You’ve decorated the house and the yard, carved some pumpkins, and purchased plenty of candy. You’re ready for Halloween, to host family and friends and have kids come to the door trick or treating. But it feels like something is missing. Of course—music! Let us help you put together a fun, family friendly, and super-spooky playlist for your own Monster Bash (and yes, we included “Monster Mash”).
All songs available for streaming on Spotify:
- “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett
- “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
- “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
- “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- “Halloween Theme (Main Title)” by John Carpenter
- “Psycho Suite (Theme from Psycho)” by Bernard Herrmann, performed by the Horror Movie Theme Orchestra
- “The Twilight Zone” by Jerry Goldsmith
- “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
- “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
- “Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)” by Gerard McMann
- “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Morgan (from 30 Rock)
- “Overture (The Nightmare Before Christmas)” by Danny Elfman
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With “Monster Mash,” you’re starting the party off with a classic, the original Halloween novelty song. From there, you can prove you ain’t afraid of no ghost with Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” theme song, another singalong that spans generations.
The ultimate Halloween song of the 1980s, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” follows that. Including narration from the B-movie horror king, Vincent Price, it well definitely keep everyone in the spooky mood. Speaking of Michael Jackson, he sings the hook on Rockwell’s paranoid one-hit wonder “Somebody’s Watching Me.”
Things start getting scarier with the original occult rock and roll hit, “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the man who was known to come onstage for his performances in a coffin and emerge singing this classic.
Then, a group of classic scary movie and TV themes: the creepy, minimal synthesizer score from John Carpenter’s Halloween, what may be the most startling movie theme ever, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and the creepy, unmistakable intro music from TV’s The Twilight Zone.
The remainder of the playlist keeps the mood of the party flowing. “Werewolves of London” is another great singalong, and “Dead Man’s Party” from Danny Elfman’s new wave act Oingo Boingo is a horn-laden hit. “Cry Little Sister” brings the mood back down, the haunting song known for its use in the vampire flick The Lost Boys. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” harkens back to “Monster Mash,” with a modern twist, from 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan. And the Nightmare Before Christmas overture ends the evening on an orchestral note.
So, there it is, a spooky 13-song list of our Halloween favorites. There are plenty of great songs that didn’t make the cut, so feel free to add your own!