Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Party Playlist

Hey everyone!
So I know its a little early for this entry, but I cant help myself. As I'm sure you're all aware, Halloween is slowly creeping up on us. Personally, this is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Yes, I am aware that it is nothing more than corporate designed nonsense to make us spend money and temporarily give up on those healthy diets to splurge on sugar, but you have to admit the simple fact... its FUN! So in honor of upcoming holiday festivities, here is my list of top ten songs for those halloween parties some of you may be busy planning.

10. Ghost Busters Theme: because what is halloween without classic theme songs? Definitely a good way to break the ice in a big group and get everyone involved!

9. Halloween by The Creepshow: kind of self explanatory... it doesn't get much better, a song called Halloween by a band called the Creepshow? It just demands a place on any playlist. You could also look into the original version which is by the Misfits if you're looking for something a little heavier in the punk genre.

8. Pet Sematary by The Ramones: Again, the marriage of rock music and classic horror films make this a perfect fit. "I don't wanna be buried in a pet sematary, don't want to live my life again" The Creepshow also does a great cover of this if you want a more modern sound for your party :P Other covers: Michelle Darkness, Rammstein

7. Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper: What is "horror rock" without a little Alice Cooper? Not exactly a dance track, but its eerie and haunting in sound & lyrics so its great for atmosphere.

6. Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson: This version is a long way from the original performed by Gloria Jones back in 1964. Soft Cell also does a great cover, but for this list, I highly recommend Manson. This version of the track combines a well known classic with a metal/techno edge and creepy vocal style. Very halloween-esque.

5. American Psycho by The Misfits: Very morbid and for lack of better words, evil? haha. This band is known for their "horror punk" music, so definitely look into a couple of their songs if you want some good halloween related punk/hardcore.

4. Time Warp by Rocky Horror Picture Show (movie): This is right out of a classic halloween styled musical, and perfect for getting everyone dancing. You cant back out on this one, there are no excuses since it tells you exactly how to do it!

3. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins: An oldie but a goodie. A little more bluesy than the other tracks, but its a great song to play around halloween. If you like the song itself but want something a little different, search through some of the covers by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Katie Melua, Marilyn Manson or others. This song has been remade in various styles so its up to you what you like!

2. Thriller by Michael Jackson: Why not honor the late great king of pop this halloween by playing this at your party? Who doesn't instantly think of dancing zombies when this track comes on?

1. The Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Picket: Because you absolutely cannot have a halloween party without this track. Its the ultimate necessity. Everyone will know it and have a good laugh.

So thats my list, hope you enjoy the recommendations. Do you have any favorite halloween themed tracks to add to the list? Let me know, I'd love some help building my own list, so please feel free to share :)

Thanks & Happy Early Halloween Preparations!
Rock On
- Girl At The Rock Show


  1. this is a killer playlist.
    i think you managed to cover all the halloween classics.
    GOOD JOB :)