Halloween music goes from cutesy kiddie tunes (which may make moms run, screaming, to their cars) to Gothic Romance and Death Metal. Here is a good sample song list that will give the children a rush, without turning them into deranged crybabies.
Preschool Halloween Songs
These oldies-but-goodies are appropriate tunes for young toddlers but, probably, no one else. Some sheltered souls may think that older kids will like them. It really depends on the children’s levels of maturity.
- Skeleton Dance: This is probably good for 2-year-olds. It’s so eeky, creepy, and stupid.
- Zombie Jamboree by Hellsing: All ages.
- Halloween Song by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen: Very few things on earth are scarier than the Olsen Twins. This song is good for baby goblins.
- The Witch Doctor Song by Alvin and The Chipmunks: Try singing the words. No one can do it without laughing.
- Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice Cooper: This version has Muppets.
If any adults will be at the party, do keep the female-witch-voice songs to a minimum. Adults will be plagued with headaches after hearing that evil cackling and high-pitched screaming.
Disney Halloween Music
Disney has traditionally hired top-notch song writers and animators. All of their movies have some scary element in them; that’s what is required for a good plot.
- This is Halloween: Composed by Danny Elfman for The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Grim Grinning Ghosts: Used at Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
- Disney’s Halloween Treat
- Fantasia – Night on Bald Mountain: Classical music reworked with magic.
Some of Disney’s works have not been released, but look around.
Halloween Rock Songs
None of these tunes are overly scary, but they are fabulous for parties. See ideas for background ambiance below.
- Spooky by Classics IV
- Out of Limits by The Marketts
- Boris the Spider by The Who
- Zombies Ate Her Brain by The Creepshow
- Black Widow, Poison, or Teenage Frankenstein by Alice Cooper: All of these verge on being scary or spooky but they really rock.
- Spiders in the Night by Ozzy Osbourne
- Phantom of the Opera by Iron Maiden
Halloween Dance Music
Start things off with The Monster Mash and give out Halloween favors for the best dancer, the funniest dancer, the silliest dancer, and so on, until all children have been given a trick-or-treat bag or some kind of Halloween-themed inexpensive toy, like fake fangs. But, don’t give prizes away too quickly. The point is to wear the kids out.
- Monster Mash: This is the real and original version, which has more soul than mis-labeled knockoffs. Anyone can dance to this. Teach girls how to do the “Mashed Potatoes” dance.
- Ghostbusters Theme by Ray Parker JR: Boys love this.
- The Time Warp by Damian: Here’s a cool version of the song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Ding Dong the Witch is Dead by Klaus Nomi
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Dragula by Rob Zombie
- It’s a Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
At the end of these songs, everyone should be ready for blood-colored punch and gummy-worm treats.
Here are some tunes that will work for adult parties, too. Some are scarier than phony screams and creaking doors, and they add a lot to the overall ambience.
- Season of the Witch by Donovan
- Witchy Woman by The Eagles
- The Cold Song by Klaus Nomi
- Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
- The Resident Evil by Marilyn Manson
- Black Magic Woman by Santana
- Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
A Halloween children’s party is one of the easiest kinds of soirees known to mankind. If all of the little ghouls and bats have to come in costumes, that’s half the fun. Some moms have been known to play Ghostbusters over and over until all the little monsters are worn out and ready for cake.