As the leaves of Athens begin to fall, this is the time of year when most Bobcats turn their attention to one of the most exciting times of the year: Halloween. With the excitement of planning costumes, carving pumpkins, and planning all your fall fun, it’s time to create a playlist to walk you through it all.
With so many songs from the season to choose from, having a combination of classics, remixes, and a few new bangers is essential. Here are seven songs to add to your playlist in October:
“The big pumpkin” by Turtls
Lo-fi hip-hop group Turtls brings the true Halloween spirit with “The Great Pumpkin”. After an introductory sample of It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the track rocks into a menacing piano loop with a classic lo-fi groove. It’s a song to remind us of the nostalgic essence of the season: candy or a spell, picking pumpkins and spending the night with friends.
Best said by Charlie Brown himself, “Don’t take it too hard, Linus / I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life too.” It’s a great track not only to get us into the Halloween spirit, but a perfect song to have in the background while hanging out with friends or for long study sessions.
“Thriller (Steve Aoki Remix)” by Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki brings an electronic touch like no other with rolling basses, heavy drops and vocal chops from the legendary voice of Micheal Jackson. The reverb in the background adds to the synth drop with the classic Halloween song so familiar.
Transitions to heart-wrenching organ chords set the stage for Vincent Price’s terrifying monologue – mixing the best of the original with this gripping remix.
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
On first listen, “Bad Moon Rising” is a very catchy and happy instrumental song that your parents probably played at home when you were younger.
However, the lyrics take on a somber meaning, hinting at an apocalypse inspired by a movie titled The Devil and Daniel Webster, where a hurricane wipes out most of a city. These words are warning us to be weary of the future of Halloween night, with people running in costumes and a full moon in the sky. Remember, friends, “Don’t go for a walk alone tonight / It will take your life for a bad moon to rise.”
“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Nothing screams Halloween more than the “Monster Mash”. With the iconic sounds of a witch’s brew bubbling in the background and the horrific sound of chains dragged across the floor, the songs feature Pickett’s laboratory, where he creates the atrocities of the night.
A classic then and a classic now, the “Monster Mash” is a tried and true song for your Halloween party.
“My Family” by Migos, Snoop Dogg, Karol G & Rock Mafia
Migos, Snoop Dogg and Karol G team up for hip-hop remix of the classic Addams Family theme song. Hip hop rhythms and increased percussion add a new twist to the iconic piano melody.
Karol G and Quavo rap about the importance of family, adding a modern new twist to the Addams Family (2019) movie and engaging for the new generation of listeners to this Halloween classic.
“Scary creepy skeletons” by Andrew Gold
More than likely, you’ve probably heard that iconic xylophone melody or intro drop in “Spooky Scary Skeletons” all over your TikTok or YouTube streams.
Originally released in 1996, Andrew Gold takes us through a walking drum beat that is the perfect song for your fall run. If you’re looking to uplift your mood, just put on this firecracker and feel your feet start tapping.
Kanye West’s “Monster”
This 2010 track comes with heavy and distorted vocals, a bombastic drum pattern and the lyrics “I shoot the lights out / Hide ’til it’s bright out. ”
“Monster” refers to the murderous monsters that thrive in the dark scenes of the night. West continues the spooky theme by referencing iconic horror classics such as Seen and American psycho. It’s the perfect energy booster on any Halloween party playlist.