Top Ten Halloween Songs for Your Spooky Playlist

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Happy Halloween! Get ready for Saturday with Peyton’s top 10 Halloween songs!

Peyton Zarate, Staff Writer

As Halloween is just a couple of days away, it’s time to kick the festivities up a notch. With trick-or-treating being more trick than treat this year, it is totally necessary to have a great Halloween playlist.. Here are my top ten core Halloween songs to get you in the spooky spirit.

  1. “Witch Doctor” by various artists

“Witch Doctor” is a unique Halloween song. While it can be repetitive, this song is super catchy and fun to sing along to once you figure out the words. While I don’t recommend going to a witch doctor for love advice (unless you’re really striking out and then maybe), I would definitely recommend adding this song to your Halloween playlist.

  1. “Love Potion Number Nine” by various artists

The effect of Madame Rue’s love potion is a classic Halloween story fit into a catchy song. “Love Potion Number Nine” gives off retro Halloween vibes that will get you into the mellow side of the Halloween mood. This song is good for easing into the Halloween spirit and should make you think twice about using a love potion to cure your heartsickness. 

  1. “This is Halloween” by The Citizens of Halloween

“This is Halloween” cannot be forgotten when making a Halloween playlist—for starters, Halloween is basically the song title. The creepy backtrack to this song makes you feel like you’re in Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas and you might find yourself subconsciously singing along. This song is inseparable from Halloween and is a key component to my Halloween playlist. 

  1. “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo

“Dead Man’s Party” is an energetic Halloween classic. Like many 80’s songs, different musical genres (including rock and pop) are combined to create a unique and upbeat song, sure to get a Halloween party started (even if it’s a party full of living people).

  1. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

“Somebody’s Watching Me” is a creepy classic, perfect for the Halloween season! This song captures the post-Halloween movie paranoia perfectly and you can’t help but sing along. It’s hard not to think about Halloween when you listen to this song, and believe me, you’ll be too scared to close your eyes in the shower afterwards. 

  1. “Little Shop of Horrors” by various artists

“Little Shop of Horrors” first appeared in the musical of that name and it captures the essence of fun horrors through a super cheery beat. The music behind the catchy lyrics is upbeat, well thought out, and fitting for a festive Halloween night. 

  1. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

One of the most well known Halloween songs is “Monster Mash.” The bubble effects throughout the whole song add a layer of mystery and depth, making you feel like you’re a part of the “Monster Mash.” Between the “wah ooos” and the noteworthy drumming, this song has it all!

  1. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

When people think of Halloween songs, “Ghostbusters” is one of the first songs that comes to mind. Both singing and dancing to this song are nearly inevitable due to the enthusiastic singers and energetic music. And, even though the lyrics might get stuck in your head, you’ll always know who to call. 

  1. “Spooky, Scary Skeletons (Undead Tombstone Remix)” by Andrew Gold

As Halloween is getting closer, many people have looked to the TikTok app to connect with others and spread the spooky spirit. The famous skeleton-like dance to “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” has taken over everyones “For You” page, especially with Halloween getting closer. The remix of this Halloween classic makes it perfect for a festive and upbeat party!

And in the #1 spot…

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

You can’t have a Halloween playlist without the uber-famous “Thriller.” This song is the pinnacle of Halloween from the creepy sound effects to the iconic dance moves. The howling wolves and creaky door within the first few seconds set up the perfect scary song and are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit. It’s hard not to get up and try to dance like MJ in the original music video from the 80’s. The back track fits so well with the lyrics, effects, and dance moves, and creates a perfect balance between creepy and fun. The ominous laugh at the end seals the deal, making you feel ever present in the song and wanting to hit replay. “Thriller” is a creepy and festive song perfect for Halloween and I highly recommend you add it to your playlist.