Friday Playlist: Halloween!

Halloween pumpkins by flickr user Loren JavierBoo! It's Wired For Music's favorite time of year - ever since I can remember, I've been a bigger fan of Halloween than any other day on the calendar (possibly even my own birthday). The combination of pumpkin-flavored things, intentionally-induced fear, and candy is a powerful one. Every year I try to find as many ways to celebrate Halloween as I can - decorating the house with all sorts of cheesy decorations, drinking pumpkin beer, eating way too much candy, watching scary movies, and of course, listening to Halloween-themed music.

I've found a few decent Halloween playlists out there - this one from Flavorwire that I linked to last week is pretty good, and I just saw this one from NPR [UPDATE: that link no longer works, so here's some more Halloween goodness from NPR]. thanks to Public Media Girl. But of course, it wouldn't be Wired For Music if I didn't post my own. So I did.

There are too many tracks in this one for me to do a writeup for each one, so jut know that I pared this list down from the much bigger (over 6 hour) playlist I started compiling last week. The tracks range in tone from funny to silly to scary to pretty to rock-and-rolly-y and back again. Some of them are explicitly about Halloween or other spooky themes, some of them just have a nice creepy sound, and some I just picked for the title alone, even though the content of the song isn't entirely relevant. Still, I think collectively they make for a great Halloween playlist, and I hope you feel the same way.

(While you're listening, check out my guest post for Creative DC about movies to put you in the mood for Halloween.)

What do you like to listen to this time of year? Tell me in the comments. And have a happy Halloween!


Newmanium Reveler said...

Excellent work. I just heard "fresh blood" by the Eels the other day and thought it would sound great on a Halloween mix.

Jordan Hirsch said...

Glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment. :)