Spooky Time: 31 Songs for October

The best month of the year is here! Check out this October inspired playlist to get in the spooky, autumnal mood. 

“Flying Delivery Service” by Joe Hisaishi 

Who wouldn’t want to be a witch living in a seaside town and working in a bakery with an adorable cat companion?

“Presumably Dead Arm (617 Sessions)” by Sidney Gish

A delightful tune about a zombie arm. 

“Campus” by Vampire Weekend

Channeling this song as I walk through campus. Wishing I studied romances. 

“Where You Lead” by Carole King

This is the Gilmore Girls theme song. Need I say more?

“Main Title” by Siddartha Khosla

A Story of Murder 1/3: What would Halloween season be without murders and mysteries? This selection is the main theme of Only Murders in the Building, one of my favorite shows of 2021. Also, Selena Gomez’s character, Mable, is peak autumn fashion.

“no body, no crime” by Taylor Swift feat. HAIM

A Story of Murder 2/3: A cheating, lying, murderous man is murdered by Taylor Swift and HAIM.

“Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” by Simon & Garfunkel

A Story of Murder 3/3: It’s a getaway job!

“Sisters of the Moon” by Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks is the witchy blueprint.

“Moonglow” by Billie Holiday

Autumn is for romanticizing love and life under the light of the moon.

“My Girlfriend is a Witch” by October Country

Good for the singer’s girlfriend.  

“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

A selection from an iconic Halloween CD I owned as a kid. Ah-OOOOOO. 

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, The Crypt-Kickers

Another selection from the iconic Halloween CD. An absolute graveyard smash. 

“Starman” by David Bowie

David Bowie, of the stars!

“She’s My Heroine” by Skunk Anansie

With this track, I am simultaneously thinking about women-led horror films and Skin’s spooky style.

“Working for the Knife” by Mitski

Mitski is back with this October 2021 release. Is there anything spookier than capitalism and work?

“Androgynous” by The Replacements

A shoutout to gender-affirming costumes and the opportunity to experiment with gender during Halloween.

“Khobs” by Issam Hajali

Sonically, It Feels Like Fall 1/3: Nostalgia 

“For Sure” by American Football

Sonically, It Feels Like Fall 2/3: In the Balance   

“Oh Well, OK” by Elliott Smith

Sonically, It Feels Like Fall 3/3: Little Bit of Sadness   

“Insides Out” by Kid Cudi

This Kid Cudi track has an eerie, pained vibe. 

“Voodoo Dolly” by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Creepy Dolls 1/2: Nothing spookier than Siouxsie Sioux singing about a little voodoo dolly.    

“End Credits” by Bruno Coulais, The Children’s Choir of Nice

Creepy Dolls 2/2: Coraline is the perfect movie to watch this spooky season.

“Suspirium” by Thom Yorke

Haunt 1/4: This haunting Thom Yorke track was made for the 2018 remake of Suspiria, a story about a coven of witches.

“Dance of Death” by Andrew Bird

Haunt 2/4: Andrew Bird’s violin will send a chill down your spine.

“The Ghost Has No Home” by Cocteau Twins, Harold Budd

Haunt 3/4: Thinking about the spirits trying to find their way back home this Halloween.

“A Secret in the Wall” by Daniel Hart

Haunt 4/4: This Daniel Hart arrangement was made for A Ghost Story, a 2017 film about love, loss, and time.

“Orange” by Big Thief

Adrianne Lenker’s voice is magic. 

“Moon Song” by Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridger’s voice is magic.

“Bad Magic” by Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood’s voice is magic.

“A Princess” by Javier Navarrete

Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite Halloween-adjacent films. Guillermo Del Toro is the master of magic and monsters. 

“I’m Going Home” by Tim Curry

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is another one of my favorite Halloween-adjacent films of all time. Tim Curry forever!

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About Emily Guske

Emily (she/her) is a first-year graduate student researching energy governance with a specific focus on the politics of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Illinois and Iowa. You can catch her browsing the record store, plugging away at her never ending to-be-read list, or dreaming about running through the streets of New York to David Bowie’s “Modern Love”.

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