13 Halloween Dance Songs

Add These Spooky Songs to Your Halloween Playlist

Halloween at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix
Desert Ridge Marketplace, used with permission

If you’re lucky enough to go to a school that throws a Halloween-themed dance, you’re in for a night filled with candy, costumes, and creepy décor! The DJ will probably play tried-and-true Halloween dance songs like “Thriller” and “Monster Mash.” For a new twist, get the DJ to add these spooky, haven't-been-thought-of Halloween songs to the playlist. Your dance will really get going!

Note: Get in touch with the DJ about two weeks before your dance to make sure they have these songs loaded up and ready to play. As a back-up, bring your own Halloween mix CD or playlist loaded onto an MP3 player or memory stick.

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Ke$ha – “Cannibal” (2010)

Kesha. Photo by Neil Lupin / Redferns

Professional party girl Ke$ha declares that she’s a cannibal, she’ll eat boys up and then drink their blood. The lyrics are creepy and the beat is so hard that it’ll make even the most dance-floor-shy guy want to jump up and down.

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My Chemical Romance – “Dead” (2008)

The macabre rockers manage to turn a song about a person who died in a hospital bed into something that’s absolutely dance-able. This tune will please rock and pop lovers alike.

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The Killers – “White Demon Love Song” (2009)

When it’s time for a slow dance, this song will set a romantic but spooky vibe. Plus, it’s straight off “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack, which Twi-hards will adore.

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Christina Aguilera – “Show Me How You Burlesque” (2010)

Halloween is all about costumes, and so is burlesque dancing! This song is fast, sexy and easy to strut to. It’s straight off the “Burlesque” movie soundtrack.

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Rihanna – “Disturbia” (2008)

Rihanna goes a bit crazy in this song- she has a diseased mind and feels like she’s going insane in a place called “Disturbia.” It’s dark, but perfect for dancing.

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Aqua – “Halloween” (2000)

The dance-pop duo who brought you “Barbie Girl” also released this song about a nightmarish trick-or-treat experience. This song is recommended for dance-goers on the younger side.

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Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)

All the people at this party are dead, and to gain admission, you’ll have to leave your body at the door. This is a classic 80s dance beat with plenty of synthesizers, and a perfect Halloween dance song.

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Lady Gaga – “Monster” (2009)

What if you turned to your date and they had suddenly transformed into a monster? Lady Gaga claims that a boy she once knew is actually a monster who ate her heart in this groove.

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TLC - “Creep” (1994)

Throw some 90’s R&B into your Halloween playlist with the song by girl group TLC. It’s about a lonely girl who’s longing for her ex. “So I creep, yeah. Just keep it on the down low.”

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Rick James – “Super Freak” (1981)

This is an ode to a super freaky girl, “the kind you don’t take home to mama,” and the kind whose favorite holiday is probably Halloween. Rick James’ sometimes-creepy voice adds to the Halloween-ness of this song.

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Glee Cast – “Time Warp” (2010)

“Time Warp” from the cult movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a classic Halloween song. Instead of playing the original, try the version by the cast of “Glee.”

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Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Halloween” (1981)

“Trick or treat, trick or treat, the bitter and the sweet!” Add some 80s punk rock to your Halloween dance with this homage to the spooky holiday.

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Total Coelo – “Dracula’s Tango (Sucker for Your Love)” (1982)

This song describes a spooky moonlit night… you know, the kind perfect for a Halloween dance. The beat will make you want to chant, dance and move your feet!

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Classic Halloween Dance Songs

Of course, no Halloween dance song compilation would be complete without these classics:

  • "Addams Groove" by MC Hammer.
  • "Ghost Busters Theme" the original version or the remix by Spooky.
  • "Little Shop of Horrors" from the Broadway musical of the same name.
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby Boris Pickett or try the 80s version by Sha Na Na.
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, of course.