Gotcha! It’s almost time to don your favorite costume and pretend you’re only trick-or-treating for your kids—but we know you just want some fun-size candy bars for yourself! And while costumes and candy are an integral part of Halloween fun, a playlist packed with spooky music really is the best way to set the scene and make your house the most haunting one on the block. Here are five of our favorite picks:
“This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Let Mr. Jack Skellington and his pals thoroughly creep out your guests and trick or treaters with this song from the now-classic film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Between the chilling cries of children in the background and the moans of the Halloweentown citizens, this bizarrely perfect ode to both Halloween and Christmas deserves a place at the top of your Halloween playlist.
“Werewolves in London” by Warren Zevon
Howling? Check. Creepy lyrics about werewolves? Check. Is there anything else you need for a perfect Halloween song? Probably not. Make sure to give Warren Zevon’s genius a spot on your spooky playlist.
“Monster Mash” by Groovie Ghoulies
If you’re looking for a little Halloween fun that’s safe for the kids (meaning it won’t give them nightmares), this classic Groovie Ghoulies Halloween tune is perfect for getting kiddos into the Halloween spirit. Bonus: create a fun dance move to go along with this fun song and they’ll be shaking their little tails all night!
“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
This dark, creepy cult classic, which comescourtesy of the twisted circus that lives inside Danny Elfman’s head, is perfect for a grown-up Halloween party. “Dead Man’s Party” is equal parts storytelling and catchy hooks, with an upbeat horn section to keep people dancing.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
It would probably be some sort of crime against humanity to leave “Thriller” off of a Halloween playlist, right? Right. This is one of those songs that almost can’t be played without the video. So get the projector fired up, find your poodle skirt and brush up on your zombie moves. Thriller is required Halloween party music.