halloween

Halloween Playlist Essentials: More Metal

I’m going to wrap this playlist post series up with one more entry based around heavy metal.

Cradle of Filth. Another group that you could drop whole albums into a list and they would fit. Basically you can just grab some songs from the Lovecraft and Witch Hearts compilation.

  • Creatures That Kissed In Cold Windows.
  • Dusk and Her Embrace.
  • Beneath The Howling Stars.
  • Her Ghost in the Fog
  • The Twisted Nails of Faith.
  • From the Cradle to Enslave.
  • For Those Who Died.
  • Once Upon Atrocity.

Slayer. Classic death metal and you can’t go wrong putting Hell Await and Angel of Death into a Halloween play list.

Crisis. A female lead metal group. They’ve got some good stuff, but I went with their song Wretched.

Arch Enemy. Another female fronted group. I’ve gone with Heart of Darkness and Dark Insanity for the list.

Emperor. The history of black metal is pretty creepy all alone, but the music fits Halloween like a tailored glove. I’ve gone with Thus Spake the Night Spirit and Curse You All Men! From Scattered Ashes.

Immortal. Ditto on the history. I went with Sons of Northern Darkness for the list.

In Flames. Not the creepiest group, but they’ve got some good songs. The Quiet Place is the one I’ve put in the list this year.

Iron Maiden. Can’t be a proper Halloween playlist without some maiden. I’ve gone with the classics, The Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

Kamelot. The entire album The Black Halo is pretty good for a Halloween playlist. I like March of Mephisto, and The Haunting for the list though.

Dimmu Borgir. Another group you could just drop whole albums in, but I’ve gone with Reptile, The Insight and the Catharsis and Blood Hunger Doctrine.

Do you have any heavy metal must haves for Halloween? Tell me in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

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Halloween Playlist Essentials: Assorted Heavy Metal

Most heavy metal can work in a Halloween play list. It’s really the nature of the beast. But some bands stand apart and above. Or perhaps they’re just ones I happen to like more. Either way these are my picks for metal bands that have some of the best stuff for Halloween lists.

  • Metallica. Not an obvious choice really, but I think they actually have quite a few that are good for this list. Mostly their early instrumental tracks. The Call of Ktulu and The Thing That Should Not Be, are both pretty obviously inspired by Lovecraft’s works. To Live is to Die, Pulling Teeth, and Orion are all very good, and have a haunting quality.
  • Gwar. Some find them ridiculous, but they put out some good stuff over the years. They also made a lot of stuff that works well for Halloween. Gor-Gor, Sammy (which is a silly song about Sammy Davis Jr, but I like it), Rag Na Rok, Penguin Attack and Crush Kill Destroy all made it in this year.
  • Dethklok. Whether you love or hate the animated Death Metal homage/parody the man and his band that are behind them have released some good songs. Murmaider, Into the Water, Hatred Copter and Murdertrain a Comin’ all make it in this year.
  • Judas Priest. Another one that’s not an obvious choice, but the Nostradamus album has a creepy tone to it, and the track Prophecy is on my list. Also their cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, The Green Manalishi (with the two prong crown). Which is a heavy, creepy ass song. The original is also damn good, but I like the Priest cover for my playlist.
    Story has it that the song is about Peter Green’s (the guy who wrote the song) disillusionment with success and money as well as his use of LSD, and mental illness (he was later diagnosed as schizophrenic).

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: King Diamond and Mercyful Fate

Aside from Rob Zombie there is only one other man who embodies the ideal of music for Halloween better. King Diamond. Not just because of his persona, but because most of his albums are concept albums that tell a story. Each and every one a horror movie just waiting to be made.

Let’s start with some tracks from Mercyful Fate. While not concept albums, most of their songs are inspired by ghost stories and occult lore.

  • Into The Coven. A song about joining a witches coven.
  • Gypsy. A great song, and one I wouldn’t do a Halloween play list without.
  • The Oath. Another excellent song. About making an oath to Lucifer.
  • The Bell Witch. About the story of the haunting of the Bell family. Which inspired a few movies as well.

Any of his solo albums would fit in on a Halloween playlist, but here are some more choice cuts.

  • A Mansion in Darkness and Black Horsemen from Abigail. A demonic girl is born, then bound in a horrific ceremony. Until a descendant arrives with his young bride years later.
  • Eye of the Witch. A witches necklace that takes whoever invokes it’s spell back to witness any event it’s “seen”.
  • Invisible Guests and Sleepless Nights. A creepy, haunted house. A family with evil secrets.
  • Burn. Abigail reborn returns to the house of her demise and resurrection, only to fall victim to the evil that waits within.
  • Halloween. An absolutely essential Halloween song!!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Rammstein

Rammstein have a lot of good songs, and quite a few of them would fit in fine here. I have picked out a few that work especially well.

  • Ich Will. While the song is more or less the band making fun of fans wanting to sing along at live shows, it’s got a creepy vibe.
  • Mein Teil. Which means, My Part. It’s a song inspired by a real life WTF case. A man put an ad out because he wanted to eat someone. A man answered the ad and said he would allow himself to be killed and eaten… IF, he was allowed to eat his own… part, before he died.
  • Klavier. A man at a piano mourning his dead wife… that he killed. What more could ask for from a Halloween song?
  • Du Riechst So Gut. You Smell So Good. A song about a man/beast tracking a woman down and raping her… would be one interpretation.
  • Rammstein. In 1988 on the Ramstein (yes, just one m) air force base in Germany there was a mid air crash during an airshow. 67 members of the audience died, along with the pilots of 3 aircraft. This song is about that incident. It was the deadliest airshow incident in history until 2002.

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Weird Al

Weird Al has done a lot of stuff over the years, and there are a few that fit pretty well into a Halloween list.

  • Do I Creep You Out. A song about a creeper. What else is there to say?
  • Cavity Search. A parody of a U2 song from a Batman soundtrack. The music its self has a nice vibe for a Halloween list, which is why I have put the original in lists in the past, but the subject matter of this one makes it good too. Who isn’t at least a bit scared of the dentist?
  • Trigger Happy. While not apparently that scary, the attitude being made fun of in the song is pretty scary when you think about it.
  • Germs. A style parody of Nine Inch Nails, it’s about germaphobia. Music and topic are both good stuff for the holiday.
  • Virus Alert. Anyone who uses a computer can identify this one.
  • Mr Frump in the Iron Lung. A strange little song, and the ending makes it a great song for Halloween, especially for anyone who’s never heard it before.
  • Nature Trail to Hell. A parody of slasher flicks, which makes it perfect.
  • Slime Creatures From Outer Space. A parody of sci-fi horror movies. Again, perfect.
  • Jurassic Park. The sound FX and topic are good all on their own, but the music (MacArthur Park) is sort of creepy too.
  • Livin’ in the Fridge. A parody of Living on the Edge, about food that’s been left in the fridge too long coming to life.

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Misc Fun

Not every song or artist is going to fit neatly into a category, and every good Halloween song play list is going to have some outcasts. It wouldn’t be much of a playlist without outcasts on it.

  • Alice Cooper: While there are loads of his songs that could work for a Halloween list, I like to stick with just two. Welcome to my Nightmare and The Black Widow.
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Next Week Sometime, makes it in because of the second verse, which involves going to find buried treasure in a cemetery and the hijinks that ensue.
  • Blue Oyster Cult. While, Don’t Fear the Reaper is a good song for a playlist, I tend to just use their less widely known, but absolute classic, Godzilla.
  • Buckethead. He’s done a lot of stuff that can fit onto this list, but I like The Ballad of Buckethead.
  • Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman’s band, and I could have put these songs in the soundtrack post, but I decided to leave them for this one. Dead Man’s Party is perfect, and Weird Science fits in pretty well too.
  • Primus. Their odd, often disjointed (relative to other music) style makes for a good contrast. Mr Krinkle, Too Many Puppies and My Name is Mud are all good for a Halloween list.
  • Talking Heads. Psycho Killer. A good, fun, song. It gets in on the title alone, but it’s more than good enough for a party play list.
  • Tenacious D. Tribute has a funny story, it’s not that creepy, but it does fit a Halloween theme. It’s also a pretty damn good song.
  • Warren Zevon. Werewolves of London. This could have been on the novelty post, but I don’t really consider it a novelty song. Regardless, its a classic that no Halloween list should be without.

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Nekromantix

Music can have some very weird children when you have people who love varied genres. Which is why you can get a group like The Nekromantix.

Rockabilly is a type of music blends elements of western music, like bluegrass, with blues, big band and classic rock, especially surf rock and boogie woogie.

Psychobilly fuses rockabilly with punk music. The Nekromantix hail from Denmark and they are a psychobilly group.

Basically… imagine The Misfits mixed with Rev Horton Heat. The lead man for the group plays a stand up bass shaped like a coffin.

Their songs often song like the plots to horror movies, and they’re another group you could pretty much drop whole albums into a list and be good. But I wanted to give you a few choice cuts.

  • Where Do Monsters Go? A fun song that dares to ask, what do monsters do when they aren’t filming movies?
  • Life is a Grave… And I Dig It. Not only one of the best song titles of all time, it’s a hell of a track.
  • Voodoo Shop Hop. Frenetic and loads of fun.
  • Trick or Treat. A very swinging track.
  • Return of the Loving Dead. Just a damn good song. Just don’t think too hard about the lyrics.
  • Nekronomicon. A bit of Lovecraftian psychobilly fun!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Classical

There is a huge variety of classical music that works in a Halloween list, but I feel it’s a mistake to go too heavy on it. Unless what you want is something that’s more background music than party music.

To that end I have a selection of 5 tracks, which I used in my Classical Halloween album. Which is my own MIDI based reworkings of this pieces of music. They just work well for Halloween.

  • Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Saens. A musical poem about a legend that death plays a violin in a cemetery and forces all the dead to dance to his tune.
  • Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig Van Beethoven. While everyone knows the soothing first part of this piece, it actually goes on to become very stormy and tumultuous.
  • A Night on a Bald Mountain, Modest Mussorgsky. Well known from the demon on the mountain sequence from Fantasia, this piece is pure nightmare fuel.
  • Ride of the Valkyries, Richard Wagner. From the second of his epic 4 opera Der Ring des Nibelungen, it has a nice feel for Halloween.
  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Johann Sebastian Bach. Also used in Fantasia (the opening abstract sequence), it’s a perfect piece for setting the mood on a chilly Halloween night.

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials Bonus: The Obvious and The Oddities

First, let’s have the obvious. Songs that tend to get put on Halloween playlists, but I haven’t put in other posts.

In The Midnight Hour. Not that scary, but it gets in just on it’s name.

We Only Come Out At Night. Another one that tends to get in mostly on it’s name. It is easy to imagine it’s a song being sung by a wistful vampire though.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead. A song about the man who most ironically played Dracula. What’s more Halloween than that?

I Put A Spell On You. I have both the original by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and the version from Hocus Pocus. It’s just a good song for Halloween and both versions have their good points.

Thriller. Do I REALLY need to say anything? No. I didn’t think so.

Strange Brew. Cream actually made pretty creepy rock music for their time, but this is one that will find it’s way on many play lists.

Now let’s have some Oddities.

I have three tracks from The Arrogant Worms, a Canadian comedy music group.

  • Carrot Juice Is Murder. An amusing reversal of anti-meat eating propaganda.
  • Mounted Animal Nature Trail.
    Who needs live animals when you can walk around looking at stuffed ones?
  • Malcolm. He solves his problems with a chainsaw don’ch know.

I’m Afraid of Americas. The late, and very great David Bowie with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. It’s a good song, and is plenty creepy enough for Halloween.

The Little Blue Man. A novelty track you can find in Dr Demento collections, as well as online. It’s more silly than scary… but then again, it’s a about a woman being stalked by a little blue man only she can see.

The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun. Just find it and listen to it.

Swamp Witch by Jim Stafford. A song about a swamp witch who may, or may not, of cursed a town.

The Thing. Sung by Phil Harris, who did the voice of several Disney characters. Including Baloo. It’s about a man who find a “stomp, stomp stomp” that ruins his life because no one will take the “Stomp, stomp stomp”. (It never tells you what The Thing is).

Cows With Guns. They’re had enough, and they just aren’t gonna take it any more.

Existential Blues. More head trippy than creepy, but this is one of those songs that is just too fun.

ICP. Yes, Insane Clown Posse. They’s actually done a lot of songs that work for Halloween. My list has Ol Evil Eye, 12, The Killing Fields and The Great Milenko.

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Blues and Jazz

While the Blues and Jazz might not seem like obvious genres for Halloween music, there are some great tracks that fit right into a playlist.

  • Howlin’ Wolf: He has a vocal style that is sort of creepy all on its own. As his name suggests, he doesn’t just sing, but sort of wails and howls the lyrics. He was a unique vocalist, and I’ve got a trio from him on the list. Moanin’ at Midnight, Killing Floor and Evil.
  • Leadbelly: His history is good enough to merit a spot on the list, since he spent a considerable amount of time in jail. In fact, he was in jail for trying to stab a man to death when he started his recording career. While not all that creepy, I’ve got Goodnight Irene, In New Orleans (house of the rising sun) and Midnight Special on the list.
  • Cab Calloway: There are a few Calloway songs that could fit in on a Halloween list, but I’ve gone with St James Infirmary. Which is a song about a hospital known for treating patients of VD.

Do you know any other blues or jazz songs that would fit into a Halloween playlist? Leave a comment and let us know!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: