Mod­ern Hal­loween Playlist Es­sen­tials

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - ALEX HUD­SON

We all know “Thriller” and “Mon­ster Mash,” so here are some more re­cent must-haves for your spooky Hal­loween playlist.

THE COURTNEYS “LOST BOYS”

This peppy seven-minute indie pop jam is given a dose of eeri­ness by a re­verb-soaked re­frain about a “vam­pire teenage boyfriend.”

KIDS SEE GHOSTS “KIDS SEE GHOSTS”

With a hyp­notic beat, Kid Cudi’s word­less moans and a mantra-like re­frain about ghosts, this is Kanye’s best Hal­loween jam since “Mon­ster.”

COLIN STET­SON “PARTY, CRASH”

Lit­er­ally any track from the Hered­i­tary sound­track is ter­ri­fy­ing, but this one is a stand­out be­cause of the per­cus­sive qual­ity of the chill­ing sax drones.

GRIMES “KILL V. MAIM”

Be­tween the cute-but-scary screams and lyrics that Grimes has said are in­spired by “God­fa­ther with vam­pires,” this one is a thrill ride.

GHOST “WITCH IM­AGE”

The Swedish hor­ror-rock band match bright, heavy gui­tars with com­i­cally ghoul­ish lyrics like “Some­one’s flesh is rot­ting tonight.”

BLACK MOUN­TAIN “CEME­TERY BREED­ING”

The Van­cou­ver rock­ers con­jure a mood that’s both scary and sexy, with ghostly synth tones and lyrics about “fuck­ing in the grave­yard.”

DEATH GRIPS “BLACK PAINT”

Ca­cophonous punk rap and growling shouts about “Satanic urges” make this a par­tic­u­larly in­tense and sin­is­ter banger.

JOHN CAR­PEN­TER “DIS­TANT DREAM”

The Hal­loween direc­tor and com­poser has re­leased stand-alone al­bums in re­cent years, and this in­stru­men­tal is a de­light­fully campy ker­nel of sonic candy corn.

GRIMES

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