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The best Halloween songs for kids (that parents can actually dance to)

From the blog linked HERE

It’s not often kid-appropriate songs are also something parents can groove to, but Halloween season is that special time of year when kiddos and parents can both enjoy the same music. Be it a standard Michael Jackson classic or an old 1960s smash hit, cheesy monster themed songs are just plain fun for everyone.


Whether you need music to pass out candy or are planning a fun Halloween bash, get ready to set the atmosphere in your house with our pick of the top 16 Halloween party songs for kids.

1. “Monster Mash” — Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

You can’t have a Halloween party without including this song in the mix. This song was actually #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1962 and it has remained a Halloween favorite ever since — or shall we say, it’s a graveyard smash!

2. “Thriller” — Michael Jackson

The ’80s were a gold mine for great Halloween songs — and, of course, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” tops the list! Before Twilight, True Blood or the The Walking Dead, we had “Thriller.” Although the video is too scary for younger kids, teens will probably get a kick out of the now antiquated graphics that turn MJ into a werewolf. This song is a must on your Halloween playlist.

3. “Ghostbusters” — Ray Parker Jr.

The Ghostbusters theme song, sung by Ray Parker, Jr., has become a Halloween staple since the movie of the same name hit theaters in 1984. This fun movie starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, would also make a fun Halloween family movie night.

4. “A Nightmare on my Street” — D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Remember when Will Smith was a rapper? If you are a kid of the ’80s, you will totally remember this song — and you will probably know all the lyrics, as well. Your teen may not know exactly who Freddy Krueger is, but they hopefully won’t mind when you sing along to this catchy tune based on the 1988 hit movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

5. “I Want Candy” — Aaron Carter

This song was originally written and sung by The Strangeloves in 1965, however has since been covered by several artists, including Bow Wow Wow and Aaron Carter. The song is actually about a girl named Candy, but we think it works equally well for a kid’s Halloween bash — after all, candy is the main attraction of this spooky and fun holiday!


6. “Purple People Eater” — Sheb Wooley

Who doesn’t like a “one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater?” This song hit #1 in 1958 — and remains a fun classic Halloween song today.

7. “Addams Family Theme”

The Addams Family is more kooky than creepy, which is why we love the group of characters in the family including Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday and Thing. The theme song for the TV series was written by composer Vic Mizzy and is a must-have on your Halloween play list.

8. “Headless Horseman” — from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollowsung by Bing Crosy

It’s hard to get too scared when listening to the song “Headless Horseman” from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow when you have Bing Crosby’s familiar and soothing voice. Released in 1949, this classic tune would make a great addition to your Halloween playlist.

9. “This is Halloween” — from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

For a more modern Halloween song, perhaps you would like “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s slightly strange and cool movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. This song is written by Danny Elfman from the 1993 flick, however it has been covered by both Marilyn Manson and Panic! At the Disco.

10. “Witch Doctor”

It’s just not Halloween without witches! This song was originally performed by David Seville in 1958, however has been covered multiple times, with our favorite being the Alvin and the Chipmunks version. Just be prepared for “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang” to be stuck in your head all day!

11. “Hedwig’s Theme” — from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

For those who love Harry Potter and want to recreate Hogwarts at their own party, playing the Harry Potter theme song, called “Hedwig’s Theme,” would make the perfect addition to your Halloween party.

12. “12 Days of Halloween”

Looking for new Halloween songs? Your kids may love the song, “Twelve Days of Halloween,” which is set to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This song is by Nooshi and is from the album, Halloween Songs to Christmas Melodies, which is available on iTunes.

13. “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” — Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott

The latest Ghostbusters movie was a pretty big deal, and this fun and energetic song from the soundtrack doesn’t disappoint. While it may not be the same Ghostbusterstheme that we know and love from the 80s, it still makes for great kids’ party music — while being kind of spooky at the same time.

14. “I’m in Love with a Monster” — Fifth Harmony

This bumpin’ song from Hotel Transylvania 2 may be one of the least annoying on the list. And it’s a good thing too — because Fifth Harmony’s jam is so catchy, you’re probably going to be humming the tune under your breath for weeks. You’re welcome.

15. “I Put a Spell on You” — Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Kids will love that Screamin’ Jay Hawkins has an authentic monster-like quality to his voice (à la Vincent Price), and parents love the old-school feel of the saxophone solo. It’s a spooky song that’s super fun to play in the background during Halloween party games.

16. “Somebody’s Watching Me” — Rockwell

It’s not “Thriller,” but this Rockwell/Michael Jackson collaboration is a surefire way to get any party started. There’s just something about ’80s music that gets kids dancing, and the creepy lyrics of “Somebody’s Watching Me” coupled with the ghostly synthesizers make this a perfect Halloween favorite.


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