This is Halloween: Ghastly Grinning's Spooky Party Playlist

For horror fans, Halloween is the biggest party of the year. And how can we celebrate such a grand occasion without some spooky music to complement our ghoulish shenanigans? It's the one night of year where it's acceptable to party in a cemetery and sacrifice your children to the Elder gods, so you might as well make the most of it and keep it funky.

So whether you're dunkin' for apples, summoning some spirits, or playing chess with the Grim Reaper himself (or herself), you can't go wrong with any of these songs to keep you groovin' all night long this Hallow's Eve. 

The Cramps - “Human Fly”

This is perfect spooky music that I put on yearly when I’m up to no good. The Cramps fused rockabilly and punk rock with goth overtones to create sonic songs about human flies and creatures from the black leather lagoon. This should be essential listening this Halloween season. - Ian West

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins - “I Put A Spell On You”

I chose this because, to me, this evokes the feel of Halloween. I first heard this in Hocus Pocus, sung by Bette Midler. Searching the internet, I found this version, and now there is no other option to me. The deep tones of his voice throughout is so haunting and spine-chilling. He has the best frightening laugh I've heard. - Rachael Hauschild

Michael Jackson - “Thriller”

You can't have Halloween without “Thriller.” Not only is the song a pivotal turn in music history, but the music video is stunning and absolutely iconic. Directed by John Landis, the video is filled with werewolves, zombies, and the perfect voice of Vincent Price. Just listening to the video makes you want to get up and dance the iconic dance. To me, this song and video are perfect. - Rachael Hauschild

Marilyn Manson - “This is Halloween”

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween (and Christmas) staple in our family, as I’m sure it is in many others. The iconic soundtrack is one that I hold very near and dear to my heart and “This Is Halloween”, the Halloween Town anthem sung by the town’s residents, has always been one of my favorites. In 2006, Marilyn Manson released an eerie cover of the song for a special edition of the film’s soundtrack, and it has been one of my Halloween playlist essentials for the last decade - because who better to complete a spooky playlist than the Spooky Kid, himself? I still love the original version of the song just as much, but Manson’s sinister voice really evokes the dark and creepy spirit of Halloween and makes for the perfect addition to any Halloween playlist. - Megan Casady

AFI - “Halloween”

In October of 1999, a few years before breaking into the mainstream with a more commercial sound, California hardcore punks AFI released their fall/Halloween-themed E.P. All Hallows E.P.. containing four songs, one of them being a cover of the Misfits song “Halloween.”

What I'm about to say may be controversial to some of our readers, but even though I'm a huge Misfits fan, I actually prefer AFI's version over the original song, which I love as well. Blasphemy, I know, but AFI's earlier sound is closer to the hardcore bands that I grew up listening to, before discovering Misfits, and that itself evokes a nostalgia in me that can be quite hard to beat.

With that said, this song perfectly captures that Michael Dougherty-esque Halloween atmosphere that I love, and it´s almost like the musical equivalent to his animated short, Season's Greetings. If you close your eyes when listening to it, you can almost feel the autumn winds on your face, smell the fallen leaves on the ground and hear kids shouting: “Trick or treat?”.

And the legend says that if you listen to this song on October 31 while wearing your Halloween costume, you might wake up the mischievous ghosts of All Hallow's Eve, that´ll pay a little visit to every house without a jack-o´-lantern in front of it.. (OK, I totally made that up!). - Dick Waychester

Stay spooky and Happy Halloween, y´all!


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