Ray Parker Jnr - Ghostbusters
Because I like to be reminded who I'm gonna call on Halloween. This is one of the main songs that springs to mind when someone mentions Halloween music.
The Shaggs - It's Halloween
Timeless, catchy, and completely unsettling, It's Halloween is a festive ditty by 70s outsider music group The Shaggs, a trio of sisters whose father badgered into forming a band that would one day be declared "better than The Beatles" by famous guitarist Frank Zappa. My number one Halloween tune.
Michael Jackson - Thriller
From the creepy wolf howl to the lyrics about "something evil's lurking in the dark" (voiced by horror legend Vincent Price), this song is perfect to get you spooked. The video is very horror-movie-esque, and the mystery surrounding Michael Jackson himself only adds to the thrills. It's perfect!
Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers - Monster Mash
This one doesn't take itself too seriously, just a good fun song about Frankenstein having a party with vampires and zombies.
O Fortuna from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
This is the granddaddy of all Halloween music. The operatic drama adds a touch of high class to horror. Stick it on the stereo during your party this weekend and terrify guests as they arrive.
Johnny Cash - Ghostriders in the Sky
Because The Blues Brothers (1980) is an awesome film, and you can get all country-and-(old)-western with it - perfect if you're going dressed as a cowboy or cowgirl this year. Also, it's about demon cows that foretell the apocalypse.
Mel Blanc & Thurl Ravenscroft - Pink Elephants on Parade
Pink Elephants on Parade from Disney's Dumbo, in the scene where Dumbo sees scary elephants after sneaking some of the circus men's wine. The animation is terrifying and haunts me to this day.
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Bill Lee - Cruella De Vil
I don't celebrate Halloween, but if I had to choose my favourite scary song it'll be Cruella De Vil. Its lyrics are dramatic and the melody makes you feel as if someone evil is lurking just behind you.
Mark Snow - The X Files Theme
Inspired by How Soon is Now? by The Smiths, The X Files' theme's maudlin whistles make for an instantly recognisable opening credits. It's a topical choice, too, since the supernatural mystery series is set to be rebooted in the new year.