Christmas has its carols, but Halloween? Well, it’s a little tougher to find songs dedicated strictly to the holiday.

Sure, “Monster Mash” is a classic, but it’s also insanely overplayed. We’ve come up with ten spooky-ish songs that are classic yet not total novelty tracks. Try ’em out at your Halloween soiree this weekend.

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1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

Because the King of Pop started the zombie craze.

2. “I Put A Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 

Because a lot of people have covered this song, but none quite like Screamin’ Jay.


3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr.

Because he lets you know who to call if things get out of hand.

4. “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads

Because not only does David Byrne’s oversized suit look like a costume, but psycho killers are 100 percent terrifying.

5. “Season of the Witch” – Donovan

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Because Donovan simultaneously captures the feeling of the swinging ’60s and Halloween.

6. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon



Because no Halloween party is complete without a little howling.

7. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow

Because there’s no joy quite like trick-or-treating as a kid.

8. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult

Because ever since the Scream franchise, the reaper has become one of the most common costumes.

9. “Witchy Woman” – Eagles

Because every Halloween party has at least a few witches in attendance.

10. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder

Because it’s a holiday that practically endorses superstition and strange times.

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