Halloween music: a tricky genre

Livia Kokkino, Writer

Halloween music. Is it even a thing? Personally, I’m kind of in the middle when it comes down to liking it or not. When it’s played any time before the actual holiday of Halloween, it can be kind of tacky unless it’s played at a party the weekend before (Halloweekend baby am I right?) or on the actual holiday.

But what songs actually come to mind when someone says “Oh, I’ve got a great Halloween playlist for that party this weekend”? I’m just hoping that they’re not going to put “The Monster Mash” on their four different times.

The first songs that come to mind are actually ones that I hold very near and dear to my heart as I grew up hearing them. They are songs like “Flying Purple People Eater,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” and many, many more. But what about all the theme songs from the classic Halloween movies? Those like “Jaws” or “Halloween.” I mean, they’re spooky, but they aren’t really songs that you can actually dance to. Really, there aren’t that many out there that aren’t theme songs from a movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that Halloween music can be fun if you pick the right songs, but the variety isn’t as extensive as say Christmas music. There are a select few that are super popular but beyond those maybe five songs, it gets tough to find any good ones that people can actually enjoy.