There’s something about Halloween that makes people wanna party. Maybe it’s the cold autumn weather. Perhaps it’s the scary decorations and costumes. Or maybe it’s the massive sugar high from the candy. Whatever the cause, an essential component to any Halloween party is the music.
Please enjoy a playlist good enough to wake the dead. You’ll find all the creepy, spooky, and awesome songs to make All Hallow’s Eve simply wicked.
This Is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
Manson contributed this creepy cover to the Nightmare Revisited album, which also features covers of the film’s soundtrack from Rise Against, Korn, and Shiny Toy Guns.
Shiny Toy Guns – Ghost Town
Featuring former female lead-singer Sisely Treasure, this Shiny Toy Guns track was a break-out hit from their 2008 album Season of Poison.
Halloween – Siouxsie & The Banshees
Post-punk queen, Siouxie Sioux, along with her Banshees, released this song from their 1981 album, Juju, inspired by dark elements.
Halloween – The Misfits/AFI
The Misfits released this gem in 1981 as a single, while AFI later paid tribute in 1999 by covering the song on their All Hallow’s EP.
Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
Led by Danny Elfman (famous for his eerie music contributions to Tim Burton films), Oingo Boingo’s famous tune is perfect for any Halloween party! It’s ’80s funky sound just makes you wanna dance ’till you’re dead!
Ghost Town – The Specials
This favorite from ska legends, The Specials, has a spooky and mysterious vibe, contributed to the background vocals, and the synthesized ghostly sounds of the keys. Not only is it a good choice for Halloween, but it’s a cool song to listen to any other day of the year!
Halloween – Dead Kennedys
In true punk rock style, this song talks about conformity, but while also containing imagery of Halloween. I especially enjoy the lyric, “You go to work today, you’ll go to work tomorrow, s***faced tonight, you’ll brag about it for months.” If your Halloween party is any good, this will probably happen!
Pet Cemetery – Ramones
This song by the Ramones was the title track of the 1989 Stephen King film, Pet Cemetery. This movie gave me the heebie-jeebies when I was a kid! However, I could listen to the Ramones gladly any time. The music video is great too!
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Talking Heads front man, David Byrne, once said that movie villains were “much more fascinating than the good guys.” Therefore, this song is written about..well..a psycho killer. With a killer bass line (no pun intended), this song is both memorable and danceable.
Scarecrow – Strung Out
Fat Wreck band, Strung Out, fuses sounds of punk and metal, making for some pretty sweet tunes. This track, released on their 2000 EP, The Element of Sonic Defiance, is a favorite. If you wanna add more Strung Out to your playlist, I suggest also, “Bring Out Your Dead,” “Cemetery,” and “Vampires.”
Bella Legosi Is Dead – Bauhaus
This track released by UK band Bahaus in ’79, is arguably one of the first goth punk records. It honors horror film legend, actor Bela Lugosi, who portrayed the iconic villain, Dracula, as well as performed in many other classics. Fun fact: the song was recorded in just one live take!
Among the Dead – Tim Armstrong
From his first solo release, this song describes Armstrong’s life, including the early days of Operation Ivy, into forming Rancid. The beat both groovy and spooky for Halloween. Check out Tim’s latest projects with Jimmy Cliff, and his web series here on KROQ.com!
Bat Country – Avenged Sevenfold
“He who makes a beast out of himself,gets rid of the pain of being a man.” This A7X video is inspired by the film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The band’s sound evolved on this album, City of Evil, adding more metal influences.
Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
How could you go wrong with the Prince of Darkness himself?! From his third album, released in 1983, Ozzy is still the man.
Science Fiction Double Feature – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Frankenstein – New York Dolls
These glam/punk rock innovators released this monster track on their first studio album in 1973. The NY Dolls had a rather eccentric look.
Skulls – Misfits
Dragula – Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie’s tune is full of metal and gore. Zombie has also contributed his directorial skills within the horror genre, including film like House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. He has also been nominated for three Grammys.
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Ahh-oooooo! Released in 1978, this song from singer-songwriter Zevon is a classic rock standard, especially on Halloween. His only top-40 hit, is talks about a werewolf doing some unusual things, like ordering Chinese food, and drinking a piña colada!
Everyday Is Halloween – Ministry
’80s pop band Ministry released this club hit in 1984, and re-released it in 2010. The song about goth culture and acceptance. Ministry recently announced that they would be reuniting and releasing a new album in Spring 2013.
– Caitlyn Trudnich / KROQ-FM, Los Angeles