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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: 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: 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: EDM

I like to mix things up in my holiday playlists, and no holiday lets you do that more than Halloween. Where it’s possible to have a modern EDM track right next to a piece of classical music next to heavy metal and that next to a blues track.

Here’s a few electronica tracks that fit right into a Halloween list.

  • KMFDM Megalomaniac. A great creepy vibe, and lyrics sure to freak out anyone into conformity.
  • Ministry Every Day is Halloween. Ministry could be their own post, since a lot of their later industrial stuff fits right into a Halloween list, but since I tend to put quite a bit of heavy metal into my lists, I stick with this 80s classic.
  • The Prodigy. While they have quite a few tracks that work in a Halloween playlist, I like to use Breathe and Firestarter.
  • Aphex Twin Come to Daddy. Fast, creepy and with one of the best lyric lines for a Halloween song ever.
  • Datsik 3 Fist Style and Nuke’em. Both these Dubstep tracks have great vibes for a creepy song list.
  • Deadmau5 Ghosts N Stuff. Not that creepy, but I put it in on the title alone. It does have a nice vibe.
  • Flux Pavilion Twilight. I just like the feel of this track.
  • Rusko Scareware. With a repeating line of “we aint scared of this, you know we aint scared of this” and a nice creepy vibe, it’s a lock for any list I put together.
  • Skrillex Kill Everybody, First of the Year (Equinox) and Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Not that scary, but I think they make a good addition.

Do you have any fav Electronica tracks for Halloween? Let us know 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: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Soundtracks

If there is any one source of Halloween music that you could make an entire playlist from, it’s soundtracks. So here is a list of some of the ones I think you really can’t get by without.

  • The Ghostbusters. A great soundtrack for it’s own sake, it’s also perfect for a Halloween playlist. Mine has 5 tracks. The main title theme, Dana’s theme, Magic, Cleanin’ up the town and of course Ghostbusters.
  • Scoobydoo Theme song. The original. It’s a classic, nuff said.
  • Exorcist theme. While not the creepiest theme from a horror movie, it still fits in well.
  • X-Files theme. Even if you’ve never seen the show, this theme makes you think of mystery and things lurking in the shadows.
  • Danny Elfman. Danny Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theater is a great collection of some of his best creepy stuff. You’ve got Beetlejuice, Tales From the Crypt, Forbidden Zone, Batman, and more. I would also say the entire Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is a good fit.
  • The Munsters and The Addams Family. Similar premises in a way, and two theme songs no Halloween playlist would be complete without.
  • Halloween Theme. One of the best horror movie themes ever made. It’s simple, and simply creepy.
  • Theme from Poltergeist. The song isn’t scary. It’s actually very much like a lullaby. Until the very end.
  • Psycho theme. A driving, panic inducing piece of music. Very good as a starter.
  • The Twilight Zone theme. It’s short, but has a nice disjointed feel that works well for Halloween play lists.
  • Theme from Jaws. Another one of those ones you really can’t do without. It’s a timeless piece of creep out music.
  • Sweeny Todd. While there are a few tracks on the playlist you can use, I like Epiphany and A Little Priest. Hey, you can’t go wrong with songs about killing people, then serving them in pies!
  • Cyclone music from Wizard of Oz. Not the most frightening piece, but the part they used as the theme for the witch is good for Halloween.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show. A Halloween standard. My list has The Time Warp (of course), Saturday Night, Science Fiction Double Feature, and the floor show (Rose Tint My World).

Do you have any soundtrack picks to suggest? Leave a comment!

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: Tom Lehrer

Let’s continue our trip down Halloween street to discover some great music for a playlist with the original master of song parody, Tom Lehrer.

Tom Lehrer started doing song parodies back in the 50s, and he’s been a massive influence on many, many people. Not to mention making some truly funny (and weird) songs. He didn’t parody individual songs so much as entire genres.

Here are four tracks that fit pretty damn well onto a Halloween play list. I recommend the live version for the funny quips to the audience.

  • I Hold Your Hand In Mine. A song about a man who just couldn’t let go.
  • The Irish Ballad. A cheerful folk song about a girl who quite happily murders her entire family.
  • We Will All Go Together When We Go. A delightful romp of a song… about nuclear war.
  • The Masochism Tango. A song about a guy who just can’t enough of his woman’s… rough love.

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: Novelty Tracks

In this series of posts I will be giving you some of my suggestions for what I consider to be essential track for a Halloween playlist.

Let’s start with a quartet of novelty tracks. Which is to say, songs not really made to be mainstream, or part of a genre. Often made to be funny.

  • Monster Mash. You can’t go wrong with this classic, silly song about monsters having a party.
  • I Want My Baby Back. A quick track about the couple who ran into the leader of the pack that fateful night.
  • When You’re Evil. A very fun track perfect for Halloween. Good if you’re looking for a dance list.
  • Grim Grinning Ghosts. Actually the theme song of The Haunted Mansion, but it’s been covered by a few people.

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: