Music | October 29, 2020 5:38 am

The Only Halloween Playlist You’ll Ever Need

More than 80 tracks to help you celebrate spooky season at home

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These tunes are perfect for getting in the spooky spirit.
Jelena Jovanovic / Jasmin Merdan

Wherever you are and no matter what your plans are, Halloween likely looks different this year. Parties are a big no-no, trick-or-treating is either completely canceled or modified to limit contact, and with an election looming and a pandemic continuing to wipe out tens of thousands of Americans, real life is far more terrifying than any haunted house or horror-movie jump-scare.

But we have to make do with what we can — whether it’s stress-eating all the fun-sized candy we bought, toasting to all the things that go bump in the night with a great pumpkin beer, or queueing up some spooky tunes to get ourselves into the Halloween spirit. This is the time of year that classics like “The Monster Mash,” “Thriller” and the theme from Ghostbusters all go on heavy rotation (and rightfully so), but whether they were written specifically about the holiday or just happen to fit the vibe, there are tons of songs about ghosts, monsters, demons, werewolves and witches. Some are kitschy novelty tracks, some are downright creepy tales of murder or violence, and some are Halloween-adjacent in name only. But all of them provide a welcome distraction from the current nightmare we’re all trapped in.

So to help you celebrate Halloween at home this year, we’ve put together a monster (pun intended) playlist featuring 80 of our favorite ghoulish tracks. That’s more than five hours of music; use it to celebrate spooky season by yourself under these extremely weird circumstances, and then save it for next year’s party, when “Whatever happened to the Transylvanian Twist?” will hopefully be our gravest concern.