It’s never too early to get into the
Halloween spirit, and what better way to do so than listening to Halloween songs? You may be surprised just how many Halloween songs there actually are, too. We’ve compiled basically an entire playlist worth here. No matter how old you are, there’s a perfect Halloween song to put you in a spooky mood, whether it’s an obvious Halloween music classic like Monster Mash, or it’s a song with a more subtly scary vibe, like a classic rock song or a song that gives a new modern and spooky twist to an old favorite.
Whether you like indie, pop, metal, folk, or electronica, there’s a Halloween song on this list for you. Do you and your kids just love the
old kid-friendly classics? Or maybe you have a big-time Blippi fan on your hands? Maybe you’re looking for a playlist for the kids to bob for apples to at your annual Halloween bash? Whatever you’re looking for, this extensive list of 40 Halloween songs has definitely got you covered. So check out these 40 songs and make those Spotify playlists because you’ll be jamming to these Halloween songs until the big day and beyond because they’re just that good. 1 “Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey
You can’t go wrong with a song about witches for Halloween, and Lana Del Ray’s sultry take on “Season of the Witch” is the perfect song to get you in the mood. For Halloween, that is.
2 “The Becoming” by Nine Inch Nails
Anything Nine Inch Nails is fair Halloween game in my book. Or anytime really. What isn’t spooky about screaming in the background of a song that just sounds like it would be played in the chase scene of a horror movie? If you want an existential crisis to scare you for Halloween, check out the eerie song “
Right Where It Belongs” also by Nine Inch Nails. The haunting piano and thought-provoking lyrics are the stuff of nightmares. 3 “Black Magic” by Slayer
Want to get pumped for Halloween? Slayer’s killer riffs, heart-pounding tempos, and signature scary vocals will be a perfect fit for your Halloween playlist. Obviously, this song is super on-brand for Halloween because the song is about black magic.
4 “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
And now to take it down a notch. Lana Del Ray is a queen, and after listening to her cover of “Once Upon a Dream,” you’ll be even more terrified of Maleficent. The haunting beauty of this song would make for a great background song for a haunted house.
5 “Werewolf “ by Cat Power
You can’t go wrong with Cat Power at any time, but her song, “Werewolf” would make for an excellent track on a Halloween playlist. The spooky cello and playful intonations with her vocals make this song just spooky enough for Halloween lite.
6 “Ghosts in the House” by The Kiboomers
And now for something the kids would love. I don’t know of any child who doesn’t like The Kiboomers, and this adorable song will have your children bopping around the house yelling, “BOO!” Sorry parents, but it’s all in good fun in the name of the season, right?
7 “They Don’t Scare Me” by Mickey Mouse
A classic. The organ adds a nice spooky touch to this kid-friendly Halloween song where Mickey claims he’s not scared of lizards, snakes, earthquakes, spiders, witches, goblins, or zombies, among other things.
8 “Trick or Treat” by Andrew Gold
This fun little jingle is perfect to listen to before trick-or-treating. And Andrew Gold’s voice, as always, is top notch. The folk and bluegrass feel to this song is super fun for parents and children alike.
9 “Halloween Stomp” by Bounce Patrol
“Halloween Stomp” is awesome because it gives kids an opportunity to do fun movements while listening to music or watching the video on YouTube, which is always a win in my book. Who knows, if you get married on Halloween, this may be a fun replacement for the “Cupid Shuffle,” am I right?
10 “I Wanna Scare Myself” by Tigger
I love sweet Tigger in this classic Disney Halloween song. He really wants to scare himself and everyone else by bouncing out of the shadows and having a Tigger-like roar. So scary, Tigger. Ferocious.
11 “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix
One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix nails it (as always) with “Voodoo Child
.” For a grown-up Halloween playlist, this song should definitely be on there, because what’s scarier than a voodoo child, right? 12 “Goodnight Moon” by Shivaree
This song from the
Kill Bill Vol. 2 soundtrack sounds like a kitschy Halloween theme song with the driving baseline and the crooning of Ambrosia Parsley. This song is hauntingly catchy and a definite bop. 13 “I Put a Spell on You” by Alice Smith
We all know and love the many renditions of “I Put A Spell On You,” originally sung by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and when it was blown off the charts by
Winifred Sanderson at the community center in Salem, Massachusetts at a Halloween party. But this version by Alice Smith for Lovecraft Country is so spooky, so beautiful, and so intense, it just has to be added to the list of wonderful renditions of this Halloween song. 14 “(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
If you can get past the visual of Will Ferrell’s stomach hanging out of a too-tight shirt, banging a cow bell in Chris Kattan’s face, then this song is a great Halloween song. It’s a reminder to embrace death and don’t fear it.
15 “People Are Strange” by The Doors
The Doors are always a bit spooky and whimsy sounding, and “People Are Strange” definitely fits the bill. For an added bonus, if you watch the music video, the sideshow and freak show element is a bit spooky as well.
16 “Elmo Says Boo!” by Elmo
everyone’s favorite monster has a Halloween song. This sweetly spooky song will win the hearts of everyone in the family, when Elmo’s saccharine voice sings about when Elmo says, “Boo!” And of course everyone’s favorite spooky counting vampire makes an appearance as well. 17 “Monster in the Mirror” by Grover
Classic. We all have those moments like Grover where we see the monster in the mirror, but we can’t be scared. We must prevail, like Grover. The only downside to this song is you’ll be singing
Wubba wubba wubba wubba woo woo woo for weeks and weeks to come. Now that’s scary. 18 “Bones (Inside of You)” by Count Von Count
The howling of the werewolf, the creepy organ, and the subject matter of skeletons is perfect for a kids spooky Halloween song. Kids will learn a few things while they’re having their Halloween fun, too, in true
Sesame Street fashion. 19 “Baby Truck Watch Out ... It’s Halloween” by Gecko’s Garage
For all those
Gecko’s Garage fans, this spooky song is a fun one with just a little bit of spookiness as Baby Truck gets scared of the different vehicles popping out of the shadows and getting scared. 20 “Eensy Weensy Spider” by Count Von Count
Even though this song is a classic song, the fact that Count Von Count sings it makes it extra Halloween-official. Plus, spiders are spooky and ooky and definitely make for scary Halloween decorations, right?
21 “Zombie” by The Cranberries
This song can be scary for multiple reasons, the subject matter, the desperation in Dolores O'Riordan’s haunting voice, the haunting guitar riffs, the full driving and pounding baseline, and the name, “Zombie,” obviously.
22 “Bad Moon Rising” by Rasputina
Now this version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” feels like it should’ve been the original. The cadence of the original song didn’t seem to match the lyrics for me, but Rasputina definitely nails it in this haunting rendition, and makes it a perfect song for your Halloween playlist.
23 “Ghost Song” by The Doors
“Ghost Song” by The Doors is a Halloween must in my book. What makes this song even creepier is it was released after Jim Morrison’s untimely death. So not only does it sound haunting, but it kind of is actually haunting. A haunting from Jim Morrison himself.
24 “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles
You can’t have a Halloween playlist without “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles on there. It’s against the law. This seductively haunting song about a “witchy woman,” with raven hair is an awesome Halloween song to celebrate the witchy woman in your life on Halloween and every day.
25 “Black Magic Woman” by Santana
Santana, as always, nails it with the soulful guitar and psychedelic elements in this Halloween song. Plus his velvety smooth voice singing about a black magic woman is pretty haunting and sexy. You’ll be so relaxed you won’t even care if a zombie showed up at your house.
26 “Six Little Ghosts” by Super Simple Songs
Super Simple Songs pumps out banger after banger for kids, and while I want to put my head through a wall after listening to them for hours on end, my four year old just loves them and who could argue with that? This cutesy song about six little ghosts will definitely get your toddler and preschooler into the Halloween spirit.
27 “Knock Knock, Trick or Treat” by Super Simple Songs
A song about knocking on doors and trick-or-treating? It’s a must. Plus kids love to explain their Halloween costumes when they’re retrieving their candy (at least the kids in my neighborhood doo) and this song definitely highlights that.
28 “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
The perfect Halloween song and music video for all ages. End of story.
29 “Five Creepy Spiders” by Super Simple Songs
What’s scarier than a creepy spider? Five creepy spiders. And also four boney skeletons, three black cats, two wicked witches, and one white ghost. A song to learn about counting down while celebrating Halloween is a great pick for a Halloween playlist for kids.
30 “What Will I be?” by Blippi
Like it or not, you can’t have a Halloween playlist for kids without featuring a Blippi song or two. In this song, Blippi is trying to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween, and perhaps his list can help your child choose what they’re going to be as well.
31 “Samhain Night” by Loreena McKennitt
For folks who also celebrate the Wheel of the Year,
Samhain is another name for Halloween, and it’s the original Celtic celebration of when the veil is thinnest between the living and the dead. Loreena McKennitt is the best in the business when it comes to songs for each Wheel of the Year celebration and her song about Samain night is perfect. 32 “Burn the Witch” by Shaun James
“Burn the Witch” is an intense and electrifying song by Shawn James, and everything from the slow strumming of the guitar at the beginning to the powerful and emotional finish, this haunting song is the ultimate song for your Halloween playlist. There are layers to the lyrics about burning the witch, where there’s the literal witch, and also objectifying and destroying those who are different.
33 “The Hanging Tree” by Angus & Julia Stone
This song was also sung by Katniss Everdeen in the
Hunger Games trilogy. “The Hanging Tree” is creepy and haunting in its simplicity and subject matter, where a man being hanged calls out to his love, and all the creepy things that follow after his body is gone but his spirit remains. 34 “The Moon & The Night Spirit” by Ég Felé
This song would be perfection to play on Halloween night, and its whimsical and eerie music will haunt you for days to come. The lyrics are Hungarian, but the English translation describes a spirit rising up from the darkness and a light being reborn from the darkness.
35 “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac
You can’t have a Halloween playlist without the witchy queen herself, Stevie Nicks, and her song about a witch — “Rhiannon.” You’ll be grabbing your flowy skirt, your scarves and your incense and be twirling around dancing in no time.
36 “This Is The Way We Carve A Pumpkin” by Super Simple Songs
Whether you’re listening for instructions or for Halloween spooky fun, “This Is The Way We Carve A Pumpkin” is a bop through and through, and your kid will love it.
37 “Halloween Song” by Blippi
This is the ultimate Blippi Halloween song that will be stuck in your head for weeks and you’ll find yourself singing
Haaaalllloween...Haaaaalllloween while you’re making dinner. Trust me. And the preschoolers will love it for the fun lyrics and poppy tune. Nicky Notes is pretty creepy with his haunting howls, too. 38 “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett
You’re not allowed to make a Halloween playlist for kids or adults without this classic song included. “Monster Mash” is the greatest Halloween song of all time, and I won’t be taking any arguments.
39 “Who Took The Candy?” by Super Simple Songs
A fun spooky Halloween spin on everyone’s favorite childhood song, “Who took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar” comes “Who Took the Candy?” Was it you?
40 “Count Mikula” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a wonderful little remake of the original Mickey Mouse Club, but suited for preschoolers. The “Count Mikula” song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (starting at 1:25) is a super fun spooky song Mickey fans will really love.
Whether you’re looking for some fun kid-friendly Halloween songs to get the entire family into the Halloween spirit, or you’re looking for a spooky playlist for your Halloween party (or for when you’re driving to pick up the kids from school alone) this list of 40 Halloween songs gives you plenty of options.