Here it is! This year’s Halloween Party Playlist:
I have spent quite a bit of time refining it to just the right mixture of the following:
1. Silly Classic Halloween Songs (aka. Monster Mash)
2. TV Themes from Halloween genres (Addams Family, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
3. Modern Artists/Pop Songs with a Halloween Theme (“She Wolf” by Shakira, “Disturbia” by Rihanna, “Thriller” Micheal Jackson)
4. Modern Artist Song with an appropriately “spooky” vibe/feel (“Freaks” by The Hawk in Paris, “Bad Things” by The Cults, “Howlin’ For You” by the Black Keys)
5. A few quirky choices that fall basically within theme or vibe (“Secret” by The Pierces, “Little Ghost” by The White Stripes)
6. A couple “meant to be a joke” songs, that actually turn funny great Halloween additions (“Demon Woman” by Flight of the Conchords, and “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Morgan.) If you haven’t heard these hilarious treasures – go listen now!
7. The occasional sound effect just for fun (a “wolf howl” or “rustling breeze” or “ghost moan”)
As always, a party playlist is a challenge. You want to get the right vibe and energy level. The music should excite and supplement the party, not overpower it or drag it down. It’s all about the tempo, the vibe, and the fun!
For a large party (like this one) you want to keep the general tempo at a certain level, so that everyone’s energy level stays Up! and Excited!
There are lots of really great Halloween-y songs out there with a really cool creepy vibe, that I excluded based on the likelihood that they might bring the energy level down too much. (For example, Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” or Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”). If I were hosting more a dinner party, with a more mellow vibe, I would definitely have included more of these types of songs.
Also, there are some really loud, harsh rock songs (some even genuinely frightening) that are just too loud and overbearing for a mix-and-mingle party. (For example, Marilyn Manson’s cover of “This is Halloween” or “Black No. 1” by Type O Negative.) If a song is so overpowering that it would block out conversation, or have people covering their ears, or make everyone in the room feel oppressed, then it’s not quite right for a party, in my opinion.
Also – please note – this was an adult party. If I were planning a party with young children, the playlist would probably be different. Know your audience!
Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know I am a huge crazy fan of Spotify. LOVE MY SPOTIFY!
But at this year’s party I found a new drawback, and an easy way to overcome it. We had it set up so that one computer was connected to speakers in two rooms – the kitchen and bedroom, and another computer was connected to speakers in living room and deck.
I didn’t realize this would be a problem until Bruce encouraged a trial run of the music (benefits of a musician husband – he takes the music seriously! And I am lucky he does, because I discovered a BIG problem.)
Due to Spotify non-sharing rules, you cannot stream one single playlist from one account simultaneously on two machines. WOW! Makes sense, when you think about the reasons, but I had just encountered a big party problem.
Well, it was actually a very easy solution – I just had to download the full playlist on to both machines and then disable the streaming (take them offline). Then the off-line downloaded playlist played through on both machines at the same time with no trouble!
Hope this playlist is as fun for you as it was for us!