Ask anyone who loves Halloween what makes the holiday so special and they’ll say the experience. Halloween is more than just a day; it’s 24 hours where you can – if you want to – live in a horror movie. Oh, and the Halloween candy makes it pretty great too.
A major part of the Halloween experience is the music, the spooky audio accompaniment to the visual horrors of your decorations.
Unfortunately, most Halloween CDs suck. You’ll get some lame ghost noises made by some 34 year-old voice actor, a few tunes bashed out on a Casio keyboard from the 80s and maybe a spooky (but not really) story at the end. It’d be more scary if someone accidently replaced the CD with a copy of ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice.
With that in mind, I spent the day sitting in the darkest corner of the American Soda warehouse with just some headphones, my MP3 player, a few bottles of Dad’s Red Cream Soda (it looks like blood) and some candy corn coming up with the ultimate Halloween soundtrack. Whether you’re holding a party or just welcoming trick or treaters, it’s guaranteed to spook the life out of everyone!
Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
What would Halloween be without The Prince of Darkness himself, a man who once looked a bat in the face and bit into it like it was a Twinkie?
‘Bark at the Moon’ is the tale of a werewolf who terrorises a town by doing wolf stuff (like stealing sausages from the butchers, I guess), gets killed and then returns from the dead to terrorise the townsfolk and steal their sausages once more. It really is the perfect Halloween tune!
Halloween – Misfits
Okay, so the Misfits probably aren’t to everyone’s taste but they’re pretty much Halloween personified, right down to their funny haircuts and make-up.
‘Halloween’ is…well, a song about Halloween. It features candy apples with razor blades, dead cats and pumpkin faces in the night. Frankly, if you can find a song that’s more Halloween than ‘Halloween’, I’ll give you all of the candy I receive this year.
This is Halloween – Danny Elfman/Marilyn Manson
Erm…okay, so this song might be even more Halloween than ‘Halloween’. Although I found it, so I get to keep all my candy. Right?
‘This is Halloween’ is from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ soundtrack and serves as an introduction to Halloween town. The lyrics are creepy as heck, and the music is pretty unnerving too.
If you prefer your music a bit heavier, Marilyn Manson (a man who wears his Halloween costume all year round – I’m so jealous) also released a version of ‘This Is Halloween’.
Pet Sematary – The Ramones
A song based on one of Stephen King’s best novels (and a great movie, too) by one of the best bands ever, complete with 80s-style creepy organs. Need I say more?
Thriller – Michael Jackson
I really don’t need to explain this one, do I? ‘Thriller’ is kind of like Michael Myers; no matter how much you try and escape it, I guarantee you’ll hear it at least once on October 31st!
Highway To Hell/Back In Black – AC/DC
A hard rock double bill from Australia’s finest, ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘Back in Black’ aren’t traditional Halloween songs but they’re perfect for a costumed rock out!
You can replace either of these songs with ‘Hell’s Bells’, if you prefer.
A Nightmare on My Street – The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff
Now, there’s a whole genre of hip hop dedicated to horror imagery and such; ‘Horrorcore’. Unfortunately, as this is a family blog, I can’t really share most of the songs from the genre!
So, I’ve opted for the cleanest man in hip hop instead: The Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, and Jazzy Jeff. ‘A Nightmare on My Street’ is basically what would happen if Freddy Krueger guest starred on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ – the results, as you might expect, are awesome!
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
With people actively encouraged to do strange stuff in your neighbourhood, is there a better time to call the Ghostbusters than Halloween?!
Ghost Riders in the Sky – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash, ghost cowboys and a phantom head – this is a ghost story disguised as a country song and is dang near perfect.
Theme from Gremlins – Gremlins
I’ll let the Gremlins explain why this is the perfect Halloween song.
The Undertaker’s Theme – The Undertaker
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of 300lb muscle-bound athletes quite like the gongs at the start of this song. And if it scares them, imagine what it’ll do to normal folks?!
Man, putting that list together has spooked me out – I’m off to go and hide under my covers for a couple of days and hope that The Undertaker don’t come and get me.