Halloween is all about setting the mood, so now that you’ve got your costume, you’ve got to figure out what tunes you’re going to do the Monster Mash to while you’re getting ready for our Gods and Heroes party. Here are thirteen of our personal favorites: Some spooky, some goofy, some about Halloween, some about the frights in everyday life, and all pretty awesome. Click ctrl + left click and “save as” at your own risk.
This is an absolute classic. A tortured and howling (and screamin’) plea for a girl to stay true. Good for Halloween time or any time.
For a perfect Halloween drifting down a haunted stream or driving through the woods.
To the tune of “If I Only Had a Brain.” It’s ridiculous but highly addictive.
Haven’t we all? I think this one is literally a monster, though.
This one is not literally about monsters. But still scary.
Haunting and wonderful. CocoRosie should have lots of experience with Halloween, since they’re basically in costume all the time.
Sometimes you have to side with the ghosts.
“High pitch travel monster lives in puke / Stings my tummy and my eyes /Pokes me with needles too. /Low pitch bass monster lives inside of the books. /Nobody really knows /exactly how he looks.”
Sounds like fun: punchy piano, some sweet jamming, Warren’s dulcet tones… until you listen to the lyrics. “He dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones”? Gah.
Bowie is the master of all the best parts of Halloween – illusion, mystery, makeup, and duh, sequins.
A 1960’s rock n’ roll jam about moving into a haunted house. Moral: Be a man and don’t let the ghosts scare you out of your own house (of which you are boss).
An aspiring Jack the Ripper bemoaning the fact that she’s a girl. Brilliant and very very creepy. Don’t listen to this when you’re up alone at night in a strange, ramshackle radio broadcast room researching murder weapons. Trust us.
Because you just can’t have a Halloween playlist without it.
Now watch Tim Curry pretend he’s David Bowie in The Worst Witch. If anyone has the MP3 version of this song, email us.