Here are a couple of tracks to help kick your Halloween party into gear during this spooky season. These are some of my favorites and they run the gamut from punk -to- metal -to- surf rock. Some of the bands on the list make/made a career out of exploring themes like horror films and monsters and any of their songs work this time of year, but these are those bands odes to one of the greatest holidays EVER.
Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones – Halloween (She Gets So Mean) (1998)
Leave it to Rob Zombie to create a fun and fantastic song about Halloween. Backed by the horror infused surf rock band The Ghastly Ones, this song should reside with Monster Mash as a Halloween classic.
Misfits – Halloween (1981)
The Misfits, one of my favorite bands of all time. With lyrics about candy apples and razor blades, this ode to Halloween explores some of the darker myths of the holiday that came about in the late 60s and 70s.
Dead Kennedys – Halloween (1982)
This song is a little less Halloween and a little more about conforming. It uses the backdrop of Halloween to point out how people use one day a year to act and dress the way they really want.
The Specials – Ghost Town (1981)
A great 80s song from the 2 Tone and Ska masters. The music itself has a fun and eerie soundtrack quality to it. Great song.
Darkest of the Hillside Thickets – Goin’ Down To Dunwich (2002)
A band inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos (with a sense of humor), sounds like Halloween to me. Check this band out they cover all bases with their music from horror to sci-fi to cryptozoology.
Metallica – The Thing That Should Not Be (1986)
DID SOMEONE SAY CTHULHU?!?