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Tunes with Tate: Halloween songs that need to be on your spooky season playlist

The days left until Halloween are dwindling quickly, so before everyone embarks on their spooky season activities this weekend, here are nine songs to play for the occasion:

“Venom” (Remix) [From Venom: Let There Be Carnage] by Little Simz

The song “Venom” gained a lot of popularity on TikTok a few months ago and has been used in over 670,000 videos. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the sequel to Marvel and Sony’s Venom, the first installment of the Spiderman villain’s origin story. Naturally, a remix was created for the movie, and it includes a voice that sounds like the character Venom saying his name throughout the song. It has a very epic feeling to it with an added element of edginess that works perfectly within the context of the movie and any Halloween playlist.  

“Zombie” by The Cranberries

“Zombie” is more widely known as a Halloween song because of its name, but it’s a great choice regardless. It’s a classic ‘90s track and one The Cranberries are most known for. The heavy lyrics, repetition of the word “zombie” and the fact that it’s a fan favorite make it a great song to play any time spooky vibes feel necessary — but especially for Halloween. 

“Wicked Ones” by Dorothy

From the band Dorothy is the 2016 song “Wicked Ones.” It’s a powerful rock tune that sounds like it’s being performed by a coven of angry witches. Whether your Halloween costume will be wicked or not, this song will make you feel like you are. I can’t lie — it's incredible.

“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

Anyone who loves The Vampire Diaries knows this song holds a special place in the hearts of fans. It’s a fun song on its own, but after watching (spoiler alert) Damon and Elena drink their fill of college student blood at a party as they dance to this song takes it to a whole other level. While it isn’t an obvious choice for a Halloween song, its context within the show will make the day of any fan of The Vampire Diaries.

“Mrs Magic” by Strawberry Guy

Another song that earned a lot of use on TikTok is “Mrs Magic” by Strawberry Guy. Released in 2019, it has been used with over 70,000 videos. It is three minutes of purely mystical instrumentals and emotive lyrics that, as the song title may suggest, are absolutely magical. For every person who wishes they were a witch more than a werewolf, this is the song for you.

“Agatha All Along” (From WandaVision: Episode 7), written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

I’m not going to lie: this song was without a doubt added to this list because of my love for WandaVision. No one could have been more perfectly cast than Kathryn Hahn to play a witch with impure intentions, and her voice while singing this song is evil in the best way possible. That, in addition to it winning an Emmy, should earn this song a spot among your favorite Halloween jams. 

“How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths

I can only explain why “How Soon Is Now?” should be played for Halloween by saying it just has the right vibe. Maybe it’s the lyrics about being human that seem to allude to a time of not being human and the mildly eerie instrumentals, but it just feels right to give this song the time to shine for Halloween. 

“Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse

Even for those who have never seen Twilight, I’ve found most people are familiar with the famous baseball scene from the first film. This is in part because of it being shared on social media at a more frequent rate as Halloween inches closer on the calendar. It felt criminal to not include “Supermassive Black Hole” because of the sheer amount of joy that comes from feeling like a part of that scene every time it’s played. 

“House of the Rising Sun” by Lauren O’Connell

The original “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals is undoubtedly a classic. However, there is something about Lauren O’Connell’s cover of it that works better for Halloween purposes. It’s a slowed down version, and O’Connell’s voice is more echoed, making it sound like it could’ve been sung from within a haunted house. It was also used in promotional material for American Horror Story: Coven, which should be further proof of its spookiness.

With safer conditions to celebrate within this year, Halloween should be a blast. Be safe, listen to these songs and have a great time, everyone.

Tate Raub is a sophomore studying strategic communication at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk more about it? Let Tate know by tweeting her @tatertot1310.

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