Want some spooky songs for Halloween? Look no further!
If you’re having a Halloween party this year then you’ll need some appropriate tunes, so here are 20 helpful suggestions.
Rob Zombie – House of 1,000 Corpses
The title song from Rob Zombie’s first movie, House of 1,000 Corpses is all about a family who murder visitors. Cannibalism, murder, necrophilia, this song has it all.
Type O Negative – Black Number One
Named after the type of hair dye goths use, Type O Negative’s 11 minute epic about a goth girl is required listening at any Halloween party.
Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare
The original recording is a little dated so fire up one of the many live versions for a more modern version of this spooky classic.
Dokken – Dream Warriors
Undeniably 80’s, this song was the theme from Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, a movie where a group of teens decide to vanquish Freddy Krueger once and for all.
Fastway – Trick or Treat
Another 80’s movie treat here with the band formed by ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke of Motorhead and Pete Way or UFO. Trick or Treat was a pretty awful film but worth watching for cameos from Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. The soundtrack was performed totally by Fastway and is an awful lot better than the movie.
Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
Speaking of Ozzy, how can you not have Ozzy’s classic about werewolves?
Ghost – Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
Ghost have always been very clever about many of their songs having two meanings and while this one may seem to be about zombies, it’s actually about how the past can’t be recreated. This ballad turns into a spooky surf song half way through which is great for getting people dancing to.
The Ghastly Ones – Haulin’ Hearse
Speaking of surf songs, The Ghastly Ones are a surf rock band who are entirely instrumental but their music has a spooky quality thanks to their love of horror movies. The band all dress as Funeral Directors and have a Go-Go Dancer. Winner!
Orange Goblin – Sons of Salem
From The Wolf Bites Back, which was released earlier this year, Sons of Salem describes the sons of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials coming back from the dead to avenge their mothers.
Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween
The Nightmare Before Christmas’s best known song was covered by Manson for the 2006 special edition of the film’s soundtrack.
King Diamond – Halloween
The master of horror himself, King Diamond’s song Halloween has some sick riffs and King’s incredible voice.
Misfits – Monster Mash
Everything the Misfits have recorded could be used at a Halloween party as their songs are almost all based around horror movies, but their cover of Monster Mash is a bit of fun.
White Zombie – Super Charger Heaven
With a chorus of “Devil Man, Devil Man, Devil Man”, Super Charger Heaven is not only catchy with it’s groovy frantic bass line but that damn chorus will be in your head all night.
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
The classic Iron Maiden song needs no introduction, so it’s a definite.
Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
What’s more rock and roll than shouting at the devil? Probably nothing. Another all time classic.
Metallica – Am I Evil
Metallica’s cover of Diamond Head’s Am I Evil is a masterclass in guitar playing thanks to the extra bits added on by Kirk Hammett. Witches, murder and finger tapping!
Megadeth – Mary Jane
Mary Jane isn’t about one of the many drugs that Dave Mustaine partook in, it’s actually about Mary Jane Twiliger and the story that anyone who disturbs her grave will immediately die. Rumoured to be a witch, a huge myth surrounds her, much of which from the Megadeth song. In reality, Twiliger wasn’t really anyone of note other than being an early settler of Jacksonville with a spooky headstone which read
KIND FRIENDS BEWARE AS YOU PASS BY,
AS YOU ARE NOW, SO ONCE WAS I,
AS I AM NOW, SO YOU MUST BE,
PREPARE, THEREFORE, TO FOLLOW ME.
The song is unsettling and perfect for Halloween.
In This Moment with Rob Halford – Black Wedding
This campy yet contagious song has a somewhat spooky feel thanks to the piano part throughout, plus it features Rob Halford!
Slayer – Dead Skin Mask
One of the most evil riffs ever written in a song about a seriously disturbed man. Ed Gein’s reputation spawned Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the character of Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs thanks to his habit of making a suit of human skin. Slayer perfectly captured the unsettling natures of Gein’s habits in this eerie song.
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
The song that arguably started it all, Black Sabbath’s use of the ‘Devil’s tritone’ combined with it’s dark subject matter lead to virtually every metal band that came afterwards. How can you not have it at a Halloween party?
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Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.