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Ten "Trick" Or "Treat" Songs For Ear Candy On Halloween

Updated on October 25, 2019

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As you pass out candy to becostumed kids this week, have some music playing in the background. Do not resort to the same playlist as your neighbors and all the stores, which repeat runnings of "The Monster Mash" or "Werewolves of London." Instead, you can come up with an alternative list that still carries a recognizable theme of Halloween, a phrase that in fact is used more frequently than the name of the holiday itself.

Those beggars at your door use the words in order to receive candy, so here are ten songs that contain either the word trick or the word treat in their titles. One of the tunes belongs to the same artist who scored a hit with the werewolves song mentioned earlier, which is certainly a great for his fans.

1. Trick of the Light by the Who
Bassist John Entwistle wrote this tune about a prostitite for Who Are You, the last album the quartet would make before Keith Moon passed.

2. Another Tricky Day by the Who
Closing the Face Dances record, this single shines along with hits like "You Better You Bet" and "Don't Let Go the Coat."

3. Tricky by Fitz and the Tantrums
"Hand Clap" has become a sports arena staple, but this minor hit from the self-titled album might be even catchier.

4. For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer by Warren Zevon
Just like much of the Life'll Kill Ya record Zevon released before learning of his cancer diagnosis, this track highlights the clever songwriting characteristic of his too brief career.

5. One Trick Pony by Paul Simon
The title track of both the film and the album never reached the charts, unlike the opening song "Late in the Evening."

6. No Way To Treat a Lady by Helen Reddy
Years after declaring for equal rights in "I Am Woman", the Australian legend seems to seek a return to traditional roles in this pop-country hit.

7. Treat Her Better by Mac Demarco
Here on this Salad Days track the stoner rock representative offers advice to a foolish male, who appears in danger of allowing inattention to lead the girlfriend astray.

8. Treat Her Like a Lady by the Temptations
Back in the Sixties this command served as good advice, only now it might be deemed offensive in the era of #metoo.

9. Treat Me Like the Dog I Am by Motley Crue
If you read the title, and you are at all familiar with the metal band, then there is really nothing left to say.

10. Mistreated by Deep Purple
New vocalist David Coverdale, along with founding member and guitarist extraordinaire Richie Blackmoor, wrote this single from the Burn album.


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