I have been wracking my brain trying to whittling down some song choices of our favorite Halloween songs to discuss just one for this post. And you know what? I can’t do it! There are just too many that we ghoulishly salivate over. So, instead of bringing you one song with a review and rating, today I’m listing out our favorite Halloween songs (in no particular order).
Goo Goo Ga Ga by Joe Scruggs
When the spooky, lightly haunting opening music starts, Miss P gets a big grin on her face and starts kicking her legs. For those of you that don’t know this Halloween song, it’s about a dad driving with his baby in the car, encountering a witch, a troll, and an alligator along the path. His way out of getting of trouble with these creeps? The cute baby in the back cooing “Goo Goo Ga Ga Coochie Coochie Coo.” Seeing as how I have experienced my cute toddler getting me out of a pinch with the manager of an Apple store, I totally get this song. And the simple fact that the baby uses their cuteness to get out of a scary situation gives Miss P a little sense of empowerment against the trolls of the world.
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Do I even need to say more? From the first two notes of this song, my kids perk up in excitement. And they don’t even know the dance yet! It gives me a chance to break out my zombie dance and choreographic reenactment of this video. Who could ask for anything else?
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
I love it when songs that I loved as a kid become some of my kids favorites. This one is no exception. Mr B. goes nuts over this one, even before seeing the movie. This song touts all the wonderful merits of the 80′s synthesizer. Do they even make those anymore? It’s catchy melody will have you singing about ghosts for the rest of the day. And when you do, who ya gonna call?
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris
An oldie but goodie. The odd ghoulish manner in which this Halloween song is sung isn’t really scary, but does lend itself to lots of imitation. That can be entertainment enough for the under 7 circuit. Plus, it’s dancing monsters!
This Is Halloween by Danny Elfman
This Halloween song is from the soundtrack of The Nightmare Before Christmas, a movie neither of my kids have seen yet. But it appears on Just Dance 3, which we’ve had a riot dancing to. The kids love the dance that’s choreographed to this song because each kid gets to pick a character. Mr. B picks the vampire, Miss P picks the purple witch, and I get stuck with the giant pumpkin head. The song itself is distinctive Danny Elfman, a swirl of bells and string instruments that invoke a sense of mystery and spooky activity.
Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
Another Halloween song that’s been around for decades, this one is great for kids because the high-pitched, sped up voice of the monster makes him seem lovable, not scary. After all, he just wants to be in a rock-n-roll band. My kids love this kind of voice, the same ilk as that of the Chipmunks. Yes, it could potentially drive you crazy, but it’s spread out enough in the song to still be cute. Plus it has a great beat that’s fun to dance to when hopped up on Skittles and Pixie Sticks.
Trick or Treat by Justin Roberts
A song about the excitement and adventure of trick-or-treating as a kid. My son echos some of the same concerns – will his bag be big enough to collect all of that candy? I love that the kids come home afterwards and sort out their candy, each brother with his own unique style of candy organization. The last line kills me though: Suzy’s dad’s a dentist and he makes her trade her candy in for fruit, But there ain’t no substitute.
Now that you’re equipped with some Halloween songs to get you in the spooky mood, get your pumpkin carving on, brace yourself for the sugar high and have a safe time trick-or-treating!
What are your favorite Halloween songs?