Perhaps the most frightening thing about Halloween is the prospect of going to another party where "Monster Mash" is playing...again. Every Halloween party playlist seems to follow the same formula year after year: "Monster Mash, "Thriller," "Time Warp," repeat. While it wouldn't really be Halloween without a jump to the left and a step to the right, the Halloween party playlist - like Frankenstein's monster - needs a jolt of new life. Check out the full playlist over on our YouTube channel!
The following tunes are sure to reanimate any tired Halloween party mix:
"Walk Like a Zombie" by The HorrorPops: Reminscent of a 60s girl band sound, "Walk Like a Zombie" is fun, bouncy and morbidly whimsical.
"Move Your Dead Bones" by Dr. Re-Animator: This catchy piece of Europop was a viral hit on YouTube a few years ago, with its Thriller-esque dancing zombies and zany lyrics. Originally a special feature on the "Beyond Re-Animator" DVD, this song makes a fun, danceable addition to your Halloween playlist.
"Martian Girl from Planet V" by The Aquabats: Halloween and aliens go together like zombies and brains, and this bouncy love letter to intergalactic romance will get everyone up and dancing.
"No One Lives Forever" by Oingo Boingo: While "Dead Man's Party" is usually the go-to song for Halloween, "No One Lives Forever" gets points for its relentless pace, as well as its use in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" soundtrack.
"Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: This dark, dramatic tune may not be the bounciest song on the list, but what it lacks in danceability it makes up for with atmosphere and an eerie organ solo that just screams Halloween.
"Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack": Quite possibly the greatest horror movie soundtrack of all time, "Return of the Living Dead" brought a Punk sensibility to the zombie genre. Highlights are "Partytime," "Take a Walk," and "Surfin' Dead."
"Evil Dead: The Musical Cast Album": Based on the Sam Raimi horror franchise, this hilarious musical comedy enjoyed an all too brief Off-Broadway run six years ago. Every song is fun and hilarious, although standouts include "Cabin in the Woods," and "Do the Necronomicon," a lively dance number that gives a cheeky shoutout to the show's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" inspiration. Be advised, most of the songs are not exactly SFW.
Thow these tunes into your party mix, and you're sure to scare up some great time. Got any other alternate Halloween faves? We'd love to hear them.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Rob is a Freelance Copywriter at House Party. His earliest childhood aspiration was to be a conductor for the Boston Pops but those dreams were crushed when he learned he had no musical talent. So, he turned to writing and became a journalist, where met some really amazing people, and won four New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists awards.In his spare time, he's a nerd. Or a geek. Take your pick. He likes to cook, watch movies, and put together needlessly elaborate costumes for New York Comic Con. He also likes the color green, Four Roses Bourbon, and "Doctor Who". Rob's party tip: When it comes to parties, it's not about how many people you invite, but who you invite. A small group of fun, like-minded people can be a blast! [/author_info] [/author]