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The 7 most spooktacular Halloween jams, as chosen by you

By
Editorial Staff

Are you taking the kids out trick-or-treating this Halloween? Maybe throwing a costume party? No matter what the occassion, a good soundtrack is key to setting the spooky mood.

We recently asked our CBC Music audience what song gets you into the Halloween spirit. We received a number of great responses, and gathered them below. Here are seven spooktacular Halloween songs, as chosen by you!


Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, 'Monster Mash'

Originally released in 1962, the song has been covered by the Beach Boys, horror legend Vincent Price, the Misfits and more. This Halloween, crank up the tune at your party and show us your best "Monster Mash" dance moves!


Camille Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre is Halloween’s haunting anthem. The song is based off of a French legend in which Death packs a fiddle and comes to play at midnight on Halloween, drawing skeletons out of their graves for their annual graveyard dance party.

Learn more about the anthem here.


Michael Jackson, 'Thriller'

Since its release in 1983, this 14-minute music video for “Thriller” has had viewers questioning reality throughout its twisted plot. The video is a well-loved classic, and is remembered for the iconic dance, Vincent Price's eerie narration midway through, and its surprising ending.


Mother Mother, 'Ghosting'

Canadian indie-rock band Mother Mother's narrative track "Ghosting" does away with the tricks and treats, pulling the skeletons out of the closet and letting the poltergeist run free.


The Decemberists, 'Shankill Butchers'

The Shankill Butchers was a notorious gang, responsible for murdering 19 people in Northern Ireland. The Decemberists remind us that sometimes the most frightening monsters aren't werewolves, vampires or ghosts, but humans.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 'The Time Warp'

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most well-loved musicals to watch on Halloween. Much like "Thriller," "The Time Warp" has a recognizable dance that's great for any costume party: "It's just a jump to the left/ and then a step to the right!"


AC/DC, 'Hells Bells'

One of our CBC Music audience members pointed to "Hells Bells" by AC/DC as their pick. While it might not be a common Halloween choice, the constant, slow ringing of the bells will leave you feeling unnerved.

Need more Halloween jams? Check out our Haunted Halloween and Music from the Crypt streams.

More to explore:

The 11 creepiest 'love' songs of all time

Danse macabre: a brief history of Halloween's haunting anthem

Music from the Crypt: listen to our classical Halloween stream