Frightening Tunes for Your Halloween Party

You've sent out your free Halloween invitations, bought the decorations, and your costume is ready to go. You may think you’re all set for your party, but have you thought about Halloween songs? If you haven't already created one, a Halloween music playlist is essential to set the mood for your party!

The key to any Halloween party playlist is to remember that there are varying degrees of Halloween music, which should be played according to who is on your guest list. Save the scary Halloween songs for adult parties. These can include classical songs like Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” or the theme from "A Nightmare on Elm Street." As a general rule, organ pieces will lend a frightening tone to your party.

Halloween songs for kids should be more upbeat, like “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Picket. Well-known songs from spooky movies or TV shows are also good bets, such as “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter series. These are songs that kids are sure to recognize and love.

Of course, the best Halloween songs are those that will be appealing to all ages, like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Here are some Halloween playlist ideas to get you started:
 
  • "The Time Warp" - Richard O'Brien
  • "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Picket
  • "Thriller" - Michael Jackson
  • "Tubular Bells" - Mike Oldfield
  • "This is Halloween" - Danny Elfman
  • "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr.
  • "I Put a Spell on You" - Animals
  • "The Addams Family" - Vic Mizzy
  • "Halloween Theme" - John Carpenter
  • "Halloween Spooks" - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
  • "The Munsters Theme" - Jack Marshall II
  • "The Witch Queen of New Orleans" - Redbone
  • "Twilight Zone" - Neil Norman
  • "Boris the Spider" - The Who
  • "Frankenstein" - The Edgar Winter Group
  • "Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads
  • "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
  • "Super Freak" - Rick James
  • "Abracadabra" - Steve Miller Band
  • “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” - Bach
  • “Hedwig’s Theme” - Harry Potter Movies
  • Anything from “The Phantom of the Opera”
  • Theme from "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
When making your list, just remember that while songs about Halloween are obvious choices, other well-liked tunes can also make great Halloween songs. There aren’t as many Halloween-specific songs as there are for other holidays, so don’t’ hesitate to put songs on your playlist that are just plain popular. Happy Halloween!
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