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Putting Together A Halloween Playlist

Updated on December 18, 2014

Music For Your Next Halloween Bash

For those of you getting ready to throw a party this Halloween, dance music is a must, and no playlist is complete without those long-familiar Halloween party standards we all know and love. In addition, a good Halloween playlist should include some less familiar songs that also fit well into the overall Halloween theme to mix things up a little.

Topping the list of Halloween party standards is, of course, the perennial "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. This page presents a list of these and other all-time Halloween favorites, plus some other lesser-played songs that also make good additions to any Halloween party playlist.

The above image is from the "Halloween Hits" CD available at

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Halloween Hits

When it comes to Halloween party standards, this popular and highly-rated CD by Rhino Records has them all: "Monster Mash," "The Blob," "Ghostbusters," "Haunted House," "Twilight Zone," "The Purple People Eater," "The Addams Family," "Martian Hop," "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes," and last but not least, the scary but funny "I Put A Spell On You," all by the original artists.

If you are getting ready to throw a Halloween party and have to choose only one Halloween album, this is the one to get.

Halloween Hits
Halloween Hits

Currently rated as the #1 best seller on in three music categories, this 10-track CD by Rhino Records have all those familiar Halloween-themed songs you know and love.


"Love Potion # 9" - The Clovers (1959)

"Love Potion # 9" by the Clovers has a supernatural theme which makes it well suited for Halloween parties. This danceable oldies tunes later also charted for the Searchers (1964) and the Coasters (1971).

"Werewolf" - The Frantics (1960)

This forgotten gem from the early 1960s is somewhat creepy but danceable, with werewolf sound effects and a strong drum beat throughout. It has a real Halloween party feel.

"Monster Mash Party" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (1962)

"Monster Mash Party" was the B-side of the original "Monster Mash" 45 rpm single. This lesser-known gem is a real hoot, and I think it belongs in every Halloween playlist. With its "children of the night" noises throughout, it is even funnier than "Monster Mash."

"I Want Candy" - The Strangeloves (1965)

Every Halloween playlist needs at least one song about trick-or-treating, and if there ever was a song that is perfect for getting into a trick-or-treating mood, this upbeat garage band classic would have to be my top pick. "I Want Candy" first became a hit in 1965 for the Strangeloves and later also charted for Bow Wow Wow in 1982. Depending on whether you prefer oldies or something a little more modern, either version would make a great addition to your Halloween playlist.

"Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" - The Fifth Estate (1967)

This tune is a pop-rock version of the same song from the movie, "The Wizard Of Oz."

"Frankenstein" - Edgar Winter Group (1973)

This monster-themed classic rock instrumental also makes a great addition to any Halloween playlist.

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult (1976)

Death is a scary topic, but "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult takes a lot of the string out of death and dying. This melodious classic rock song with its catchy guitar riff is upbeat and well suited to any Halloween party.

"Hungry Like The Wolf" - Duran Duran (1982)

This upbeat and danceable song with wolf howling sound effects towards the end is another good addition to your playlist.

Have you ever put together a Halloween party playlist?

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