I feel like Halloween gets the short stick when it comes to music. Every artist you know has a Christmas record, but how do you set the tone for Halloween? At Overlook Lodge, music plays such an important part of setting the scene and impacting the experience, that it seems a shame to not bring out some of the best, underrated, completely spooky albums at this time of year.
So you can either play Monster Mash and Thrilller until your ears bleed, or you can use this handy list of cool records to give your Halloween party a real and unique vibe. This list is far from inclusive- we tried to find crowd-pleasing records but we want your input! Make sure to leave your favorite Halloween record picks in the comment section.
1 / “HOME”- GAVIN CASTLETON
We’ve all had a relationship that falls apart in the worst way possible. It always starts nice: You meet in a coffee shop and fall deeply in love. But then, the relationship over years starts to crumble. Then... ZOMBIES ATTACK! This is the basic premise of Gavin Castleton’s HOME. Created in the aftermath of a very personal breakup, the record tells the creepy, compelling story of hiding out in grocery store surrounded by zombies while you become a monster to someone you used to love, through funky beats, off-time piano, and amazing songwriting.
Creepiest Lyric: “Sometimes I wanna get us caught, to match the outer with the inner rot.”
2 / “CRY BABY”- MELANIE MARTINEZ
You may recognize Melanie Martinez from THE VOICE, but horror fans will instantly recognize her song CAROUSEL from the promos for AMERICAN HORROR STORY FREAKSHOW. The most haunting thing about this record is Martinez’s voice. She paints haunting songs with hip-hop back beats and unique carnival instrumentations. If Morrissey and Del La Sol had a child and that child was raised by clowns that stalk you in the woods, it would be Melanie Martinez.
Creepiest Lyric: “This horse is too slow. We’re always this close. Almost, Almost, we’re a Freak show.”
3 / “TOO WEIRD TO LIVE, TOO RARE TO DIE”- PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Time to dance…or at least sway spookily in your living room. Panic! paints this dying scene at an after-party gone wrong along the darker edges of Las Vegas. Sounding completely danceable and upbeat (rock beats infused with light electronica), the record is bleak between the lines. Complete with late nights, weird dance cults, and murderous affairs, this record is great way to get your Halloween dance party started.
Download: Miss Jackson
Creepiest Lyric: There is something beautiful and tragic in this fallout.
4 / “ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR”- MARYLIN MANSON
I got this record when I was 13, and I was afraid to listen to it on an airplane for fear that it was so evil that it would make the plane crash. I couldn’t compile this list and not put this record on here. Even if most people wouldn’t call it a “crowd pleaser,” it is absolutely scary as hell. It has classics like BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE and TOURNIQUET, but for me the creepiest song on the album is THE MAN THAT YOU FEAR. If you want to rock the windows off your Halloween party it doesn’t get any better than this.
Creepiest Lyric: ALL OF IT! LISTEN TO IT AND THEN GO TO CHURCH.
5 / “BOYS FOR PELE”- TORI AMOS
The sharp notes on the harpsichord. Mrs. Amos’ near disembodied singing. A song about Lucifer being her father, and another about Courtney Love telling Kurt Cobain not to blow his brain out. This record is a quiet creep show from beginning to end, but when it gets loud, it fires on all spooky cylinders. This record is great for your Edgar Allen Poe themed Halloween party lit by candles. The must listen to song is CAUGHT A LIGHT SNEEZE with its pulsing drums and lyrical finesse, but you’ll probably love the Courtney Love hate anthem PROFESSIONAL WIDOW more.
Download: Professional Widow
Creepiest Lyric: “Don’t blow those brains yet, we gotta be big boy, we gotta be big.”
Edited by Christina Glass