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15 Songs to Put on Your Halloween Playlist




It doesn’t matter if you’re “too old” to trick ‘r’ treat or if you plan to get sugar high at a lingerie party, Halloween is the time to get your groove on. And what better way to celebrate than to have a spooktacular soundtrack to your all hallows eve hijinks. Even though the Monster Mash will always hold a special place in the hearts of Halloween junkies, it’s time for an update. Get ready for chills and thrills with this killer playlist. This is spooky music for spooky people.

The Talking Heads - “Psycho Killer”

The Talking Heads classic is the perfect soundtrack to a Patrick Bateman-esque killing spree.

The Cramps - “Human Fly”

Why “Human Fly” wasn’t in the ’86 horror drama film The Fly is beyond me.

Bright Eyes - “Devil Town” (Daniel Johnston cover)

“Devil Town” is home to both demons and vampires, so I can imagine cheap real estate with costly life insurance.

The Doors - “People are Strange”

As a song about alienation, I can’t help but think of bad boy vampires who like to ride motorcycles and jam out to new wave.

The Cure - “Lullaby”

Like a demented nursery rhyme bred with Tim Burton’s worst nightmare, the Cure’s “Lullaby” will make you fear the sandman.

David Bowie - “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”

Even the Goblin King himself fears what goes bump in the night, and I’m not talking about his fear of being discovered as a man from mars.

Beats Antique - “Beelzebub”

With a kickass stop motion music video featuring Primus Bassist/frontman Les Claypool as Satan, Hell has never been cooler.

The Cranberries - “Zombie”

While “Zombie” isn’t about the literal walking dead, it’s instead a chilling look into the mind of mindless mortals.

Daniel Johnston - “Casper the Friendly Ghost”

Even though he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, outsider pop legend Daniel Johnston’s cassette classic recalls innocence and death.

Bauhaus - “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

Bauhaus was Goth way before “Goth” was sold at Hot Topic for semi-unaffordable prices.

Die Antwoord - “I Fink U Freeky”

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Die Antwoord’s ode to all the weirdos out there is perfect for a creepy dance party.

Gogol Bordello - “Break the Spell”

Although not a song about literal gypsy curses, we can all dream, can’t we?

Violent Femmes - “Country Death Song”

It doesn’t get eerier than the Violent Femmes’ chilling account of an Appalachian hillbilly murder suicide.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - “Halloween”

How much more Halloween can it get with song called “Halloween” that contains lyrics about trick ‘r’ treatin’? It doesn't.

Marilyn Manson - “This is Halloween”

It ain’t Halloween without a healthy dose of Nightmare before Christmas, and by healthy I mean downright obsessive viewings.


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