It's officially October: cue the handful of predictable songs reserved for Halloween every year!
No disrespect to MJ's "Thriller," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," or Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash," but we're a little tired of the typical "spooky" jams, so we found some alternatives.
Here's our Top 10 picks of indie songs to add to your Halloween playlist. (Bonus: numbers 1, 2, 8, and 9 are songs from bands from California).
You may want to play this instrumental (on repeat) for trick-or-treaters this year.2. Queen Kwong - "Cold Daggers"
Even this music video -- from L.A.'s badass Queen Kwong -- is spooky.3. The Postmarks - "Every Day Is Halloween"
If you're a fan of new wave synthpop, you'll love the original song by Ministry even more.4. The Kills - "Superstition"
Alison Mosshart's breathy vocals will help you justify your sexy Halloween costume this year.5. The King Khan & BBQ Show - "Zombies"
If you don't like this garage rock song, well... "I don't give a fuuuuuuck!"6. The Radiacs - "She's My Witch"
This rockabilly cover of Kip Tyler's 1958 underrated original will make you want to shake your pompadour.7. Electric Tickle Machine - "Bones"
This indie rock band from NYC knows a lot about creating catchy songs and very little about creating a decent band name.8. The Cramps - "Human Fly"
The top YouTube comment from David Wiseman says it all: "Sounds like something you hear at the beginning of a Tarantino movie."9. The Growlers - "Graveyard's Full"
This song from Costa Mesa's "beach goth" band is equal parts scary and political.
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You had us at "mandible."