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7 Spooky Halloween Tunes

On the street I live on, well over a thousand kids will appear on this spooky night (we hand out, oh, about $300 worth of candy in a couple of hours,  no joke). The town literally blocks off my street for several hours, it’s such a big thing.  Will I have fun scaring the crap out of small children, and handing out ready-to-eat diabetic comas in small packages? You bet!

Given the article title, I find it impossible to begin this without the following being the first selection.

1. Classics IV – “Spooky”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpo9KZYJ4sA

Before there was an Alice Cooper, a Kiss, a Marilyn Manson, there was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Accept no substitutes.

2. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell On You”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc

“The Crypt Kicker 5.”

3. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHyRQOdqf0

I bet you remember this as the opening theme from the classic Vincent Price movie The Abominable Doctor Phibes.

4. Mendelssohn – “War March of the Priests”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG0KpGkqyPo

Superstition?  Black cats, witches, ghosts, monsters?  Nah, couldn’t actually happen…could it?!

Me, superstitious?  Listen, just because I anointed my home with Holy Water for this evening is no reason to believe I am such. Perish the thought!

5. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CFuCYNx-1g

No such list would be complete without this classic.  I have to hand it to MJ, this was very cool and utterly ghastly.

6. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEHsIcsjtdI

And from the masters of the dark, the sinister — oh yes, Black Sabbath.

7. Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”