28 September 2012

Halloween Playlist

Every year I come up with some kind of Halloween Playlist for our house, even if its just using spooky noises to creep out the kids. So this year, as I was coming up with yet another, I was inspired to share. Some of these songs are def NSFW, nor the ears of little ones (O'Malley's Bar comes to mind, yipes!) So here goes...

*Please note not in order of importance, only how I happened to run across them in my iTunes library and found youtube links.

**I'm so sorry, when I originally wrote and tested the links, the songs all played on the blog. Now many are saying you have to watch on youtube due to restrictions. I apologise for that, but will also say it'll be worth it if you do!

***After I published the post it seems all the videos are playing fine, so no need to go to youtube!

1. "Put A Spell on You" by various artists. The original by Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a classic. I chose this one because it was put together as a charity effort to help with Haiti after the earthquake, but also I like the different voices mixing and mingling.

2. "Lullaby" by The Cure. If you have arachnophobia skip this one! (SO not a lullaby, google the lyrics... creepy and I LOVE spiders!) Don't you love that Robert Smith goes to bed with a full face of makeup?

3. "This is Halloween" from Nightmare Before Christmas, covered by Marilyn Manson. I love how he sang this so much that I wish it was on the original soundtrack!

4. "Goo Goo Muck" by The Cramps. Classic Cramps in a classic venue (CBGB's '81) during an amazing time to be around the music scene. I'm sure I'm in the crowd, I never missed a Cramps show! (I miss Lux ): )

5."Mommy Can I go Out and Kill Tonight?" by The Misfits. "Halloween" was too predictable, and I like the creepiness of this. Its live so the sound isn't so clear, but you can find loads of studio versions on youtube. Sorry, you're subjected to watching them live here! (Really the only way to hear the Misfits.)

6. "O'Malley's Bar" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A grisly tale from the "Murder Ballads" album. Actually that whole album is a great macabre Halloween choice.

7. "Spellbound" by Siouxie and the Banshees. Siouxie is always great for Halloween!

8. "The Forest Theme" by Jarboe and Kris Force. I was turned on to this gruesome little song by the Punk Glam Princess. Its the theme song to the video game "The Path". Long but the end is particularly terrifying! (Google the lyrics, such a sweet angelic voice singing of such a menacing tale, perfect for Halloween! Guess who has a new Halloween ringtone... I cant wait until it goes off someplace inappropriately... so mature eh?)

9. "Right Where it Belongs" by NIN. Not an outright Halloween type song, but listen to the lyrics, they can be quite disconcerting, and I don't suggest listening to this if you're felling the least bit blue. Personally, the lyrics and music really speak to me -- I've often felt it was something I could've written years ago and used as the soundtrack of my life at various times (the happy, interesting parts of my life -- interesting, as most find it quite depressing.) But for many it will bring up deep seated, frightening feelings and thoughts. Perfect for Halloween, don't you think? Okay honestly "Right Where it Belongs" is a total mindfuck, non?

10. "Mr. Crowley" by Ozzy Osbourne. I will forgive Ozzy for pronouncing Crowley's name incorrectly, because the song kicks ass!

11. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie. As fun as this video is, he was amazing live back when I saw him play his first CBGB's gig a gazillion years ago!

12. "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, theme to "True Blood" series. The first time I heard this when the opening credits for the first episode of True Blood came on, I flipped. I'm not a country music fan (only use it for exorcisms), but I think the rockabilly sound of it is why I like it so much. Okay and I can't resist a song where someone howls like an animal. Rather than show what everyone is used to seeing, I elected to show you the original video.

13. "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones. Last but definitely not least! The opening hand drums (and throughout) always remind me of a VooDoo or Yoruba ritual where drumming is frequently used to raise spirits. This is from "Rock 'n Roll Circus", definitely a fun watch! (Loved the whole Mick taking off his shirt while not missing a beat, and John Lennon rocking out!)

So there you have my "Witches Dozen" of songs to get you inspired for Halloween. What would you add? I'd love to hear!



  1. Thanks for this post! I completely forgot about the Hallowe'en music compilation I made last year and now I've found it out and have it playing! :D

    These are some great tunes you've chosen! I've never heard 'The Forest Theme' before and I love it! Such a creepy little (long) tune! So many Rob Zombie songs are perfect for Hallowe'en as well as The Misfits and Marilyn Manson! I actually had 'Bad Things' as my ringtone when I first got into True Blood! :D

    I have a few of these songs on my compilation such as 'Put a Spell on You' although I have the version from Hocus Pocus, This is Halloween, Lullaby and Dragula but a few I would HAVE to add to this list is 'Black Cat Bone' by Laika, 'Belladonna & Aconite' by Inkubus Sukkubus and 'A Corpse in my Bed' by Creature Feature!

    There is a song I have been trying to work out whom it's by for ages which is perfect for a creepy Hallowe'en evening! It's on the Warrens website (the paranormal investigator couple who investigated the Amityville Horror case)You can listen to it here - http://www.warrens.net/index.html - Super spooky! ~♥~

    1. I'm glad I reminded you, gets you into the "spirit" of Halloween (muahahaha!) I cant stop playing "The Forest Theme" its so grisly! I do love the "Put a Spell on You" from Hocus Pocus, it was one of my daughters fav films when she was just a wee thing (maybe 3?) so I heard it a great deal (best line: "Amok, amok, amok!") Crap I had it in my head to add "Belladonna and Aconite" and forgot, such a great song! You've given me a few more to check out, thank you!

      I know about the Warren's as they lived close to where I did for a few years. I will see if I can figure out the song and let you know. XXX

  2. Oh gawwwwwd it's been fecking ages hasn't it? I'm such a norty friend!! Just want you to know I loveyamorethansympathyforthedevilwhichisafeckingLOT!!!!!! xoxoxoxxoxoxooxo

  3. What a fantastic playlist! We don't do Hallowe'en but I'd be willing to throw a party if those tunes were on the turntable! x

    1. Thanks! Of course after I published this one, a zillion other really good tunes came to mind so maybe I'll do a 2nd one, they're so fun to put together! Oh you really should do a Halloween party, I can picture you doing it in fantastic style! XXX

  4. I love Halloween, no idea why I haven't made a soundtrack before now. I must rectify this immediately! That Forest Theme is giving me the shudders, something about the discordant violins. I love 'Bad Things', True Blood has one of the best opening sequences ever. The Twin Peaks theme gives me the creeps too but I don't know if it's Halloweeny.

    How about Burn the Witch by Stone Gods? It's a bit ridiculous but would be fun for a party. There's something about 'the flames licking your wizard's sleeve!"

    1. Hi Lakota, you must rectify the halloween playlist asap, they are so much fun to put together that I'm doing another! I was really creeped out by "The Forest Theme" but not enough to make a disturbing Halloween ringtone from the end bit! My daughter was so proud that she was able to contribute one of the more scary songs (should I be worried? She'll be 13 soon... nah it just proves how very Addams Family we are!) Google the lyrics, its even more shudder inducing as that angelic voice sings of such a gruesome tale! I don't know if youve gotten the most recent episodes of "True Blood", they still use "Bad Things" but switched it up a bit and its even better! Oh yes, "Twin Peaks" did have some creepy music, not quite Halloween, but disturbing none the less.

      I dont know "Burn the Witch" by Stone Fields, so thank you for another recommendation to check out! Thanks for stopping by! XXX

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    1. Another good recommendation, I'm going to have to see if I can find something that will fit in with the second playlist, thank you! XXX


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