The ultimate spooky, scary playlist

Shayla Hernandez , Contributing Writer

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been in the spooky spirit since Sept. 1, anticipating all the Halloween festivities yet to begin. There’s nothing quite like a seasonal playlist to bring in a perfect end to the month of October. Halloween is practically tomorrow, people! So don’t forget to get into the spirit. Happy listening!

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

“Thriller” by the “King of Pop” is one of the most iconic and distinctive Halloween anthems ever recorded. It’s become a cult classic and its infectious rhythm is enough to get anyone hyped for the Halloween season.

“Calling All The Monsters” by China Anne McClain

This is my favorite song to play as soon as Oct. 1 approaches. Regardless of its intended adolescent Disney Channel audience, I will forever sing every word whenever it comes on.

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
This track was released back in January of 1984. I’m personally such a fan of the nostalgia that comes along with the production from that decade. The chorus is contagious and gets me in the mood to head to Spirit Halloween!

“Halloweentown Theme” by Retrospectre

“Halloweentown” is one of my favorite films to watch this time of year and the theme song makes me want to jump into a pile of leaves and carve a jack-o-lantern.

“Goosebumps Theme” by Retrospectre

What’s one more throwback? “Goosebumps” has a special place in my heart specifically because it would scare the crap out of me as a kid. This is arguably my favorite theme song to a TV series (aside from “Law & Order,” of course).

“Poor Unfortunate Souls” by The Jonas Brothers

This particular cover lives in the back of many minds, especially if you grew up watching Disney. It’s not available on Spotify or Apple Music, but I personally listen to it on YouTube.

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a notable veteran in the music business, and this tune is one of the most well-known on his musical roster. “Superstition” unfolds a bunch of superstitions in a funky delivery.

“Come Little Children” by Erutan

Erutan really delivered a beautifully creepy performance of this song. I love the film “Hocus Pocus,” and this particular artist really does Sarah Jessica Parker justice!

“I Put A Spell on You” by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy

So, I know you’re noticing a theme here, but I promise this is not a “Hocus Pocus”-themed playlist. Bette Midler’s performance was stellar as much as it was sinister in this classic golden oldie.

“Remains of the Day” Danny Elfman

If you’ve ever seen Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” then you know this bone-chilling (no pun intended) anthem. As a composer, Elfman conveyed the ghoulish story of the main character in a captivating melodic way. This is hands-down a perfect addition to add to your October playlist!

“Friends on the Other Side” by Keith David

Number 11 on my playlist comes from the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.” The instrumentals and overall swing are impressive. If this tune sounds familiar, it was a trending sound on TikTok for a time or two.

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Borris” Pickett

Is it really October if you haven’t heard this come up on the radio at least once? Whether you hear this at a kids’ Halloween party or hear it come on at the supermarket, there’s no escaping the Monster Mash!

“This Is Halloween” by The Citizens of Halloween

The last but not least choice of mine is also by Elfman. When this comes on, forget it! You’ll catch me decorating my entire dorm in orange and black.