It’s that exciting time of the year again, Halloween! Time to have some fun, no matter what age you are! After all, we all love dressing up, dancing and eating candy, don’t we?
So, you’re having a Halloween party, you’ve had it all planned for months and the invitations have been sent out and accepted. The scene is set; decorations are up, costumes are ready, food planned, but there’s something you’ve forgotten….the music!!! However, do not fear, Spotify is here!
The music can make or break your Halloween party, your dance party, or indeed your Halloween-themed dinner party. The right playlist is essential to help with the atmosphere and to set the spooky scene. You are going to need some popular Halloween scores, and indeed, perhaps some lesser known Halloween scores to help you with this.
Here are some awesome Halloween-themed songs and Halloween movie scores that should be included on your playlist to ensure everyone has a night to remember…..
Halloween – John Carpenter
This Halloween score is possibly one of the most popular Halloween scores ever!
‘Halloween’ is a soundtrack album composed and performed by John Carpenter, featuring the score to the 1978 film Halloween. It is the perfect soundtrack to accompany a Halloween-themed dinner party with your friends. The best horror movie music is scary music. Music that evokes feelings of terror, fright or dread. The repetitive passage or ‘phrase’ that plays throughout the piece helps to create the spooky atmosphere, adding a feeling of dread and impending doom!
‘Thriller’ is a song that was recorded by Michael Jackson in 1982 as part of his album ‘Thriller’, although the song was not released as a single until 1984. It is a perfect song for your Halloween dance party! Throughout the song there are numerous sound effects such as thunder, howling dogs and a creaking door to name a few, all helping to create that spooky atmosphere needed for a successful party. Dance moves can be copied or created and a competition can take place to find the best dancer.
This song was the lead single from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s third studio album, Green River. The song reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No.1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969. This particular song has been used on TV commercials and as part of many a movie soundtrack. It was perfect as part of the movie ‘An American Werewolf In London’.
What a great image often associated with Halloween, a full moon on a dark, eerie night. This song has a catchy beat that makes you just want to get up and dance!
As the theme song on the soundtrack for the 1987 movie ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Cry Little Sister’ is haunting. Backed by a ghostly children’s choir, an organ riff and pulsating beat, the atmosphere is set for your dinner party.
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Let’s get this party started! What better way to get a Halloween party going than playing this fun, upbeat song. I defy anyone not to get up and start singing and dancing the moment this song plays. It’s cheesy, it’s silly, but it’s a classic!
‘Ghostbusters’ is a song written and performed by Ray Parker Jr. as the theme to the 1984 film, ‘Ghostbusters’.
The name ‘Zombie’ immediately conjures up images of Halloween. Although it’s played all year round on various radio stations, and in reality is nothing to do with Halloween, the word ‘zombie’ still makes me think of it, continuing our spooky theme.
‘Zombie’, was performed by The Cranberries and written by the late Dolores O’Riordan. It was released in 1994 and was off the album “No Need to Argue’.
Just listen to the words…..’I always feel like somebody’s watching me’, creepy or what? Therefore, perfect for that Halloween party!
This is a song that was recorded by American singer Rockwell, and was released in 1984.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Richard O’Brien & Richard Hartley
Wow, what an awesome, popular, Halloween score to have at your party! So much fun!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical science-fiction horror-comedy film by 20th Century Fox, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The film is based on the 1973 musical stage production ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, with music, book and lyrics by Richard O’Brien.
‘The Time Warp’ is a pure dance number that is so much fun to do together at a party, all in perfect synchronization!!!
Well, this blog could just go on and on, there are so many songs to choose from. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you love these popular Halloween scores and songs, or hate them, one thing is for sure, there is a song out there to make anyone sing or dance at Halloween. Do you have a favorite that we are missing? Let us know in the comments. You may even be able to find some sheet music from your favorite Halloween score in the sheet music section of our online store! Take a look…if you dare!