Rock it: Your monster bash, free of the ‘Monster Mash’

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock it: Your monster bash, free of the ‘Monster Mash’

Monster Mash graphic by TJ


As amusing as it is to hear Bobby Pickett’s cartoonish “Monster Mash” while elementary kids parade in school hallways in costume, Halloween has developed into an adult holiday, not just with family-oriented trick-or-treating.

Competition with intricate costumes, festive alcoholic drinks, more horror and slasher movie releases then ever before: Adults deserve a Halloween party, too, after we have outgrown picking up free candy in pumpkin buckets.

Here is a diverse, thorough playlist, free of “The Monster Mash” for your grown-up Halloween adventures:

  • Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures – “Transylvania Terror Train” and “Honky Tonk Halloween”

Introduced in Rob Zombie’s film “Halloween II,” Captain Clegg is a great psychobilly, horror-infused rock ‘n’ roll band that has a country twang. The songs are fun and it is easy to dance to “Zombie A Go Go.”

  • Rob Zombie/White Zombie — “Living Dead Girl,” “House of 1000 Corpses,” “American Witch,” “Spiderbaby,” “Grindhouse,” “I’m your Boogieman”

Zombie creations, film or music, will fit the Halloween theme.

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince — “Nightmare on My Street”

This is a humorous, play-on-words rap tune that parallels the classic Freddy Krueger films.

  • Michael Jackson — “Thriller”

Unlike me, some people like Michael Jackson’s music — “Thriller” is for you.

  • Nekromantix — “Gargoyles of Copenhagen” and “Haunted Cathouse”
  • Santana — “Black Magic Woman”
  • Snoop Dogg — “Murder Was the Case”
  • The Eagles — “Witchy Woman”
  • Dr.Dre — “Natural Born Killaz”
  • ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show ‘ soundtrack — “Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite”
  • Donovan — “Season of the Witch”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival — Bad Moon Rising”
  • Van Halen — “Running with the Devil”
  • Warren Zevon — “Werewolves of London”
  • Rihanna — “Disturbia”
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins — “I Put a Spell on You”
  • KISS — “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose,” “Psycho Circus”
  • Marilyn Manson — “This is Halloween,” “The Fight Song,” “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”
  • GWAR — “Zombies, March!,” “Let us Slay”
  • Electric Frankenstein — “Monster Demolisher,” “Stomp,” “Carnivorous Priest”
  • Groovie Ghoulies — “(She’s My) Vampire Girl,” “Till Death Do Us Party,” “Deviltown”
  • Bloodbath — “Breeding Death”
  • Misfits — “Skulls,” “Halloween”
  • Koffin Kats — “Chainsaw Massacre,” “Graveyard Tree”
  • Trans-Sylvanian Orchestra — “Music of the Night”
  • Calabrese — “Inside the Coffin,” “Midnight Spook Show”
  • The 69 Eyes — “The Good, the Bad, and the Undead”
  • The Creepshow — “Zombies Ate Her Brain”
  • Zombie Ghost Train — “Bats in the Belfry”
  • Stone Sour — “Say You’ll Haunt Me”
  • Blitzkid — “Terror in the Haunted House”
  • Kanye West — “Monster”
  • Iron Maiden — “The Evil That Men Do”
  • Elvis Presley — “Witchcraft”

Did I miss any of your favorites? Send me an email and I will add them online.

Mattice is a producer and music journliast for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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