The All Hallow’s Scene Playlist



Sarah Contreras

Happy Halloween, Huskies!

Think this holiday deserves an awesome soundtrack to go with your awesome costume? So do I!

It might be tempting to mourn the loss of trick-or-treating or feel slighted that All Hallow’s Eve falls on a Monday. Turn that frown upside down! Halloween is a great reason to throw your own personal party, even if you have to study. Whether your nose will be stuck in your schoolbooks or covered in drawn-on whiskers, this reporter has you covered with delightfully spooky playlist.

1. “I Put a Spell on You” by She & Him

This Halloween standard packs extra oomph when crooned by Zooey Deschenal. Remember how much you loved it when the witches performed it in Hocus Pocus? Now you can show people you’re down with your childhood, and you have excellent taste in indie music.

2, “Halloweenhead” by Ryan Adams

Just a tune to indulge your “head full of tricks and treats” and other bad ideas. Adams deftly employs the Halloween motif to describe a messy state of mind. Plus, you can only run around yelling, “I’ve got a…HALLOWEENHEAD” once a year.

3. “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” by Sufjan Stevens

John Wayne Gacy’s murderous appetite left a scar on the collective psyche of Illinois’ suburbanites and their trusting natures. In this haunting hymn, Stevens tackles the appalling manipulation of Gacy’s victims as well as the savage nature that could reside in every person.

4. “Disturbia” by The Cab

Did the eerie imagery in Rihanna’s song sound a little out of place for a pop song to you? Enter the Cab. The creepy lyrics are given an extra-hardcore vibe with electric guitars and a heart-pounding drum beat.

5. “People are Strange” by The Doors

One of the rally cries for ghouls, weirdos and outsiders everywhere. This song is perfect for a mischievous saunter around campus or for lurking around your living room with a beer in your hand. While your at it, why don’t you dress up like the Lizard King this year?

6. “Shankhill Butchers” The Decemberists

Don’t be scared of the boogeyman. Be scared of drunken men with meat cleavers. The Butchers were a gang of Irish hoodlums who prowled the night looking for Catholics to abduct and maim. In this song, the Decemberists turn the ghastly murders into a cautionary tale for children who don’t behave.

7. “The Days of The Phoenix” by A.F.I.

Davey Havok and company are masters of dark, poetic imagery and this oldie-but-goody anthem is no exception. Evoking a rather macabre party and longing for days past, this song channels angst strong enough to tempt you to bust out the black eyeshadow, hair dye and nail polish.

8. “I’ve Seen Enough” by Cold War Kids

The combination of crashing symbols, muted guitars and yowling vocals makes this song creep and crawl into your brain and will send shivers down your spine. Mourn the loss of innocence and contemplate the state of your own mind with this song on repeat. Or, you know, go trick-or-treating instead.

9. “What The Devil Wanted” by Whiskeytown

Sung in a sinister whisper and set over oddly cheerful music, this song seems to beg for placement at the end of the next big scary movie. The vague lyrics will keep you guessing what exactly has been done for the Devil and maybe, just maybe, they’ll keep you awake at night.

10. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”  Tracy Jordan

Oh, did you think every song on this list would be serious? 30 Rock’s most lovable fame-monger earned a fictional gold record for his novelty party song – a hilarious parody of classic Halloween songs such as “Thriller” or “The Time Warp.”