Your Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

By: Debra Ronca

Your little girl in a ballerina costume needs some music to boogie to. Ryan McVay/Getty Images

Your front lawn is a graveyard. Giant black spiders grip cobwebs in the corners of the living room. Ghosts swing from the ceiling. Jack-o-lanterns blaze. Candy corn and gummy worms are laid out on the dining room table amidst severed hands and feet. Your friends and children mill around in costume. It's a fantasyland of superheroes, devils, angels, zombies, princesses and celebrities.

But wait. This scene should be set to music -- spooky, kooky music, a la "Monster Mash." Not those creepy sound-effect CDs they sell at party stores, but real music that'll establish the need for a dance floor.


Here's our list of Halloween-party-appropriate songs for the young, the old and everyone in between:

  • "Abracadabra," Steve Miller Band
  • "All You Zombies," The Hooters
  • "Bad Moon Rising," Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Dead Man's Party," Oingo Boingo
  • "Devil with a Blue Dress," Mitch Ryder
  • "Don't Fear the Reaper," Blue Oyster Cult
  • "Ghostbusters," Ray Parker Jr.
  • "I Put a Spell on You," Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • "Lil' Red Riding Hood," Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
  • "Love Potion No. 9," The Clovers
  • "Monster Mash," Bobby Boris Pickett
  • "Purple People Eater," Sheb Wooley
  • "Sympathy for the Devil," The Rolling Stones
  • "Superstition," Stevie Wonder
  • "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," The Charlie Daniels Band
  • "The Time Warp," The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
  • Theme from "The Addams Family"
  • Theme from "Jaws"
  • Theme from "The Exorcist" ("Tubular Bells," Mike Oldfield)
  • "Thriller," Michael Jackson
  • "Werewolves of London," Warren Zevon
  • "Witchy Woman," Eagles

These are just our picks, of course. Add your personal favorites to the playlist. And for more spooky Halloween links, check out the next page.