Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

Our favorite spooky sounds for the creepiest holiday of the year

Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. Bags and baskets of candy are always available for the taking, and it offers an excuse to wear spider-web stockings and Scream masks to school or work. Then there are all the haunted houses, creepy parties, and other iconic festivities around the country, of course — like the historic parade, one of the nation’s wildest, in New York City’s Greenwich Village

While many individuals have been planning their costumes all year in anticipation of October 31st, we’ve been focusing on the perfect playlist to celebrate Halloween all month long. With a mix of songs from a number of decades, it’s great to have playing when hosting a Halloween party — or to listen to while getting dressed on the 31st — no matter what age you are.


"Monster Mash" — Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Keepers 

"Thriller" — Michael Jackson 

"Psycho Killer" — Talking Heads 

"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" — Johnny Cash 

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" — The Charlie Daniels Band 

"Somebody’s Watching Me" — Rockwell 

"A Nightmare on My Street" — D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 

"Halloween" — Dave Matthews Band 

"Werewolves of London" — Warren Zevon 

"Dead Man’s Party" — Oingo Boingo 

"The Boogie Monster" — Gnarls Barkley 

"Zombie Jamboree" — Harry Belafonte & Orchestra

"Abracadabra" – Steve Miller Band 

"Ghostbusters" — Ray Parker, Jr. 

"I Put a Spell on You" — Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 

"Is There a Ghost" — Band of Horses 

"Heads Will Roll" — Yeah Yeah Yeahs


The 2010 Greenwich Village Halloween Parade