Top 5: Spooky songs for Halloween

5. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder – This funky song by Stevie Wonder is chock full of spooky references like the number 13 and broken mirrors. The song details the many seemingly foolish rituals we go through in the name of superstition. However, in the song, Wonder claims “superstition ain’t the way.” This groovy number will have you dancing and will most definitely be a perfect addition to a Halloween playlist.

4. “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman – This eerily fun song from “The Nightmare Before Christmas is anthemic, easy to chant and memorable. Tim Burton’s cult classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas is a favorite among die-hard Halloween fans, and this song is arguably the most well-known of the soundtrack. “This is Halloween” will create a wickedly fun atmosphere for your Halloween festivities.

3. “Halloween” by John Carpenter – The main theme to the beloved horror movie “Halloween is truly scary. This list would be incomplete without at least one song that sends shivers down your spine, and this theme song does just that. It is impossible to listen to this song without conjuring pictures of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. With no lyrics and an insistent beat, John Carpenter’s “Halloween” creates an increasing sense of anticipation, anxiety and doom — truly a great song to set the mood for fun and frightening activities.

2. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson – This song is one of the most well known on this list. The hit single off the best selling album of all time, “Thriller,” is guaranteed to have you dancing and in the mood for eerie fun. This 1980s MTV staple even features a spoken performance by legendary horror icon Vincent Price. Spooky, fun for the whole family and incredibly catchy, this song will have you dancing Halloween night away. 

1. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers– What list of spooky music would be complete without this classic? A timeless classic, this song always brings a smile to my face, reminding me of countless Halloweens past. This song is perfect for playing to trick-or-treaters, in pre-COVID times, of course, providing the perfect amount of playful spookiness while remaining kid-friendly. I don’t know about you, but I will be doing the Monster Mash all night long on Halloween. The real question is: whatever happened to the Transylvania Twist?