Stream Noisey's Spo0o0oky Halloween Playlist
Here is our unparalleled collection of tricks, treats, and downright terrifying tracks to make your Halloween party or haunted house a success. Boo!
Happy Halloween, fellow ghouls and ghosts and banshees and demons and witches and warlocks and skeletons and terrifying candy lovers of the world! It’s the spooOooOookiest time of the year, the time when costumed children stalk the streets of America and delinquent teenagers eat candy until they throw up and otherwise reasonable adults dress up in wildly offensive garb in the name of topical pop culture humor. It’s also the time of the year when everyone is in for a good scare, and, other than by going to an Ariel Pink concert, there’s no better way to put the “boo” in music than with a dope Halloween playlist. What follows is Noisey’s unparalleled collection of tricks, treats, and downright terrifying tracks to make your Halloween party or haunted house a success. Boo!
Ke$ha - "Supernatural"
This song is supposedly about Ke$ha's real-life encounter having sex with a ghost, which is one of the spookier stories I've ever heard. Does it get much more Halloween than a lyric like "'Cause you know tonight, we're gonna wake the dead"? I don't think so.
Ghost Town DJs - "My Boo"
Written by actual ghosts about the official catchphrase of Halloween, "boo," there is no song that captures the essence of the holiday quite like "My Boo." "At night, I think of you"? Classic poltergeist material. But seriously, this song is the best, and any excuse to listen to it—and the process of getting your dope Halloween costume on to impress your potential ghost lover is one—is worth taking.
Kyle Kramer, Editor
Murder City Devils - “Midnight Service at the Mutter Museum”
Oh shiiiiiit. Bet you didn’t expect your boy Dan to pick a song about a museum in a list of Halloween songs, huh? Well I did because if you’ve ever been to the Mutter Museum in Philly, you know how creepy all the medical anomalies they have on display there are. I’ve only been there in broad daylight but something about being there at midnight gives me the heebie fuckin’ jeebies.
Murder by Death - “Comin’ Home”
Murder by Death are not as scary as their name might suggest. Well, actually, they are scary. But not in the violent/shock value type of scary that some head-tattooed hardcore bands might try extra hard to give off. MBD is scary more like a Cormac McCarthy book would be. Red of Tooth and Claw is an album about turning into a monster werewolf-like creature. Same.
Michale Graves - “Crying on Saturday Night”
OK, so the obvious go-to band for Halloween is The Misfits, right? But no one ever picks anything off the band’s later catalog on account of it sucks something awful and what not. So I’m gonna go a step further and not only pick something from crap-era Misfits, but pick the short-lived Republican frontman Michale Graves’ solo project. Dude sings about loneliness the way a serial killer would.
Dan Ozzi, Editor
Janet Jackson - "Black Cat"
Sometimes you just wanna listen to a song that gives you a fear-boner. You know, the type of boner you get when you think you're about to die, so your body's all "oh shit bro" and pops a final one just in case. "Black Cat" in all its Ted Nugent-ripoff glory, is that song for me.
Suga Free - "Why U Bullshittin?"
DJ Quik is in a rare class of individual. He mixed Tupac's All Eyez on Me in like 48 hours, and the experience was so intense that he claims Tupac's ghost haunted him later in life. He can DJ, play any instrument you throw at him, and rap better than you while doing it. To me, his finest achievement comes with discovering Suga Free, a literal actual pimp, and producing his entire album Street Gospel. "Why U Bullshittin'" has some serious John Carpenter sitar action and serves as a perfect backdrop for Suga Free's slick pimp-talk that oscillates between rapping and the rantings of a flamboyant maniac.
Drew Millard, Features Editor
Harry Belafonte - "Jump In the Line"
Technically not a scary song, OK, I know, but one of my favorite things about LIFE is how music and the moving image go together and improve upon each medium. THUS! This calypso classic is indelibly wedded to the closing scene from Beetlejuice which is one of the most awesome flicks of all time and an excellent resource for Halloween attire if you're stumped. It's also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on any dance floor, trust me.
Donovan - "Season of the Witch"
Listen to the way he enunciates "windoowwwww." So charming. This super mellow, organ-laced tune dropped back 1966, which was kind of a scary time as everyone was sexing everyone without judgement, because, #freelove. Does that sound like utopia to you? It sounds like a lot of icky fluid swapping in patchouli scented, red-lit rooms to me. Terrifying.
Kim Taylor Bennet, Style Editor
sunn o))) "Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons)
This completely terrifying LP by sunn o))) combines the forces of several entities into one trip to hell. Using white noise from John Wiese, tectonic doom destruction from sunn o))), vocals from the claustrophobic Malefic (of Xasthur) delivered from inside a coffin, as well as Wrest (Leviathan), Oren Ambarchi and more, —Black One— is terror incarnate. Check out the Immortal cover (you'd never know it) "Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons)" above and I dare you to play it at night with the lights off.
Fred Pessaro, Editor-in-Chief
Brick House - The Commodores
Pretty sure Rob Zombie ruined Bar Mitzvahs for me forever when he decided to use this classic in a scene of House of 1,000 Corpses where a naked chick is getting skinned alive.
Under The Milky Way - The Church
Halloween is one of those holidays that, as you grow older, gets progressively sexy. Although you will never catch me dead wearing a sexy cat/nurse/whatever costume, there's something super dark and sexy about this jam. Not to mention every time I watch Donnie Darko, I end up going on a listening binge of The Church for like, a month.
Kayla Monetta, Social Producer
Kanye West feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj - "Monster"
Pull up in the monster / automobile gangster /with a bad bitch that came from Sri Lanka / yeah I’m in that Tonka, colour of Willy Wonka /you could be the King but / watch the Queen conquer / OK first things first I’ll eat your brains / then I’mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs / cause that’s what a motherfucking monster do / hairdresser from Milan, that's the monster do / monster Giuseppe heel that’s the monster shoe / Young Money is the roster and the monster crew / and I’m all up all up all up in the bank with the funny face / and if I’m fake I ain't notice cause my money ain't / let me get this straight wait I’m the rookie / but my features and my shows ten times your pay? / 50k for a verse, no album out! / yeah my money’s so tall that my Barbie's gotta climb it / hotter than a middle eastern climate / find it Tony Matterhorn dutty wine it / while it, Nicki on them titties when I sign it / have these niggas so one-track minded / but really really I don’t give a F-U-C-K / forget barbie fuck Nicki she’s fake / she’s on a diet but her pockets eating cheese cake / and I’ll say Bride of Chucky is child’s play / just killed another career it’s a mild day / besides ‘Ye they can’t stand besides me / I think me, you and Am* should menage Friday / pink wig, thick ass, give em whiplash / I think big get cash make em blink fast / now look at what you just saw, this is what you live for / Ah, I’m a motherfucking monster!
Eric Sundermann, Managing Editor
Whodini - "Haunted House of Rock"
Sure, Whodini's "Haunted House of Rock" is pure kitsch but as far as novelty songs go, it's one of the least offensive. After 31 years, it still sounds cool—which isn't all that surprising considering we're talking about the group who gave us the line, "Now the party didn't start till I walked in."
Marissa Muller, Guest Editor
Listen to the whole playlist below, and prepare to get SPOOKED!