8 Ways to Make the Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist
So, after you’ve decorated your house and set up for your Halloween party, the last thing to take care of is music.
Now, you could just play whatever’s on the pop or dance charts at the moment, or hit up YouTube for a Halloween mix, but you don’t need our help for that. Also, nobody really wants to hear “Monster Mash” for the 5000th time.
Consider this a comprehensive guide to creating the ultimate Halloween party playlist to build the ultimate Halloween atmosphere – dark, mysterious, and tons of fun.
In This Post:
- Rock and Heavy Metal Music for Halloween
- Electronic and Dance Music for Halloween
- Horror Soundtracks for Halloween Parties
- Scary Classical Music for Halloween Parties
Rock and Heavy Metal Music for Halloween
For those about to rock, we salute you! Since rock and metal are both incredibly broad genres, we’ve come up with a few different moods using these types of music that you can mix and mash-up into your Halloween playlist however you see fit.
Songs with Psychedelic Vibes
This list features a lot of newer artists, such as Uncle Acid, The Devil’s Blood, and Jess and the Ancient Ones, that take heavy inspiration from ’60s and ’70s-era psychedelic rock and heavy metal. Of course, a few original classics like Black Sabbath have been included, too.
The result is a mix of songs that all have a definite supernatural feel to them, perfect for creating a Halloween ambience.
Songs to Bang Your Head
Most of these songs are a little heavier than the last batch, but still pretty accessible enough for everybody to get into.
We’re guessing that most people have heard at least a couple of Rob Zombie songs here and there – when it comes to his catalog, take your pick. It’s no surprise that music made by a horror director has a great Halloween feel to it. The same goes for artists like Marilyn Manson, whose entire schtick revolves around horror imagery.
On top of that, we’ve added other big-name acts to this list like Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden. Bonus points if you play “2 Minutes to Midnight” at 11:58 PM.
Songs to Wake the Dead
Okay, fine. You want heavier? We can do that. Hopefully your neighbors aren’t the type to call the police, because it’s hard to listen to any of these with the volume set to less than 11.
Death metal growls and black metal shrieks aren’t for everyone, which is why we’ve split them out into their own list. Still, they’re all undeniably suited for Halloween. Try sprinkling a few of these into your party playlist and see what happens. Also, even though these songs would all be able to be classified under one extreme metal subgenre or another, we’ve kept the intensity levels away from “face-melting aggression.” Well, mostly.
It goes without saying that most of these songs involve very (very) NSFW lyrics and imagery, so bear that in mind.
Electronic and Dance Music for Halloween
As with our rock and metal Halloween playlist ideas, there’s simply too much music to contain in one list for this theme. So, we’ve arranged them into group of three distinct styles and tempos. The key is, of course, that each one keeps the Halloween feel going.
Slow: Trap, Dubstep
Ah, Skrillex. The man who made simultaneously made brostep cool and uncool in the early 2010s. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that it makes pretty good party music. We’ve also added some more modern dubstep tracks from classical crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling and some Halloween remixes from the artist Figure.
For a more chilled out, bass-heavy, classic dubstep sound that still feels at home on Halloween, artists like Skream, Requake, and Kryptic Minds are the way to go. A few laid-back trap tunes fill out this playlist.
Medium: Electro-house, Industrial, Trance
Crank the bass and break out the glow sticks! There’s quite a bit of variance in style from track to track in this playlist, but each song is filled with the dark underlying tones that are just right for a Halloween atmosphere.
First things first. Spooky Scary Skeletons was just a must-include for this one. That’s obvious, for obvious reasons. After that, we focused on similarly mid-paced house and EDM tracks. Ranging from recent artists like The Glitch Mob and Knife Party, to late 90s tracks from the likes of KMFDM, each of these is sure to be fun and danceable for everyone.
Fast: Drum and Bass
Be advised: listening to drum and bass while driving on the freeway is likely to get you a speeding ticket.
Drum and bass is a genre that hits up to around 170 to 180 beats per minute, and is home to plenty of micro-genres with emphasis on dark, Halloween-ish vibes. Look for genre keywords like “neurofunk,” “darkstep,” and “liquid bass” when searching for more songs like this.
Horror Soundtracks for Halloween Parties
Nothing says Halloween like marathoning a few horror films, so why not incorporate some horror movie music into your Halloween party, too? Classic soundtracks like those of The Exorcist and Psycho never get old.
A playlist like this also wouldn’t be complete without horror movie master John Carpenter, who directed and wrote music for films like Halloween, The Fog, They Live. He also released his first-ever solo album, Lost Themes, in 2015, which is filled with his trademark “horror synth” style. These songs aren’t actually from a movie soundtrack, but they’re hard to leave out.
Horror video games aren’t off limits, either, as we’ve also included the theme from Konami’s classic Silent Hill, as well as a suitably spooky track from the Fatal Frame series. Is there anything creepier or more unsettling than little kids singing ominously?
Scary Classical Music for Halloween Parties
Whoever said classical music was boring? Sometimes, you just gotta class it up a little. Think of this playlist as the audio equivalent to our Eerie Elegance Halloween decorating theme.
20th Century composers like Dmitri Shostakovich and Bela Bartok were especially known for creating pieces of music with dark atmospheres and frantic pacing. Shostakovich also looked exactly like Harry Potter, which is another great reason to include him in your Halloween mix.
Vivaldi’s Winter, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor aren’t exactly “deep cuts” to round things out, but they’re all creepy classical pieces that everyone recognizes.
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