It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas (yet), but Halloween!! Who doesn’t love DIY costumes, free candy, and the crisp fall air.
You need the right tunes to match the atmosphere so you can really embrace those eerie end-of-October moods. If you’re looking for some Spooktacular songs, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of songs that will give you those spooky/Halloween/fall vibes.
Thriller by Michael Jackson
The slow build, the wolf howling, the evil laugh, and the choreographed dancing, it’s the OG tune that captures the spirit of Halloween. There’s a reason this song was the perfect choice for the trailer of Stranger Things season two. PSA: it’s out on Netflix tomorrow (October 27). Happy binging!
Seven Devils by Florence + The Machine
If you haven’t heard this underrated song by Florence + The Machine, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to have it on repeat. As mentioned in our previous article (7 underrated songs by Florence + The Machine), this haunting track will make you feel like you’re alone in a dark forest with “seven devils all around you.”
Bones by MS MR
You’re going to dig these bones. Also another brilliant choice for the Game of Thrones season 3 trailer. You can enjoy the song and get some costume inspiration.
Control by Halsey
After the first three seconds, you’ll be hooked, and you’ll be wondering “who is in control.”
Disturbia by Rihanna
Back when people were shook that Rihanna went from “A Girl Like Me” to “Good Girl Gone Bad,” Rihanna’s darker persona ushered in the era of bad girl RiRi. She did the “bad girl” so well that every Halloween we’ll be humming *Bum-bum-bee-dum bum-bum-bee-dum-dum*
Ghosts N’ Stuff by Deadmau5
Ghosts and EDM seem like the perfect Halloween combo. This song will have your speakers BOOming.
Zombie by The Pretty Reckless
If you haven’t listened to TPR before, Halloween is the perfect time to start. Taylor Momsen’s style and aesthetic is literally meant for Halloween (definitely shedding her Christmas Cindy Lou Who character). The band also recently won the Alternative Press Music Award for Best Hard Rock Artist, proving that their music matches their edgy style.
Welcome to the Black Parade
No Halloween playlist would be complete without a My Chemical Romance song. I’m still waiting for my father to take me into the city to see a marching band. Maybe next Halloween.
Enter the Circus by Christina Aguilera
The opening track on her 2006 album “Back to Basics,” this song is honestly quite frightening. You won’t believe your ears. The song then transitions to the second song, “Welcome,” but to be honest, the first part was way more exciting (and terrifying).
Devil In A Midnight Mass by Billy Talent
This music video terrified me as a child. As an adult, it still terrifies me.
This is Halloween
The anthem of Halloween. You never get tired of it because you play it on repeat for just one week every year (or maybe two if you’re one of those people that thinks “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Christmas movie). There’s also so many amazing covers of this song, it’s hard to pick just one, but for start we’d recommend the Marilyn Manson and Panic! At The Disco versions.
That’s all folks! Enjoy all your Halloween festivities!