10 SONGS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN PARTY
Planning an epic Halloween party can be a lot of effort. First, you need killer decorations (pun intended), tasty snacks, an awesome costume, and of course music that gets everyone moving. We Are: The Guard has got you covered. In one of our recent articles, we suggested our favorite Halloween costumes indie music lovers will love. Now, we’re taking it to another level by listing our top Halloween songs for a memorable party. Let’s get spooky.
TUBULAR BELLS BY MIKE OLDFIELD
As your guests arrive, you want to set the mood with the perfect spooky vibe. Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” which was featured in The Exorcist, will definitely do the trick. “Tubular Bells” was also the first hit from Richard Branson’s upstart label, Virgin Records. Featuring a dramatically minimalistic piano melody, it’s perfectly subtle and creepy. I mean, if the makers of The Exorcist thought so, you can’t really argue with that.
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU BY NINA SIMONE
Imagine it: You’re at a halloween party, and after a long night of candy corn jello shots and pumpkin spice martinis, you’ve found yourself eyeing your new bae for the night. Your costume is on point, their costume is on point— it’s all lining up. Set the mood with Nina Simone’s classic version of “I Put A Spell On You.” Simone’s sultry vocals sung over slow strings and horns are the perfect way to spice things up a bit. And of course, the message couldn’t be more clear…
MONSTER MASH BY BOBBY PICKETT
Heck, even if it’s not Halloween, this is still such a fun song to play at the party. Who doesn’t love the Monster Mash? The 1962 classic may not be the creepiest song, but it’s 100% guaranteed to put everyone in a good mood. It’s been recorded by everyone from The Beach Boys to The Misfits, but the original will always be a favorite at We Are: The Guard.
TIME WARP - ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Alright, I know it’s a sin to admit this, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show. But even I know this 1975 cult classic song. Even better than just playing the song, play the movie. Sometimes the best Halloween party is one where you eat spooky snacks and have a scary movie marathon. That definitely sounds like a winner to me.
THRILLER BY MICHAEL JACKSON
Can you even say it was a Halloween party if you didn’t play this song at least once? Maybe the party is a dud so far, but if you put on this funky hit, you’re sure to get people up and dancing in no time. Of course, if you REALLY want to take it to another level, just come prepared knowing Jackson’s iconic dance moves. Learn them, memorize them, and perform like you were born for it. #ibelieveinyou
DEAD MAN'S PARTY BY OINGO BOINGO
Featured in all the classic tv shows and movies including Malcom in the Middle and Back To School, the new-wave single from Oingo Boingo’s fifth studio album. Halloween may be on a Tuesday this year, but this song will definitely make it feel like a #throwbackthursday. Also, can we just acknowledge how great this video is?
DISTURBIA BY RIHANNA
A bit more modern than Michael Jackson than Nina Simone is Rihanna’s 2009 pop single “Disturbia.” The single is perfect for an uptempo dance moment, while still keeping the spooky vibes going strong. Of course, you’ll also have everyone singing along with the queen. Isn’t that the sign of a successful Halloween party? Getting everyone drunk, dancing, and singing? 100%.
SPOOKY BY DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Maybe your Halloween party will be themed, or maybe it should be. If you’re feeling the 70s, you’ll definitely need this song playing. Dusty Springfield’s velvety smooth vocals over this chill beat will have everyone feeling groovy. Get yourself a fog machine, black lights, and some decorative lava lamps to really amp up the vibes. “Spooky” is just the perfect touch for your perfect top Halloween songs playlist.
SUPERSTITION BY STEVIE WONDER
You can’t go wrong with Stevie Wonder. Really, you just can’t. If anyone at your party doesn’t like Stevie Wonder, maybe they shouldn’t be at the party. Just sayin’. “Superstition” is fun, funky, and has the perfect amount of ‘spook’ to it. Forever one of the best Halloween songs.
GHOSTBUSTERS BY RAY PARKER JR.
I know, you’re probably thinking really? But there’s a reason it’s a classic. “Ghostbusters” is the perfect song to play in two situations: when everyone is really feeling the Halloween spirit and is letting loose dancing OR when it’s near the end of the night and everyone is messed up or chilling out. Basically, it’s perfect no matter the time.
What are your favorite Halloween songs? Let us know in the comments.
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