Three things make a party: booze, chicks and tunes. Take any one away and it’s just a bunch of people in a room. On Halloween, you need music that fits the spooky theme of your party. The following songs provide an excellent backdrop for getting totally ignorant on horrific
Your party isn’t a Halloween party without this classic 1962 jam. We’d recommend the Beach Boys version, but you really have to see Mike Love creeping it up to appreciate the humor. “Monster Mash” is pretty much the “Winter Wonderland” of Halloween.
Fun fact: The UK banned this song from 1962 to 1973.
“Halloween” by The Misfits
Few bands have made Halloween into a lifestyle quite like The Misfits. Legions of imitators have donned guyliner and sleeveless leather jackets. None match the four bridge-and-tunnel guidos shunned by the rest of the CBGB punk scene for being too much like Kiss.
Tip: Skip the sequel, “Halloween II,” unless you actually want your guests to fall asleep.
“Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Sure, Gravediggaz wrote scarier raps, but they never did any this fun. A total novelty rap from the height of ’80s slashermania, this song tells the tale of an encounter between the rap duo and Freddy Krueger.
Fun fact: Apparently A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge inspired this song, not the original. So there’s that.
“Dragula” by Rob Zombie
This song has become a stock feature in horror films. That just makes it a contemporary classic. You don’t want a steady block of heavy music at a party, but throwing this one in brings a little aggressive energy.
Tip: When guests begin passing out in a candy corn and booze coma, bump this track and watch things get jumping again.
“Season of the Witch” by Donovan
So good, they named a Halloween movie after it. It’s not just the lyrical content that’s creepy. The normally laidback, easygoing Donovan is still easygoing and laidback… he’s just a little spookier on this track. You really get the sense that scary, scary things are not too far around the corner.
Fun fact: Ione Skye’s dad? The singer of this song.