Halloween is near! I know these words will sound terribly dated in a year or two, if they don’t already, but I like to burn1 a playlist of my favorite Halloween music onto a CD2 so I can listen to then when I’m driving3.
1: record onto physical media
2: a piece of plastic used to store digital music in the physical world
3: people in my time didn’t have self-driving cars)
I’m due to put together a new playlist, but here’s the one I’ve been listening to for the last few years.
- Monster – Fred Schneider. This monster is in his pants!
- Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo. My favorite Halloween-related song.
- Fright Night – J. Geils Band. From the original movie. Very 80s.
- This Is Halloween – Danny Elfman. From The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- The Blue Wrath – I Monster. Used at the beginning of Shaun of the Dead.
- Partytime (Zombie Version) – 45 Grave. From Return of the Living Dead.
- Halloween (She Get So Mean) – Rob Zombie, from his Halloween Hootenanny album.
- Zombi – Zombie Nation. Also from Shaun Of The Dead.
- Addams Family Jazzy Theme – Czech Quartet. A jazzy cover.
- Gravewalk – Satan’s Pilgrims. Also from Halloween Hootenanny.
- The Time Warp – Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell & Cast. From The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- The Munsters – The Ventures. Another unusual cover.
- Ribcage Mambo – Frenchy. Also from Halloween Hootenanny.
- Puttin’ On The Ritz – John Morris, Gene Wilder, Danny Boyle. From Young Frankenstein.
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
- The Gonk (Remix) – Kid Koala / The Noveltones. From Shaun of the Dead (and, before that, Dawn of the Dead).
- Devil Woman – Cliff Richard. (I really need to complete the trilogy by adding Evil Woman and Witchy Woman.)
- Back From The Dead – Spinal Tap.
- Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck. (Admittedly a weak connection to Halloween, but I love the song so there.)
- Theme From ‘Young Frankenstein’ – Rhythm Heritage. From Young Frankenstein.
- The Raven – Read by Christopher Walken, from Closed on Account of Rabies.
I’d love it if you shared some of YOUR favorite Halloween songs with me here! What do you like to listen to when it’s the haunting season?