October 31st, to some it’s the best night of their life. Halloween is a night filled with goblins, zombies, monsters, and witches. For children, it is also a fun holiday where they can be anything or anyone their minds can dream up. They dress up as their favorite cartoon characters, superheroes, and princesses. They go door to door collecting candy to put in their jack-o-lantern candy pails saying, “Trick or treat!”
For the parents and adults, the dark side is brought out in all of us. We get to bring our alter egos to life as we dress up in costumes. There are Halloween parties, parades, and festivals that last all night long. After the trick or treaters are tucked away in bed or safe at grandma’s house, the adults throw parties. There are common party songs that you are likely to hear at Halloween parties that will never go out of style. Here is a list of the best songs to play at your Halloween party.
The most popular song that everyone will find themselves dancing and singing to is “Monster Mash” by Bobby Picket. “He did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash. He did the mash. It caught on in a flash. He did the mash. He did the monster mash” (Pickett, Garpax Records). The song became a hit in 1962 and has topped the list of Halloween favorites ever since.
Another popular song and music video played at parties is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. The legendary zombie dance moves and makeup made the video a hit. The song is spooky and contains sound effects of zombies, coffins, screams, and graveyard noises. The song was released in 1982 and contained scary lyrics such as these, “It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart. You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it. You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes. You’re paralyzed” (Jackson, Epic Records).
A song sure to be played at your party is Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters.” Not only is it a great Halloween song, but it was also the theme song to the movie called Ghostbusters which came out in the early 1980s. “An invisible man sleeping in your bed. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” (Parker, Arista, Geffen, MCA, Indie). The song was number one for three weeks in 1984.
If you are more into rock songs, you’ll probably recognize this favorite from White Zombie called “I’m Your Boogieman.” The song is a cover that KC and The Sunshine Band originally recorded. “I’m your boogieman. That’s what I am. I’m here to do whatever I can. Be it early mornin’, late afternoon
Or at midnight, it’s never too soon.” (Zombie, Geffen Records).
What are some of your Halloween favorites?
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