Put these records on when you're tired of "Monster Mash."
So much of celebrating a holiday comes down to ambiance, and when it comes to Halloween, music can add as much to the festivities as costumes and candy. But what to listen to that's suitably creepy, but still sounds great? Anyone can put on "Monster Mash" or "Thriller," but in addition to these on-theme classics, here are 11 albums that hit that spooky sweet spot without being too on-the-nose.
Kanye's magnum opus includes Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse, one of the most important artworks about monsters of all time.
Witch hop at its finest, from rap's most creative provocateur.
Indisputably, one of pop's greatest, spooky-themed albums ever.
Goblin can be a difficult listen in 2020, but it's a reminder of the dark abysses that birthed one of hip-hop's most impactful innovators.
Classic freak folk to give you that creepy doll staring at you from a little girl's bedroom, feeling.
Ice Cold's half of OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below contains an entire song from the perspective of Dracula on his wedding day, and that's all you need to know.
Haunting vocals, dark topics, heavy bass and lots of reverb give this album some spooky season gusto.
A somber, moody trip through dark themes from the sullen rap king himself.
Tierra Whack's uncanny, colorful world puts enough of a macabre twist on everyday horrors to feel just the slightest bit unsettling.