October is half way over and Halloween is right around the corner. Horror movie marathons will be coming on TV soon, people will be getting their costumes ready, and there will be Halloween parties to attend. For all of the fun, frights, pumpkin flavored beverages and candy, it couldn't hurt to have a playlist to listen to during all of the festivities. While gearing up for Oct. 31, here are 13 songs you can listen to in October during the scariest season of the year.
1. Michael Jackson - “Thriller”
Off of the King of Pop’s bestselling album, “Thriler” is not only one of the best Halloween songs, but it’s also arguably one of the greatest music videos of all time. John Landis, the director of “An American Werewolf In London,” directed the video filled with dancing zombies, graveyards and Michael transforming into a werewolf himself. The song also features a spoken word performance by horror movie legend Vincent Price.
2. Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
"Who ya gonna call" when looking for another good Halloween song? Ray Parker Jr., of course. As the "Ghostbusters" reboot is set to hit theaters in 2016, here's the song from the original comedy classic. This is the perfect song to play when there's something strange in your neighborhood.
3. Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash”
A Halloween classic, which was the "graveyard smash" of 1962. The "Monster Mash" stills holds up today and brings to mind what it would be like if all the movie monsters got together for their own Halloween party.
4. Rocky Horror Picture Show – “Time Warp”
One of the biggest songs from the cult-classic that’s been a mainstay during Halloween since the film came out in 1975. Now take a jump to the left, then a step to the right.
5. John Carpenter – “Halloween Theme”
The main song from the movie that went onto give birth to the slasher horror genre in 1978. The piano haunts you throughout the entire movie as Michael Myers stalks his victims.
6. Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"
This classic makes hanging out with werewolves sound like a ton of fun. The song has an extremely catchy chorus that everyone can howl along with and be the werewolves of wherever it is you’re listening to it.
7. Danny Elfman - "This is Halloween"
"A Nightmare Before Christmas" combines two fun holidays into one film as Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town and his discover of Christmas Town. "This is Halloween" basically sums up Halloween Town and reminds everyone of the extremely popular cult classic movie, which is still very popular today.
8. Rockwell – “Somebody's Watching Me”
Rockwell made a song that hit on everyone’s fear when they’re home alone; being watched by someone. Michael Jackson also provides some guest vocals during the chorus.
9. Rob Zombie – “Dragula”
It just wouldn’t be fitting not to include Rob Zombie on this list. Almost every day is like Halloween in Zombie’s world from his music to his creepy horror movies. “Dragula” just sounds like something you’d hear inside a haunted house or Halloween attraction from the growl of Zombies voice all the way to sounds of the instruments.
10. Danny Elfman – “Beetlejuice Theme”
Beetlejuice is one of the best horror-comedy characters ever to appear on the big screen. Danny Elfman created a catchy theme song that would fit right in at any Halloween gathering and could also get you excited for the upcoming sequel.
11. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells Intro (Exorcist Piano Theme)
“The Exorcist” to this day is still one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made. The piano theme makes the movie that much creepier and also brings back the scary memories of a possessed Linda Blair.
12. Godsmack – “Voodoo”
“Voodoo” is dark and foreboding off of 1998’s self-titled album, which could serve a great theme song for a witch doctor. Lead singer Sully Erna sings about snake bites, moon light and candles, making the listener feel like they’re actually at a voodoo ceremony.
13. Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
An intensely dark classic rock song from 1970 that sounds like it came from hell. Ozzy Osbourne’s vocals haunt you while the guitar gives goose bumps to the listener. Make sure you keep the lights on if you play this song.