The nights are getting longer and darker, there’s a pronounced chill in the air, and the leaves are changing colors and slowing dying before our eyes—it’s time for Halloween! GenTwenty is here to advise you on how to get yourself into the proper spirit for Halloween, and nothing puts people in the mood quite like music. Whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a sensual date night, music can set the ideal tone and put everyone in the perfect mood. So just in time for Halloween, here is a compilation of the best spooky tunes for your wickedly macabre night:

“Creepshow” by Kerli

Never heard of Kerli before? Let us introduce you. This little-known pop star hails from Estonia, but don’t think she’s all rainbows and sunshine. Kerli has a definite spooky side to her and has coined the term “bubblegoth” to describe her sense of style, which is a fusion of classical goth with light and fun elements. “Creepshow” is one of her weirder — albeit, catchy — tracks and sets the tone for a fun All Hallow’s Eve out with your friends.

“Dragula” by Rob Zombie

With titles like “Werewolf Women of the SS” and “Living Dead Girl,” Rob Zombie proves that any song out of his discography could be played at a Halloween party. A rockabilly dance Halloween party, that is! His thudding bass drum rhythms and grinding guitar riffs will put everyone in the mood to rock out while his song titles can be used as inspiration for next year’s costume. Give “Dragula” a spin for the simple fact that it was inspired by Grandpa Munster’s car off the classic family horror show, “The Munsters.”

“Antichrist Superstar” by Marilyn Manson

Mr. Manson is another artist who’s always got the creep factor turned up to a solid eleven. The majority of his songs could also be used as Halloween inspiration, but we’re featuring “Antichrist Superstar” because of how eerie it is in comparison to the rest of Manson’s discography.  The lyrics paint a vivid scene of an apocalyptic setting in which the act of repentance appears to be the only sliver of hope for anyone left alive.

“I Love the Dead” by Alice Cooper

Much respect should be given to Alice Cooper for being one of the first major musicians to meld together aspects of horror and theatricality with music. He dresses for Halloween every day and has inspired the likes of Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Black Veil Brides, King Diamond, and KISS in terms of stage presence and appearance. For an extra dose of creepiness, give “I Love the Dead” a listen.

“Give Me Your Soul” by King Diamond

Not only is he spooky, but King Diamond is also award-worthy!  This Danish rocker was actually nominated for a Grammy. In “Give Me Your Soul,” Diamond spins the tale of a little girl who has a disagreement with her father. The lyrics might put you in a state of unease, but try to appreciate the talent showcased by the guitarists.

“The Goat” by Sopor Aeturnus

While the other songs on this list have been kind of fun and a little weird at worst, this track is just plain chilling. Perhaps save this song until the end of your Halloween party when you want everyone to leave. The droning music alone is enough to put anyone on edge, but the grating vocals of “The Goat” are sure to get under your skin.

“…And Then She Bled” by Suicide Silence

…And then there’s this song.  If “The Goat” doesn’t get everyone to clear out of your house, this song certainly will. And they probably won’t be back for Thanksgiving. “…And Then She Bled” doesn’t exactly have lyrics. If you listen to the words you’ll hear a 911 phone call taking place between a male phone operator and a woman who has called in to say that her friend has been attacked by a monkey.  Maybe the way I describe it sounds kind of cute, but listen to the song and let me know how sweetly you sleep tonight afterwards.

Whether you want to put everyone in the proper party mood or you just really want to scare and scar everybody — including yourself — there’s a song off this list for you.  Have a Happy Halloween and sweet dreams!

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