Mini hot dogs wrapped in croissant dough to look like mummies? Check! Enough apples to bob for apples? Check! Cotton spider webs covering every inch of your dark and spooky apartment? Double check! The perfect Halloween playlist? … A Halloween party without the right tunes is more horrifying than a werewolf under a full moon, or a celebrity “unknowingly” wearing a deeply offensive Halloween costume. Thankfully, I’ve put together the start of a perfect Halloween playlist — a mix of old and new dance tunes and creepy grooves to keep your party screaming all night.
Even though life isn’t like She’s All That and everyone will not magically know the same choreographed dance number at the party, there are plenty of songs in the playlist with memorable and easy-to-learn moves. If Michael J. Fox can shake it as Teen Wolf, so can you.
Halloween is the time of year when the best movies keep you up at night, you can dress like Benedict Cumberbatch and no one bats an eye, and when loading up on bite-size chocolate is a reasonable daily event. It’s essentially the best holiday there is, and it deserves only the best parties.
Here are 17 songs to get your Halloween party off to a bumpin' (in the night) start:
"Killer Queen" — Queen
A little "fright" with a wink.
"Abracadabra" — Steve Miller Band
Bonus points for recreating the magical ribbon dancing going on here.
"Alive (Nightmare)" — Kid Cudi
Because you can have a sexy Halloween without dressing up like Sexy Olaf.
"Bad Moon Rising" — Creedence Clearwater Revival
One of those songs everyone will know the words to without really knowing how or why.
"Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)" — Backstreet Boys
Who doesn't love a call and response late '90s boy band hit with a Halloween-tastic vid!?
"Monster" — Lady Gaga
Speaks for itself, no?
"Tribute" — Tenacious D
Just in case Lucifer himself shows up to your party, you'll know what to do.
"(Don't Fear) the Reaper" — Blue Oyster Cult
Everyone will shout, "More cowbell!"in their best Christopher Walken and dance with their bellies wild and free for the rest of the night, just like Will Ferrell.
"Dracula's Wedding" — Andre 3000 & Kelis
A little hidden gem for everyone out on the dance floor.
"Monster Mash" — Bobby Pickett
If you don't play this at your party, you would be, well, a monster.
"I Put a Spell on You" — Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Or if you're feeling extra festive:
"Somebody's Watching Me" — Rockwell
A predecessor to "Paranoid" by Garbage.
"Thriller" — Michael Jackson
Find yourself a projector and screen this bad boy.
"Time Warp" — Rocky Horror Picture Show
Because Halloween is more than a little naughty.
"Ghostbusters" — Ray Parker Jr.
Guaranteed to turn everyone into a little kid again.
"I Want Candy" — Bow Wow Wow
A perfectly reasonable request on Halloween.
"Super Freak" — Rick James
It's Halloween, let your freak flag fly!
Bonus Track: "Dracula's Lament" — Jason Segel
This never stops being great, does it?
Happy Halloween, y'all!