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Spooky, Scary, Spine-tingling Songs to Celebrate Halloween

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It’s officially spooky season, and there’s no better way to get in the mood than listening to a specially-curated Halloween playlist.

Whether gearing up for a Halloween party, meandering around a pumpkin patch or just going for a walk to gander at the fallen leaves and holiday decorations, The Phoenix has compiled a list of songs to fuel all of your Halloween excursions.

Click the Spotify post at the end to see the entire playlist.

“Bonnie and Clyde” by Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg

French singers Bridgitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg lure you into their sultry and sinister song “Bonnie and Clyde.” The song is written about two of the most infamous serial killers whose love affair and killing spree shocked the world in the 1930s.

More recently, Los Angeles band Great Northern covered the song in English, where it was featured on “Gossip Girl” in an incredibly chilling episode introduction in season six.

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

Rockwell’s 1984 paranoia-themed breakout song featuring a creepy organ intro and chorus with Michael Jackson is just the trick to get into the Halloween mood. It’s the right amount of spooky while also maintaining a strong beat. A clever mashup of the song with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” has also become a recent TikTok trend.

“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

This might seem like a random song to add to a Halloween playlist, but if you’re a Vampire Diaries fan, you’ll know exactly why it was added. 

In one of the best scenes of the entire series, “Feel so Close” is the song that characters Damon and Elena dance to at a Halloween frat party where they ironically “dress up” as — you guessed it — vampires.

“Time Warp” by Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien

“Time Warp” from the campy cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a great addition to a Halloween playlist, especially for musical theatre lovers out there. Honestly the entire soundtrack is full of Halloween bangers, but we digress.

The song has dance steps embedded in the lyrics; usually the audience would participate at a live show. Perfect for a Halloween party, this peppy song and dance is sure to get people up and moving.

“Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The New York-based rock band, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, repeat “off with your head” and entice you to “dance till you’re dead” in their 2009 clubby, gothic-rave song.

While maybe not as famous as some other songs on the list, it has been featured in media such as “Glee,” (they sang a “Thriller” / “Heads Will Roll mashup,”) “American Horror Story,” as well as a recent TikTok trend.

“Disturbia” by Rihanna

Rihanna asks “Am I scaring you tonight?” in her clubby, spine-chilling song from arguably her best album, “Good Girl Gone Bad.” 

The music video for “Disturbia” is, well, disturbing. It’s punk, filled with monsters, witches, spiders, and exorcisms. The early 2000s throwback is the perfect song to throw it back to this Halloween.

“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

The 1978 song by Warren Zevon began as a joke after he was told he should write a song inspired by the 1935 film “Werewolf of London.” 

Throughout his song, Zevon tells the tale of a terrifying yet suave and well-dressed werewolf who preys on the ladies in London.

Filled with ridiculously wacky lyrics and wolf cries, the song became a hit with the song’s iconic beat being replicated in other works, such as “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock.

‘Calling all the Monsters” by China Anne McClain

China Anne McClain’s 2011 Disney Channel “Monstober” hit has continued to stay relevant every Halloween since. In fact, McClain and her two sisters Lauryn and Sierra recently filmed a new music video for the song’s 10th anniversary.

“Secret” by The Pierces

The 2007 tune by sister duo The Pierces and made famous as the theme song for “Pretty Little Liars” is a chilling addition to any spooky playlist. about taking a secret to the grave, and how “two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.”

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Although “Thriller” is an obvious choice for Halloween, we still had to include this iconic 1982 song — with an even more iconic music video — by Michael Jackson. 

When a date night out at the movies turns into a blood-thirsty zombie fest, Michael reveals to his girlfriend that he’s one of them. This instantly recognizable, spooky tune is irresistible around the creepiest time of year.

“Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

The theme song to the 1984 film of the same name is another obvious choice for a Halloween playlist. With its upbeat melody and sing-along style lyrics, this is another fun song to hype people up at a Halloween party.

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