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Want to make your own Halloween party mix? This page reviews individual songs that are just perfect for Halloween. Find them in your CD collection or download them on you favorite online site to create the perfect mix for Halloween. If you're just looking for precompiled Halloween albums, see the music reviews.


Title:

Monster Mash

Artist:

Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

Album:

Monster Mash (1962)

Category:

Humor

Description: The Monster Mash is one of the most widely known Halloween themed songs and belongs on every Halloween mix ever made. It's a good pop song that isn't the least bit scary for children.

Title:

Thriller

Artist:

Michael Jackson

Album:

Thriller (1982)

Category:

Pop

Description: Every child of the 80's is familiar with this song, and more importantly the video of this song. The spooky lyrics and melodies are enough to give your younger children nightmares, but the older children will adore the zombies, ghouls, and werewolves.

Title:

The Addams Family

Artist:

Vic Mizzy

Album:

Various (1964)

Category:

Theme

Description: The most apropos TV theme of course would be the original theme song to The Addams Family. Although the number of people who actually saw the show when it was on the air is growing smaller, thanks to the movies and later cartoons even the younger crowds are still familiar with the theme.

Title:

Bad Moon

Artist:

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Album:

Green River (1969)

Category:

Classic Rock

Description: This song fits perfectly with Halloween with topics like nasty weather, and preparing to die. It's is often used in movies and television as a theme that is a harbinger of doom.

Title:

This Is Halloween

Artist:

Danny Elfman

Album:

The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack (1993)

Category:

Sing-a-long

Description: This is one of the most popular songs from the movie. It's uses plenty of Halloween themes and features lyrics like "I am the clown with the tear-away face" and "life's no fun without a good scare".

Title:

Witchy Woman

Artist:

The Eagles

Album:

Eagles (1972)

Category:

Classic Rock

Description: Although metaphor is being used throughout the song, its constant witch references to witches (she's a restless spirit on an endless flight) really allow the song to be heard in a Halloween style. The sound also gives a nice chilling feel as well.

Title:

He's Back

Artist:

Alice Cooper

Album:

Constrictor (1986)

Category:

Metal

Description: Alice Cooper composed He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The sound is at the same level of hokieness as the movie. A child may be frightened, but a teen or adult will find it humorous.

Title:

Ghostbusters

Artist:

Ray Parker Jr.

Album:

Ghostbusters Soundtrack (1984)

Category:

Theme

Description: This song was a major theme in the mid-eighties thanks to the popularity of Ghostbusters. It has the wonderful catch phrases, "Who you gonna call?" and "I ain't afraid of no ghost!". Also, because it's closeness with Ghostbusters, it's about ghosts and the supernatural which is very important for Halloween.

Title:

The Time Warp

Artist:

Richard O'Brien

Album:

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Category:

Dance

Description: The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a staple Halloween movie for many fans, and the epic song The Time Warp is the epitome of audience participation. Not only does the song give instructions on how to dance it, but the lyrics and music totally rock.

Title:

Halloween Theme

Artist:

John Carpenter

Album:

Halloween Soundtrack (1983)

Category:

Theme

Description: Halloween was a very popular film, that was released on a shoe-string budget. Aside from writing and directing the film, John Carpenter also scored it. The movie's theme is nice an eerie, the way a slasher film's theme should be.

Title:

Graveyard Picnic

Artist:

Voltaire

Album:

Boo Hoo (2002)

Category:

Gothic

Description: Voltaire's music melds classic literature with nice dark gothic themes. This song plays with references to much of Edgar Allen Poe's macbre tales like The Raven, The Conqueror Worm, Annabel Lee, and The Telltale Heart.

Title:

House of 1000 Corpses

Artist:

Rob Zombie

Album:

The Sinister Urge (2001)

Category:

Metal

Description: This gruesome song is the title track to the horror film directed by Rob Zombie. While certainly not a song for younger children, fans of heavy metal music and the themes found in horror films will find great pleasure in this song.

Title:

Halloween

Artist:

Aqua

Album:

Aquarius (2000)

Category:

Dance

Description: Like most of Aqua's songs, this bubblegum pop dance song contains a nice hopping rhythm along with cute lyrics. The telephone stalker mixed with a villain from the past are obvious references to Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Title:

The Munsters Theme

Artist:

Jack Marshall II

Album:

Various (1964)

Category:

Theme

Description: The powerful brass section in this instrumental theme gives it a nice bold sound. Although not as popular as The Addams Family, The Munsters was a similar creepy family show that came out around the same time.