Matt Knight

Matt Knight

Matt Knight

There are lots of songs that can be used AROUND Halloween that aren’t necessarily written FOR Halloween (See Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” which was released as a single in January 1984 or Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” which was a SUMMER hit that coincided with the release of the movie.)

Whether they were specific for the holiday or not, here’s a list of some songs to add to your party playlist this Halloween.

  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

    I mean, duh.

  • "This Is Halloween" from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

    It’s not Halloween until you’ve watched The Nightmare Before Christmas one, two, or 10 times! This song instantly sets a spooky scene.

  • "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

    Not necessarily a “Halloween song” but it was included on the Hocus Pocus soundtrack.

  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett

    The original dance to this is a variation of the “Mashed Potato.”

  • "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.

    I mean, duh…part 2.

  • "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

    Another song that wasn’t meant as a Halloween track, but the title and the awesome groove puts it on this list.

  • "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves

    Bow Wow Wow covered this song in 1982, but the original version actually came out in 1965.

  • "Time Warp" from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

    Dressing in costumes to go to a midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the theater is a tradition that still continues to this day.

  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell

    Another song that was released in January 1984 and thus not meant to be a Halloween song, but the music video for is like a mini horror movie. Plus, Michael Jackson sings the chorus.

  • "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon

    It was originally written as a joke but ended up being Warren Zevon’s most popular song.

  • "A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

    This track from Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff is just what you need for a creepy Halloween. It tells the story of Freddy Krueger from the “A Nightmare On Elm Street” movies, referred to as “Fred” in the song.

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