I love the fall season, the cool air, the leaves falling in reddish hues. I love Halloween. When I was a kid, I loved all the festivities that came along with it — haunted houses, pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating. Halloween’s also one of the holidays with a good soundtrack — my second favorite, next to Christmas. These are the best Halloween songs to set the mood for the season.
“Thriller” is an absolute classic. By itself, it’s a great song, but the Halloween flairs — the wolf howling, the creepy synth and the evil voice ebbing and flowing into and out of the music — add an eerie touch to what would otherwise be a more mainstream ‘80s bop. It’s incredibly unique and is one of the reasons why “Thriller” will continue to be a Halloween staple for years. Also, the music video is unforgettable.
“The Great Pumpkin Waltz” (from “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”)
The Charlie Brown movie has very calming piano and jazz tracks, and “The Great Pumpkin” special is no exception. When I was a kid, I loved watching Linus try (and fail) to find the Great Pumpkin every year when Halloween came around. The music from this special gives off autumn vibes. Listening to “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” calls to mind spending time decorating pumpkins with my family and watching autumn leaves twirl and fall. I like to listen to it when I’m studying or de-stressing. It’s great for relaxing, taking walks around the lake and studying at Hagerty.
“Monster Mash” is a lighthearted, fun song that people of all ages can dance to. It’s a bit quirky — it has a narrator that sings less and talks more about monsters dancing — but the chorus is addicting. It’s a strange and catchy little song that’s liable to get stuck in your head.
“Spooky Scary Skeletons”
By itself, this is a fun, upbeat song about skeletons that plays with alliteration and rhyme. On TikTok in 2019, a dance blew up to go along with the song. Like the song, the dance was quick and energetic; people dressed up in their best costumes to film the dance and post it on social media, making the song especially memorable.
“Ghostbusters” is a classic. The movie’s both a great Halloween flick and a larger cinematic staple. Not only does the theme song bring back good memories of the movie, but it’s also an earworm that practically invites you to dance along. It’s reminiscent of other ‘80s hits yet has its own unique, spooky sound.