Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like seasonal music. Every year, around the end of September I start playing my Halloween station on Pandora, but because I wasn’t paying for it, I wasn’t always hearing all the songs I wanted. That meant I was missing a lot of my favorites, and when you have a certain Halloween song stuck in your head, you have to listen to it to get it out.
I signed up for Spotify Premium a few years ago and at first didn’t consider all the possible playlists I could make, but this year, I got serious about my holiday music. Right now, it’s already got 38 songs, and it’s constantly expanding as I think of new things to add. It’s a nice mix of new and old songs plus some movie scores (thanks, Danny Elfman) and classical pieces. You can follow my playlist to listen and maybe find your new favorite song or find an old favorite you’d forgotten.
The rest of these songs are in no particular order, but “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Borris” Picket is my all-time favorite Halloween song. It’s creepy, cute, and fun. And talk about a classic! This one always gets me in the Halloween mood!
“This is Halloween”
I’ll be honest and say I love the Marilyn Manson version as much as I love the original. He just makes it so creepy! Obviously, this is in my top five favorites, but both versions share equal space. But seriously, both the original soundtrack and the Nightmare Revisited track are my favorites.
“The Munsters” Theme
This one doesn’t even have any words to sing, but I still manage to get it stuck in my head. I love the mix of the music with the creepy ghoul sounds, plus I liked The Munsters as a kid.
I can’t have a Halloween playlist without including the King of Pop. This gets played everywhere during October, and yet I still never get tired of it. I remember my sister telling me she used to be scared of the music video when she was little, but by the time I was old enough to see it, I thought it was funny.
“I Put a Spell On You”
Hocus Pocus, anyone? Of course, for any 90s kid, this song will immediately have you thinking of those Sanderson Sisters, and for that reason (and because Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite Halloween movies), it gets a place in the top 10.
I honestly can’t even remember the last time I watched this movie, but the song plays on my Halloween playlist every year, so naturally I associate it with the holiday. Thanks, Ray Parker Jr., for this classic.
“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
Okay, but even if you didn’t know the name of this, as soon as it started playing, you’d immediately recognize it as being associated with Halloween, Dracula, and creepy castles. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, best known for their holiday rock remixes, has a version of this, and it’s just as good as you’d expect. You can listen to it here
“Grim Grinning Ghosts”
Whether you’ve been to a Disney park and ridden the Haunted Mansion ride or seen the movie (or both), you know the singing busts. In the movie, one of them has the face of Walt Disney, and they’re hilariously unhelpful as they just sing about everything.
I first heard this Stevie Wonder hit when Raven Symone did a cover for the Haunted Mansion soundtrack. When I finally heard Wonder’s version of it, I loved it even more. The lyrics are perfect for Halloween, and it’s just fun.
Any Horror Movie Theme
I know this really shouldn’t count as one, but you can’t do Halloween without the main themes from The Excorcist, Psycho, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and so on. Even if you’ve never seen the movie (Kristin, please don’t beat me up – I haven’t seen Psycho, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street), you can still enjoy and associate the songs with Halloween like I do.
Those are my top 10 Halloween songs (mostly in no particular order)!! What are yours? Do we share any of the same favorites? Do you have any that are in yours that I didn’t include? There are so many more that I love and listen to every year that I didn’t include on this list, so if you want, feel free to check out my playlist on Spotify.