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A Halloween Playlist

By: Ashlyn Kafer

For those that celebrate Halloween, a solid Halloween soundtrack is essential for the spookiest time of year. With much deliberation and careful consideration, I curated a Halloween playlist with all the classics for this season! The 30 song playlist is best played shuffled for thrill factor and variety!

Made with the intention of being played in the solidarity of your home, the background of a costume party, or drumming through your earbuds; this playlist is perfect for any festive occasion this Halloween season. Hits such as “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, and “Calling All the Monsters” by modern pop icon China Anne McClain allow for many sing-along opportunities! These songs are fairly directed towards the Halloween season, but some are simply based on the overall “vibe” of the song. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell and “Them Changes” by Thundercat have grown increasingly popular in mainstream media and have lyrics and harmonies that allude to a chill, but creepy atmosphere that add depth to the music selection. Other songs based on vibes are “Sweetest Perfection” and “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode, “Be My Druidess” by Type O Negative, and “People are Strange” by The Doors which all incorporate either fright inducing lyrics or chilling background tracks despite the lyrics.

Looking past vibes and popularity, many songs which make a great themed playlist are (as the name suggests) theme songs from various applicable TV shows and movies. “Ghostbusters” from Ghostbusters, “This Is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, “Goosebumps Theme” from Goosebumps, and “Cry Little Sister” from The Lost Boys have somewhat characterized this thrilling time of year and have been prominent throughout the majority of the 21st century. “Goosebumps Theme” and “Cry Little Sister” are less to do with their relevance to the Halloween season but their significance in two highly consumed media pieces that are most often geared towards the spooky theme. “This Is Halloween” and “Ghostbusters” are not only classics, but easy to sing-along to and to dance to! They add a nostalgic and upbeat feel to some of the more general songs.

Many of the songs were not made for Halloween either. “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads, and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult are all songs not created for the purpose of being put in an all encompassing Halloween playlist, but they fit the genre as they incorporate many aspects of the season. “Zombie” has the title and the chilling vocals of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan to give it the essence of Halloween. “Psycho Killer” incorporates one of many popular Halloween activities, which is the viewing of horror movies. The title and strange lyrics make you feel like a star in Scream or Nightmare on Elm Street. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is a classic in everyday terms, but also creates imagery of The Grim Reaper and a spooky chain of events.

A Halloween playlist is crucial to having a rocking Halloween season, characterizing your daily adventures. Will you be “Spellbound” with Siouxsie and the Banshees? Or taking “Love Potion No. 9” with The Clovers? The choice is yours! Enjoy this Halloween and stay safe.

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