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Songs That Make You Want to Do the Monster Mash

By Lizz Panchyk

Because fall is my favorite season, I’m a huge fan of Halloween. It’s mostly the atmosphere, the movies, and the music that I enjoy most as Halloween rapidly approaches. Here are six of my top spooky songs – I promise they’re a graveyard smash.

From Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, a song that will awaken the dead.


Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! This is a must-need song by Ray Parker Jr. featured in “Ghostbusters.” Though the movie is silly in its context, one cannot help but sing along to this classic.

Monster Mash

By Bobby “Boris” Pickett, this song reminds me of my childhood. When I took dance in elementary school, we would dance to this song when October crept up on us. I still remember the dance.

This is Halloween

This is one of my favorite songs to get in the Halloween spirit. This song is from the movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” where Jack Skellington (the pumpkin king) does his big yearly stunt.


This is yet another classic that I remember from elementary dance. I can’t help but think of Michael Jackson’s music video for this song, a perfect dance-along. If there’s one song that screams Halloween season, it’s this one.

Somebody’s Watching Me

Who else remembers the guy in the pumpkin costume dancing to this song on America’s Got Talent? Although this tune by Rockwell wasn’t planned as a Halloween themed song, the idea of “somebody watching me,” is particularly chilling.

Season of the Witch

This is a relatively new cover by Lana Del Rey, which includes some haunting vocals. The song however, was originally by Donovan in 1966. Though it initially didn’t have to do with witchcraft, there have been many renditions of the song since.

What’s your favorite terrifying tune? Maybe it’s a theme song from a movie or maybe it’s “Spooky Scary Skeletons.” Whichever one it is, I hope it prepares you for Halloween as you’re getting your costumes ready. These songs are a thriller, so don’t be afraid to sing along, nobody’s watching you!

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