Boo! 10 Scary Tunes For Halloween
It’s Halloween and that means blasting scary songs and macabre music to frighten and delight all the ghouls and boys.
Of course, iHeartRadio has you covered. Just access Halloween Radio on the app or online – but don’t listen alone.
If you’d rather make your own playlist, here are 10 terrifyingly fun tunes you’ll probably want to include:
The Shape Returns
For the Halloween reboot last year, John Carpenter updated his bone-chilling theme music (with some help from son Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies).
I’ll Kill You That Way
The Merkins and Taco Truck teamed up for this killer Backstreet Boys parody featuring Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface and Leatherface as the Slashstreet Boys. We really shouldn’t be surprised that Freddy Krueger can play guitar.
This Is Halloween
This song, written by Danny Elfman, was featured in Tim Burton’s 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas (quick, is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?!). Choose the original version or the covers by Marilyn Manson or Panic! At The Disco.
This Halloween classic, co-written and performed by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (whose real middle name was George), was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released in 1962. Fun fact: Canada’s Rush sampled “Monster Mash” for “Limbo” on their 1996 album Test for Echo.
The title track from Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit album wasn’t released as a single until January 1984 but the spectacular 14-minute video debuted in late 1983. If nobody at your Halloween party imitates the zombie dance moves when this song comes on, you need better friends.
It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. “Time Warp,” from the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show and 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is always a favourite at Halloween parties. Don’t forget to bring your knees in tight.
Werewolves of London
This Warren Zevon classic, from his 1978 album Excitable Boy, was co-produced by Jackson Browne and featured drums and bass by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie respectively. Remember, it's hard to howl with a mouth full of fun-size candy bars.
Ray Parker Jr.’s theme to the 1984 movie Ghostbusters was a hit and even earned an Original Song nomination at the Academy Awards – but Parker was later sued by Huey Lewis, who claimed the song sounded too much like his “I Want a New Drug.”
Feed My Frankenstein
Alice Cooper’s 1991 song, from Hey Stoopid, got lots of attention when Cooper performed it in Wayne’s World, starring Canada’s Mike Myers. Fun fact: The original version of the song was performed by Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction.
Season of the Witch
Donovan released “Season of the Witch” on his 1966 record Sunshine Superman. Who’s playing guitar on the track? None other than Jimmy Page, who went on to play for some little band called Led Zeppelin.
This is an updated version of a previously published article.