By Cady Colosimo
This isn’t your mama’s Halloween playlist. And as my favorite holiday approaches it deserves a killer soundtrack. While I like “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters” just as much as the next person, and they should be included on your Halloween playlist, it needs updating. Here are some tunes to pumpkin spice latte up your traditional Halloween playlist. Warning: puns and scares ahead.
Evil // Interpol
That bass line is killer! See what I did there? You just know something terrible went down, and rumor has it, it did. Many believe the song to be based on English serial killers husband and wife Fred and Rosemary West. As a result, both the song and the video frequently make lists for giving peeps the heebie jeebies.
What’s a Girl to Do // Bat For Lashes
The ominous piano and dramatic drums give this song an especially spooky vibe. Her overall “mature goth rock” sound is ideal for this list. Unfortunately the original video is no longer on YouTube, but you can still view it on vimeo.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings // Father John Misty
This steamy song is all about a cemetery and a temptress. It reminds of that special genre of horror films that are basically soft-core porn. Make sure you check out the video with Aubrey Plaza, which is like a mini sexy-scary film.
Bad Things // Cults
It must be something pretty bad to make Cults “run runaway and never look back.” Plot twist: it’s just a crazy ex, which is even scarier. If you’re feeling the beat and want to hear it in hip-hop form, check out the sample in J. Cole’s “She Knows.”
Vampire Love // Ash
Vampires are sooo last season, but this song isn’t! Ash was way ahead of the vamp trend when they released this tune about vampire sex in 2004. At the very least it’s a nice go-to if you’re in the mood for some All Hallows’ Eve role-playing.
Howlin’ For You // The Black Keys
Fuzzy guitars make for prime trick or treat music. The video is a star-studded faux trailer featuring a vixen “howlin’ for revenge,” and it’s got all the sass of a Quentin Tarantino film. Plus it’s a classic song from everyone’s favorite Black Keys album.
Kill for Love // Chromatics
Synth-y, sultry Chromatics are perfect for this time of year. Also, is there anything more romantic than killing for love? According to adoring boyfriends in horror films everywhere, there’s not.
Trapdoor // SALEM
Salem has received a fair amount of hate, and most of it’s deserved. But for better or worse this song had me mesmerized me when it came out. Its slowed down vocals and ghastly sound effects make it a Halloween homerun.