Halloween Mixtape: A Spooky Playlist!
Even though we may not be able to have big Halloween bashes this year, that doesn't mean we can't still get into the spooky spirit at home. Here's a compilation of my favorite tunes that are either directly about Halloween, or just have a creepy, Halloween-appropriate vibe. Enjoy, and happy haunting!
Halloween – Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers makes calm, ethereal, melancholy pop music, and this aptly named tune uses Halloween as an analogy for being able to put metaphorical masks on, and being whoever you feel like being.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
You can't have a Halloween playlist without this one! Yes, the music video is pretty creepy, but I'll never forget seeing it for the first time as a kid when MJ passed away, and being amazed at the production and dedication to the zombie theme.
Black Magic – Little Mix
This one's just a fun, girl-pop jam, referencing secret potions like a woman's charms, and I love it!
Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez
You could pretty much put Melanie Martinez' entire discography on here, and it would fit; her alternative, juvenile brand of pop has a creepy vibe throughout. This song deals with themes of acting like everything in a house is perfect, but in reality, it's all just like a plastic dollhouse, a façade for the dark truths underneath.
Haunting – Halsey
Badlands, Halsey's first full-length LP, is criminally underrated in my opinion, mostly for the dark pop style of music and the way it creates an entire world and mood for itself. This tune has the most fitting name, with chopped up vocals, and vague, foreboding lyrics.
Cannibal – Ke$ha
This is a typical, early 2010's Kesha track, with over-the-top radio pop lyrics and a dance beat. It became popular earlier this year on TikTok, and honestly, it's still stuck in my head.
Control – Halsey
This is another dark, foreboding tune from Badlands-era Halsey, and it's downright creepy, perfect for Halloween.
Calling All The Monsters – China Anne McClain
Back in the day, a little Disney Channel star tried to make the girl-pop version of Thriller, and let me tell you, it's still a banger.
A Haunted House – Jon Bellion
Quite a fitting name, but this song is sweet, talking about how a new lover has cleared the cobwebs of his mind and brightened up his life.
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
You really could put Billie's entire album on here, because dark pop is her entire brand, but I picked this one that tops the creepy list for me. The bass and sounds in this track are crazy, and a little bit addicting.
Emperor's New Clothes – Panic! At the Disco
This one just sounds like a haunted house soundtrack, no bones about it (pun intended). The music video is also very spooky, and just contributes to the scary feel of the song.
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