Claire’s Collection: Halloween edition

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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love fall (ahem, pumpkin spice frappuccinos and limited edition candles at bath and body works), and I love getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas because I get to spend them with my families.

Anyway, I love to celebrate Halloween. Everyone knows a good party needs a good playlist, so here are some of my favorites for your next Halloween party.

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”- Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune (1976)

The beginning of this song always pulls me right in and makes me want to listen to it over and over again. I also really like the singer’s voice. Not to mention, I love any song with cowbell in it, so this one’s kind of my jam.

“Zombie”- The Cranberries

I’ve talked about The Cranberries in a past article, but about a different song of theirs. I love this song because it’s actually about a bigger picture, but for the purposes of this article, I won’t get into it. Anyway, the singer’s voice holds so much emotion, and I just really love it.

“Cannibal”- Kesha

Okay, so this song seems sort of dorky, but I actually think it’s pretty cool. The background parts in the chorus are actually pretty awesome, and it’s definitely a throwback.

“Time Warp”- (Various Artists) Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Halloween classic, so I obviously had to include one of the songs. This is my second favorite song because my first I don’t think is really school appropriate, and this song has a more Halloween-y vibe anyway.

“Creep”- Radiohead

The first time I listened to this song it gave me chills. The singer’s voice is so haunting and I think it gives a really spooky vibe.

“Eight Fifteen”- (Various Artists) Stranger Things

Stranger Things has some seriously creepy vibes, and this song definitely helps. It’s a mix of like 80s synth and those creepy songs in the background of horror movies. I just really love this song and think it’s absolutely perfect for a Halloween party.

“This is Halloween”- Citizens of Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

As a little girl, I loved when the Disney Channel would play their Halloween movies because I knew it meant that they would play The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve loved this movie for a long time, and this is definitely my favorite song from it.

“Pet Sematary”- The Ramones

I talked about this song before, I heard it at my friend’s Halloween party when I was a freshman, and in my opinion, it’s 100% a Halloween jam.

“Hells Bells”- AC/DC

This is another song that I talked about before, and I think if any AC/DC song should be on a Halloween playlist, it should be this one.

“Burning Down The House”- Talking Heads

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Speaking In Tongues: Talking Heads (1983)

When I asked my parents for suggestions for a Halloween playlist, this is the first song my mom said, and there was no hesitation. I asked her why and she said it just felt right, and I couldn’t agree more. It feels like it just belongs.

“Monster”- Lady Gaga

Though this isn’t technically a Halloween song, she talks about someone eating her heart (obviously as a metaphor), so I think it fits.

“Sympathy for the Devil”- The Rolling Stones

I’ve always loved The Rolling Stones, and I really wanted to include one of their songs in one of my playlists, and I thought this one was a good choice.

These next few songs are Halloween classics, so I couldn’t bear to not add them to this playlist.

“Thriller”- Michael Jackson

My mom has always loved Michael Jackson, and she always plays this song around October. It never fails to get me ready for Halloween.

“Monster Mash”- Bobby “Boris” Pickett

In my personal opinion, if you haven’t danced to the monster mash at some point in your life, you haven’t lived properly.

“Ghostbusters”- Ray Parker Jr.

Ghostbusters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Various Artists (1985)

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Who ya gonna call? (Also the Stay-Puft guy is an icon)




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