Lately we’ve been catching talk of costumes and candy on the blustery, leaf strewn streets and sidewalks of DC. It seems that Halloween anticipation starts earlier when trick or treating falls on the weekend. We’ve already become accustomed to seeing creepy figures on front stoops, noose-necked skeletons dangling from front doors, and bloody heads peering from dimly lit windows. We still have 9 more days until the official frightful Friday’s festivities but All Hallows is heavy on our minds. For starters, we’re worried about proper pumpkin prep. Will a pumpkin carved Sunday still be presentable when Friday rolls around? If we wait until Wednesday, will we have time to soak and roast the seeds? Oh, the humanity!
With these dilemnas to resolve, we'll post these 13 songs for Halloween fun. Next week, we’ll ramp up the creep quotient and put forth a scarier list for the bigger, braver kids. As always, there are bonus songs to be found in the Spotify list below. Gather ye spooky songs while ye may…
1. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
“Listen to them—the children of the night. What music they make!”
- Bram Stoker, Dracula
2. Devils – Say Hi
“At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below.”
- Theodosia Garrison
3. Murder By Numbers – The Police
“Deep into the darkness peering,
long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before.”
- Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
4. Pumpin Blood – NONONO
“Miraculously, smoke curled out of his own mouth, his nose, his ears, his eyes, as if his soul had been extinguished within his lungs at the very moment the sweet pumpkin gave up its incensed ghost.”
- Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
5. This Is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
“Every small town has at least one house the children whisper about; the type of house that has always been abandoned; where the once pristine white paint has faded to a grimy gray; where the windows are boarded, and the lawn never grows; where children hold their breath and close their eyes as they pass by. A house that sounds like it contains an army of whispering spirits when the wind whistles through the nearby trees.
In the town of Blackwood, that house could be found on Creep Street. It had stood there as long as he could remember.”
- Blood Brothers, The House on Creep Street
6. Killer – Plain White T’s
“At the last minute, I couldn't wear the Hitler mustache because Tiger Stripe ate it; and then I didn't want to take my kitty and risk his coughing up some big Nazi hairball on someone's front stoop.”
- Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
7. Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen
“There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.”
- Jean Baudrillard
8. Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
“As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish, I wish he’d stay away.”
- Hughes Mearns
9. Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people:
religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
- Linus, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
10. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But one strange year, Halloween came early....don't you ditch me Jim Nightshade...don't talk death. Someone might hear...”
- Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
11. Halloween Parade – Lou Reed
“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to - like talking to dogs. ”
- Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief
12. Pet Sematary – The Ramones
“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,-
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
13. Boris The Spider – The Who
“Die, my dear? Why that’s the last thing I’ll do!”
- Groucho Marx