Halloween Playlist: 10 Spooky Songs for Oct. 31

8:00 AM 10/30/2017

by Courtney Idasetima

Whether you're going out for a night on the town or staying in under your blankets, this playlist will be sure to get you in the spirit.

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'
MCA/Universal Home Video/Photofest

Halloween is just around the corner. Although witches and vampires exist only in nightmares, these tunes will make them seem real on Oct. 31.

The Hollywood Reporter compiled a list of some of the most celebrated and memorable Halloween songs. Check it out below.

  • "This Is Halloween"

    Danny Elfman

    “I am the one hiding under your bed/ Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red/ I am the one hiding under your stairs/ Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair/ This is Halloween, this is Halloween/ Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!”

    'Tis the season for … A Nightmare Before Christmas. Danny Elfman’s "This Is Halloween" from the 1993 film's soundtrack goes into the gurgling details of what you may see in the town of Halloween. What better way to prepare to watch the movie than to sing along to this tune? 

  • "Dead Man's Party"

    Oingo Boingo

    “It’s a dead man’s party/ Who could ask for more?/ Everybody’s comin’; leave your body at the door/ Leave your body and your soul at the door”

    To all the partygoers, here’s a song for you. Take a cue from Oingo Boingo’s 1986 single and "leave your body and soul at the door" to ensure a memorable Halloween. 

  • "Time Warp"

    'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Cast

    “It’s just a jump to the left/ And then a step to the right/ With your hands on your hops/ You bring your knees in tight/ But it’s the pelvic thrust/ That really drives you insane/ Let’s do the Time Warp again/ Let’s do the Time Warp again”

    On a lighter note, if you decide to pause that movie or control the aux cord at the party, The Rocky Horror Picture Show cast singing the "Time Warp" will keep you on your feet. There are just a few simple steps, so everyone can do the Time Warp. 

  • "Thriller"

    Michael Jackson

    “The foulest stench is in the air/ The funk of forty-thousand years/ And grisly ghouls from every tomb/ Are closing in to seal your doom/ And though you fight to stay alive/ Your body starts to shiver/ For no mere mortal can resist/ The evil of the thriller”

    Want to have a “thrill” of a night? Watch the King of Pop transform into a werewolf (2:24) and dazzle you with his dance moves. Vincent Price’s narration throughout the song will be sure to give you the creeps. 

  • "Somebody‚Äôs Watching Me"


    “I’m just an average man with an average life/ I work from nine to five, hey, hell, I pray the price/ All I want is to be left alone in my average home/ But why do I always feel like I’m in the twilight zone in?/ I always feel like somebody’s watching me/ Tell me is it just a dream?” 

    This classic tune was used in a Geico commercial a few years back (in case you forgot, here it is). That commercial may have toned down the meaning of somebody watching you, but believe us, the music video will make you check that your doors are locked twice. 

  • "Halloween Theme"

    John Carpenter

    Let’s take a break from the scary lyrics. Although this song has no words, the instrumentals will keep you in the mood to put on your hockey mask like Michael Myers in the Halloween movies, which actually might be scary. If this is the movie you’re planning to watch on Halloween night, this song will lead you in perfectly. 

  • "Ghostbusters"

    Ray Parker Jr.

    “If there's something strange in your neighborhood/ Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)/ If there's something weird/ And it don't look good/ Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)”

    If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you are a real trooper. But in case you are a little scared, Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" will ease your mind. Plus, the video for is out of this world (with a who's-who of mid-'80s stars and Bill Murray break-dancing in Times Square) and will make you want to watch the 1984 movie again. Take a look.

  • "A Nightmare on My Street"

    DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

    “He comes to me at night after I crawl into bed/ He's burnt up like a weenie and his name is Fred!/ He wears the same hat and sweater every single day/ And even if it's hot, outside he wears it anyway!/ He's gone when I'm awake but he shows up when I'm asleep/ I can't believe that there's a nightmare — on my street!”

    Now this is a story all about how the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was once scared as hell. It’s hard to believe, but even Will Smith gets freaked out around this time of year. 

  • "Welcome to My Nightmare"

    Alice Cooper

     “Welcome to my breakdown/ I hope I didn’t scare you/ That’s just the way we are when we come down/ We swear and laugh and scream here/ ‘Cause life is just a dream here/ You know inside you feel right at home here/ Yeah welcome to my nightmare.”

    You didn’t think we were going to leave you off the hook that easily, especially on the scariest night of the year, did you? Take a listen to this freaky tune that may give you some nightmares tonight.


  • "Everyday Is Halloween"


    “Well any time, any place, anywhere that I go/ All the people seem to stop and stare/ They say 'why are you dressed like it’s Halloween?'/ You look so absurd, you look so obscene.”

    If you love Halloween as much as we do, you’ll be playing this song on the first on November. Don’t be ashamed. Put on that costume and rock out to "Everyday Is Halloween" — because it should be!