It’s the most wonderful time of the year; Spooky Season. With Halloween so close, here’s my favourite songs to ring in the season, from iconic movie tracks to emo anthems.
10. It’s Almost Halloween: Panic! at the Disco
This is from way back in their career, when the original four members were still in the band, so I’m sure this is a very distant memory for Brendan Urie. I love how this video looks and sounds very DIY but also it’s fun and that’s what Halloween is all about.
9. Baby You’re a Haunted House: Gerard Way
Gerard released this song this year, and it’s one of my favourite releases of the year (although now that I think of it everything he’s done this year has been my favourite) He wrote this about his wife, Lindsey, who is the most deserving person to be compared to a Haunted House because they are goth couple goals. I’d be flattered.
8. The Skeleton Dance (aka Spooky Scary Skeletons) by the Walt Disney Company
I actually only heard of Spooky Scary Skeletons via Twitter because it’s a bit of a Halloween meme and found the original on Youtube. It’s a really really old Disney song. The song doesn’t really begin until around 1:35 but the cartoon is endearing so I’d just watch the whole thing. I love this old style of animation, and I wish Disney would go back to the hand-drawn days of animation.
7. Vampires Will Never Hurt You (Acoustic Version): My Chemical Romance
I think My Chemical Romance are my favourite band because back in the day they were pretty much the living embodiment of Halloween. The vampire imagery, symbolism, and lyrics were prevalent throughout their whole career, with this song literally being one of their very first as a band. This is the only acoustic version I’ve found and it is so creepy and beautiful, it’s a shame the screaming took from it, so hopefully they come back and give us a proper version because this feels even spookier than the original!
6. Remains of the Day: Corpse Bride
Tim Burton’s land of the dead is similar to Coco’s with surprisingly upbeat skeletons wandering the land of the dead. Corpse Bride is a must watch every year. Although Victor’s piano song is beautiful, Remains of the Dead is a Halloween party jam!
5. Time Warp: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Pretty much every song on the Rocky Horror soundtrack is iconic. Seeing the cult classic live or at an outdoor screening is a must for everyone’s bucket list, because if you do, you’re almost guaranteed to see fans dressed up dancing along!
4. Come Little Children: Hocus Pocus (Cover)
As much as I love Sarah Jessica Parker’s original rendition of Come Little Children from Hocus Pocus, this version I found on Youtube is so beautifully eerie and haunting. The artist is credited as Katethegreat19 and is uploaded by a user called GOTHGAM08. I love how it’s a full version of the song, rather than the little snippet we get in the film.
3. This is Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas
I always watch the Nightmare Before Christmas on November first to mourn the end of Halloween but to begin the Christmas cheer. November first should be Nightmare Before Christmas Day! Tim Burton is the king of Halloween, and this song is one of the best to listen to get excited for All Hallows Eve.
2. Sally’s Song: Amy Lee
Another cover, and once again, I adore the original, but I think the ultimate goth queen, Amy Lee, did such an amazing version I just had to share it. Sally’s Song is also from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
1. I Put a Spell on You: Hocus Pocus
The number one Halloween anthem is without a shadow of a doubt, I Put a Spell on You from Hocus Pocus. Last year, was the 25th anniversary of the film, and they released a book sequel to commemorate it! Here’s to the 26th Halloween with this gem!
What’s your favourite Halloween song?