How to Create the Perfect Halloween Playlist?

Costumes, decorations, spooky attractions and of course, amazing Halloween parties make October a very special month for everyone. If you are looking for ways to make your party more fun for your guests, take a closer look at our Halloween playlist tips below.

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Snapmuse Published: Jan 16, 2023 Updated: Jul 17, 2023 9 min read



Halloween is one of the most loved holidays by both children and adults. Fun costumes, entertaining parties and activities, interesting decorations and a lot more make Halloween a very exciting holiday for everyone.

Also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, Halloween is celebrated on 31 October every year, which is the eve of All Saints’ Day in Christian tradition. All Saints’ Day is a religious holiday that is dedicated to the all saints of Christian faith: known and unknown. Halloween, on the other hand, has taken a more secular turn in the past few decades. Instead of a religious celebration, Halloween is more of a cultural celebration that includes traditional activities like visiting haunted sites, going to trick or treating, carving pumpkins and setting scary decorations. 

According to some historians, Halloween is mainly influenced by Celtic harvest festivals like Samhain that has its roots in paganism. 

On Halloween, certain popular activities are held. Such as trick or treating, going to costume parties, lighting bonfires and exchanging scary stories, visiting haunted places, watching horror movies, playing divination games, making jack-o-lanterns from vegetables, playing apple bobbing and a lot more. 
In addition to these secular activities, some Christians also visit cemeteries on Halloween to bring flowers, pray for their loved ones who passed away, and commemorate them. 

Numerous symbols are also associated with Halloween, such as pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. 
The story behind jack-o-lanterns is based on an Irish legend: Stingy Jack. He is a drunkard whose path crosses Satan. He makes a deal with Satan but loses. As a result, Satan dooms him to roam the Earth in the night, carrying nothing but a hallowed turnip to light his way. 
Jack-o-lanterns are inspired by this legend and are carved from root vegetables like turnips or pumpkins. When Irish immigrants settled in the United States, they brought this tradition with them but pumpkins were easier to find in the Halloween season in the States, hence today we almost only see jack-o-lanterns carved out of pumpkins. 

To make a jack-o-lantern, a pumpkin is carefully hollowed. Then a scary face or a funny image is carved on it. Finally, a candle or another light source is placed inside it. Jack-o-lanterns are often placed in gardens as part of Halloween decorations.

In addition to jack-o-lanterns, various other decorations and symbols associated with Halloween are used to make gardens, houses and offices more jolly: Spider webs, skeletons, scary posters and sculptures, fake blood and a lot more. 

Another fun Halloween tradition most people excitedly wait for all year is, of course, costumed Halloween parties. Aligned with the spirit of this holiday, people wear scary costumes of often mythical creatures like vampires, witches, ghouls, or ghosts. A relatively newer Halloween costume tradition is dressing up like a historical figure or a film character.

After dressing up, people attend fun Halloween parties where they can eat delicious food, enjoy scary decorations, play entertaining games, tell each other scary stories, and of course, dance! 

If you want to organize an unforgettable Halloween party where all your guests have a lot of fun, you need to see our Halloween playlist guide where you can find horror music and Halloween classics like Spooky Scary Skeletons, This is Halloween, and Monster Mash.

If you want to create a Halloween video for your YouTube channel or social media account, you can use royalty free Halloween music to make your content more interesting. 

We shortlisted the best Halloween songs for you below. Discover now to create a scary fun playlist for your guests or a spooky video for your followers!

How to create the perfect Halloween playlist?

Creating a good playlist is an art form that requires a lot of skill. First and foremost, you need to know your audience. What genre is their favorite? What musicians do they like? And more importantly, what is the mood you want to set? 

Before creating a Halloween playlist, you need to answer the questions above. Than you should take a closer look at Halloween classics like This is Halloween, Monster Mash, Spooky Scary Skeletons, Thriller, and Ghostbusters. A good Halloween playlist must include classic songs like the ones we just mentioned along with more modern and contemporary tracks. 

Moreover, you need to find a good balance between fun and scary. All in all, Halloween is about a good scare! We all enjoy listening some scary, eerie songs on this day. Yet you must remember that the main goal of a party is having fun, eating some good food, drinking some good cocktails and dancing with the people you love. That is why having some “bops” that will encourage your guests to dance is a must for Halloween playlists. 

If you are unsure about which songs to include in your Halloween playlist, see our Best Halloween Songs list below. 

The best Halloween songs

If you want to throw the best Halloween party or share a spooky fun video with your followers on Halloween, you need some good Halloween songs! 

If you are after creating a fun playlist, you must include the popular songs often associated with Halloween. Below you can find some of such songs:
Thriller by Michael Jackson
This is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloween
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Spooky, Scary Skeletons by Andrew Gold
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

If you want to create a fun Hallooween video or an impressive Halloween themed advertisement, you should avoid using copyrighted songs. Otherwise you might face some serious legal consequences and even lose your YouTube channel.

See our playlist below to discover the best royalty free music that you can use in your Halloween content such as YouTube videos, TikToks, Twitch streams, podcasts and more.

How to find royalty free Halloween music?

Halloween music is characterized by a spooky mood, quirky lyrics that often mention supernatural creatures like vampires and witches. If you are looking for Halloween songs that you can use in your personal and commercial projects, you are in the right place! You can browse Snapmuse music genres to find high quality, non copyrighted Halloween songs thatyou can use in your YouTube videos, Twitch streams, Instagram reels, TikToks, podcasts, advertisements and more.

Take a closer look at our royalty free music library now. You can browse by genre, mood, and artist to find the best song for your video only in few seconds!

What is the most played song during Halloween?

There are certain songs that we hear every Halloween: 
  • Brought to classic status by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, This is Halloween is one of the most played Halloweeen songs. 
  • The theme song of beloved TV series Ghostbusters is another classic associated with this fun and quirky holiday. 
  • Michael Jackson’s biggest gift to popular culture, Thriller is a record breaking Halloween song with its catchy tune and unforgettable music video. 
  • Making everybody dance with joy, Monster Mash is an absolute Halloween banger that finds itself a place in almost every Halloween playlist.

If you need some inspiration for your Halloween playlist or need to find high quality and fun Halloween themed songs to use in your videos, take a closer look at our playlist below. We shortlisted the best and most popular royalty free Halloween songs for you.

What kind of music should I play at a Halloween party?

A Halloween party must be scary and fun! Your Halloween playlist must also have those qualities as well.

If you want to make sure that your guests dance and have scary good fun at your party, you need to strike a good balance between moody, scary songs and fun, upbeat songs in your playlist. You should include some quirky songs like Spooky, Scary Skeletons, some eerie songs like Witch Woman by Eagles, and some popular songs that will welcome your guests on the dancefloor. 

In order to entertain all your guests, you should include songs in different genres and tempos. Yet pay attention to the order of these songs: Try to find smooth transitions between different genres and moods. Also, don’t ever shuffle your party playlist!

Is there any songs for Halloween?

Yes, of course! There are special songs for ALL holidays including Halloween. 

Most Halloween songs have a spooky yet quirky mood. They include some scary sounds, have lyrics that mention supernatural creatures or Halloween traditions, and catchy tunes. 

If you are looking for thematic Halloween songs to play at your party or use in your social media videos, take a closer look at our playlist below. We gathered the best royalty free Halloween songs for you.

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