13 Songs for Halloween!

For many Pagans Oct 31st is one of the holiest days of the year but it’s also a secular holiday devoted to candy and spooky fun. I need to make the 13 songs for Samhain list fit the holiday, but I love all the corny old Halloween songs! So here I go! Getting it out of my system all at once! Crank up the sound and boogie away!

Oh, and normally there’s no order to this, but my favorite actually is number 1 this time….

13. This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas

I LOVE this movie with all my heart and soul. I’m both a musical and a claymation junkie and this fills my wee little heart with joy!

12. Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran

Cheesyness never sounded so good! I love model in body paint and lingerie stalking through the jungle, because models totally do that…


11. The Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers

When I was a kid I really thought Boris Karloff sang this. I think they win the contest for best band name ever!

10. Flying Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley

This is a complete nonsense song that always gets played around Halloween. Do you remember the crappy made-for-tv movie? I do…. *sigh*

9. Marie Laveau by Bobby Bare

I thought this was Johnny Cash when I was a kid. Someone will probably find this song offensive. I find it fun.

8. You Can Do Magic by America

There isn’t that great a Halloween song, but the Endora tribute video is amazing. Sure, stereotypes are bad, but when I was a kid I wanted to be Endora when I grew up. She was so sassy, confident and wore the coolest clothes!

7. I Put A Spell On You by Bette Midler

If the Pagan community can agree on anything, it’s that Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker made the most fabulous stereotype Witches ever. The movie Hocus Pocus is pure camp. We can watch it and quote all the lines. All hail Bette!

8. Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra

Such a sexy song by the original “babymaker”. How many of us were conceived thanks to Ol’ Blue Eyes?


7. Hell by The Squirrel Nut Zippers

This is simply a fabulous song by a great band!


6. Witch Doctor by Alvin and the Chipminks

It will get stuck in your head! Go ahead and dance!

5. Dong Dong the Witch is Dead! from The Wizard of Oz

Oh Elphaba! How we love thee!

4. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Was there ever a song more in need of a beautifully surreal video?


3. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo

I had never heard this song before. What was it about the 80’s and great corny Halloween music?

2. Thriller by Michael Jackson

I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person who likes the Vincent Price monologue best?

1. Skeleton Dance by Disney’s Silly Symphonies

After 80 years the skeletons are still kicking it old school! Gotta love it!

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  • Wes Isley

    Great list! You’ve reminded me of some songs that i haven’t heard in way too long. Thanks.

  • Hello, here is link to a page that lists mostly traditional Halloween and Samhain songs. It is at
    It is a little more traditional and a little less silly than some of the song lists that people list, though it includes some modern songs and links to YouTube videos.


  • amy

    These are great! Thanks for posting them. I haven’t heard a few of them including the marie song. I initially was reading your post on the land spirits which I liked. I will subscribe and come back again.

  • mikw

    no “every day is halloween” by ministry? They played that in the halls of my high school….

  • Ivy

    Ooh, I was just looking for other Pagan-related Halloween songs and I found this list. Maybe some of you would appreciate my new Halloween song?

    Thanks for the other recommendations!

  • Ivy

    (Here’s a link to the song I mentioned on YouTube if y’all want to hear it. I tried embedding but I think the comment field rejected it.)