By Emma Korstanje
Upon wandering into the majority of Halloween events, a few consistencies quickly become evident: there will almost always be at least one cat costume in attendance, as well as a healthy dose of food coloring and sugar cleverly shaped as corn kernels. Pair that with a plethora of smiling squashes and plastic skeletons just dying to have a good time, and the event can almost be considered a smash hit.
One other consistency will most likely be present: the playlist. As an often unchanged constant, this can easily make or break an event. With songs that seemingly date back to the days when Halloween was still referred to as “All Hallow’s Eve” and the words “Trick or Treat” did not directly translate into a request for sugary goodness, the idea that the playlist could use a tune-up is not that farfetched.
Not intended to insult the usual lineup—because if I am being honest I can do the awkward neck twitch when there’s a thrill in the air and I definitely can bust ghosts with the best of them—but it has become a bit too commonplace for comfort. Though the songs represent all that is great about October 31st and the creatures that come with it, a playlist consisting of only overplayed (regardless of how delightfully cheesy they are) classics can cause an event to rest in peace in no time.
That being said, I decided to do a little digging into the world of ghostly songs (which can get quite spooky when you get into the throngs of Marilyn Manson and the Misfits) and have emerged victorious, uncovering a few songs that were previously undiscovered in regards to Halloween jams. Use these tunes to spice up your surely already ghoulish playlists for the season and you’ll have a mix to rival that of the Boogie Man.