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Top Eight Halloween Songs

Updated on September 8, 2015

Songs To Get Your Spook and Boogie On

Do you want to know what the top ten Halloween songs are? Then you're in luck! After an exhaustive search of popular songs to celebrate Halloween, I decided to create a poll to find out which ones were THE favorites of the season.

I will continue to update the results on this page as I get votes. So go vote already!

Happy Halloween!

Recent Updates: Season of the Witch has rocketed even further up the charts! This Is Halloween and Ghostbusters never knew what hit them. Addams Family has also taken a rightful place in the top.

Vampire dance image by Josie Anderton.

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If your favorite Halloween song is not here, please mention it in the comments! We will add it to the poll, and it might make the top!

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#8: Time Warp - from Rocky Horror Picture Show

The classic film has a number of amazing musical scores. The scene from the movie is what really makes this stand out as a song fit for the creepiest of Halloweens, starting with a skeleton locked in a grandfather clock and ending with a fantastic costume party.

#7: Addams Family

One of the funnest creepy Halloween-ish TV shows/movies of all time also has one of the best Halloween songs of all time! We love to watch - and sing along with - the family inexplicably filled with sinister (yet loving) strange beings. The ghoulish characters aren't called out by name, but at the very least we're guessing witch, Frankenstein monster, vampire...

Hope You're Enjoying These Halloween Songs!

Hope You're Enjoying These Halloween Songs!
Hope You're Enjoying These Halloween Songs!

#7: I Put a Spell On You - Performed by Bette Midler

There are many versions of this song. The version featured in Hocus Pocus, performed by a trio of witches come back to life on Halloween lead by the ineffable Bette Midler, was especially Halloween-y, though the Screamin' Jay Hawkins version is similarly spooky!

#6: Werewolves of London - by Warren Zevon

If you've never heard this song before, make sure you listen past the opening licks - the beginning sounds very familiar to anyone born before the 90's!

Possibly inspired by the 1930's film Werewolf of London, this song explores (mostly) playful takes on the werewolf theme.

#5: Ghostbusters - by Ray Parker Jr.

Ghosbusters is a terrific example of a non-horror ghost movie, although you might not want the kids to watch some of the more gruesome scenes.

This popular song transcended the movie, and is perhaps even better known. The way the cast from the movie and the artist come together is pure magic.

#4: This Is Halloween - from The Nightmare Before Christmas

The opening song from this classic Tim Burton Halloween Movie is about as Halloween-y as you can get, literally cataloging anything and everything that comes to mind when one thinks about the holiday. From pumpkins to ghosts, black cats to scarecrows, this song has it all.

Watch the scene to experience the best Halloween has to offer!

#3: Season of the Witch - by Donovan

Perhaps the fact that this song was inspired by the psychedelic drug culture contributes to its strong relationship with Halloween in people's minds. Or perhaps, as other say, it's not a song about drugs or witchcraft at all, but instead a veiled commentary on the social changes of the time.

This song also inspired a movie, but not one quite as cute as the Purple People Eater.

#2: Thriller - By Michael Jackson

Again, the music video of this song is what really makes it into a Halloween classic. Witness the zombie genius of Michael Jackson at his greatest, as he creates the dance that would inspire a million copy-cats.

And The #1 Halloween Song Is...

#1: Monster Mash - By Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Cryptkickers

This one is about as old-fashioned as Halloween songs come, but it still enjoys widespread popularity to this day. The creepy, old-timey voice, the monster theme, the long-buried mental associations with goblins and ghouls - there's no better way to get in the spirit of Halloween!

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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      I love a lot of these songs! Great choices!

      Some others I love are Little Red Riding Hood (by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs), Midnight Hour, Witchcraft, and, well, a bunch of Pagan/Wiccan songs most people wouldn't be familiar with, lol. Great hub, happy Halloween!

    • emmaklarkins profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @yayas: Haha, yeah, every time I hear that song I think of the old movie of the same name!

    • yayas profile image


      7 years ago

      I keep hoping "Purple People Eater" will eventually move to the top position. Love that song. These are some awesome Halloween Songs.

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      7 years ago

      Happy Halloween^^

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Great Halloween Lens. I always think of Monster Mash, but realize that Thriller and Time Warp have Halloween memories as well.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      Great choices ... Happy Halloween!

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      7 years ago

      Very cool Halloween songs. Congrats on being one of the Top 40 finalists in the SquidBoo contest!

    • Amy Fricano profile image

      Amy Fricano 

      7 years ago from WNY

      I am singing praise for your lens. Congrats on your nomination.

    • junecampbell profile image

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Wonderful lens Congrats on making the Top- Forty

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      Now I have the Monster Mash running through my head. Congrats on being in the Final 40 and good luck! I also have one included and am very excited about it.

    • giacombs-ramirez profile image

      gia combs-ramirez 

      7 years ago from Montana

      Oh I want to vote again...I love Bette Midler!

    • CeleryStalker LM profile image

      CeleryStalker LM 

      7 years ago

      Great choices emma. Good luck with the king of squidboo :)

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      You have picked 10 great songs.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      8 years ago

      I didn't realize that there are so many great Halloween songs and some of them take me waaaay back. (o:

      I have lensrolled this to My Top 10 Happy Songs

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

    • jenms lm profile image

      Jen Schaefer 

      8 years ago from St Petersburg

      Your Time Warp video has been yanked :/ I participated in a song/dance skit in college performing The Time Warp... good times

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I was looking for Love Potion #9. I also like Season of the Witch... (Donovan).


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