happy halloween from khaki shorts!

Here is my Halloween joke:

Q: What do mummies like listening to?

A: Wrap music!

(ba dum ching! i’ll be here all night!)

(ok, i’m sorry.)

I’ve been celebrating Halloween all month by working Boo at the Zoo! This year I made a new pre-show Halloween playlist, so, to celebrate this spooky night on the blog I thought I’d share it with you!

Without further ado…


1. Ghostbusters: This is an obvious choice. We play this before every Boo at the Zoo show and I’m not even being sarcastic when I say it never gets old. This bad boy was all the rage when I was in Kindergarten and it’s still a classic. ‘Bustin’ makes me feel good!

2. Witchy Woman, The Eagles:  Totally timeless, this song gets you in the right sort of “witchy” mood for a spooky evening.

3. I Put a Spell on You, Creedence Clearwater Revival:
Made famous to my generation by Bette Midler’s performance in the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, I couldn’t find the movie version so Creedence Clearwater’s rendition was the next best thing. I love the guitar on this one.

4. Monster Mash: Corny? Perhaps. But necessary on any Halloween playlist.

5. Purple People Eater: See above.

6. Somebody’s Watching Me, Rockwell:  Is it dumb of me to have just discovered this song this year? Well, it’s a good one. Background vocals from none other than Michael Jackson to boot, and very timely in our current era of drones and Edward Snowden.

7. Time Warp, Rocky Horror Picture Show: This song is just so darn fun to listen and dance to.

8. X-Files Theme Song: The ultimate in scary, good fun. I used to be so terrified of the X-Files, but oh, so fascinated too. This little diddy brings me back to many a sleepover watching Scully and Mulder.

9. Hedwig’s Theme, Harry Potter Soundtrack:  I love the first few notes of this song. Brings me chills every time. Harry Potter anything is always appropriate, but especially around Halloween time. 

10. Dark Horse, Katy Perry: I read somewhere that this song was inspired by The Craft (which happened to be my little sister’s favorite movie when she was in Kindergarten. Weird? Yes.) making it a great Halloween jam when you’re ready for a little more of a pop/rap mix.

11. Nightmare on My Street, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Did I say rap? Well, here’s your real Halloween rap. I discovered this song this year and it is GREAT. Basically take The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rap and add silly lyrics about Freddy Kruger and there ya go. Good, Halloween fun.

12. Witchcraft, Frank Sinatra: A little Frank can never hurt to class a list up a bit.

13.Thriller, Michael Jackson: Obviously.

14. Haunted, Taylor Swift: This one was the most controversial addition to the pre-show playlist, but, hey, I needed another song and this one is called Haunted (very Halloween-y) plus I liked the violins. Haters gonna hate, people.

What do you think of the Halloween playlist? Which songs would you add or veto?

Now go out and rot your teeth with candy corn! Happy Halloween!