Thursday, October 08, 2009

Halloween Songs

I've been trying to think of songs for Halloween that aren't along the lines of your typical "Monster Mash." Don't get me wrong, there's certainly a time and a place for "the Mash" but I'm interested in music that's a little less...commercial. I want something that wouldn't appear in a Google search for "Top 10 Halloween Party Song List." Something that communicates everything that Halloween is without even topically mentioning Halloween. Something that captures the spirit of an Edgar Allen Poe story. The essence of autumn leaves. The smell of frost thawing in an already-harvested corn field or that feeling you get walking past a cemetery at night.

Any suggestions?


Heather said...

I finished my 3 disc Halloween series last night so I'm afraid I have much too much to share.

"We Only Come Out at Night" by Smashing Pumpkins.

"Blah Blah Blah" by Say Hi to Your Mom

"Sweet Heartkiller" by M83

"When the Lights Go Out," "No One Lives Forever" and by Oingo Boingo

"Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse

"Shadowplay" by the Killers

"Ramalama" and "Night of the Dancing Flame" by Roisin Murphy

"After Dark" by Tito and Tarantula

"Walk Like a Zombie" by the Horror Pops

and my two favorite not quite officially Halloween songs are
"All You Zombies" by the Hooters and "Heard Somebody Cry" by, of course, the Oingo Boingo.

Chester B. said...

Nice suggestions!
Thanks H.

farringtonfamily said...

Ryan .. There are some classical pieces with a somber feel, such as In the hall of the Mountain king.. by Grieg. Also Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber..It is a sad song but really beautiful. Danse Macabre by Sans Saens is great also. Good Luck!

Love, Mom

Matt & Candice said...

I thought Heather dropped some fine tunes for ya but here are a few others.

Cat Power "Werewolf"

Antsy Pants "Vampire"

Siouxsie y los Banshees "Halloween"

Sufjan Stevens "John Wayne Gacy, Jr."

Tim Armstrong "Among the Dead"

The Ramones "Pet Semetary"

Rob Zombie "Call of the Zombie" not really a song but certainly 30 seconds of creepness

Sonic Youth's "Halloween" has an eerie feel to it

Tiger Army, Nekromantix,the Cramps, the Misfits (hybrid moments is one of my personal favs)

Theme songs for shows like psycho, sleepy hollow, halloween, exorcist,

Matt & Candice said...

M83-graveyard girl

Matt & Candice said...

Horror Pops "Hitchcock Starlet"

Chester B. said...

Thanks guys!

Heather said...

"Sweet Sweet Heartkiller" is actually by Say Hi to Your Mom. I messed that up.

I second Matt & Candice's recommendations, particularly Graveyard Girl.

In the interest of presenting some older tunes that present a Halloween vibe, I also recommend the following:

"People Are Strange" by the Doors
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
"Bad Moon Rising" by CCR
"Sympathy for the Devil" by the Stones

I also really love this old version of "The Headless Horseman" by Kay Starr covering the song from the cartoon version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow."

And here are some ghost related tunes to consider:

"Ghost Town" by the Specials
"Ghost Town" by Shiny Toy Guns
"Little Ghost" by the White Stripes
"Ghosts" by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

and "Jack's Lament" from "Nightmare Before Christmas" is one of the best things ever.

Matt & Candice said...

Heather, it's obvious that you are completely rad. It saddens me that I can't check your blog anymore. Big hugs.


Heather said...


I read your blog, so I think it is only fair that you be able to read mine. Post your email address and I will send you an invite. I had to go private because I discovered during the interviewing process at my firm that most of the attorneys here had been reading my blog for a while and it was very awkward.

Matt & Candice said...


That would be awesome!! or

Fully understand about awkward co-workers.

Heather said...

Back on topic -

"Cross Bones Style" by Cat Power
"They are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Com Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!" by Sufjan Stevens.

They aren't party tunes but they are the perfect music to listen to while you brew up some fall soup or decorate gingerbread cookies to look like skeletons.

Ryan, what are you guys being for Halloween?

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