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 60 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
“Batdance” – Prince (explicit)
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus
“Bewitched” – Steve Lawrence
“Black Cat” – Janet Jackson
“Black Magic Woman” – Santana
“Boogie Woogie Boogieman” – The Brian Sisters
“Clap for the Wolfman” – The Guess Who
“Closer” – Kings of Leon
“Creep” – Radiohead (explicit)
“Dead Man’s Party” – Oingo Boingo
“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
“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 Song” – Heywood Banks
“Halloween Theme” – Boogie Heights
“Haunted” – Taylor Swift
“Haunted House” – Lee Oskar
“Highway to Hell” – AC / DC
“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” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (my favorite cover is by Queen Latifa)
“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 Rap” – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
“Munsters” Theme Song – Mannheim Steamroller
“Nightmare on My Street” – The Fresh Prince & D.J. Jazzy Jeff
“Old Devil Moon” – Rosemary Clooney
“Pet Sematary” – The Ramones
“Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
“Rock Lobster” – The B-52s
“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
“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
“Wobblin’ Goblin” – Rosemary Clooney
“Zombie” – The Cranberries

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

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