Larry Martino

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7 Super Spooky Songs For Your Halloween Playlist

Every Halloween party needs a great Halloween playlist. Now, you may have some other songs that you prefer. Music from the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to mind. But the ones listed below are some of the most popular Halloween songs. Here Are Some Fun Facts About Halloween I thought I’d do a little reading on to learn more about the history of Halloween. Basically, Halloween is a shortened term for All Hallow’s Eve. It’s a traditional Christian celebration the evening before All Saints’ Day. However, it wasn’t until the 1800’s that the celebration began to become popular in the United States. Generally, the Irish and Scottish people who migrated here during that century brought many Halloween customs with them. In fact, back in their home countries, they put a burning coal or candle inside a hollowed-out turnip or rutabaga. Once they arrived on our shores, they began to hollow-out and carve up the native pumpkin into a “jack-o-lantern.” So, what about trick-or-treating on Halloween? According to, this tradition began back in Europe as “souling.” Basically, groups of soulers would ask rich people for cakes. Then, in return, the soulers would pray for the souls of the people who gave them a cake. When did this tradition become trick-or-treating in North America? Probably in the early 1900’s. The earliest mention of the term in print comes from Alberta, Canada in 1927. Finally, the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween stems from the late 1800’s in Scotland and Ireland. Children would wear “false faces” and run around with lanterns during All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween. Subsequently, here in the U.S.A., Halloween costume parties for adults as well as children became popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Naturally, wearing costumes and trick-or-treating were eventually combined to celebrate Halloween. Some Honorable Mentions For Your Halloween Playlist Before we get to our suggestions for your Halloween playlist, we thought we’d hand out some honorable mentions. First, there are some cool “witch” songs like “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Witchy Woman” by Eagles. Then, you have the “evil” tunes such as “Evil Ways” by Santana and “Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra. Additionally, there are the “devil” songs like “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard and “Devil Inside” by INXS. But wait, there’s more! How about “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. And we cannot forget “Runnin’ With The Devil” by Van Halen. Of course, there's also "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo. That's become a cult classic over the years even though it never charted. But you can catch them performing it on screen in the classic Rodney Dangerfield comedy film Back to School. Now, on to our top seven scary songs for your Halloween playlist!

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