Spotify has now jumped in front of Pandora to become the most popular music streaming service in the world. If you’re one of the service’s free or premium listeners, finding the right music for this year’s Halloween party shouldn’t be a problem. Because Spotify has a seemingly unlimited supply of Halloween playlists to choose from.
Are you inviting some coworkers to your party? Or will your friends be bringing their children? It doesn’t matter who’s attending your Halloween party — Spotify has you covered.
Below are nine Halloween-themed playlists you can pull up on Spotify. (And don’t forget that you can build your own Halloween playlist and invite guests to collaborate with you, too.)
For a Children’s Halloween Party: Fearsome Halloween Essentials
You’ve got to be careful when the munchkins are involved. Any Halloween party where kids are present should keep songs with explicit lyrics to a minimum. You don’t have to worry about any of that with the Fearsome Halloween Essentials album by Halloween Kids.
The album is a mashup of covers from various hits over the years, all redesigned with a semi-spooky All Hallows’ Eve feel. It includes hits like “Highway to Hell,” “Superfreak,” “Ghostbusters,” “Disturbia,” and yes, “Monster Mash.”
The great thing about this playlist is that it’s so versatile. Just because it was put together for kids, doesn’t mean they’re the only ones that will enjoy it. But if you’re looking for something safe to play for those kids during their spooky Halloween party, this is a great choice.
For Kids (and Adults) Who Love Disney: Disney Halloween
You can’t go wrong with a playlist of curated tracks from Walt Disney Records. Disney Halloween includes not just Disney-themed tracks like “This is Halloween” (from The Nightmare Before Christmas) but also full covers produced with a little more electric gusto! Try “Monster Mash” by Goofy, “I Put a Spell on You” by Freak on a Leash, or “E.V.I.L. B.O.Y.S.” by Candace of Phineas and Ferb.
Love Disney? Adore Halloween? Want a spooky playlist that merges the two? Then look no further!
For an All-Ages Halloween Party: Halloween by Ryan Willey
Want something a little more insightful, yet family friendly? Check out Halloween by Ryan Willey.
This playlist is family-friendly with songs from the Ghostbusters and Batman soundtracks, and would do well as background noise at a seasonal friends-and-family gathering.
You’ll also get music like “Burn the Witch” by Queens of the Stone Age, haunting compositions from the Silent Hill soundtrack, “Howl” by Florence + The Machine, and “Out of the Fire” by Digital Daggers.
For Modern Tunes at Halloween: Halloween Hipster
Don’t shy away from this playlist just because it has “hipster” in the name. If you’re looking to spice up your Halloween party with some modern-yet-spooky tunes then Halloween Hipster is your best bet. It was put together by the Spotify team, so consider yourself official.
It’s an absolutely massive playlist full of newer releases that fit this time of year. Starting with “Howlin’ For You” by the Black Keyes and running the gamut to “Cannibal” by Kesha, you can see why this is a great selection.
The playlist also includes a variety of music genres so each of your guests should get to hear something they like. There’s rap, alternative, hard rock, and even oldies like “Monster Mash.” Artists include Frank Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Kanye, and Tenacious D.
For Your Teenager’s Halloween Party: Halloween Teens
Teens are much harder to please than younger children, especially when it comes to parties. More often than not, choosing a playlist for them will result in serious embarrassment for all concerned, except for that one uber-geeky Dad burning it up on the dance floor.
Halloween Teens has you covered. It’s another official Spotify playlist featuring greats like Michael Jackson and AC/DC, but there’s also some modern flavor from Rihanna, Eminem, and Imagine Dragons thrown in for good measure.
For a College Halloween Party: Halloween Party
If you only trust the professional curators, the Spotify team has just the playlist for you. Yep, this one’s another official soundtrack.
Accurately named Halloween Party, it comprises of over 50 tracks like “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “Sugar – Remix” by Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj, and last — but certainly not least — One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”.
Overall, this playlist is a good mix of classic songs and modern tracks to keep your guests guessing what’s coming next.
For an Office Halloween Party: Creepy Classics or Ultimate Halloween
The Creepy Classics playlist from Spotify Australia and New Zealand definitely earns its name.
On the list are songs like “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Creep” by Radiohead, “Ghost Town” by Adam Lambert, “Sweet Dreams” by Marilyn Manson, and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder (a must-have). There are some decent dance tunes here, but this playlist is primarily meant to be a great background soundtrack.
Alternatively, you could also go with the the Ultimate Halloween playlist, which is another official Spotify option. This playlist features a wide variety of oldies-but-goodies, as well as a little Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Lady Gaga.
For a Little Bit of Everything: Halloween Dance Mix by Emily Strawn
Yes, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is on the list. You can also find some emo-kid favorites like “Bulletproof Heart” by My Chemical Romance, “Somewhere in Neverland” by All Time Low, “Get the Party Started” by P!nk, “Applause” by Lady Gaga, and “Midnight City” by M83.
Don’t worry, some dance anthems are included too. It’s a package deal with “Cupid Shuffle,” “Cha Cha Slide”, and more.
Which Spotify Playlists Will You Choose?
Even with all of the playlists included here, there are plenty of others available to choose from on Spotify, with more being added as users and official Spotify channels gear up for Halloween.
Which of these playlists will you use to set the tone for your party? Or, if you plan to create your own playlist, what are the must-have Halloween songs you’re definitely going to include? Please let us know in the comments below!