A Haunted Halloween Playlist, Without the Kid Vibe

Halloween: it’s no longer just for kids. According to a DDB Worldwide study, two in three adults feel that Halloween is a holiday for them, and not just the kids. This relatively new trend has transformed Halloween from a kid-centric holiday, into an $8 billion a year industry (Forbes), and it’s safe to say that figure increases each year.

One of the best ways to add a little Halloween flavor into your brand is by injecting some dark, fun, and spooky “Halloween” songs. The tricky part of appealing to adult’s spooky side, is making sure that you don’t come across as too childish. For instance, many people love the “Monster Mash”, but songs like these can come across as too “kiddy” or cartoony, and may not fit with your brand’s sound.

Thankfully there are a ton of great “Halloween-ish” songs from new and relevant artists that will fit most any branded sound. Many of these songs were not specifically written as an ode to Halloween, but once they’re combined and played together with other songs with a similar vibe, you’ll soon find it hard to listen to them without thinking about Halloween.

 

 

 

Pop/Mainstream
Fifth Harmony – I’m In Love With A Monster

More Pop/Mainstream Halloween Songs:
Hasley – Ghost
Max Frost – Paranoia
Carly Rae Jepsen – Black Heart
Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter
Mika – Oh Girl You’re The Devil
Aurora – Running With the Wolves
Charli XCX – Die Tonight
Lorde – Glory And Gore
Marina & The Diamonds – Living Dead

 

Stylish/Fashion
Shamir – In For The Kill

More Stylish/Fashion Halloween songs:
Arum Rae – Something’s Happening To Me
Phantogram – Howling At the Moon
Hiatus Kaiyote – Swamp Thing
CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Neneh Cherry (feat. Roby) – Out Of Black
Gossling – That Feeling
Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On
Thecocknbullkid – Kiss Kiss Kill
Gossling – That Feeling

 

Indie/Alternative/Hipster
Du Blonde – My Mind Is On My Mind

More Indie/Alternative/Hipster Halloween songs:
Deerhunter – Snakeskin
Pale Honey – Tease
Summer Twins – Quija
Ezra Furman – Devil’s Haircut (Beck Cover)
Lord Huron – The World Ender
PINS – Curse These Dreams
Ariel Pink – Lipstick
Dum Dum Girls – Evil Blooms
La Luz – Big Big Blood

 

Bar/Rock
The Arcs – Outta My Mind

More Bar/Rock Halloween songs:
Muse – Dead Inside
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
Gin Wigmore – Kill Of The Night
Black Keys – Howling For You
Queens Of The Stone Age – Burn The Witch
Michael Jackson – Blood On The Dancefloor
Roky Erickson – Don’t Shake Me Lucifer
Rolling Stones – Terrifying
Elvis Presley – Witchcraft

 

Restaurant Pop & Rock
New Beat Fund – Halloween Birthdaze

More Restaurant Pop & Rock Halloween songs:
Jamie T – Zombie
Jukebox the Ghost – Ghosts In Empty Houses
Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats
Matt Costa – Witchcraft
Stars – I Died So I Could Haunt You
Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
The 88 – Haunt You
Cake – Satan Is My Motor
Beck – Devil’s Haircut

Blake Kirpes

About Blake Kirpes

My name is Blake Kirpes and I am a Music Supervisor at PlayNetwork, with over 12 years in the music industry.

The first real album I had was a cassette copy of “Eazy-Duz-It”, when I was just in grade school…so yeah, that happened.

I have worked in a variety of roles in the music industry, from a live radio host and DJ to an audio engineer, working in studio with bands like Death Cab For Cutie and The Shins. I enjoy pinpointing the right music for the right audience and connecting new artists to their future fans.

When I’m not  researching music (with 30+ browser tabs open) I collect cassettes, vinyl and do this.

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