Aisling O'Connor has compiled a setlist of Halloween choons to get you in the 'Halloween Spirit'.

Unfortunately for all us Halloween enthusiasts out there, Halloween music isn’t as popular as Christmas music. I think it’s a crying shame that radio stations don’t play “This is Halloween” but maybe that’s just me. There are some fantastic songs and soundtracks out there for Halloween and these are the best ones in my opinion.


(Spoiler: Tim Burton may or may not have directed most of these, that man gets it.)


Sweeney Todd Soundtrack:

Johnny Depp. Need I say more? Okay, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter are in this too. Some argue that the musical is better, but the Tim Burton’s movie is one of my favourite movies and I’d be lying if I said I don’t sometimes have “My Friends” stuck in my head.




Corpse bride:

I think this soundtrack is nearly as good as The Nightmare Before Christmas, nearly, because The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is iconic. “Victor’s Piano Solo” is beautiful, and thankfully some kind soul on Youtube made a 7 minute loop of it. The jazzy “Remains of the Day” is too catchy for its own good but gets you in the Halloween mood.





The soundtrack Frankenweenie is a pretty strong album. It has songs from The Pretty Reckless and Imagine Dragons. My personal favourite is “This Song is a Curse” by Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance).




Donnie Darko:

There are some good alternate songs on this, but I prefer the ost songs because they’re quite “eerie” and put me in the Halloween spirit (side note: I hope “Halloween Spirit” catches on). Having said that, “Mad World” is on it, and who doesn’t love that song? The song is perfect to capture Donnie. I just hope I don’t see anyone dressed up as Frank for Halloween.





This soundtrack isn’t “creepy” like the rest, but Aly & Aj feature on it and if that doesn’t make you feel old I don’t know what will. “Into the Rush” is a track, which was also used in the “Bratz Rock Angelz” game so now I feel very nostalgic. I think this is one for those nights you wish you could be a kid and Trick or Treat again. Treasure it, kids.




Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Rocky Horror is arguably the best cult classic out there. If you haven’t heard “Time Warp” or “Sweet Transvestite” you are missing out, my friend. Why not listen to it and learn how to do the “Time Warp” this Halloween!? Bonus points if you do it in costume.


Hocus pocus:

I used to love to sing “Come Little Children” when I was a kid and I still do now. Bette Midler singing “I Put a Spell on You” is possibly the best moment of the movie. I think it’s Halloween’s “All I Want for Christmas”, but like I said, unfortunately Halloween songs aren’t a big deal…




The Nightmare before Christmas:

Like I said, this soundtrack/movie is a Halloween classic. I feel like listing off the whole soundtrack because it’s all good, but “This is Halloween”, “Sally’s Song”, and “The Oogie Boogie Song” are the best in my opinion. If you feel too old to still be listening to this, but you shouldn’t, in 2008 Nightmare Revisited came out where all the songs were covered by bands like Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects.