Spooky Folk Music to Get You in the Halloween Mood

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Looking for some spooky folk music to get you in the Halloween mood? Look no further! Here are some of our favorite tracks to help you get into the spirit of the season.


Halloween is a time for spooks, thrills, and chills. And what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by listening to some spooky folk music?

Folk music has a long history of being used to tell stories, and many of those stories are about ghosts, witches, and other supernatural creatures. So whether you’re looking for a song to set the mood for your Halloween party or just want to get yourself in the holiday spirit, here are some of the best spooky folk songs to help you do just that.

“The Witch of Coosey Hill” by Steeleye Span
“The Devil’s Arithmetic” by Katie Melua
“The Three Ravens” by Anne Hills
“Blackbird” by Loreena McKennitt
“Barbara Allen” by Emmylou Harris
“I Saw Three Ships” by Sting
“Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band

This southern rock classic has all the makings of a great Halloween song – eerie fiddles, references to the devil, and a spooky story. The tale of a young boy named Johnny who makes a bet with the devil himself is sure to send chills down your spine, and the fast-paced fiddle playing will get your toes tapping.

“The Legend of Wooley Swamp” by Charlie McCoy

“The Legend of Wooley Swamp” is a song by Charlie McCoy that tells the story of a group of men who get lost in the swamp and are never seen again. This song is perfect for getting you in the mood for Halloween.

“The Ghost of John” by Johnny Cash

“The Ghost of John” by Johnny Cash is a haunting folk ballad that is perfect for getting you into the Halloween spirit. The song tells the story of a man who is visited by the ghost of his dead friend, and the two of them spend the night reminiscing about their shared past. The song is full of ethereal images and chilling lyrics, making it the perfect soundtrack for a night of Halloween fun.

“O Death” by Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley’s “O Death” is a perfect example of spooky folk music to get you in the Halloween mood. The dark and somber lyrics, combined with Stanley’s eerie voice, make for a truly unsettling song. If you’re looking for something to set the mood for a Halloween party or gathering, this is the perfect choice.

“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

This haunting tune, made popular by Vicki Lawrence in 1973, is about a man on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. The lyrics tell the story of how he seeks revenge on his accuser by killing her and his brother-in-law before he is caught and put to death. The song has a eerie, spooky quality that makes it perfect for Halloween listening.

“A Devil Like Me” by Hank Williams, Jr.

“A Devil Like Me” is a song by Hank Williams, Jr. It was released as a single in October of 1983 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Country Singles chart. The song is about a man who sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune.

“The Haunted House” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

“The Haunted House” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett is a classic Halloween song that is sure to get you in the spooky mood. The song tells the story of a group of kids who venture into a haunted house and are soon terrorized by ghosts, goblins, and other creepy creatures.

“The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

“The Monster Mash” is a song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on August 21, 1962, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year. It remained in the top spot for two weeks. This was the only chart hit for Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers.

The song’s narrator, “Mad Scientist” Boris Karloff, recounts how he created a Frankenstein-like monster, who then became a pop sensation after performing the “mash”, a popular dance at the time. The song is notable for its use of sound effects to create an eerie atmosphere, including door creaks, thunder, footsteps, and laughter.


As you can see, there is a wide variety of spooky folk music to choose from to get you in the Halloween mood. Whether you prefer the ethereal sounds of Celtic music or the more upbeat tempo of American bluegrass, there is sure to be a type of music that will appeal to you. So go ahead and start your Halloween playlist today!

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