Is “Thriller” just so mainstream Halloween, come October 31? Or maybe “Monster Mash” just doesn’t do it for you anymore? And “I Put a Spell On You” is just like, you know, basic?
Well, spook not: We understand your Halloween soundtrack needs some original flair, so we dug up the pop-culture gems that will really up your party playlist game.
Here are the essential tracks for a truly haunting Halloween:
1."Double Trouble" from "Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban"
With cauldrons, dragons and creepy animal parts, this ode to Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is your Halloween song trifecta, performed by the Hogwarts' choir inexplicably holding giant toads.
2."Werewolf Bar Mitzah" from "30 Rock"
The greatest lyrics ever written -- "Boys becoming men/ Men becoming wolves" -- come from the mind of Childish Gambino in his early years, and even features him on the TV series' extended version. Plus, it can be applied to both Bar Mitzahs and Halloween; so versatile!
3."This Is Halloween" from "Nightmare Before Christmas"
Halloween Land's delightfully whimsical melody got a nightmarish rendition thanks to Marilyn Manson.
4. "I Want Candy," Aaron Carter
This song isn't about candy corn, you say? Considering Aaron was 12 when this song was recorded, I think candy is what the kid truly wanted. Interpret as you will.
5. "Dracula's Wedding," Outkast
Get your hip-hop Stank-oween on with this track about the king of vampires and his bride making "good peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."
6. Patience & Prudence "You Belong To Me"
Anyone who's seen "American Horror Story: Murder House" will get chills from this cheery '50s number sung by two sisters. More eerie still is that "Tooo-night you belong to me" will be stuck in your head all night.
7. "Abracadabra," Sugar Ray
This classic got a revamp by Sugar Ray in 1999 and even was included in the "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" soundtrack. "Abracadabra, I wanna reach out and grab ya," but I'm not sure he's singing about magic.
8. "Disturbia," Rihanna
One of Rihanna's darker songs, but still catchy and upbeat enough to get your Halloween groove on.
9. "Dracula's Lament" from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
Jason Segel was unemployed when he wrote the puppet play "Dracula: the Musical" and, luckily, we at least got to hear this song in "FSM."
10. "Halloween," Aqua
From the artists who brought you "Barbie Girl" comes an even creepier '90s pop song about a woman running from a man (is that you, Ken?) who is "coming to get you."
11. "Freaks Come Out At Night," Uncle Kracker & Busta Rhymes (As Seen On The "Scooby-Doo" Soundtrack)
The freakiest collab of 2002.
12. "Creep," TLC
Released on Halloween 1994, this hit song about being devious can be your anthem for
stalking your ex All Hallows Eve.