Ultimate Halloween Playlist
Halloween is such a fun time of year, with fall underway, trick-or-treating, haunted hayrides, candy corn, the decor, and the costumes. One of my favorite things about Halloween is the music. Welcome to my ultimate Halloween playlist. Whether the songs are about Halloween itself or have a title or several lyrics that give a feeling of Halloween, this playlist is perfect for your parties, gatherings, or just to listen to by yourself to get you into that Halloween mood.
Some of these songs are on everyone's Halloween playlist, but maybe you will discover some songs you didn't know. I'm sure I've forgotten to add some great songs, so feel free to let me know in the comments section.
Grab some candy corn (or the whole bag) and have fun checking out the list.
Classic Halloween Songs From the 40s, 50s, and Early 60s
"Night Before Halloween" - Bill Buchanan
"Come With Me to Transylvania" - John Zacherley
"Witches Brew" - Janie Jones
"Grim Grinning Ghosts" - Buddy Baker
"Do the Zombie" - The Symbols
"Monster Mash" - Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
"Witch Doctor" - David Seville
"The Purple People Eater" - Sheb Wooley
"I Put a Spell on You" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
"My Son, The Vampire" - Allan Sherman
"The Headless Horseman" - Bing Crosby
"The Monster's Hop" - Bert Convy
"Witchcraft" - Frank Sinatra
"Haunted House" - Sam the Sham
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
Who can forget this piece of classical music by Bach? This is the ultimate piece of classical music for Halloween.
Rock and Pop Halloween Songs
"Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell
"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
"Welcome to My Nightmare" - Alice Cooper
"Frankenstein" - Edgar Winter Group
"Werewolves of London" - Warren Zevon
"Highway to Hell" - AC/DC
"Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult
"Threatened" - Michael Jackson
"Nightmare on My Street" - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
"Devil Inside" - INXS
"Dead Man's Party" - Oingo Boingo
"Ghosts" - Michael Jackson
"Bark at the Moon" - Ozzy Osbourne
"Another One Bites the Dust" - Queen
"Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker, Jr.
"Sympathy For the Devil" - The Rolling Stones
"Is it Scary" - Michael Jackson
"Abracadabra" - Steve Miller
"Spooky" - Atlanta Rhythm Section
"Black Magic Woman" - Santana
"Witchy Woman" - The Eagles
"Everyday is Halloween" - Ministry
"Trick or Treat" - Otis Redding
"Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads
"Hotel California" - The Eagles
"Time Warp" - Rocky Horror Picture Show
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" - Charlie Daniels Band
"Addams Groove" - MC Hammer
"Season of the Witch" - Donovan
"Boris the Spider" - The Who
"Haunted House of Rock" - Whodini
"Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" - North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative
"This is Halloween" - Marilyn Manson
"Poor Skeleton Steps Out" - Blast
"666" - Dean Farnell
"Ghosts" - Michael Jackson
Everyone knows Michael Jackson's "Thriller", but many people are not aware of the short film "Ghosts" he did in 1996, which was co-written with Stephen King. Several songs were featured in it, and two of them are listed above, "Ghosts" and "Is It Scary". Below is a video of clips from the short film set to the song "Ghosts".
Soundtrack Halloween Songs
Psycho "Prelude" - Bernard Herrmann
Trick 'R Treat "Main Titles" - Douglas Pipes
Halloween "Halloween Theme" - John Carpenter
Munsters TV Theme
Addams Family TV Theme
Bram Stoker's Dracula "Vampire Hunters" - Wojciech Kilar
Dead Silence "Main Titles" - Charlie Clouser
The Exorcist "Tubular Bells" - Mike Oldfield
A Nightmare on Elm Street "Prologue" and "Main Title" - Charles Bernstein
The Shining "Main Title Theme (Dies Irae)" - Wendy Carlos
The video for "Thriller" was voted as the greatest video of all time. It was also the first video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Audio for Disney World's Haunted Mansion
Halloween Songs For Kids
A lot of the songs listed above are good for kid's Halloween parties, but here is a list of songs that are especially for them, although adults can enjoy them, too!
"Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin White" - In A World
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Casper the Friendly Ghost Theme Song
"Twelve Days of Halloween" - Nooshi
"Song of the Count" - Sesame Street
"Skin and Bones" - Raffi
"Pumpkins, Beware!" - Steve Blunt
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! Theme Song
"Hedwig's Theme" - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"A Halloween Song" - The Wonderland Singers
"Monster Mash" Facts
"Monster Mash" appeared on the US Billboard charts three times after its original release in August of 1962: December 1962, August 1970, and May 1973.
Halloween Radio Station
Listen to Halloween music 24/7 every day of the year at HallowenRadio. With a few different station feeds you can find something for everyone, whether it's just the sounds of Halloween, oldies, kids' music, or their main station.