Whether hosting a costume party or just enjoying music with a spooky theme, these songs belong on nearly everyone’s Halloween CD. The selection ranges from classic to modern, from eerie to fun, beginning with…
- Halloween Theme: This classic theme song from the famous horror movie adds that perfectly creepy element to this holiday. No Halloween or costume party could go without it.
- Ghostbusters Theme: Sure, the guitar riff in this song sounds suspiciously similar to another song released earlier the same year. But who really cares when everyone enjoys singing along to these lyrics?
- Monster Mash: This song has survived decades for a reason. It serves as a fun staple for every Halloween party.
- I Put a Spell on You: I personally prefer the Bette Midler version from Hocus Pocus. I grew up with this family-friendly Halloween film, which is a favorite around this time of year.
- Thriller: This list could not possibly be complete without Michael Jackson’s most famous hit. Even better than the song itself is the lengthy music video with its werewolf theme.
- House of 1000 Corpses: Rob Zombie created this more modern song for the soundtrack of the movie by the same name. Although less kid-friendly, it really captures the horror theme via lyrics that describe cannibalism that adults can use at their Halloween parties.
- Sweet Dreams: Marilyn Manson offers an awesome rendition of this ’80s hit that makes it super spooky. Such movies as House on Haunted Hill and Gamer feature this song on their soundtracks.
- Voodoo: I remember first hearing this Godsmack song during the end credits of the MTV series Fear. It has an eerie tone and rhythm with lyrics that suit it well for Halloween.
- Avoid the Light: This Pantera song features powerful vocals and an amazing guitar solo. It was created for the Dracula 2016 soundtrack and, therefore, contains vampire-themed lyrics.
- Forsaken: This song was written for the Queen of the Damned soundtrack with, once again, vampire-themed lyrics. It also contains strong vocals and a great sound for celebrating this holiday.
Plenty of other songs could have made this list, but the above made it into the top ten. On the other hand, if burning a mixed CD for Halloween, then plenty of space would still be left for more. Honorable mentions include Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” the X-Files theme song, and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”