Happy All Hallows’ Eve, dear readers.
Now, since it is a Thursday and most of us can’t be partying it up like we want to (damn work and responsibility!), we’re going to put in our headphones and tune out the world until 5 pm when we can join the hordes of costumed deviants on sugar highs. To quicken your workday and put you in the right kind of spooky mood, here are my favorite creepy songs and Halloween favorites.
So sit back, munch on some candy corn, and have a listen to my 13 favorite Halloweeny songs. Creepy ambiance not included (but encouraged).
“The Monster Mash” by Boris Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
This one is a Halloween classic. You know you want to do the Mash.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Possibly the most popular music video in history, and the most copied dance. Zombie it up, and pay homage to the Prince of Pop. (Also, enjoy Vincent Price’s narration)
“Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
“This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson
A classic from The Nightmare Before Christmas, done by the King of Creepiness, Marilyn Manson. This one will make you shiver. It is discordant, eery, and more than just a little bit brilliant.
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus
Wanna freak out your neighbor’s children? Decorate your front porch super creepy. Lots of fog and strobe lights, and have this one playing in the background. Love this discordant vibe. And the acknowledgement of the late great Bela Lugosi.
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
Because I have to include this one.
“Sonne” by Rammstein
This German band has changed the way I’ll view Snow-White forever.
“Change (In the House of Flies)” by Deftones
This one has creeped me out ever since it was the background music for Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend getting it on in Queen of the Damned.
“Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky
You may remember this one from Disney’s Fantasia. The animated sequence that accompanied Mussorgsky’s creepy compositions terrified me so much as a child that I adopted an extreme case of cartilogenophobia, the fear of skeletons. Years of therapy later, I still listen to this one with all the lights on.
“Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff
You’ve heard this one, and you know why I’m including it here.
“Requiem (based on Dies Irae)” by Mozart
Mozart’s death left this piece unfinished and eternally haunting.
“Beetlejuice” by Danny Elfman
There had to be more than one Danny Elfman composition on this list.
“Bad Moon Rising” by Rasputina
This steampunkish band did one hell of a creepy cover of the CCR song.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
I couldn’t just choose one song from the soundtrack,so here, listen to the whole thing.
And remember, it’s just a jump to the left…
Have a fun (and safe) Halloween, dear readers.
Disclaimer: I own none of the music, film clips, or images. As a member of the undead, I have no rights.
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