I know this is a little off-genre (and kind of cheating, if I’m being honest), but I thought I might share with a candid world my one-and-only Halloween playlist, which I’ve been curating on Spotify for the last few years. I’m actually really proud of this playlist and from October 1st to November 1st, I’ll listen to it non-stop to get that spooky season spirit goin’. I’m a majorly festive nerd and I’m not afraid to admit it!
But seriously, everyone is so enthralled by Christmas music as if it’s the only holiday with music associated with it. (Granted, it pretty much is.) And I get it; I enjoy my fair share of its irresistibly sentimental charm once that fateful season rolls around… but only when that fateful season rolls around.
I’m a real curmudgeon when it comes to people playing Christmas music anytime before Thanksgiving. Early November I can forgive, but early October? Abominable. Thus was my gripe this past Wednesday, when I walked into my favorite coffee shop to find “O Come Emanuel” playing over the speakers. At first I thought it was a mistake, but no–the baristas, who obviously had control of the AUX cord in this situation, had willingly put on Christmas music in a premature show of anticipation for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
I nearly flipped a table. Metaphorically, I mean. In reality, I ordered a pumpkin spice beverage and did my work with my headphones in, listening to–you guessed it–my Halloween playlist.
Therefore, in an act of retaliation, I’m going to push my agenda on all of you unsuspecting readers, some of whom may be the Christmas-music-in-October type. (If you are, no hard feelings. I really don’t care when or where you listen to Christmas music on your own time. If, however, you are a barista who subjects their paying customers to your Yuletide proclivities, then shame on you. Shame, I say!)
After all, there’s actually a lot of music that can be considered appropriate for Halloween. A surprising amount, in fact, though it’s not always intentional. So why don’t we go around singing Halloween carols and getting exciting about that? Because Halloween is a creepy glorification of death and fear at worst and an excuse to cosplay and eat candy at best?
Oh yeah, probably.
Well, in spite of all that, I’m sharing my playlist anyway via embedding it here directly from Spotify! I actually got this idea from Faye of Female Original, who does these really cool monthly themed playlists, which you should totally check out. Her October playlist is Folk and Country, which is perfect for some autumnal hay ride’n and apple pick’n and bonfire have’n. Hey, October isn’t just about the spooky season. It’s about that bountiful fall harvest!
But in case you’re as much of a Halloween nerd as I am, here’s something a little more… festive. Oh, and if any of these songs don’t seem to fit, it’s probably because I added them by association.
Have any songs you think I should add, or any oddball Halloween traditions of your own that you’d like to share? Comment below!