What we have here is right around an hour's worth of music, culled from deep within the murky recesses of my iTunes library. Sure, there are some songs you might expect from the likes of The Misfits and Ozzy Osbourne -- who are both, to my mind, always appropriate no matter what the season.
HOWEVER! I've also given you some more offbeat tunes straight out of my favorite horror and suspense films. You'll hear some of the best Italian horror movie music ever from Goblin and Fabio Frizzi, who did the soundtracks for two of my all-time favorites: "Suspiria" and "The Beyond," respectively.
You'll hear Mia Farrow's sing-song lullaby theme from "Rosemary's Baby," some frenetic murderin' music from "Psycho," and even the dreamy Synthpop tune "Goodbye Horses", which is the song the killer Jame Gumb dances around to in "Silence of the Lambs." In my experience, this song never fails to freak people the hell out when they realize where it's from.
There's peppy stuff too, don't worry! The Muzak that plays in the mall in "Dawn of the Dead" makes an appearance, there's some werewolf-themed garage punk, and even some hip-hop with Outkast (featuring Kelis) doing "Dracula's Wedding."
So go ahead -- listen away and get your zombie on already!
If you need even more inspiration to get into the Halloween spirit, I know what always works for me...the ever-inspiring, near-mystical groove powers of Omaha, Nebraska's local newscast dance sensation, HAPPY JACK!
Happy Jack = easiest Halloween costume ever, no? Of course, if you prefer your seasonal spookiness with a side of ladyboner, enjoy this tune from Ryan Gosling's band Dead Man's Bones -- who are actually good! No really, I was at a neighborhood recital put on by the Silverlake Conservatory of Music one night when his band came out and performed a surprise set with the kids. I was shocked and delighted I actually liked them and that this wasn't like that time Bruce Willis decided to put out a CD. You be the judge: