Michael Jackson (1983) One of the most popular songs of all-time.Everyone remembers what they were doing when this song came out. Even I do, and I was in kindergarten at the time! This song has very high dance-ability, and features the creepy voice of Vincent Price, followed by a crazy, cackling laughter that scares little ones.
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr. (1984). “I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!” From the 1984 movie with the same name, this song is catchy, danceable, and everyone knows the lyrics.
Witchy Woman by The Eagles (1972). The Eagles say this slow, intense tune was not meant to portray a woman as evil, but as a seductress. But we still love to hear Don Henley crooning “she’s got the moon in her eyes” and wail during the drum solo. Better for chilling out, not so much for dancing.
Spooky by Classics IV (1968). Along the same lines as Witchy Woman, this song has a more mellow groove. “Love is kind of crazy with a spooky little girl like you”. Not very scary, but still played a lot during Halloween time.
Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band (1979). The song about a fiddle playing boy who defeats the devil in a contest and wins a golden fiddle. Seems a little corny, I know, but the fiddle solo in the song is very creepy! Very high dance-ability.
Bat out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977). The ultimate “motorcycle crash song”. The noise is actually the sound of an electric guitar. Not too scary but a cool song.
Nightmare on My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1988). I remember listening to this song on the radio a lot as a kid. The song tells the story of the Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger trying to get the singers. Very cool beat, a usual theme for Jeff and the Prince. Mediocre dance-ability, but a very fitting Halloween tune.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (1976).Love this one! It’s catchy tunes mask the dark undertone of the song about committing suicide. Also love the guitar solo in the middle of the song. Very eerie.