Who are we kidding? Everyone knows that half the fun of All Hallows Eve has as much to do with scaring the shit out of yourself watching horror movies as it does trick-or-treating, dressing up or throwing a spooky shindig. Well, lucky for you, MTV popularized the music video back in 1981 (it's a shame they broke from the fantastic programming to bring us such gems as Teen Mom and Jersey Shore). And seeing that there is no shortage of spooky music videos, we thought we'd populate a list of fantastic music videos that you should queue up for your masquerade party this year. Sure, everyone has their Halloween playlist, but can you really handle listening to Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" one more fucking time before you go all Jason Voorhees on your costumed guests? Throw these jewels on in the background during your shindig, and folks will most definitely dig your creativity and appreciation for visuals to go along with the audio. You're welcome.
Bauhaus – "Bela Lugosi's Dead" Minimalist and super creepy, Bauhaus had a hit on its hands with this video back in 1979 – a timeless classic that would be played thousands of times during Halloween for the next 20+ years. A stroke of sheer genius, though it was initially written and recorded only six weeks into the band's inception, the only other track that comes to mind that can even touch this song in terms of being festive for an occasion is Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)" – which is far less creepy and totally boring compared to Bauhaus.
Michael Jackson – "Thriller" You literally can't have Halloween without mentioning "Thriller" – much less without watching it at least a couple times. Not only does it show the King of Pop at, arguably, his most talented (and least creepy) era, but it features the true voice of Halloween – Vincent Price. The dance, the costumes, those glowing eyes – it just screams Halloween.
The North American Halloween Prevention Initiative – "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" Hipsters rejoice! In a ridiculous parody of the Band-Aid Christmas classic, this grouping of alt and indie artists created a supergroup of their own (consisting of members from Arcade Fire, Beck, Buck 65, David Cross, Feist, Les Savy Fav, Islands, Peaches, Postal Service, Rilo Kiley, Sloan, Sonic Youth, Sum 41, Elvira, Wolf Parade and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs amongst others). The crazy surreal video that was made in support of the track is obviously Halloween-oriented and silly. If you weren't aware of this project back when it came out in 2005, you should take the time to familiarize yourself now – even though it was a parody, they too donated the proceeds to UNICEF.
Dead Man's Bones – "Name in Stone" Ladies, relax. We're about to tell you about a band with Ryan Gosling in it. Excitement at this is surely understandable, but we're also going to mention that this is one of those celebrity bands that is actually fun and talented – crazy, right? Dead Man's Bones consists of Gosling, Zach Shields and the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir. The title of this song, and accompanying video, is in reference to a tombstone. It's a fun black-and-white video, lighthearted and a nice departure from the heavy, gothic undertones of other Halloween or spooky tracks.
Rob Zombie – "Dragula" What would Halloween be without a little Zombie? A classic from 1998, it features some awful green screen work (by design surely) of Robert driving around in the Munster Koach. Plus cameos by the devil, a giant killer robot from the old film The Phantom Creeps and everyone's favorite hawt undead Zombie wife – Sheri Moon.