It’s Halloween season! If you are planning a party, you’ll want some great Halloween party song playlists to get your party started whether you’re entertaining, kids, adults, boys or ghouls.

Whether you are bobbing for apples, participating in a costume contest, drinking apple cider, or dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” you’re sure to have a great time singing and dancing along to a great Halloween music playlist.

Are you having a kids Halloween event or is your party for adults only? Either way, we’ve got you covered with the best kids, spooky, and classic Halloween songs of all time, to add to your playlist.

Kids Halloween Party Playlist

Wondering what tunes you should add to your children-themed Halloween party playlist? Here are 10 of the best, not annoying, kid-safe songs:

Monster Mash

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers was number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1962 and has remained a favorite since then. Turn up the volume to this song that is a graveyard smash at Halloween parties.


The Ghostbusters theme song, sung by Ray Parker Jr,. is a party staple. Most adults and many kids will recognize this classic, kid-friendly song.

A Nightmare on My Street

Sung by D.J. Jazzy & the Fresh Prince, this song takes you back to the late eighties when Will Smith was a rapper. The song, based on Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, will have everyone dancing and a lot of parents singing.

I Want Candy

In 2000, Aaron Carter remade this 1965 original by The Strangeloves wildly popular. Even though the song is actually about a girl named Candy, it is somehow very fitting for a kids Halloween party.

Addams Family Theme Song

Written as the theme song for the TV series, this kooky and creepy Halloween song is a great party song, sung by the Addams Family characters.

Headless Horseman

From Disney’s 1949 classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow sung by Bing Crosby, Headless Horsemen is an excellent kid-friendly song.

Purple People Eater

Since it hit Number 1 on the charts in 1958, this song by Sheb Wooley has been a favorite Halloween party song. Your kids are sure to love dancing and singing about a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater.

This is Halloween

Your kids may instantly recognize this song, written for Tim Burton’s movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Composed by Danny Elfman, “This is Halloween” is sung by both Marilyn Manson and Panic! At the Disco.

Twelve Days of Halloween

While it isn’t technically new, this song is sung by Nooshi and is an iTunes hit from the wonderfully weird Halloween Songs to Christmas Melodies album. “Twelve Days of Halloween” is sung to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas. ”

Spooky Halloween Songs

If your Halloween party is supposed to be scary, this sinister song list is for you. Here are five of the eeriest songs of Halloween.

1. Halloween – Dave Matthews Band

“Halloween” by the Dave Matthews Band is creepy because it is about a man who considers a woman his property. After she rejects him, he writes a Halloween-themed song about it.

2. Halloween – Siouxsie And the Banshees

This Halloween song is scary because of the song’s spooky and cold night sounds.

3. Halloween on Military Street – Insane Clown Posse

The entire song is a nightmare with disgusting clowns trick-or-treating and getting horrific things put in their bags. It is sure to creep people out and disgust them. Trick or treat!

4. Halloween Theme – John Carpenter

The theme song for the movie Halloween is positively spooky. This song has the typical build-up of music before the scary “scenes”. Your party guests are sure to be scared.

5. Halloween Night – Slim Thug

This song, about murdering someone, is not only scary but also awful. It is sure to bring a haunting feel to your party.

Classic Halloween Songs

With so many great songs to choose from, it is hard to pick just a few of the best for a Halloween playlist. Traditional Halloween songs can be kid-favorites, spooky, or adult-themed but one thing they have in common is that they have long reigned as favorite Halloween songs for many. To get your classic Halloween playlist started, here are five of the top classics.


This song by Michael Jackson is one of the greatest songs –  and music videos – from one of the greatest albums of all time. “Thriller” has been a favorite Halloween song since its debut in 1982.

Pet Sematary

This 1989 song, made famous by The Ramones, is a Halloween classic because it is based on the scary Pet Sematary movie. The song brought The Ramones back from obscurity.

Ghost Town

Even though this song was actually written about unemployment and inner-city violence in the U.K, this 1981 hit by The Specials is a Halloween favorite because of its eerie sound and ominous lyrics.


“Halloween” by the Misfits seemed genuinely scary when it came out in 1981, but time has taken away from the horror. This song is still a classic and a must-hear for your Halloween song playlist.

Time Warp

From the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this musical theater-based song is a Halloween playlist must. Who hasn’t danced to this party-favorite?


With Halloween coming soon, it’s time to set up your Halloween playlist. While there are hundreds of Halloween songs to choose from, you can get started by using these lists.

Songs like “Thriller,” “Adams Family,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Monster Mash” are well known and highly popularized in the Halloween music world. Other songs like “Pet Sematary,” the Halloween theme song, and “A Nightmare on My Street” are spooky because they are theme songs for scary movies.

From kid-safe songs to horror songs, and back to classics, this music list is sure to get your party started.

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