The Monsters Must Mash

25 Songs for your Halloween Playlist


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Grace Rivera, Editor

I am just going to say it; Halloween music is not as great as Christmas music. Such music needs to be perfectly executed with the right amount of an eerie, maybe sinister feeling for it not to give off a cheesy vibe that makes everyone cringe. Unlike Christmas which has been constantly flooded with new songs since the dawn of time (or Christ for those who believe), Halloween has a few catchy tunes that fit the bill. These include Thriller by Michael Jackson, The Monster Mash by Bobby “Borris” Pickett and The Crypt Killers, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr., and even Calling All the Monsters by China Anne McClain. Although classics, these songs have been mercilessly overplayed. Now, I am not an expert on music by any means, however, I do have ears and a burning desire to give my recommendations. From Macleod‘s lyricless unnerving plucking of strings to a show-stopping jazz number by the one and only Nina Simone, these songs are perfect for Halloween playlists.


Darkest Child – Kevin Macleod

I Know My Girlfriend Is a Witch – October Country

Werewolf – Fiona Apple 

Sisters of the Moon – Fleetwood Mac 

Season Of The Witch – Lana Del Rey 

Dark Lady – Cher

Werewolf Heart – Dead Man’s Bones 

Bury a Friend – Billie Eilish 

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Witch – The Bird and the Bee

Halloween – Siouxsie and the Banshees

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Disturbia – Rihanna

Wicked Annabella – The Kinks

Haunted – Taylor Swift

Addams Family Theme – HeathisHuman

The Twilight Zone – The Ventures

Jekyll and Hyde – Jim Burgett

Keepin’ Halloween Alive – Alice Cooper 

Halloween- Phoebe Bridgers

Running’ With the Devil – Van Halen

I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone


Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist with 5 bonus songs.

Ann Chappell Ellington