Spooky Tunes

Maggie Mallon

With Halloween conveniently falling on a Friday this year, there’s no reason not to celebrate. A great playlist is a must for any party, but good Halloween

songs come few and far between. If you are looking for the perfect songs to

include and set the spooky mood, be sure to consider these:


Michael Jackson

The 1984 single propelled Jackson into superstardom and is a must for Halloween.

The spooky lyrics and catchy beat, combined with Vincent Price’s chilling voice-over, make it one of the best Halloween songs.

For some extra fun, learn the video choreography before going to any parties.

Theme from “Jaws”

While it may have temporarily scared people off the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, “Jaws” is one of the scariest movies of all time, and the theme music is instantly recognizable.

“Psycho Killer,”

The Talking Heads

The lyrics of this 1977 song are essentially the premise behind many horror films.

While there’s a similar focus on the mind of a serial killer, The Talking Heads make it a lot easier to dance to.

“Strange Brew,”


Eric Clapton croons about a young woman harboring an unhealthy infatuation with a young man.

Though it doesn’t actually revolve around Halloween, the idea of an obsessive unrequited love is certainly a spooky idea.


Ray Parker Jr.

Who are you going to include in your Halloween playlist? Ray Parker Jr.!

“Ghostbusters” was one of the best movies of the 1980s, and the theme song is a Halloween staple.

And, just in case of any paranormal encounters, remember what Parker says: “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.”

“I Put a Spell on You,”

Creedence Clearwater


Covering Screamin’ Jay Hawkins original blues song, Creedence Clearwater Revival combines the ideas of witchcraft and love – a great mix for a Halloween song.

Theme from “Halloween”

John Carpenter, the director of “Halloween,” composed this song, and the chilling piano melody is sure to set an eerie mood perfect for the holiday.

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,”

Blue Oyster Cult

Nothing suits Halloween better than the image of the Grim Reaper, so this song is essential to a playlist. It even brings its own Halloween costume!

Try dressing up as the band, as featured in the famous “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Christopher Walken. You can even follow along with your own cowbell.

“Werewolves of London,”

Warren Zevon

Who would have thought violent murder would resonate in such a catchy song? The cheerful piano hook will capture guests and make them forget the truly gory nature of the lyrics.

“Monster Mash,”

Bobby “Boris” Pickett

This just may be the worst song ever produced, but it’s so corny, it’s fun. It’s a Halloween classic, and no playlist would be complete without it.