How to Spookify Your Playlist

Around again comes the seasonal dilemma: when I yearn for skeleton memes and colorful leaves, how can I maximize the spookiness of my Halloween playlist? Take a break from your differential calculus class, because I’ve already done the optimization calculations; here are the best songs to pumpkin-spice up your spooky playlist!


“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

We’re starting off with THE classic Halloween song that is guaranteed to get the party popping. Despite its ubiquity in the very essence of Halloween, “Thriller” maintains its timeless charm with its notorious chorus and infectious dance moves. Come on, you can’t tell me you weren’t expecting this to be on here somewhere.

“This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas

While any song from this childhood favorite would immediately put us in the mood for trick-or-treating, “This is Halloween” is a must-have for any fall activity. Whether it’s covered by Panic! At The Disco, Marilyn Manson, or from the original soundtrack, it’s definitely not Halloween until everyone hails to the pumpkin song.

The Addams Family Theme Song

Who can resist the overwhelming compulsion to snap along after only the first four notes of this harpsichord introduction to the creepy, kooky Addams family? The sheer power of this alone makes this song deserving of a spot on your Halloween playlist.

“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett

In a similar fashion to “Milkshake” by Kellis, “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett will bring all the monsters to your yard to do a fun little dance. It’s quite interesting to see, actually.

“Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I’m willing to bet actual monetary currency that nobody you know dislikes musicals. Plus, musicals where you can dance along to the songs? It’s no contest: do the timewarp again and again and again and again and again and

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

While our generation may associate this song more with Geico commercials, the premise is actually quite frightening. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want somebody watching me (I want my privacy).

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. (from “Ghostbusters”)

Whether or not you happen to have a persistent ghost problem, you can still call on the Ghostbusters for all your Halloween-inspired needs.

“Nightmare on My Street” by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

Let the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff take you through their experience with Freddie Kreuger in the scariest song on this list.

“I Put A Spell on You” by Bette Midler (from “Hocus Pocus”)

Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” will forever live in our hearts as one of the best feel-good Halloween movies to date. Don’t you think that makes it worthy of a spot?

“Spooky, Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold [Extended Remix by The Living Tombstone]

For memelords everywhere, and for the rest of us who just love skeletons an abnormal amount, this song is an anthem. May the skeleton war rage on.

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