Admit it: you love Halloween music. Not as much as the candy that comes with it, but nothing is more fun than getting in the All Hallow’s spirit than listening to some spooky October tunes. We’ve put together a mix of creepy classics–with a twist–and underrattedly eerie jams for your Halloween frat party, pre-game, or even solo candy-eating marathon. These songs will liven up any October day or night and have you dancing with every goblin and ghoul in the place.
1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
This song is what I consider a #classic. No other song will even come close to being the defining Halloween go-to.
2. I Put A Spell On You -The Sanderson Sisters (Bette Midler)
Sure, there are many versions of this song, but none compare to the version sang by three witches brought back from the dead in Hocus Pocus. If there was ever a time to be thankful of the virgin who lit the black-flame candle, it would be while listening to Winifred, Mary and Sarah singing their wicked little hearts out.
3. Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The one thing this song makes me want to do more than get up, dance and sing along is eat the Friendly’s Monster Mash ice cream sundae while listening to it. While I can have the sundae any day of the week, when it comes to Halloween, I much prefer the non-edible version to get me in the holiday spirit.
4. Addams Family Theme Song
Out of all the songs on this list, I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of people can sing along to every word of this song. For those who stutter on a word or two, they definitely have the snaps down pat. While the original may not be the most-lively song to jam to at a frat party, switch to “Addams Groove” by MC Hammer to really get the party started. Who knew he had anything other than “Hammer Time” right?
5. Witchy Woman – The Eagles
Okay, this definitely isn’t a Halloween song per se, but this Eagles classic has a great beat, eerie feel and fits perfectly on this mix. Rock on, witchy women, no matter what you’re dressed as.
6. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
For some reason, I can only watch Rocky Horror Picture Show during the Halloween season. It must have to do with the costumes and the bizarreness of the movie, but it is a cult-classic come October. No, this song is not the scariest song on the list, but it certainly is the most fun to dance to. I bet, you randomly started dancing this dance on Halloween, you’d be surprised by how many people ask to join in.
7. This Is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas
One of the best Halloween guilty pleasures, aside from consuming embarrassing amounts of candy corn, is to sit down with a bag of popcorn and watch Nightmare Before Christmas as least once whether we admit to it or not. It wouldn’t be a true Halloween without it. (If you’re not watching annually, you’re missing out.) If you want to add a fun song to your pregame mix, then definitely check out the “Nightmare Before Christmas Techno Remix”.
8. Ghost Busters – Ray Parker, Jr.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen the movie, but I know every word to this Halloween favorite. On this years’ party playlist, I am ditching the original and putting the dance remix on maximum volume.
9. Grim Grinning Ghosts – Thurl Ravenscroft
I highly doubt you will be putting the original version of this song on your Halloween mix tape unless your party is at the Haunted Mansion attraction in Disney, but it will make any adult feel like a kid again. Depending on your personal music choice, you can listen to the Barenaked Ladies version or the dubstep version to put a college Halloween party over the top.
10. Calling All The Monsters – China McClain
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to enjoy this song and even play it at college parties without admitting you still watch the Disney Channel years passed the accepted age. While the beat is catchy on it’s own, this song about scary monsters (hence the title) comes in a dubstep remix sure to make anyone anywhere want to dance October 31st away.