Halloween is the holiday of spirits and horror. The music surrounding it always completes the spooky atmosphere of the season with unique sounds and creepy lyrics. Often though, I find myself tired of hearing “Spooky Scary Skeletons” every single mealtime in Reisner Hall. To battle the constant bone rattling in my head, here are some songs to listen to instead.
Time Warp – RHPS
All the songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show are iconic and necessary for Halloween. Both cast recordings for 1975 and 2016 are important listens for getting ready for Halloween activities. I find myself listening to the album every October.
I watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time recently, and I am ashamed that I didn’t sooner. If you want to experience a live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show, come to Memorial Auditorium at 7p.m. on Oct. 28 and 30.
Addams Family Theme
The macabre Addams family is one that many turn to for costume ideas and spooky décor. The film’s theme song is one of the most classic seasonal songs. Nearly every Halloweentime playlist includes this kooky tune. The track uses funky instrumental themes and the iconic Addams Family snaps.
This theme was not originally a part of my list, however as I listened to it, my inner child connected with it. There is a nostalgic element to the music that draws me into the spirit of Halloween. The 1998 film was a staple in my childhood “horror” flicks and the theme is a staple for today’s Halloween hits.
I Put a Spell on You – Hocus Pocus
The movie “Hocus Pocus” was a cornerstone in my childhood Halloween experience. Even as a young adult, my mother gathers our family together to watch her favorite film. The Bette Midler rendition of Jay Hawkins’s song perhaps outdoes the original in my eyes. The song’s nuance is supported by its gritty sound to create the perfect witch-y tune for your Halloween playlists.
Calling All the Monsters – A.N.T. Farm
Monsters, dance numbers, Halloween, need I say more? I highly recommend watching the A.N.T. Farm Halloween special. This is one of the first songs that I truly connected to Halloween. China Anne McClain delivers a family friendly crowd-pleaser to add to any spooky party playlist.
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
The first video on my TikTok nearly every time I open the app this month has used a clip from this song. These videos may have given the song a darker meaning that is carried into casual listening. The sinister ambiance that the synths and lyrics create make this song an excellent seasonal listen.
My Girlfriend Is a Witch – October County
This song fills all the requirements of a Halloween hit. The 1968 psychedelic rock song creates an imagery in my head that screams fall. It illustrates the autumn aesthetic that many people strive to achieve in their lives. The witchy aspect of the song ties it all together in a perfect spooky style song for your Halloween festivities.
Take It Off – Kesha
This song is not a Halloween or seasonal song to most. It mixes Kesha’s distorted, robotic vocals with unique, bumping background instrumentals. I picture this song playing during Halloween parties and festivities. The blend of the song fits in soundly with any Halloween tune.
My Axe – Insane Clown Posse
The song by ICP depicts a murderous display that matches with the ambiance of this season’s horror movies. I personally think that this song sets the mood for any Halloween occasion. This song will spice up both daily and seasonal playlists.
To listen to these songs, go to open.spotify.com/playlist/1tt55zzp1FcoFMv2wViNzl?si=f4c6096228344e2c.