1. The Cramps, "Zombie Dance"
This rockabilly toe tapper is a low-down, dirty party jam that could melt facepaint. R.I.P. Lux Interior.
2. Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer"
A somewhat nonsense take that's partly sung in French on the perils of serial killers and how obvious it is that they're seriously disturbed individials. However, do not use the song's lyrics as a template for identifying potentially dangerous people in your own life. You will only get confused.
3. The Shaggs, "It's Halloween"
Cult legends The Shaggs deliver a wholesome, giggle-worthy take on the childhood joys of Halloween, unlike the rest of our morbid playlist. Obviously none of the band members (who are all sisters) can play in time with one another, but that hasn't stopped them from being called "better than the Beatles" (Frank Zappa) and on par with Ornette Coleman (NPR).
4. Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
Released in 1979 as the band's first single, this creepy classic about the original Dracula actor would forever define Bauhaus as coffin-dwelling, vampire-loving goth demi-gods. They get bonus points for the copious use of messed up guitar effects and negative space, both of which play tricks on your mind.
5. The Misfits, "Vampira"
There's nothing like romancing the dead (or undead, in this case) on Halloween. The lyrics, inspired by the campy 50s character of the same name, are like a series of freaky come-ons to this fictional mistress of darkness. "Two inch nails/Micro waist/With a pale white feline face"...at barely more than a minute, this barnstormer's perfect for parties where there's room for a circle pit.