If, for some absolutely ridiculous reason, your October 31st plans don’t revolve around drunkenly attempting to fight at least one of the two ghosts who haunt St Andrews Cathedral, then firstly: you’re doing Halloween wrong. Secondly, you could probably use a few spooky tunes to rattle your bones and get you in the Halloween spirit! As a preliminary disclaimer, I’d like to point out that this playlist does not include Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’ nor the main theme from Scooby Doo. Apologies in advance, but those are already no-brainers. For a truly thrilling night, check out these bangers that are guaranteed to kill.
Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”
A seemingly innocuous, easy-going track by a band whose name is an homage to everyone’s favourite creature of the night, ‘Diane Young’ will satisfy your hipster friends’ thirst for indie music while keeping the mood upbeat. Nevertheless, listen closely and the lyrics are actually quite disturbing, contributing to some spookier Halloween vibes.
G-Eazy feat. Hoodie Allen – “Lady Killers”
If you happen to spot your Bride of Frankenstein at a party this year, this song will definitely hype you to get her digits! Be careful not to take all of G-Eazy’s words to heart or else you’ll probably end up getting ghosted pretty quickly.
MGMT – “Time to Pretend”
One of the most appealing aspects of Halloween is getting to dress up as and pretend to be someone – or something – other than yourself. We could all certainly use a day of nonconformity, and ‘Time to Pretend’ definitely epitomises the image of adolescents acting out of character because they’ve got nothing to lose.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”
Somehow incorporating synth Dracula-esque organ music and vaguely menacing lyrics into an indie-pop song, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs provide a dynamic addition to any playlist, but especially one for a holiday which seeks both of those qualities.
Fifty Cent – “Candy Shop”
It’s a well-known fact that the best part of Halloween is upending your pillow-case of sweets at the end of the night as your friends do the same before trading for your favorites. Although Fifty Cent is perhaps not interested in that kind of candy, this is a fun, semi-cheesy throwback to jam to whilst enjoying a serious sugar high.
Panic! At the Disco – “Emperor’s New Clothes”
A band most notably popular when emo was still, like, a thing, eerie music seems to be a common theme in Panic!’s repertoire. This particular hair-raising song was admittedly chosen because Brendon Urie, the lead singer and now sole permanent member, looks hot in the music video.
Lady Gaga – “Monster”
Setting aside the fact that most of Gaga’s outfits from the mid-to-late 2000’s looked like extremely well thought out Halloween costumes – and I mean that in the best way – this song is a major bop with sinister themes.
Bryce Vine – “Sour Patch Kids”
Halloween is the absolute awesomest holiday for youngsters all over. There’s free candy and you’re allowed to cover your skin in fake blood! What’s not for a kid (or university student) to love? Bask in a nostalgia for the present by listening to this grown-up defying anthem which happens to be conveniently named for one of the best Halloween treats on the planet.
Melanie Martinez – “Dollhouse”
Most of Martinez’s discography is considerably odd, to say the least. However, this song takes the cake for ultimate creepiness with a melody that plays on seemingly innocent, childlike elements and shiver-inducing lyrics.
WALK THE MOON – “Ghostbusters”
WALK THE MOON’s revamped rendition of the well-loved and admired Ghostbusters theme by Ray Charles, Jr. was an integral part of the soundtrack for the 2016 film of the same name. This version is definitely more up to par with contemporary acid pop while still maintaining a maximum spectre-factor, making it ideal listening material in 2017.