The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

After spending the 1990s pursuing a career in country music with my band Northern Lights, I decided to change my musical focus to include pop and rock. In 2001, I started the MissUnderstood Band (later the Kristina Austin Band). For the next several years, until I won the Mrs. Michigan United States Pageant in 2006, we played regularly throughout Michigan and Ohio. One of our favorite stops was the Dam Site Inn in Hell, Michigan (now known as Hell Saloon), which we played every year during their busy Halloween season. I mean, seriously, how fun is it to spend Halloween in a town called Hell?

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Me onstage with the MissUnderstood Band in Hell, Michigan in 2003.

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My husband Jason on bass guitar with the MissUnderstood Band in Hell, Michigan in 2003.

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Me on lead vocals with the MissUnderstood Band in Hell, Michigan in 2003.

For these shows, we found ourselves in need of great break music to maintain the Halloween party atmosphere in between the band’s sets. It was during this time that I began to compile my Ultimate Halloween Playlist, which I continue to update periodically. These songs incorporate a wide variety of genres from the 1930s through to the present – a little something for everyone! Happy Halloween!

Here is The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist (in alphabetical order):

“Addam’s Groove” – M.C. Hammer
“American Witch” – Rob Zombie
“Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Bat Out of Hell” – Meatloaf
“Batdance” – Prince (explicit)
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus
“Better the Devil You Know” – The Steps
“Bewitched” – Steve Lawrence
“Black Cat” – Janet Jackson
“Black Magic Woman” – Santana
“Bo Meets the Monster” – Bo Diddley
“Boogie Woogie Boogieman” – The Brian Sisters
“Castin’ My Spell” – Johnny Otis and Marci Lee
“Clap for the Wolfman” – The Guess Who
“Closer” – Kings of Leon
“Creep” – Radiohead (explicit)
“Dead Man’s Party” – Oingo Boingo
“Deal With the Devil” – Judas Priest
“Demons” – Super Furry Animals
“Devil Inside” – INXS
“Devil Went Down to Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band
“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” – Ella Fitzgerald
“Disturbia” – Rihanna
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
“Dracula’s Wedding” – OutKast feat. Kelis
“E.T.” – Katy Perry
“Every Day is Halloween” – Ministry
“Evil Woman” – Electric Light Orchestra
“Feed My Frankenstein” – Alice Cooper
“Frankenstein” – Edgar Winter Group
“Freak-A-Zoid” – Midnight Star
“Freaks Come Out at Night” – Whodini
“Funhouse” – Pink (explicit)
“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
“Halloween” – Aqua
“Halloween Dance” – Reverend Horton Heat
“Halloween Hootenanny” – Rob Zombie
“Halloween (She’s So Mean)” – Rob Zombie feat. The Ghastly Ones
“Halloween Song” – Heywood Banks
“Halloween Spooks” – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
“Halloween Theme” – Boogie Heights
“Hellraiser” – Motorhead
“Hellraiser” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Hellraiser” – The Sweet
“Haunted” – Taylor Swift
“Haunted House” – Lee Oskar
“Haunted House of Rock” – Whodini
“Highway to Hell” – AC / DC
“Hocus Pocus” – Focus
“House is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)” – Jane Froman (my favorite cover is by yours truly)
“Hungry Like the Wolf” – Duran Duran
“I Put a Spell on You” – Queen Latifah
“I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
“I Put a Spell on You (Hocus Pocus Version)” – Wishing on a Star
“I Was Walking with a Ghost” – Tegan and Sara
“I’m Your Boogie Man” – K.C. and The Sunshine Band
“In Our Haunted House” – Andrew Gold (add any of the other tracks from his “Halloween Howls” CD, especially if your event will include children.)
“Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Cryptkickers (add any of the movie-monster themed tracks from the album of the same name; particularly fun if your event has a vintage horror-film theme.)
“Monster” – Lady Gaga (explicit)
“Monster” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Monster Rap” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
“Monster Rap” – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
“Munsters Theme Song” – Mannheim Steamroller
“My Son, the Vampire (Count Dracula Song)” – Allan Sherman
“Nature Trail to Hell” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Nightmare on My Street” – The Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff
“Old Devil Moon” – Rosemary Clooney
“Pet Sematary” – The Ramones
“Poison” – Alice Cooper
“Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
“Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley
“Rock Lobster” – The B-52s
“Runnin’ with the Devil” – Van Halen
“Season of the Witch” – Donovan
“She Wolf” – Shakira
“Skeleton in the Closet” – Louis Armstrong (my favorite cover is by The Moon-Rays)
“Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell feat. Michael Jackson
“Spider Webs” – No Doubt
“Spooky” – The Classics IV
“Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
“Sympathy for the Devil” – The Rolling Stones
“Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
“This House is Haunted” – Alice Cooper
“This is Halloween” – Danny Elfman
“This is Halloween” – Marilyn Manson
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“Things That Go Bump in the Night” – allSTARS*
“Welcome to My Nightmare” – Alice Cooper
“Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
“Witchcraft” – Frank Sinatra
“Witchy Woman” – The Eagles
“Witchy Woman” – Kristin Chenoweth
“Wobblin’ Goblin” – Rosemary Clooney
“Zombie” – The Cranberries

Note: If anyone has suggestions for songs to add to this list, please email me at or send me a message using the comment form below. Thank you!

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