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5 Songs to Get You in the Halloween Spirit…That Aren’t “Thriller”!

The Skeleton Dance

Halloween is only 20 days away! I feel like it’s all zipping by too fast. As I grind away watching at least one horror film a day, I find myself wanting more time. More time for horror movies! More time for HALLOWEEN!! Okay, let me calm down just a tad.

Seriously, though, as soon as October the 1st rolls around, I try to infuse my day with as much Halloween goodness as possible; whether it be scary flicks, spooky podcasts, haunted house excursions, pumpkin coffee/baking/life…I love it all. I also enjoy listening to some ghostly tunes to get me in the spirit of the season too.

When it comes to Christmas music, you can find just about every possible variation of a Xmas carol to suit your personal taste: EDM “Jingle Bells”, punk rock “Rudolph”, or hip hop “Oh, Holy Night”. There are some great Halloween songs, but they’re not as easy to come by. Of course, we have the classics, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or the original Halloween Party anthem, “The Monster Mash”.

But if you’re planning a Halloween bash, or just need to get into the Halloween spirit, you’re going to need more than just a couple of tracks to keep the party alive. Here are five alternatives to get your skeletal remains thumping to the beat.

“Halloweenhead” – Ryan Adams

This is possibly my favorite Halloween themed track. It just captures the spirit and vibe of a night out seeking some ghoulish debauchery. While the video doesn’t drip with that Halloween atmosphere one would expect from the lyrics, there’s a sense that in some retirement home come October 31st this is exactly what you might see.

“Dracula” – Sharon Needles

Almost any video from Sharon Needles, drag’s very own Queen of Darkness, would fit on this list, but I’ve chosen the lead single from her 2nd album, Taxidermy. While the song is fairly disposable pop fluff, the video for “Dracula” is pretty fantastic. We’re given high fashion history rundown on famous pop culture bloodsuckers from Nosferatu, Count Chocula, and even some Kiefer Sutherland-Lost Boys realness.

“Everyday is Halloween” – Ministry

The title of the song really says it all. Also, this fan-made video is a cool super cut of classic horror movie moments.

“Walk Like a Zombie” – The Horrorpops

In the mood for some rockabilly love on Halloween night? Sprinkle some black rose petals across the floor and queue up this tune for that special undead-one in your life. You can thank me later.

“Move Your Dead Bones” – Dr. Reanimator

I – DON’T – HAVE – A – CLUE how something like this exists. What I do know is that it’s amazing. “Move your dead bones-bones-bones/You’ll dance for the rest of your life” – That’s just a sampling of the stunning lyrical prowess of Dr. Reanimator. So, this video was featured as a bonus on the Beyond Ranimator DVD. I have no clue if it was meant to be funny or…it had to be, right? Either way, prepare to laugh and have this stuck in your head for the rest of your life.

That’s five horrific tunes for the season of the witch. What are some of your favorite deep cut Halloween tracks?

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Zachary Paul

I'm a long time horror nerd and wannabe director. My inspirations are varied from Wes Craven, Dario Argento, George Romero, Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter, and even some John Waters and Joss Whedon. My tastes are all over the place within the genre. Give me highbrow, gross out, slow burn, rubber suit wearing, action/horror hybrid...I love it all. I enjoy writing and talking about all aspects of horror. BONUS FACT: I love cooking and eating anything with pumpkin in it. Find me on Twitter @BringBackMM :)
  • I would like to add Zombie Girl – The One Who Walk At Night


  • Michael M

    “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” by Alice Cooper

  • Matt

    I am an old school metal head. While these may be out of your comfort zone, here are a couple for you – “Halloween” by King Diamond (truly any song by the King would be great “terror” music), and “Halloween” by Helloween. I was going to mention the Alice Cooper song “Keepin’ Halloween Alive”, but someone already beat me to it. Alice is another one where almost any of his songs would be appropriate. (Notables – “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” the theme from Friday part 6, “I Love the Dead”, “Welcome to my Nightmare”, “Devil’s Food/Black Widow” (Devil’s food featuring the late, great Vincent Price before he appeared on “Thriller”.) If you don’t like the music, at least check out the lyrics. You may just get a kick out of them.

  • Randy Meyer

    Anything from King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, and Alice Cooper are great. But, if you want something a little different, there is two from a band called Total Coelo (I Eat Cannibals and Dracula’s Tango), and Lordi (they have several videos on YouTube. Check them out)