’Toban tracks — Halloween party

Halloween bangers to party to or be scared by

Halloween music is a bit of a nebulous thing. Obviously, there are things like “Monster Mash,” “Thriller” or “Ghostbusters,” the novelty hits that only apply to Halloween. But who actually wants to listen to “Monster Mash?” 

This playlist opens up the criteria a bit. I have designed the playlist for an imagined Halloween party with a very open-minded audience. The songs either have imagery of death, darkness, ghosts, monsters or a certain Halloween vibe that you could imagine in a horror movie.

For instance, The Weeknd’s “Gasoline” is a Halloween song to me because he uses a weird voice that sounds like Dracula. That is the level of Halloween standards I am working with.

Starting off with a bang I have Vancouver, B.C. punks the Subhumans with “Death To The Sickoids,” which I imagine playing over a montage of zombies being killed. This leads into Nelly Furtado’s classic “Maneater,” which is followed by the clanging cannibalistic spoken word piece “Friends Laughed At Him” by unsung sound art pioneers Intersystems, a song that actually kind of scares me. 

Some of the songs here are a bit scary, like Backxwash’s harrowing “WAIL OF THE BANSHEE” or Alex G’s whispery “Blessing,” but mostly this playlist is a raging good time.

Listen in a dark forest or while dancing costumed. Happy Halloween!


Death To The Sickoids — The Subhumans, Vancouver Complication


Maneater — Nelly Furtado, Loose


Friends Laughed At Him — Intersystems, Peachy


Heads Will Roll – A-Trak Remix Radio Edit — Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A-Trak


Gasoline — The Weeknd, Dawn FM




Yes Love, My Soul is Black — Venetian Snares, Winter in the Belly of a Snake


Vamp Anthem — Playboi Carti, Whole Lotta Red


Graveyard Chamber — Gravediggaz, 6 Feet Deep


Oblivion — Grimes, Visions


Far Too Frail — Skinny Puppy, Remission


Nicki Inside — Howard Shore, Videodrome (The Complete Restored Score)


Blessing — Alex G, God Save The Animals


Corpse Pose — Unwound, Repetition


Obedear — Purity Ring, Shrines


The Killing Moon — Echo & the Bunnymen, Ocean Rain


Hammer Horror — Kate Bush, Lionheart


The Mad Scientist — The Zanies, Make Mine Mondo!


666 — Anvil, Metal On Metal


Disturbia — Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded


SCARED 2 DEATH — Black Dresses, Peaceful as Hell

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