I did not grow up with Halloween. In the country where I grew up, we celebrated All Souls’ Day by visiting cemeteries and paying respects to our loved ones who passed away. As a child, I never thought that visiting a cemetery is a spooky experience. I remember how I enjoyed lighting up the candles and arranging flowers on the tomb stones of my relatives.
Little did I know about Halloween. When I discovered this fun holiday as an adult, I immersed myself into the world of costumes, Halloween food and drinks, and of course Halloween music. Our household soon became a Halloween party hub where adults and kids (all in costumes) meet to celebrate this festival every year. It’s a holiday that makes you want to party, sing and scream. I don’t want to brag but I am a little bit of an expert on Halloween (the emphasis is on “little bit”).
In today’s post, I want to share a list of Halloween songs. Many Halloween songs are difficult to sing, especially if you are not a heavy metal or punk rock singer or a singer with a fully equipped studio that can produce sound effects. The following list features songs that are relatively easy to sing (although some may be more challenging than others). If you are planning a karaoke night on Halloween or just want to sing a Halloween themed song for friends or family, I hope you will find one that tickles your fancy on my list of Halloween songs.
(Click the following links to read my previous blog posts How to Choose the Right Song to Sing and Easy Songs to Sing for Beginners. In these blog posts, I discuss criteria when choosing an appropriate song for your voice to help you find the right song to showcase your vocal abilities.)
The following list does not include notoriously famous Thriller by Michael Jackson. I tried to pick spooky and creepy numbers that are less known but still fun to delight your Halloween listeners and not disturb the dead.
My Top Halloween Songs to Sing
(The links below will take you to iTunes to listen to songs’ previews. Just click the links if you want.)
Get inspired by Nina Simone’s version or Bette Midler’s version in Hocus Pocus.
Sing Superstition by Steve Wonder but only if you dare!
Sing Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell like nobody is watching!
4. Killer Queen – Queen: Greatest Hits
A wicked song. Yes, it’s wickedly challenging.
Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo. How scary! A song from the 80s! Don’ forget to dance to this tune too.
6. Ghost Town – Halloween
A mysterious song – Ghost Town by The Specials – to spook out your friends.
7. People Are Strange – The Very Best of the Doors
Remember your name when you’re strange!
8. Werewolves of London – Excitable Boy (Remastered)
Ahh-oooooo! A classic song for Halloween. Dare to be a werewolf, order Chinese food and drink piña coladas!
No need to introduce this song. Everyone knows this song so I had to include it on my list. It somehow makes you sing along and dance.
Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival – another wickedly good song for Halloween. Hope you are prepared to die while singing this song.
11. The Purple People Eater – 50s Greatest Rock N Roll
If you wanna get a job in a rock ‘n roll band, this is your song.
12. The Addams Family (Main Theme) – Halloween Party: Songs and Sound Effects
The Addams family by Vic Mizzy – a bizarre song. Bizarre like the Addams family themselves.
13. Love Potion Number Nine – Halloween Party Mix
Have a sip of potion number 9 (whatever it may be) before singing this song and someone may even kiss you.
Let’s finish my list of Halloween songs list with 2 bonus eerie picks:
14. The Phantom of the Opera – The Phantom of the Opera (Original Cast Recording)
Something for the lovers of musical theater. Be a mysterious genius!
Be sure to watch this video: Grim Grinning Ghosts by the a capella group VoicePlay. There is no better way to get inspired to sing on Halloween!
I hope you enjoyed my list of top Halloween songs to sing. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.