Build the Perfect Halloween Playlist

Build the Perfect Halloween Playlist

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While Thanksgiving is great for family gatherings, and Christmas and Easter hold the most significance, as far as I’m concerned there’s no holiday that’s more fun than Halloween. I’m something of a Halloween party specialist (take a look at my wife and I at our party last year), and few things better set the mood for entertaining guests, or greeting trick-or-treaters, than a killer music mix (if you’ll pardon the expression).

If you want to make a fun and spooky playlist that will give people the chills without giving them nightmares, then look no further!

Here are my song suggestions for a Halloween mix that’s family-friendly but still has some teeth (er, fangs). These songs are available individually for purchase and download from Amazon and iTunes. Have a listen to pick your favorites and discover some new delights (also, don’t miss my list of Halloween Movies That Won’t Give You Nightmares).

THIS IS HALLOWEEN” (Artist: The Citizens of Halloween. Album: The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack)

WITCH DOCTOR” (Artist: Sha Na Na. Album: The Best of Sha Na Na)

TOCATTA AND FUGUE IN D-MINOR” (Artist: Johann Sebastian Bach. Album: Classical Film Music; Orchestras in Movie Soundtracks Vol. 1)

“DOUBLE TROUBLE (ALBUM VERSION)” (Artist: Harry Potter Soundtrack. Album: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack)

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY: MAIN THEME” (Artist: Victory Mizzy. Album: The Addams Family- Original Music from the TV Show.)

“OVERTURE” (Artist: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Album: The Phantom of the Opera- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.)

“REMAINS OF THE DAY (ALBUM VERSION)” (Artist: Danny Elfman. Album: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.)

“THE X-FILES THEME” (Artist: Mark Snow and John Beal. Album: The X-Files: A Suite in Five Movements.)

“LOVE POTION #9” (Artist: The Searchers. Album: The Very Best of...)

“GHOSTBUSTERS” (Artist: Ray Parker Jr. Album: Ghostbusters)

“LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD” (Artist: Sam the Sam and the Pharoahs)

“GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS” (Artist: The Ghosts. Album: Mickey’s Monster Bash)

“I PUT A SPELL ON YOU” (Artist: Screaming Jay Hawkins)

“MONSTER MASH” (Artist: Bobby Boris Pricket Album: The Original Monster Mash)

“PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (SINGLE ALBUM VERSION)” (Artist: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Album: The Phantom of the Opera- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.)

“THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN” (Artist: Bing Crosby. Album: Haunted House)

“A NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN” (Artist: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Leopold Stokowski. Album: Fantasia)

“PURPLE PEOPLE EATER” (Artist: Sheb Wooley. Album: The Wonderful World of the 50’s- 100 Hit Songs)

“HEDWIG’S THEME (ALBUM VERSION)” (Artist: Harry Potter Soundtrack. Album: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“THRILLER” (Artist: Michael Jackson. Album: Thriller- 25 Anniversary Edition)

“OOGIE-BOOGIE’S SONG” (Artist: Ken Page. Album: The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack)

“THE TWILIGHT ZONE” (Artist: The TV Theme Players. Album: TV Theme Songs of the Past)

“GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY” (Artist: Johnny Cash. Album: The Essential Johnny Cash).

“THEY’RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY, HA-HAAA!” (Artist: Dr. Demento. Album: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection)

“BEETLEJUICE- MAIN TITLES/END TITLES” (Artist: Danny Elfman. Album: Music for a Darkened Theatre Volume One)

“MEN IN BLACK” (Artist: Will Smith. Album: Men in Black the Album)

“HEFFALUMPS AND WOOZLES” (Artist: Chorus. Album: Halloween Songs & Sounds)

“PROBLEM (MONSTER REMIX)” (Artist: Becky G featuring Will i. Am . Album: Hotel Transylvania Soundtrack.)

“THEY DON’T SCARE ME” (Artist: Mickey Mouse. Album: Halloween Songs and Sounds).

“YO, HO! A PIRATES LIFE FOR ME” (Artist: Disney Chorus. Album: Disney’s Greatest Volume 3)

“IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT” (Artist: Jim Cummings. Album: Anastasia Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

“WEREWOLVES OF LONDON” (Artist: Warren Zevon. Album: Excitable Boy)

“THE COCKROACH THAT ATE CINCINATTI” (Artist: Dr. Demento. Album: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection)

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