Twas the Week Before Halloween

With Halloween speeding towards us faster than a pumpkin spice anything towards a white girl, it’s time to repost this listicle of music, movies, and entertainment to help you get in the holiday spirit and give you some frights and some laughs.

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You need to get excited! Halloween’s coming!

Now that we’re getting into the Halloween spirit, you’re going to need some tunes to listen to as you plan your get Halloween parties, zombie walks, or just your nightly shenanigans. Below you’ll find my Halloween Playlist, an assortment of classics and contemporary tunes as well as some Goth rock, nerdcore, and comedy that plays great at parties.

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Danno’s Halloween Mix

1.Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

2.Flying Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley

3.Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

4.Thriller – Michael Jackson

5.Season of the Witch – Donovan

6.Howl – Florence and the Machine

7.Superstitious – Stevie Wonder

8.Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack

9.Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

10.Seven Devils – Florence and the Machine

11.The Living Dead – No More Kings

12.Creepy Doll – Jonathan Coulton

13.How to Serve Man – Creature Feature

14.Brains! – Voltaire

15.Re: Your Brains – Jonathan Coulton

16.Look to the Skies – Creature Feature

17.Zombie Prostitute – Voltaire

18.Invasion of the Not Quite Dead – MC Frontalot

19.Zombie Love Song – Your Favorite Martian

20.MC Chris is Dead – MC Chris

21.Zombie Song – Stephanie Mabey

22.This is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack (Also Marylin Manson or Panic at the Disco do some good versions)

23.Halloween – MC Chris

24.Zombie Killa’ – Zealous 1

25.Lame Monster Party – Paul and Storm

26.What the Fuck Was That?! – Evil Dead The Musical Soundtrack

27.Goth Girls – MC Frontalot

28.When You’re Evil – Voltaire

29.Live – Paul and Storm

30.Bruce Campbell – MC Lars, Zealous 1, YT Cracker, Schaffer the Dark Lord

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Are you listening to this? It’s amazing!

You can find all these songs on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, or just click on the link above for Danno of the Dead’s Playlist. Put it on shuffle and let it cycle at random through all these great hits. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of downloading them, don’t worry. I’ll be putting them on my YouTube channel soon in a playlist so all you’ll have to do is follow the link. (Check back soon, I’m still working on my channel.)

If music and mingling isn’t your speed, maybe a movie night is the thing you need. Here’s some science fiction (and horror) double feature ideas you might enjoy.

Rocky Horror Picture Show / Young Frankenstein

A duo of 1970’s classics that are purposefully campy, crass, and a lot of fun. Nothing frightening about them unless you count those funny feelings you get when you see Tim Curry in drag.

The Thing / The Fly

While I’m not normally a fan of remakes, Hollywood horror really piqued in the 1980’s and between John Carpenter’s phenomenal remake of Thing From Another World and David Cronenberg’s treatment of The Fly, I guarantee you’ll be creeped out and queasy before the night is through.

Night of the Creeps / Slither

Zombies, monster worms, and strange alien menaces complete with one liners, gore, and a zombie deer kicking the shit out of Nathan Fillion. What more can you ask for?

Evil Dead (1981) / Evil Dead (2013)

Okay, here’s the duo that’s going to scare you and gross you out all at once. Demon possessed college kids, gallons of fake blood, and everyone’s favorite chainsaw wielding badass Bruce Campbell in the role that made him a star. Follow up the classic with the remake and never sleep again.

Evil Dead 2 / Army of Darkness

If you’re up for one liners, demon possession, body modifications and boom sticks, this may be the better choice. You still get your B.C. fix but with considerably more laughs.

The Last Man on Earth / Night of the Living Dead

Classics inspired by Richard Matheson’s genre changing novella, I am Legend. Vincent Price is the last man in a world dominated by a virus that turns people into vampiric cannibals while George Romero’s classic takes the notion to new places with cosmic radiation waking the dead for a murderous romp.

The Nightmare Before Christmas / Krampus

Since they started putting out nativity scenes and Christmas trees the week after all the kids went back to school, I figured we’d end our movie list with a duo of holiday frights. Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas brings Halloween and Yule closer together than Walmart’s seasonal section with stop motion musical numbers while Krampus serves as a cautionary tale to try and keep us off the naughty list.

 

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Frankie’s Creature gives all these films a flaming thumbs up.

 

I’m no Ghoulia Child or Martha Boo-art (I love puns.) so you won’t be getting any baking or decorating ideas from me, though you should check out Voltaire’s Gothic Homemaking videos online as he’s got some gorgeous, ghoulish fashions and flairs for your home and life. While you’re at it, Nashville adjacent folks should check out the Bell Witch Fall Festival in neighboring Addams this weekend as well as Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Belcourt Cinema and Evil Dead: The Musical in Murfreesboro.

Looks like you’ve got plenty now to keep yourself entertained with through the end of the Halloween season, so stay spooky.

-Danno

 

 

*Images are stills from The Evil Dead 2 and Young Frankenstein and the album cover to MC Chris is Dead and all copyrights belong to their respective holders. Used for promotional and review purposes only.
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About Danno

Dan Lee is a horror fiction fiend, freelance writer and photographer living in the outer edge of a large, southern metropolis. His stories, articles, and photos have been featured in several ‘zines and websites and his fiction and other prose continues to be developed through this blog.
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