Whether you’re throwing a party, or just want to get in the mood for Halloween, there’s nothing like a playlist to get your blood pumping. The challenge is finding kid-friendly tracks that are not too graphic or scary. Fortunately, there are plenty of spooktacular songs out there that evoke the mystical wonder of Halloween without sounding sweet and sappy. Below is a list of top 10 songs for your kid’s Halloween playlist that the whole family can enjoy.
- “Halloween” Theme Song by John Carpenter
Considered one of the most iconic film scores of all time, John Carpenter’s 1978 classic theme is a must have for any Halloween play list. What starts out as a simple melody quickly builds into an ominous, spine-tingling symphony. The “Halloween” theme song is a masterful piece of horror-movie music that has become synonymous with the Halloween season. It’s a fun creepy, suspenseful track that must be heard if you want to send shivers down the spines of your partygoers!
- “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
Ghosts may be scary, but there’s nothing to fear about this 1984 classic that’s part rock song, part commercial jingle. No child can resist shouting “Ghostbusters!” when Parker croons, “Who you gonna call?” The song also has an infectious beat, those funky horns, and the hilarious lyrics about bustin’ ghosts. It was a massive hit, reaching number one on the Billboard charts in August of 1984. Nowadays, it’s a Halloween staple and a total fun Halloween jam!
- “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield
You may know this as the opener from the 1973 horror classic, “The Exorcist”. Its eerie conglomeration of keyboard and woodwind instruments is hauntingly beautiful without being too scary.
- “The Addams Family” Theme Song
They may be creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, but this ghoulish, upbeat jingle is undeniably catchy. Your child will have a blast singing along and finger snapping to its simple beat.
- “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman
No Halloween playlist would be complete without the theme song from “The Nightmare Before Halloween”. Elfman’s sinister and clever introduction to the town of Halloween is a musical treat for children of all ages.
- “I Wanna Scare Myself” from Boo to You, Winnie the Pooh
What child wouldn’t love a song about the scary delights of Halloween sung by the effervescent Tigger? Your little goblin will be delighted by silly lyrics about “unspeakable spookables” and “awful unlookables”.
- “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” by David Mook
The “Scooby Doo” theme song is an obvious choice for a kid’s Halloween playlist. Its bubblegum pop sounds and simply lyrics are as timeless as Scooby, himself.
- “Beetlejuice” Theme Song by Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman does it again with a sinister, yet upbeat composition that appeals to both kids and adults. This is a great mood setter for parties or group activities like scavenger hunts.
- “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
A celebration of classic horror films in all their scary and silly glory, “Monster Mash” is a Halloween playlist staple. It’s been covered by many bands, but nothing beats the campiness of Pickett’s original recording. “Monster Mash” is a campy, kitschy classic that’s become a staple of Halloween parties and radio playlists. It tells the story of a troupe of monsters doing the mash – a shimmy inspired by the classic monster movies of the ’50s and ’60s. With its catchy chorus and silly lyrics, it’s the ultimate Halloween party anthem.
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
An irresistible disco-funk beat layered with the sounds of thunder, creaking doors and howling dogs makes “Thriller” the undisputed king of Halloween playlists. Its evocative lyrics and thumping bass line is the perfect soundtrack to all your Halloween activities.
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