Looking for some songs to add to a Halloween Party Playlist? Just want to get into the spirit of the week? Here are the Mirror Staff’s top Halloween song picks:
1) “I Put A Spell on You” – Bette Middler
It’s been 24 years since Disney released “Hocus Pocus,” and the film never once stopped being one of the most watched and most popular Halloween movies. Not only is the entire film centered around Halloween day, it also hits every Halloween image from talking black cats and witches to disappearing children and zombies. Yet, one of the best parts of the film is the creepy soundtrack. While all of the songs are very Halloween-esq, one of the most memorable is Bette Middler’s modified cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell on You.” Chilling and creepy, yet fun, this is a fantastic song to listen to when getting excited for, or on the day of, Halloween.
2) “Ghost Busters” – Ray Parker Jr.
The iconic “Ghost Busters” theme was written and released in 1984. It ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list for three weeks and was nominated for best original song during the 57th Academy Awards. This song is more fun than creepy, but it has to do with ghosts and the original film is almost universally accepted as being fantastic. The 2016 remake of the same name, on the other hand, is a bit more controversial.
3) “This is Halloween” – “Nightmare Before Christmas” Cast
This song is from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” which, to me, is about the scariest Halloween film. I’ve only managed to watch until a quarter of the way through the “Oogie Boogies” song, after which I left the room and never looked back. That being said, I love the soundtrack and this is one of my favorite Halloween songs. The song was created by Marilyn Mason and is sung by the entire cast. It’s all about a town called Halloween where Halloween is celebrated and prepared for all year ‘round with the town’s inhabitants being all of the Halloween creatures from witches and zombies to animated skeletons and goblins. It’s funny, it’s creepy, it introduces the storyline of the film in a way that does not seem expository… and that’s how you know I’m a film major.
4) “Time Warp” – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Cast
“Time Warp” is a song from the 1975 cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Fun, jumpy and with both a great beat and built in dance steps — this is a party song that is not exclusively played around Halloween. What makes it perfect for the holiday is the film itself which is horrifying, creepy and at times very uncomfortable. One of the main characters is also a “Sweet transvestite from transgender Transylvania” which is not only fun to say, but makes a great Halloween costume. In fact, most of the characters’ outfits make fantastic costumes. They’re an odd bunch.
5) “Addams Family Theme” – Vic Mizzy
“They’re Creepy and they’re Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky, They’re altogether Ooky, The Addams Family *Bah-Dah-Bah-Bah-Snap-Snap*” “The Addams Family” is funny, a bit creepy and very odd and the theme perfectly represents this. It is also, like the rest of the Mirror Staff’s favorite Halloween songs, more comedic than scary. This song was released with the original “Addams Family” television show in 1964, but has been re-done with different melodies for later versions such as the popular 1991“The Addams Family” movie and its 1993 sequel, “The Addams Family Values.” Along with “Hocus Pocus,” these films are among the most played Halloween movies during the Halloween season.