1 - Calling All The Monsters by China Anne McClain (the original)
I believe that this song truly changed the music industry forever, hence why it is number one on this list. It's no secret that Disney Channel has produced some great music but ‘Calling all the monsters’ is some of their best work. Featured on the Halloween special of A.N.T farm ‘Calling all the monsters’ redefined the pop music game and is a classic for the Halloween season or all year round. China Anne McClain recently re-recorded and released ‘Calling All The Monsters’ China's version, however, I refuse to acknowledge the existence of this song as nothing will ever be as good as the original.
2 - Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
This one is pretty self explanatory. ‘Monster Mash’ is featured in the quintessential walking into a party scene in every Halloween movie/tv show ever. This song gives me major flashbacks to year 3 when I got so sunburnt that I couldn't go trick or treating, and in that moment (which at the time was probably the worst day of my life) all I could bring myself to do was lay on my bed for hours with ‘Monster Mash’ on full volume trying to drown out the sounds of trick or treaters going up and down the street, living my dream.
3 - Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
I think nearly everybody has some kind of good memory associated with ‘Time Warp’. Whether it's from ice skating at Macquarie ice rink and having this song come on exactly 10 minutes before the end of the holiday sessions or becoming professional dancers whenever this song came up on just dance. I feel like this song can either get overlooked or extremely over-played during Halloween (there’s never a middle ground) this song is a must on my Halloween playlist.
4 - Thriller/Heads Will Roll by The Glee Cast
Is the Glee version of every song better than the original? Yes. And I believe that this is one of the greatest Glee mashups. Thriller, a Halloween classic. Heads Will Roll, everyone knows the words but nobody knows why. Putting them together for this absolute banger is one of the only good things the Glee writers ever did. Featured in Glee season 2 episode 11 “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle” (which was not a Halloween themed episode) ‘Thriller/Heads Will Roll’ is definitely a mashup you can listen to all year round but I am counting it as a Halloween song as it never fails to make me feel like I’m at a primary school Halloween disco (still probably one of the best events I’ve ever attended).
5 - Fearless by Olivia Holt
Girl vs Monster was never my favourite Disney Channel Halloween special but I will not be told that this isn't one of the best Halloween songs. The song begins as an emotional ballad as Olivia Holt's character navigates the challenges of being told she cannot go to a Halloween party which somehow releases a demon (?) that she fights by facing her fears and singing her anthem; ‘Fearless’. The song then goes down the typical Disney route as the first chorus gives us pop music greatness. Truly one of the greats.
6 - Day-o by Harry Belafonte
I will never forget the first time I saw the Beetlejuice scene with this song and realised that I was witnessing one of the greatest moments in cinematic history. Again, while technically not a Halloween song, Beetlejuice is without a doubt one of the best Halloween movies of all time and this song must be featured. Without having watched the movie, this definitely doesn't make sense as a Halloween song but after seeing the film, Halloween will never not be on your mind as soon as you hear it. FUN FACT: one of our Mary Word Editors in Chief Arabella has an intense fear of actress Catherine O’Hara who stars in this scene.
7 - Any song from the Coraline soundtrack
When I was little I had an irrational fear of this movie but since rewatching it in year 7, I have realised that Coraline is now one of my favourite movies, with an incredible soundtrack to match. The Coraline soundtrack is perfect for those eerie Halloween vibes. 10/10 would recommend.