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More Than The “Monster Mash”: A Halloween Playlist that Won’t Scare Your Guests

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As much as Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” is a classic Halloween jam that can’t really be played any other time of the year, it’s kind of the Candy Corn of seasonal tunes. Some people really like it, some people really hate it, and yet it’s everywhere. The spookiest night of the year is deserving of a playlist that is more full-sized Hershey’s bar than that. Here are Trebel’s staff top picks for Halloween:

10. “Disturbia” by Rihanna

Riri did indeed go bad for this 2007 single off of Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. She shed the sweet demeanor of A Girl like Me in exchange for an edgier grit. The song also pairs nicely with the voyeuristic thriller of the same name starring everyone’s favorite actor Shia LaBeouf. Movie night, anyone?

9. “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf” by Rob Cantor

Continuing on our theme of Shia LaBeouf, Rob Cantor’s genius parody song about being chased through the woods by Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf is just the right amount of horrifying and hilarious for any Halloween gathering.

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

If you’re mourning the yonder years of trick-or-treating and staying up late to eat your spoils, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” might be just the existential mood setter you need as you mow through that family sized bag of fun-sized snickers. Cowbell optional.

7. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Jordan

Off of An Evening with Tracy Jordan, “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” is one of 30 Rock’s great additions to music apart from Liz Lemon’s hilarious “Night Cheese.”

6. “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by The Cramps

Most people were just awkward as teenagers. Not many people can say they were a shapeshifting lycanthrope. Except maybe Michael J. Fox.

5. “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone

Although many artists have cover it successfully and Screamin’ Jay Hawkin’s original is the most definitive, Nina Simone’s version also bears mentioning. It’s downright haunting.

4. “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman

It wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one Tim Burton reference. From his 1993 stop motion classic, “This is Halloween” is a sure way to make your party a real nightmare before Christmas.

3. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

“Superstition” should be an obvious choice given Wonder’s masterful storytelling and the apt subject matter of the song.

2. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.

Unfortunately even though the movie remake was pretty great, the new cover of “Ghostbusters” is scary in so many unsettling ways. Don’t buy that Fall Out noise. This Halloween listen to the original, sync-soaked theme song.

1. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

MJ’s “Thriller” is perhaps the quintessential Halloween song and must be included on all playlists. Bonus points if you can pull off the dance.

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