gravitate towards.

Earlier this year, I shared a secret 60s witch playlist with my email subscribers that I’ve been loving…and for this year’s blog playlist, I decided to build on that with 100 spooky songs from the 60s!

Fair warning: while I did my due diligence to verify these songs were  actually released in the 1960s…you will find a handful that are from the late 1950s. I couldn’t help it, I just loved them too much to NOT include them and view them as the early wave of spooky music.

This playlist is perfect for throwing on during any Halloween activities, playing for background music, or using as a jumping-off point to create your own Halloween playlist!

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Spotify not your preferred method for streaming music? Here is the complete playlist so you can create it yourself:

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What 60s song would you add to this playlist?

As always, share it in the comments!

Looking for more Halloween playlists? Check out all the annual themed playlists:

  • pov: every day is halloween — 2022 playlist
  • The Ultimate Halloween Playlist  — 2021 playlist
  • My Favorite Day is Halloween  — 2020 playlist
  • Halloween Bops  — 2019 playlist
  • Monster Mash  — 2018 playlist
  • I Want To Be Evil  — 2017 playlist
  • Graveyard Party  — 2016 playlist
  • Have Yourself a Spooky Little Halloween  — 2015 playlist

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Miranda is the Minneapolis-based writer, blogger, and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. Her favorite Halloween things include pumpkin guts, chocolate bars in her trick-or-treat pail, real haunted houses, and historic cemeteries.

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Scrub Daddy Halloween Sponges Will Make Your House So Clean, It’s Spooky

Posted: January 10, 2024 | Last updated: January 11, 2024

If you know anything about high-productivity cleaning, you know Scrub Daddy . These impressive little smiley sponges have been executing some hardcore cleaning since they first premiered on Shark Tank back in 2012. You can’t go a single day on social media before you run into a Scrub Daddy, and it makes sense why. They’re durable, practical and crazy versatile. You can use them virtually anywhere in your house.

And now, just in time for the new season, there’s even more to love. Scrub Daddy Halloween sponges are here to make all of your fall cleaning dreams come true. These little powerhouses are eerily good at their job and downright adorable. Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Halloween Scrub Daddy Sponges?

You may already be familiar with Scrub Daddy’s original design . They’re made of polymer foam that assimilates to the temperature of water. Hot water causes the sponge to soften while cold water causes it to harden. This works especially well for different types of surfaces like showers , sinks and dishes . They’re also scratch-free, odor resistant for up to eight weeks and have incredibly quick drying times. Not only that, Scrub Daddy heavily resists grime and muck. These cleaning tools stay, well, clean for a long time. You can even wash them in your washing machine or dishwasher!

You also probably recognize the sunny dispositiona bright, smiling face on the front. The two smaller eyeholes were originally used to keep fingers and fingernails clean while the smile itself is often used for spoons and other similar utensils. We also love them for cleaning cast iron .

The Halloween Scrub Daddys work much that same way with one clear difference…the shapes. There’s no time for smiley faces during spooky season. This three-pack of cute sponges include a green Frankenstein head, a white ghost and a jolly orange pumpkin. The perfect trio! These sponges are ultra lightweight and easy to store, so stash them around your house in different rooms for the ultimate scary clean experience. They’re basically kitchen Halloween decorations !

How to Use Halloween Scrub Daddy Sponges

It’s all about using the Scrub Daddy’s polymer technology to your advantage. If you’re looking to clean hard water stains from your shower, stick your Halloween Scrub Daddy under some cold water for a firm texture. Now scrub away! The best part is you don’t need to worry about scratching your surfaces. This sponge works so well, you won’t need to use as many harsh cleaning chemicals. I used a little bit of the Pink Stuff and my Scrub Daddy on my oven and made it sparkle like it was just delivered.

On the other hand, you may wish to use warm water when cleaning dishes. The temperature causes your Halloween Scrub Daddy to soften so you can get into all those little nooks and crannies. Use the smile to clean your wooden spoons and the eyes for smaller utensils like reusable straws. All you need is a little dish soap and some elbow grease. You can use your Halloween Scrub Daddys on vinyl, wood, stainless steel and even glass.

Plus, they’re so gosh darn cute to look at, your kids may want to get in on the cleaning action. They also make a fun and affordable Halloween gift .

What Other People Are Saying

Verified Amazon purchaser Jennifer H can’t get enough. “I got these because I wanted my mom to try these sponges and she thought they were cute! She loved the cleaning power too. These bad little dudes cleaned my tub so well, I felt like I haven’t been cleaning it at all!”

Dirtgirl13 gives them five stars and states, “These are the best, longest lasting scrubbers I have ever used. Hot water makes them softer, cold water makes them firm. Put your fingers through the eyes to keep a firm hold on the sponge while using.”

Lisa C loves these Scrub Daddys for their seasonal cheer. “Spooky Scrub Daddy is the best Scrub Daddy.”

Where to Buy Halloween Scrub Daddy Sponges

You can grab your own three-pack of Halloween Scrub Daddys from Amazon and Walmart for $15. They’re an affordable and adorable way to kickstart spooky season.

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