Staff Recs: Best Halloween Songs
September 29, 2017
It is that time of year again. Halloween is a month-long festivity for adults and kids alike, and — second only to Christmas — has the best seasonal music. With October only three days away, here are WSN’s favorite Halloween tunes to get you in the holiday spirit.
“This is Halloween” is clearly the move if you want to get into a spooky spirit — don’t even fight me. You’re a boy or girl or non-gender conforming human being of every age who would like to see something strange. This song genuinely makes me break out into skeleton-like dance moves, and it’s on every Halloween playlist I’ve ever made. It also just takes you back to being a little kid who was slightly scared of all the older kids and adults in monster, vampire or ghost costumes out trick or treating in your neighborhood. As soon as the air starts getting cold, blast “This Is Halloween” and become your most haunted self.
-Natasha Roy, Assistant Managing Editor
“Thriller” is the ultimate Halloween song. It is the ultimate song for any occasion, to be fair, but Michael Jackson’s zombie-hit is an iconic, crowd-pleasing bop that is perfect for Halloween. Not only is the music video an enigma and pioneer of the genre, but the dance moves are universally known and loved. Belting out “Cause this is Thrillerrrrrrrrrrrr” is the absolute perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit.
-Jordan Reynolds, Arts Editor
It was the Halloween season of 2015, and my best friend and I were creeping into my house around 12 a.m., thinking the house would be dark. But low and behold, I find my dad jamming and shadowing the moves to The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Time Warp.” What a sight it was. All the jumps to the right, all the steps to the left and don’t forget the infamous pelvic thrusts. It drove us insane. Ever since this eye-searing night, I have visions of my dad dancing to this, but my Halloween season isn’t complete without it. Let’s do the “Time Warp” again!
–Pamela Jew, Copy Chief
“Dearly Departed,” Shakey Graves feat. Esme Patterson isn’t the outright spookiest thing, but it was written on Halloween and is incredible. Am I just obsessed with Shakey Graves? Yes, but even his name sounds Halloween-ish!
–Hailey Nuthals, Editor-at-Large
Email the Arts Desk at [email protected].