This represents the culmination of my attempts to curate Halloween music and forge the perfect playlist over the last several years. It is also my last-ditch attempt to get into the spirit of the holiday this year, before I miss it completely.
The problem is everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “Halloween” song. For some people, it’s time-honored children’s songs like “Monster Mash” and “Flying Purple People Eater”. For others, it’s a collection of iconic orchestral scores from classic horror franchises. Some think the lyrics have to be macabre or related to the actual holiday in some way, but others just require the song to sound “dark” or “evil”—which occasionally includes what I would refer to more as “spooky audio” than actual music.