It’s HALLOWEEN, and I hope there’s a whole bunch of fun and scares and candy for y’all tonight!  And what better way to celebrate musically than with a deliciously unholy match-up of Tim Burton and Marilyn Manson? Here’s Manson’s cover of “This Is Halloween!”

And, for a bit of a palate cleanser, here’s Fiona Apple’s cover of “Sally’s Song.”

Don’t Fear The Reaper

No list of creepy music would be complete without this classic by Blue Oyster Cult. I know I’ve cranked this song up to 11 while speeding down the interstate in the middle of the night, windows open and wind whipping my hair as the moonlit road races beneath the wheels.

And there’s cowbell. The only cure for a fever.

Don’t fear the reaper, man.


Tim Burton is the undisputed king of quirky, endearing horror. We’ll visit The Nightmare Before Christmas later, but for now let’s enjoy a scene from the iconic Beetlejuice. The people in this clip find themselves supernaturally compelled to dance to Harry Belafonte, and I dare you to watch and listen and not find yourself compelled to do the same.

Harry Belafonte, via Beetlejuice, with “Day-O.”


Tonight is the full moon, and what better way to celebrate than with werewolves?

And vodka.

Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” is a classic, but I like this cover by Masha because it’s so slinky and sensual, it gives me shivers.  Yes, it’s a commercial for vodka. I’ll take it.

Enjoy the song, and watch yourselves out there. The wolves are on the prowl.

Dressing up

One of the most fun things about Halloween are the costumes.  The tradition is rooted in the notion that on Halloween night, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is very thin, allowing all sorts of entities to cross over.  People wore scary costumes so that the evil spirits would think they were one of them and not do them harm.  In modern times, however, things have changed significantly.  Nowadays we often dress up as things we admire and want to be.  We enjoy putting on a face, and stepping into a role, just to see how it feels.  We emulate, and we also make fun.

This is a cover of a Michael Jackson song, and the whole video is exactly that: emulation, and making fun.  Everyone is dressing up in homage to Jackson, delivering tricks as well as treats.  This is “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm.

Haunted by the promises I’ve made, and others I have broken

Hauntings happen when there’s a failure to move on from the past. According to lore, people become ghosts when they’re unable to be at rest due to some unresolved issue, some inability to accept the past and let go.  And I think that’s the key to any sort of haunting, literal or figurative.  People are haunted when they are unable to let go, of a lost love, of a trauma, of things that were and things that could have been but weren’t.  Poe deals with that head on in this song, “Haunted.”

Listen, and consider: what haunts you?