Throwing a Halloween party or looking for some fun music to listen to while handing out trick or treat candy? I made a list of 13 of my favorite Halloween songs. Although I like "Thriller" a lot, you won't find it here, and some of the songs you hear a lot like "Monster Mash" are missing too. I went for songs you don't hear as often at Halloween, just to keep things interesting! Just click on the song title link to hear each song at Youtube.
- "Spooky" - Dusty Springfield (1968). The Classics IV version is best known, but I prefer Dusty's jazzy cover.
- "I Put a Spell On You" - Nina Simone (1965). My favorite Halloween song, and Nina Simone's version is my favorite.
- "Voodoo" - Chris Isaak (1987). I confess: Chris Isaak is one of my secret celebrity boyfriends. And I love this song!
- "Dead Man's Party" - Oingo Boingo (1985). THE Halloween song from my college years.
- "The Twilight Zone" - Manhattan Transfer (1979). I love them - my favorite vocal jazz group.
- "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder (1972). One of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs.
- "Evil Woman" - Electric Light Orchestra (1975). Great 1970's retro song.
- "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969). I think CCR deserves more oldies music love; they're one of my favorite 1960's bands.
- "Season of the Witch" - Donovan (1966). A 1960's hippie rock addition.
- "Hungry Like the Wolf" - Duran Duran (1982). Some new wave dance fun! Not a traditional Halloween song, but if you listen to the lyrics, it fits into this list.
- "Witchcraft" - Frank Sinatra (1957). A cool jazz addition to your Halloween playlist. Love Sinatra.
- "Cat People" - David Bowie (1982). One of my favorite Bowie songs, and also one of my favorites for Halloween.
- "Bewitched" - Peggy Lee (1965). Yes, it's the TV theme with lyrics!
What are YOUR favorite Halloween songs? I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.