While Halloween is for everybody, not every party shares the same music. The musicto community have come together to create 13 Halloween playlists that will work whether you’re hosting family, friends, children, or just scaring the crap out of the neighbour teenagers at your haunted house! Choose from the list below or just scroll down and try them all.
- Epic Halloween Party – Part 1
- Epic Halloween – Part 2
- Classic 80’s Halloween Party
- Hip Hop Heavy Halloween
- Kid Friendly Halloween Party
- Atmospheric Horror
- Spooky Nostalgia
- Music to Live Deliciously
- Season of The Witchy Womb Women
- Time to Float
- Zombie Fest ‘23
- Vampire Ball
- Bonus! The Horror
Epic Halloween Party – Part 1
Eerie and iconic tracks come together to create the perfect soundtrack for your own monster mash!
BOO! Here lie two epic Halloween party playlists to get you through the night.
Listen to Part 1, for an iconic collection of timeless tracks that will transport you and your guests to a haunted world filled with ghostly melodies and sinister beats you can get down with. From classic tracks like Michael Jacksons, “Thriller” to popular spooky hits from Ray Parker Jr’s, “Ghostbusters”, this playlist will surely set the eerie ambiance your party needs.
Epic Halloween Party – Part 2
And don’t forget to listen to Part 2! This playlist delves even deeper with 22 more familiar tracks coming from artists like The Cranberries, Lady Gaga, and Kesha. Dive into the sinister soundscape, and let the music cast its spell over your Halloween night. So get into costume and get ready to dance the night away with these handpicked classics that we can’t seem to get enough of this time of year.
Classic 80’s Halloween Party
Take it back with this 80s and New Wave Halloween Party 👻
Because I’m just sooo into 80’s and New Wave music in general, I ended up thinking about how the Halloween parties were during that time. Pretty sure it can’t compare to the ones we have now, but I can picture it – groups of friends dressing up as characters from Ghostbusters or Star Wars, couples as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, and maybe even duos as Beetlejuice and Lydia. Tons of house parties, families going trick or treating, and the best part…the music.
There’s something about the energy of New Wave that also brings that “late at night” and spooky feeling, especially when you bring in bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Cure. Making this playlist definitely made me picture an 80s Halloween party and I would kiiiill (psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?) to be there!
Hip Hop Heavy Halloween
by Ben Young
Bound to get anyone with a soul on the dancefloor.
Halloween is the DJ’s holiday. I’ve done a bunch of Halloween sets, each time adding some new tracks and dropping others. Some sets catered to eclectic house parties, other sets designed for breweries and bars. The formula is simple: play good music with creepy vibes. I present to you a hip hop heavy playlist that is bound to get anyone with a soul on the dancefloor. For the walking dead without a soul, chill out and appreciate the homage. Tonight we find common ground.
Kid Friendly Halloween Party
by Molly Taylor
No Bad Words, only Bad Monsters!
Dive into a world where Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” sets the stage for a night of fun, and classics like “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters” get everyone on their feet. Each song captures the playful spirit of Halloween without being too eerie for our littlest monsters.
From the enchanting tales of “Hocus Pocus” to the familiar chills from “The Twilight Zone”, this collection is a nostalgic blend of tunes perfect for a family-friendly Halloween bash.
Enjoy the magic of the season!
by Matt Jenko
For when you want to unnerve people
I knew I’d made a good playlist when I had to stop curating it because I was freaking myself out. Seriously, the two tracks from Resident Evil II are so unsettling I considered taking them off the playlist for upsetting me so much, but then I realised that’s the whole bloody point of the playlist and so I had no choice but to leave them on did I?
Atmospheric Horror is ideal if you want to really set an ominous tone for your party/seance/sacrifice (I don’t condone the latter but you do you). You’ll find a lot of video game music here, because it seems to be video games that do unnerving so well. The Shadow Temple from Ocarina of Time, Departed Way from Castlevania, Trail of Blood from FFVII – all of these were soundstracks to my nightmares as a child and also as a 32 year old man apparently
Expect lots of sustained trepidation and discordant tension. Expect lots of DUMMMMMMM out of absolutely fecking nowhere. Expect to not be able to sleep tonight because The First Floor and The Second Floor both weigh so heavy with eeriness that you can feel it crawling up your spine and making you question why you thought it was a good idea to buy Resident Evil II even though it was on sale for 75% off and £8 for a AAA remake is a bloody good bargain if you ask me
Good Halloween music can be hard to find, especially if you really want to get into the spirit of things and creep out all your pals like the good neighbour you are. To that end, the atmosphere you’ll set with this playlist will most assuredly be one of horror, make no mistake
Otherwise I’ve not done a very good job of naming the playlist have I?
by Lyris Greene
DJ Lyris from WLAG spins up the classics
Growing up in the 80s, I’m convinced Halloween was one of the most exciting times. The horror films, costume contests at school, where we would almost suffocate under those plastic costumes of our favorite childhood characters. However nothing and I mean nothing compares to horror themed music of the 80s! Its influence is felt in music from the 90s and 2000s. From Thriller, Little Shop of Horrors to Ghostbusters, the music of that time solidified the 80s as the authority of all things spooky!
I created a playlist of songs that shaped my love for 80s horror and music! Even the tracks from later decades have that essence of 80s spookiness! If you want to hear where Halloween truly entered the mainstream this playlist is for you! Nothing but Spooky Nostalgia!
by Matt Jenko
For when you want to really freak them out.
If Atmospheric Horror covers the paranormal realm of Halloween music, then Abomination is firmly in the slasher horror quadrant. Think Jason punching through some poor counsellors chest, Leatherface revving up the ol’ chainsaw, Michael sitting up for another crack at Laurie
These tracks represent the more brutal, gorey, messy, and quite frankly ungainly (nearly said Ed Gainly, but restrained myself) side of Halloween. Atmospheric Horror is about instilling a powerful sense of dread, whilst Abomination is about getting in your face – and then probably ripping it right off (rude)
Be warned: these tracks might attract some strange looks from your friends. They might begin to question your taste, possibly even your motives. Is the theatrically-sized lock on the front door that wasn’t there before just a stage prop, or are things about to get Nightmare on Elm Street in here? Are people leaving because the pumpkin punch ran out, or because they don’t want to become the next Nancy Thompson?
Hard to say, but you’re sure to find out who your real friends are if they’re willing to endure two songs from Cannibal Corpse and still hang out with you (and I didn’t even add their most grotesquely-titled songs, though I can’t vouch for the lyrics – like you can even tell what they’re saying)
Music To Live Deliciously
Wouldst thou like the taste of butter? A pretty dress?
a witchy mixtape to sell your soul to the devil to
Friday, 13 January 2023
As we write this, the streets of Montalegre, in northern Portugal, are starting to fill up with a curious crowd. The central square of the remote medieval town of less than 2,000 comes alive with simmering cauldrons, wenches with snakes coiled around their necks, folks of all ages wearing black hats and cowls, in a joyous hymn to witchcraft. Today is Friday the 13th — and Friday the 13th in Montalegre is synonymous with Witches’ Night.
Witches get a bad rap, but if you’ve ever danced naked in the pale moonlight, you know they can throw a mean party. Maybe it’s the selling-your-soul-to-the-devil bit that is making you squeamish, but what have you been doing with your soul anyway?
Season Of The Witchy Womb Women
by Maria Fish
Holding hands with all that is holy and haunting.
I am in a boundless orbit
I want to roar like many rivers meeting
If I could enter the sky a little slower
I think I might have the chance of being truthfully seen
Time To Float
I’ll feast on your flesh as I feed on your fear…
The haunting sound of calliope music echoes through a labyrinth of abandoned concession stands. Ferris wheel cabins creak off rusting hinges. Cold wind batters rundown wooden game booths. Beneath the tattered big top, mimes and tramps and augustes with flesh-colored grease paint and painted grins gather around a whitefaced clown with a sinister heart. His name is Pennywise — and as the music becomes background noise, he opens his twisted red mouth and unleashes havoc and horror upon the world with three simple words: “Time to Float.”
For some, clowns are fun and innocent entertainers. For others, they are a spine-tingling spectacle with the power to turn an innocent night of fun into a nightmare. If you’re among the latter, you will need to leave your fear at the door to listen to this playlist of songs that evoke circuses, carnivals… and clowns, of course.
Zombie Fest ’23
Who needs brains when you’ve got beats this good!
the musicto community’s favorite tracks for halloween zombies
As with last year’s Vampire Ball, halloween is on the horizon and the musicto community are here to speak to your inner monster – this year we’re going all out Zombie!
As with any good Zombie flick, we’re starting out all nice and benign, with maybe a slight foreshadowing of the horror to come! While every track comes with its own write up – some come with full on stories guaranteed to have your hairs standing up! As the list progresses you’ll be taken further and further into the horror until – well – you know what happens at the end…
If you’re planning a Halloween party our Zombie Fest 23 playlist is the perfect selection to set your guest’s brains on fire (we like our brains cooked before we eat!)
juicy bites for creatures of the night
the musicto community’s favorite tracks for halloween vampires
It’s October and Halloween is on the horizon, but we don’t want any old All Hallows’ Eve playlist. After all, we’re the musicto community. We’re going all out vampire!
The idea of a vampire playlist has been kicking around our musicto social network discussions for a while. We finally sent out the invitations, and initially received 13 great songs for your Vampire Ball. Lucky? You bet! At least until the 14th and then 15th vampire song was sent. Then we were even luckier. A nice, plump number for any blood-soaked vampire gathering.
So, if you’re throwing a ball for creatures of the night this Halloween, these 15 tracks are sure to give your vampire party some bite!
The Horror… the horror!
You can find tons of horror movie soundtracks on Spotify, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, then The Horror playlist is for you. The title is inspired by the final words of Marlon Brando’s character Colonel Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1969 film “Apocalypse Now,” and while this award-winning classic isn’t exactly the kind of terror you’re looking to find on Halloween, that specific line of dialogue does make the perfect Halloween playlist title. So, we’re borrowing it.
Eerie music from great foreign horror films
What is The Horror? Well, you won’t find the familiar scary sounds of typical Hollywood horror films on this tension-building Halloween playlist. You will, however, discover a great collection of eerie original soundtrack music from foreign and foreign-language movies that will put you on the edge of your seat. And hell, you might even discover some new horror films to watch this Halloween too!
Check out the track listing and, if you dare, click the film titles and check out the trailers to help you decide which great foreign or foreign-language horror movie you want to watch to scare yourself this Halloween:
We hope you have as much fun with these lists as we did making them. If you love music, love meeting people around the world and are curious about how these lists are created – come and learn more about the musicto community – we’d love to make a list with you.
Be safe out there – see you next year!