31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 26: Your 2018 Halloween Party Playlist

It’s Halloweekend! If you’re throwing a spooky shindig this weekend it’s time to put together your Halloween playlist. Don’t worry, I’m here to help with a list of songs that will be sure to satisfy traditionalists, weirdos, and those damn hipster elitists. Have fun my ghouls and goblins!

Your 2018 Halloween Playlist:

1. “Wicked Ones” – Dorothy

Because you want to set the tone for the evening without being too literal. “This night ain’t for the faint of heart…”


2. “Skully Gully” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

I always recommend this classic as a fantastic alternative to The Monster Mash. It’s on theme and catchy.


3. “The Boogie Monster” – Gnarls Barkley

A creepy cool jam perfect for all of that awkward “catching up” conversation while you guzzle down your first couple of drinks


4. “Monster Moves” Koo Koo Kanga Roo

If LMFAO ever released a Halloween party anthem, this would be it. Good transition into a dance party or party game.


5. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Because if people weren’t dancing yet, now they will be.


6. “Calling All The Monsters” – China Anne McClain

So what if it’s from Disney. Time for shots!! Bust out your skeleton arm shot glass holder and pass em out. What, everyone doesn’t have one of those?


7. “Tear You Apart” – She Wants Revenge

If anyone watched American Horror Story: Hotel, they’ll be excited.


8. “Ghost Town” – The Specials

If your state has legalized weed – or maybe if it hasn’t – this is the song for passing out party favors.


9. “The Creep” – The Lonely Island

Or alternatively, “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” for some comic relief.


10. Your Favorite Rob Zombie Song

Don’t overdo the playlist with Rob Zombie, but definitely choose your one or two favorites. But if you choose “Superbeast” then you are required to play “Call of the Zombie” before it.


11. “This is Halloween” – Marilyn Manson

One more for the traditionalists.


12. “Halloweenhead” – Ryan Adams

OMG the kinda cute introvert wearing a “this is my costume” T-shirt will actually like a song.


13. “The Crypt Jam” – Tales From the Crypt

Anyone born in the 80s or early 90s will LOVE this homage to the Cryptkeeper.


14. “Halloween” – Aqua

Yes, the band who made “Barbie Girl” made a Halloween song. It’s delightfully tacky.


15. “Zombie Jamboree” – Harry Belafonte



16. “Nature Trail to Hell” – Weird Al Yankovic

If anyone doesn’t like Weird Al, you don’t want them at your party.


17. “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osbourne

The prince of darkness has to make one appearance right?


18. “She Wolf” – Shakira

One for my ladies.


19. “Scream” – Michael and Janet Jackson



20. “Monster” – Kanye West

Dance all niiiiight!


21. “Are you ready for Freddy?” – Fat Boys

In the same vein as “The Crypt Jam”


31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 30: Your 2017 Halloween Playlist

Goblins and ghouls, here’s your official 2017 Halloween playlist:

  1. “In a gadda da vida” – Iron Butterfly. Creepy by itself, iconic when Jessica Lange dances.


2. “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Because, obviously. Also fantastic in Scream.

3. “Country Death Song” – Violent Femmes. As described here.

4. “Skully Gully” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett. A fantastic and cool alternative to the Monster Mash.

5. “Demons” – Sleigh Bells. Because you need a song where you take a bunch of shots.

6. “I Fink You Freeky” – Die Antwoord. Because after you take a bunch of shots, you’re gonna wanna dance.

7. “Evil” – Interpol. The classic romance between two serial killers, Fred and Rosemary West.

8. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” – 30 Rock. A good breather to catch a laugh.

9. “Call of the Zombie” followed by “Superbeast” – Rob Zombie. This shit scared me so much when I was 12.

10. “Disintegration” – Monarchy. Because you need to dance again. It’s best if you’re able to play the video while the song plays because WOW Dita Von Teese.

11. “Heads Will Roll” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (A-Trax Remix). Let’s keep dancing!!

12. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original and nothing else.

13. “Pet Sematary” – Ramones. Because the Ramones are always cool.

14. “Boogie Monster” – Gnarls Barkley. As described here.

15. “Purple People Eater” – George Thorogood. The happiest George Thorogood has ever sounded.

16. “This is Halloween” – A Nightmare Before Christmas. Classic. Marilyn Manson or movie version, you can’t go wrong.

17. “Hell” – Squirrel Nut Zippers. Remember when swing dancing and zoot suits were a thing in the 90s?

18. “Dracula’s Wedding” – Outkast. Spooky, cool jam.

19. “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” – Napoleon XIV. Trippy video.

20. “In Heaven, Everything is Fine” – Eraserhead Soundtrack. You’ve got your good friends, and I’ve got mine.

21. “Disturbia” – Rihanna. Close the party with this banger.

Terror Tunes Tuesday

Today’s Terror Tunes Tuesday is “The Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley

“I’ve got a monster in my closet…someone’s underneath my bed…”

This record by Gnarls Barkley is a FANTASTIC choice for your Halloween cocktail party. Sultry smooth. The spooky lyrics seem simple enough on the surface but have a much more insightful meaning. And it’s a deep enough cut from their mega-hit “St. Elsewhere” album to satisfy your hipster friends. Interesting note: “The Boogie Monster” samples a tune from 1966 called “Ku Klux Klan Sequence”. Listen below:


These Songs Are Getting Me Psyched For Halloween 2014

Football is finally back, and that makes me extremely happy. Ya know what makes me happier? October is right around the corner. It’s almost Halloween season, y’all! I have been busy scouting the new crop of Halloween decor at Richmond’s discount retailers and also adding some new songs to my official Halloween playlist. That got me in the mood to listen to some tunes that are currently getting me AMPED for October.

Listen to these 10 festive songs and get overly enthusiastic about Halloween season like me:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

Nick Cave’s sultry, deep voice highlights my ultimate Halloween song. It channels Milton’s Paradise Lost and makes me feel like I’m walking down a dark alley I shouldn’t be in.

2. Monarchy – Disintegration

Dita Von Teese in a dark music video about repressed sexual urges? Sold.

3. Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All)

It’s 11:15 of Halloween.  ‘Nuff said.

4. Mirah – Special Death

Beautifully disturbing. From Season 1 of American Horror Story.

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

This gets me so excited for “Witches Night Out 2014”!

6. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream

This shit genuinely terrifies me, Lana.

7. Suicide – Frankie Teardrop

I’m not sure what’s going on in this song, but it’s freaking me out.

8. Tom Waits – Singapore

This song sounds like it should be in a Disney movie and/or Broadway musical about Halloween.

9. Interpol – Evil

Who doesn’t love a little ditty about a couple serial killers?

10. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song

I love songs that tell a story. This story is about murder.

BONUS: Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady

Horror movies in the ’70s were better. Creepy music in the ’70s was creepier. HOLY SHIT THIS SONG IS CREEPY.