Freak out the trick-or-treaters

“Excuse me, mister, what is this terrifying music you’re playing?”

If you live in the type of neighborhood where you have trick-or-treaters coming to your door, you’ll likely want to take precautions that you don’t end up on the wrong end of a trick. In addition to giving great candy, I suggest you also supply some Halloween audio treats that are a bit more obscure than “Thriller.” Here’s a playlist that will ensure you not only really freak out the kids coming to your door, but that you don’t get egged or toilet papered, because they’ll be running away too quickly.

Click here to check it out on Spotify.

If you’re too scared to click there, I’ll prepare you by showing you in advance, all of the creepy tunes on there. It’s kinda like me telling you how the killer murdered the campers while you sit next to me in the cinema, covering your eyes.

Oh, before you start the playlist, click here to listen to the Ghosts songs quiz that I created a few years ago!

Donovan – “Season Of The Witch”
Yeah, it does seem a little cold to be the titular season that Donovan sings of, but you know the popular expression about this, right?

Roky Erickson and the Aliens – “I Walked With A Zombie”
“I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” “Monster Mash,” etc., a lot of Halloween music is just downright silly, and though this title certainly sounds like it could fit into that category, it somehow escapes that trap, mostly because Erickson actually comes across like he believes that he did in fact walk with a zombie.

Butthole Surfers – “Cherub”
This song from these Texas weirdos has a frightening quality where it’s almost a glimpse into the haunted thoughts of a psychopath, as singer Gibby Haynes laughs maniacally against nauseous guitars and screams things like, “I see bodies!”

Robert Johnson – “Me And The Devil Blues”
Another example of a narrator who sounds like he really believes the otherworldly thing he’s singing about. This track is violent, sickly, morose and it proves that the only thing scarier than metal on Halloween is delta blues. To tell you the truth, Robert Johnson is one of those artists, along with anything Glenn Danzig, where if you play anything by him, it will terrify anybody coming to your door.

Cat Power – “Werewolf”

Jeff Richmond and Tracy Morgan – “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”
OK, fine, so I couldn’t resist getting a little bit silly

Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
And really, can you legally make a Halloween playlist without putting “Thriller” on there? I think you get sued if you don’t include it.

Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”

Ministry – “Every Day Is Halloween”

Screaming Jay Hawkins – “I Put A Spell On You”

Bobby “Boris” Pickett – “Monster Mash”
Yeah, I think this one and the next one were both part of the aforementioned “‘Thriller’ playlist suit” of 1987, which guaranteed the inclusion of these songs on Halloween playlists

Ray Parker, Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
see above

Rosemary Clooney – “The Wobblin’ Goblin”
I used to sing this one in elementary school. Friggin’ LOVED it too! Bonus trivia: Rosemary is George’s aunt!

The Cramps – “I Was A Teenage Werewolf”

Sylvia Plath – “The Ghost’s Leavetaking”
It’s a little creepy to hear her reading her own work, isn’t it?

Nine Inch Nails – “01 Ghosts I”
Maybe not NIN’s scariest work, but it is kinda haunting

David McCallum – “House of Mirrors”
You may recognize this off-kilter instrumental as it was sampled by DJ Shadow on his track, “Dark Days,” but this 1967 original with its introductory groans and  building organ lends to a feeling that you’re running from a terrible monster.

The Young Werewolves – “Werewolf Fever”
We let the Young Werewolves put together a playlist in our paper! We have a few of the songs on their playlist on the ones we made, and we had to give them props for being so kind to us. Check out what they said by clicking here. Warning: I will not be able to give you a sneak preview of their choices. Sorry!

Skrillex – “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
One good “Scary Monsters” deserves another.

David Bowie – “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
Like I just said, one good “Scary Monsters” deserves another.

Pixies – “I Bleed”
This one doesn’t generally get picked as a Halloween jam, but listen to the lyrics and you will see that it’s pretty dang spooky!

The Ramones – “Pet Semetary”

Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”
You have now entered the metal section! Check out this crazy demo version! Lots of dead rats and a few priests cast into the fire. Yikes!

Iron Maiden – “The Number Of The Beast”

Alice In Chains – “Them Bones”

The Misfits – “Mommy Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight – Live”
Misfits are the punk band that every metalhead loved! Did that start because of the original Metallica bassist?

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Enter Sandman”
..and speaking of Metallica, of course they don’t have all their tunes on Spotify yet — Does anybody remember Napster? — this Bosstones track is scarier anyway. Plus, it helps us segue into the ska section.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Hell”

Desmond Dekker – “Dracula”

The Skatalites – “Ghost Town”

Bad Manners – “Do The Creep”
And then we segue out of Ska-ville and head to TV Land

Various Artists – “The Addams Family”

Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Great Pumpkin Waltz”

TV Sounds – “Twilight Zone Theme”

Bad Meets Evil (featuring Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem) – “Scary Movies (Radio Version)”
And heck, here’s a real wild card!

The Classical Renaissance Symphony – “Tocata and Fugue in D Minor”
Another wild card! Bach!

Fred Mollin – “End Credit” 


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