Halloween children's party playlist

Have you got the right music for your kids 2019 Halloween party?

This Halloween song playlist features all of the best and horrifying hits that all of the family will know.

This is the ultimate child-friendly Halloween party guaranteed to get everyone fully in the Halloween mood.

1. Monster Mash - Bobby Picket

Released: 1962

What's it about: Inspired by popular music of the early 1960s, Monster Mash tells the story of a monster who was risen from the dead and created a new dance.

2. This is Halloween - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Released: 1993

What's it about: The song, which is the opening piece in Tim Burton's live-stock animation film The Nightmare Before Christmas, includes all of the terrifying characters associated with the holiday but in a fun and toe-tapping manner.

3. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr

Released: 1984

What's it about: From the 1984 original Ghostbusters film, this blockbuster movie-theme is instantly recognisable and there shouldn't be a Halloween party without it being played!

4. In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg

Released: 1875

What's it about: Grieg wrote the music to the stage-play Peer Gynt, dramatised by Henrik Ibsen.

This particular section from the production is the moment Peer enters the troll-king's hall and is surrounded by trolls, gnomes and goblins.

5. Spooky world - BBC Bring the Noise

Released: 2019

What's it about: All of the scary monsters that you can find on a dark Halloween night.

You can play along with the song on Bring the Noise's Play It! interactive tool.

Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis starred in the original two films

 

6. What's New Scooby-Doo? - Simple Plan

Released: 2002

What's it about: The Scooby-Doo TV theme has been sung and played in many different ways over its 50-year broadcast, but Simple Plan's version is full of energy, which is perfect for a kids party.

7. Hedwig's Theme - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Released: 2001

What's it about: The melody is first played on a celesta and immediately indicates that the film is filled with magic and the mystical.

All of the Harry Potter film scores are composed by John Williams, whose work includes film franchises Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

8. Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns

Released: 1874

What's it about: Saint-Saëns translated the French folktale of Death raising the dead into an orchestral account.

He thought of all of the elements of the story, including the church bell-chimes, the dancing spirits and call of the morning rooster.

9. Men in Black - Will Smith

Released: 1997

What's it about: Not only does Will Smith play the lead role in the film but he also writes and sings the film's theme tune.

The song samples the RnB hit Forget Me Nots from 1982 and mentions the out of world aliens that the fictional agency encounter.

10. The Addams Family - film soundtrack

Released: 1991

What's it about: The family who you wouldn't want to live next to returned to screens in 1991 but now on the big screen.

As well as the popular characters the film retained the infamous harpsichord and finger snap introduction.

According to the television series, the Addams' live in a gothic house adjacent to a cemetery and a swamp

 

11. Ghost - Ella Henderson

Released: 2014

What's it about: Although not a spooky song, Ghost tells the story of letting either a person or an aspect of life impacting your sleep.

It's a song that will uplift the mood at a Halloween party.

12. Ghost Town - The Specials

Released: 1981

What's it about: Created out of the imbalance of wealth in the late 1970s, The Specials wrote this two-tone chart hit that features reggae dub, horror chromaticism and ghoulish shrieking.

13. Witch Doctor - Alvin & The Chipmunks

Released: 2007

What's it about: There have been a few versions of this song but the way that Alvin, Simon and Theodore sing fits suitably with children.

14. Goosebumps TV theme

Released: 1995

What's it about: Like the books, the Goosebumps TV series was written for the teen horror audience and it was certainly made the teens of the 90s jump.

Although the opening theme doesn't have lyrics to sing to, the music includes all of the trademark horror features, such as pizzicato strings and the devil's interval.

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