Spooky Songs and Terrifying Tunes for Your Halloween Party Playlist

Hosting a spooky soiree or batty bash? Our Halloween party playlist is sure to please your guests...as long as it doesn't scare them away!

Witch holding microphone in front of a devil, grinning zombies and unsure skeleton as Dracula photobombs from behind the group

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Your Halloween party has just about everything-from black cat cookies and pumpkin pops to a ghoulish garland and creepy confetti-but there’s still something missing: music! No Halloween bash is complete without a spooky soundtrack to set the mood. Check out our suggestions for the perfect party playlist…if you dare.

Chilling Classics

Adult guests will appreciate reminiscing with these time-tested pop hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1982)

“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon (1978)

“Voodoo Chile” by Jimi Hendrix (1968)

“Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran (1982)

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC (1979)

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder (1972)

“Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” by David Bowie (1980)

Horrifying Hits

You may have heard these songs on the radio, but their creepy beats are perfect setting the mood-and singing along!

“Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea, featuring Rita Ora (2014)

“E.T.” by Katy Perry (2010)

“Disturbia” by Rihanna (2007)

“True Blood” by Justin Timberlake (2013)

“The Monster” by Eminem, featuring Rihanna (2013)

Monster Movie Mix

These familiar tunes ripped from film and television soundtracks are perfect for setting the mood, especially if your guests are fans of big-screen screams.

“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” by David Mook and Ben Raleigh (from Scooby-Doo)

“This is Halloween” by the Citizens of Halloween Town (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)

“Stranger Things Score” by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (from Stranger Things)

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. (from Ghostbusters)

“Time Warp” by Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien and Charles Gray (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

“The Munsters’ Theme” by Jack Marshall (from The Munsters)

Haunting Hymns

You may have never heard of these songs, but they absolutely scream Halloween. After listening, you will be, too!

“(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult (1976)

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers (1962)

“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)

“Dracula” by Gorillaz (2001)

“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo (1985)

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell (1984)

With these terrifying tunes cued up, you’re bound to have the best Halloween party on the block! Be sure to check out our pumpkin carving tips and homemade candy guide for more spook-tacular inspiration.

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