Halloween is right around the corner. With local festivities already underway, the Antelope Valley Press has compiled a list of staff members’ favorite Halloween songs, to ensure you’re well prepared for any spooky situation.
“A classic, “Monster Mash,” by Bobby Pickett, or any song from The Nightmare before Christmas” — Pam Krogstie, Pagination
“‘Thriller,’ by Michael Jackson, for sure. I even know the dance!” — Saharra White, Copy Desk
“‘It’s Terror Time Again,’ by Skycycle. People may not be too familiar with this song because it came out on the animated 1998 film ‘Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island,’ but from the ominous sounding guitar slides, horror-themed lyrics and the music video adapted from the film, this song is a must listen for anyone trying to get into a spooky mood!” — Sebastian Garcia, Copy Desk
“Dead Man’s Party,” Oingo Boingo — Benita Velasquez, Switchboard
“This is Halloween,” from the “Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack — Sarah Cabrera, Accounting
“The Time Warp,” from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or music from “Hocus Pocus” — Ali Murray, Classifieds
“Ghostbusters” theme, Ray Parker Jr. — Mayra Ortiz, Marketing/Advertising operations
“Superstition,” by Stevie Wonder, “Pet Semetary” by The Ramones, “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince — Jackie Zibble, Advertising
“Witchy Woman,” by the Eagles or “The Addams Family,” by Vic Mizzy — Jennifer Garcia, Editorial
“Monster” by Skillet, “Prayers for the Damned” by Sixx AM, “Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, “Dead Souls” by Nine Inch Nails — Monte Hornung, Production
“Walk Like a Zombie,” Horror Pops — Sunil McCray, Advertising
Other songs for consideration
“I Ain’t Superstitious,” by Howlin’ Wolf. This song is a real down-and-dirty jam soaked in Mississippi grit where Blues master Howlin’ Wolf observes tons of creepy omens.
“I Put a Spell on You.” While many artists have covered this song since Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins wrote it in 1956, especially powerful renditions include the always spooky Marilyn Manson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Nina Simone.
“The Living Dead” by Don Ralke. A Rockabilly track from 1961 that states “The living dead are those who live without love,” is sure to conjure images of greaser skeletons barreling down the road in a blacked-out muscle car.
“Willie the Wimp” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie Ray wasn’t primarily known for spooky songs, but this track, written about the actual funeral of a Chicago gangster’s son who was buried in a Cadillac coffin, is a must-hear jam for the season.
“Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Johnny Cash. The “Man In Black” throughout his decades-spanning career always carried a mysterious aura, but this track aside from being great for Halloween, is also generally one of Cash’s best. The conveyed imagery of lonely ghost cowboys coupled with Cash’s baritone delivery is a great addition to any Halloween playlist.
“Halloween Hootenanny,” is a compilation of 19 songs, available on Apple Music and features songs like “Psychic Voodoo Doll” by Deadbolt, “I Drink Blood,” by Rocket from the Crypt, “Theme from the Munsters” by Los Straitjackets and “The Creature Stole My Surfboard” by Dead Elvi. It will give you a spooky, auditory delight.
“13 Halloween Songs from the 60s” available on Youtube, is a list of 13 songs from that era, which some of you have probably never heard of. “Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood,” by Don Hinson & The Rigormorticians (1960), as well as “Beware,” by Bill Buchanan (1962) and Children’s Day at the Morgue by Sheldon Allman (1961), are sure to conjure up some fun at your Halloween get-together.