Hello and happy early Halloween! We still have over a week until everyone’s favorite dress-up day, but considering I will be posting the State of the Season next week, and since many are celebrating Halloween more formally this weekend as it falls on a Wednesday, I am getting the jump on the jump scare festivities now.
I have composed a couple of lists in the past regarding both Halloween movies and songs, and discovered that they are many more than 13 frightening choices for each. Furthermore, I have since seen and heard more media that I feel merits inclusion, so it should come as no surprise that I am expanding my previous list of Halloween songs with a new set of 13 for you to add to your spooktacular Halloween party playlist.
The sizzling guitar in this great 1980s Steve Miller song is magical enouch to make it worth a listen, but I think it has a lot to offer to any Halloween atmosphere.
Popularized by preceding the famous transformation scene in An American Werewolf in London, this CCR classic is a surprisingly peppy take on the end of the world, and a welcome addition to any Halloween playlist.
With an introduction and final words of instruction from the nicest creep around, John Waters, and a verse from the female creep perspective of Nicki Minaj, “The Creep” takes its place among The Lonely Island’s best, and in this case can serve as a fun addition that comes with its own dance!
A soft-rock classic from the 1970s, there is plenty of the occult at play in references scattered throughout this tune to make it feel like more than just any “watch out for that lady” song.
Just as Wayne’s World was greatly improved by the presence of Alice Cooper, so too will be your Frankenstein festivities, especially if you’re partying in Milwaukee!
Yes! You have met the dangerous 208 year old uncle of Dr. Octagon! The most “out there” offering on this list, but believe me, this bizarre buzz (and all that Kool Keith’s Dr. Octagon sends out over the spacey airwaves) is worth a listen and should be shared with friends. This song in particular is conducive for the eeriness of Hallow’s Eve thanks to its sharply silly lyrics and otherworldly tune.
This song also has a touch of the otherworldly, which is not unexpected from Donovan. It may be his most psychedelic song, and thanks to its excellent use in David Fincher’s Zodiac, it is one of the most creepy and unsettling songs forever associated for me now with the thought of a serial murderer who never was apprehended for his macabre misdeeds.
An even happier sounding song than CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising”, this tale of a deranged man with a shiny, silver hammer is even more disconcerting because of it’s light melody.
Nobody sets the atmosphere quite like Weird Al, who practically takes us into the movie theater where the trailer for the most hysterical sounding horror film is playing.
A fantastic high-energy heavy rock jam that taps into the terror of the beginning of the end of the world at the hands of the worst Satan can muster.
This song is equal parts fancifully fun and unsettling, as only The Doors can do.
There is no shortage of Halloween-worthy fanfare from this group, but Nick Cave’s best offering is this spectacular song that truly inspired me to write this list. Plus I love that resounding bell!
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite musicals, this incredible song is born of the guilt felt by one of the protagonists of the story after he has abandoned his mission partner because he wanted to go to Orlando. Initially he believes he has made it to the theme-park capital until he realizes that he never got on an airplane. This is when his surroundings turn to fire and brimstone and reveal the devil, his demons, and an intriguing quartet of evil souls.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your favorite Halloween festivities with friends, family, and that demon that’s moving things around in your room, but only a few millimeters at a time. I hope you’ll all have a safe, fun time, and that you’ll return here next week for the State of the Season.