Halloween Party Music

Halloween is just around the corner and you must be planning for a party. If you're trying to make the perfect playlist and 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' is the best song you can think of, I've cut your work short for you. Just pick this list up, slap it on the speakers, and dance the night off!
CelebrationJoy Staff
Did You Know
According to Billboard, 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson is the most famous and most-downloaded song for Halloween. As of now, it is the best-selling album of all time, with sales over 65 million copies.
If there ever was a day that called for extravagance on the dark side, it's Halloween. When the skeletons creep out from their graves, the ghosts roam freely in the streets, and candy doesn't seem to run out. The costumes are as wild, crazy, and scary as you can imagine. You can't have a great Halloween without that special playlist of songs that all the creepy cats can groove to.
All-time Popular Halloween Party Songs
As with every theme party, there are a few songs that you just can't skip if you want to host a bone-chilling, banshee-screaming spookfest. So leave your brooms in the closet and hold on to your skulls, because any party with these songs is bound to let the bodies hit the floor!
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
One of CCR's greatest hits, this song is as creepy as it is famous. Although the lyrics are bleak, the music is typical CCR and makes for a great Halloween number.
Bark at the Moon
Ozzy Osbourne
One of the Ozzman's biggest songs is also the perfect Halloween song. It's about this werewolf who dies and his ghost returns, seeking revenge.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
The Charlie Daniels Band
Country, the Devil, and the fiddle - three things that make for a classic. You can't miss out on this one.
Rob Zombie
You can't get more Halloween-y than Rob Zombie driving a replica coffin-car based on Grandpa Munster's 'Koach'.
Ray Parker, Jr.
This track is meant for fun. Watch the crowd smile and laugh when this song plays.
Ozzy Osbourne
Meant for the headbangers in the house. You can choose either Ozzy's version or even the Motörhead one, they're both great.
Monster Mash
Bobby Pickett
This is the Halloween song, meant to be played in the thick of the party. Everyone knows this one and it's easy to groove to it.
Stevie Wonder
This is your failsafe song. If nothing clicks, play this one. Even if someone hasn't heard it yet (quite impossible, but you never know), it's funky enough to loosen people up.
The Addams Family Theme Song
Vic Mizzy
Another useful track to help your guests break the ice and get comfortable. A great nostalgia piece to remember your childhood.
This is Halloween
Marilyn Manson
The original track composed by Danny Elfman is good, but I like Manson's version more.
Michael Jackson
The amount of times you'll be playing this song is just ridiculous. Ridiculous enough to succeed, that is! If you can't make your guests dance when this song starts playing, then I don't know what will. It will be requested by someone again, and again. And again. It just doesn't get old!
Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix
Black magic references apart, this is one of Jimi's best works ever. You can have it playing in the background while people arrive to your party and get with the conversations.
Frank Sinatra
This Halloween classic is bound to get people in the mood to socialize.
Other Popular Halloween Songs
If your guests still haven't got the moves like a Jagger zombie, then I've got a lot more you can use to make their bones start crackling.
A Nightmare on My Street - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Boris the Spider - The Who
Count Crow's Halloween Spooktacular - Count Crow
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Devil with a Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder
Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I'm Your Boogie Man - White Zombie
It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
Love Potion #9 - The Clovers
Monster - Lady Gaga
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
She Wolf - Shakira
Super Freak - Rick James
Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
Teeth - Lady Gaga
The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Exorcist Theme - Mike Oldfield
Walking on Air - Kerli
Walking With a Ghost in Paris - Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo
Witchy Woman - Eagles
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
Classical Music for Halloween
The above list was more suited for grooving than spooking. But if you want a real chill down your spine, you have to go way back, to the days of classical music. Creepify your house, start playing these compositions for all the little trick-or-treaters, and make your place the one they never forget.
  • Dance of Terror - Manuel De Falla
  • Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Firebird Suite - Stravinsky
  • Isle of the Dead Op. 29 - Rachmaninoff
  • Le Streghe Op. 8 - Paganini
Kids' Halloween Music
Here are a few final additions, just for the mini-ghouls and milk-tooth terrors.
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead - The Wizard of Oz
Deep in the Dark Forest - Various Artists
Princess Katie & Racer Steve Halloween Song
Monsters in the Bathroom - Bill Harley
Spongebob Squarepants Theme
Hedwig's Theme - Harry Potter
That's How a Pumpkin Grows - Brian Vogan
Five Little Pumpkins
It's Halloween
With these aforementioned songs, I am sure your Halloween party will not be boring! So update your playlist right away and get started on those party preparations.