Looking for some tunes to blare while getting ready to go trick-or-treating tonight or for some Halloween hits to play at your party? I’ve got you covered, even if you have little ones who want to enjoy some Halloween spookiness without being overwhelmed by terror and gore. These ten funky, slightly freaky Halloween-themed music videos will provide just the right amount of creepy thrill without giving your little ones nightmares — and they’re great tunes to jam out to, especially while wearing face paint.
10. Addams Groove by MC Hammer
I live for his pants!
9. Men in Black by Will Smith
Yeah, it’s about aliens, which aren’t exclusive to Halloween, but are creepy nonetheless. Plus, it’s got a great beat.
8. Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The Groovie Goolies version!
7. Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
A live performance from June 1958.
6. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr.
Here’s the original 1984 video, followed by a cover Hoobastank did in 2009.
5. Mr. Roboto by Styx
This is not technically a Halloween song, but I find it terrifying.
4. Poison Ivy by The Coasters
This song has become synonymous with Halloween for some reason, even though it’s really about a promiscuous young girl who may or may not have VD. I’m not sure what year this TV performance is from, but it’s excellent. It’s rare that you hear a group get better with time or sound better live than in the studio, but The Coasters do just that.
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3. Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band
This video is so 80s amazeballs.
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2. Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Here’s the Glee version. You know, for the kids. But of course the original follows, because, you know, IT’S THE GREATEST.
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1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
RIP, MJ! Not for the littlest kids. Thriller was released when I was 8 and I will forever fear the sound of Vincent Price’s voice.
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And in case you haven’t seen it, this:
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Finally, the full Vincent Price rap — if you can take it!!! Listen all the way to the end to hear him say, “That was great fun!” Awesome. (And it takes the edge off. Ha.)
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