What makes a "Halloween" song?

I became curious about what makes a Halloween song really a great song about Halloween, so I decided to analyze a couple dozen songs with "Halloween" in the title.  Admittedly, this results in several notable omissions like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" or Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," but I wanted to focus first on songs specifically about Halloween.  However, Thriller, Ghostbusters, and The Monster Mash are covered below.


Components

Halloween songs generally use specific techniques to various extents.  My analysis looks at each of the following and assesses whether and how they are used:

Nightmare Before Christmas - This Is Halloween

[SHADOW]
Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

[SIAMESE SHADOW]
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

[PUMPKIN PATCH CHORUS]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

[GHOSTS]
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

[CREATURE UNDER BED]
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

[MAN UNDER THE STAIRS]
I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

[CORPSE CHORUS]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween

[VAMPIRES]
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

[MAYOR]
In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

[CORPSE CHORUS]
Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something's waiting now to pounce, and how you'll scream

[HARLEQUIN DEMON, WEREWOLF, AND MELTING MAN]
Scream! This is Halloween
Red 'n' black, slimy green

[WEREWOLF]
Aren't you scared?

[WITCHES]
Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take the chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

[HANGING TREE]
Everybody scream, everybody scream

[HANGED MEN]
In our town of Halloween

[CLOWN]
I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

[SECOND GHOUL]
I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through your hair

[OOGIE BOOGIE SHADOW]
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

[CORPSE CHORUS]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!

[CHILD CORPSE TRIO]
Tender lumplings everywhere
Life's no fun without a good scare

[PARENT CORPSES]
That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of Halloween

[CORPSE CHORUS]
In this town

[MAYOR]
Don't we love it now?

[MAYOR WITH CORPSE CHORUS]
Everyone's waiting for the next surprise

[CORPSE CHORUS]
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Won't ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man Jack is king of the pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now

[EVERYONE]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

[CORPSE CHILD TRIO]
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

[EVERYONE]
La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! (etc.)

Analysis:

Misfits - Halloween

Bonfires burning bright
Pumpkin faces in the night
I remember halloween

Dead cats hanging from poles
Little dead are out in groves
I remember halloween

Brown leafed vertigo
Where skeletal life is known
I remember halloween

This day anything goes
Burning bodies hanging from poles
I remember halloween

Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween

Candy apples and razor blades
Little dead are soon in graves
I remember halloween

This day anything goes
Burning bodies hanging from poles
I remember
Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween
Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween

Analysis:

It's Halloween - The Shaggs

It's Halloween
It's Halloween
It's time for scares
It's time for screams
It's Halloween
It's Halloween

The ghosts will spook
The spooks will scare
Why, even Dracula will be there

It's time for games
It's time for fun
Not for just one
But for everyone

The Jack o'lanterns are all lit up
All the dummies are made and stuffed
By just looking you will see
It's this time of year again

It's Halloween
It's Halloween

All the kids are happy and gay
There doesn't seem to be a cloud in their way
But when it's over and they've had all their fun
They'll wish that Halloween had just begun

Oh, there are witches, goblins, Frankensteins and zombies
And there are tramps, Cinderallas, pirates, angels and gypsies
So let's have lots of fun and give many cheers
For Halloween comes but once a year

It's time for games
It's time for fun
Not for just one
But for everyone

It's Halloween
It's Halloween
It's Halloween
It's Halloween

It's Halloween!

Analysis:

John Carpenter - Halloween Theme (Instrumental)

It is perhaps unfair to include this among the rest since it is an instrumental and therefore excludes itself from analysis of its lyrical content to pass a judgment for our purposes.

Analysis:

Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween

Well, I live with snakes and lizards
And other things that go bump in the night
'Cause to me, every day is Halloween

I have given up hiding and started to fight
I have started to fight - well, any time
Any place, anywhere that I go
All the people seem to stop and stare, they say

"Why are you dressed like it's Halloween?
You look so absurd, you look so obscene"
Oh, why can't I live a life for me?
Why should I take the abuse that's served?
Why can't they see they're just like me
It's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world

Well, I let their teeny minds think
That they're dealing with someone who is over the brink
And I dress this way just to keep them at bay
'Cause Halloween is every day, it's every day, oh

Why can't I live a life for me?
Why should I take the abuse that's served?
Why can't they see they're just like me
It's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world

Oh, why can't I live a life for me?
Why should I take the abuse that's served?
Why can't they see they're just like me?
I'm not the one that's so absurd, why hide it?

Why fight it? Hurt feelings, best to stop feeling
Hurt from denials, reprisals, it's the same
It's the same in the whole wide world

Analysis:

The North American Halloween Prevention Initiative - Do They Know It's Hallowe'en

Once a year on a spooky night
It's Hallowe'en, and what a fright!
Young boys and ghouls, in ghoulish disguise
They cover their skin, conceal their eyes

A grave mistake to be out
When the ghosts are about
It's Hallowe'en... our time to be afraid

In the rest of the world, they don't observe
This bash which has become our biggest concern

Latvia, Laos, Chad, Peru
We need their help, or else we're through
They don't know the fear we endure once a year
All Hallow's Eve, we are afraid!

Do they know it's Hallowe'en tonight?

(Interlude)

It's October 31st, could it get any worse?
Children on streets, begging for treats
Drowning in a bucket of apples bobbing
Parents are hiding, our babies are sobbing

The undead have returned
They're freaking us out
Dragging us down, so we shout:
'Help us! Help us! Save our souls!'
We're dying of fear, and they don't even know it

They think we've got it all
What we need is a team
To help us forget, forget Hallowe'en

'Fools! You think you can stop Hallowe'en?'
'The world can't hear your useless plea!'
'It's too late! Our orange and black plague will soon consume them all!'
'Then everyone will understand the true meaning of Hallowe'en...'
'Pure terror!'

We're all fed up, we've had enough.
Enough, enough, enough, enough!

Trick!
Caramel apples will make you sick
Treat!
And all those sweets will rot your teeth

Ouija board, ouija board (spell this!)
We don't want you here no more

The writing's on the tombstone
Beneath the willow tree
No more razorblades in our kids' candy

Dead dogs and broomsticks
Pumpkins and flames
We're ending this night, ending the shame!

Do they know it's Hallowe'en tonight?

Analysis:

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Halloween Spooks

Halloween, Halloween ooh, Halloween
Ghostly things are gonna happen
Oooh-waa oooh-waa!

Halloween spooks outside my window
Halloween spooks behind the tree
I wish that the children could see
But I can't find them for the life of me
And there's Halloween spooks outside my windowpane

(assorted spooky/silly noises)

Halloween spooks outside my window
Halloween spooks behind the tree
I wish that the children could see
But I can't find them for the life of me
And there's Halloween spooks outside my window

(more spooky noises)

"Trick or treat"

Analysis:

The Dream Syndicate - Halloween

There is a place you might wanna go
It's right up my street
You might look and see the light shining
Someone you might like to meet

It's Halloween

He said "let's go for a ride"
And he says it all the time
You know you got a lot to live for
And you're gonna be mine

On Halloween

You shouldn't believe the things you read in papers
They can't come true
I don't believe the things that you see on TV
They'll never happen to you

On Halloween

Two steps forward
Don't say I didn't warn you
Two steps forward
I didn't warn you.

Analysis:

Alice Cooper - Keepin' Halloween Alive

I'll keep my Jack o'lantern light on for everyone tonight

Well, I'm coming for you this Halloween
It's my favorite time of year and I'm stealing the scene
I terrify the kiddies when I'm walking down the street
I got snakes in my hair, I got spiders on my feet

I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I'm keepin' Halloween alive, honey 3-6-5
I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
When the sun goes down I'll be creeping through your town

Trick or trick or treat, gimme something to eat
She put razors in my apples and they tasted so sweet
I won't wear a mask when I answer the door
I ain't got no reflection or a shadow no more

I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I'm keepin' Halloween alive, honey 3-6-5
I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
When the sun goes down, I'll be creeping through your town

You can run, you can hide, but you invited me inside
Now I'm here and it's clear, I'll be feeding on your fear
You'll be you squirming on the floor, that's what Halloween is for
I just can't stop, I'll never stop, no, no
I just can't stop, I'll never stop, I want you

I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I'm keepin' Halloween alive, honey 3-6-5
I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I'm keepin' Halloween alive, baby 3-6-5
I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I've kept Halloween alive since 1965
I keep it goin', I keep it goin'
I'll keep my Jack o'lantern light on for everyone tonight

Analysis:

Heywood Banks - Halloween

Got a bag of candy collected Halloween
Biggest bag of candy I had ever seen
Had to have it X-rayed before I had a treat
To be sure a psycho hadn't put a razor in my sweets

(chorus:)
Boo! Hear the ghosts and the goblins cry
They get to wishin' for the days gone by
When the little kids were frightened, it is said
Only by the ghouls who were dead

Trick or treatin' at the mall scare the preppies at the Gap
Especially if your costume isn't politically correct
The mall can't give out candy 'cause of a lawsuit that they had
But here's a coupon for a futon in the bottom of your bag

(chorus x2)

Mommy and Daddy follow in the minivan
Mace and a cellphone in their nervous hands
It's hard to spook the neighbors into givin' nuts and loot
When you're a ninja in a down coat at four in the afternoon

(chorus x3)

...only by the ghouls who were dead
Only by the ghouls who were...deaaaaaad
(witch cackle)

Analysis:

King Diamond - Halloween

Oh, It's Halloween!
Every night to me is Halloween
Like an ancient scene
You know just what I mean
Halloween, you are my pride
Halloween, not just a dream
The moon is full, another perfect day has began
Like a demon's eye, that devil's eye
Will we ever die

Solo: Mike

Halloween, you are my pride
Halloween, not just a dream

Solo: Andy

Every night will be another evil scene
Like in horror dreams I want
I command you to scream
Halloween, you are my pride
Halloween, not just a dream
Halloween...Halloween...

Analysis:

Aqua - Halloween

Girl: Girl: Hello?
Guy: Remember me?
Girl: Who's there?
Guy: I got your number

Girl: Oh no, no
Guy: I'm back to haunt you
Girl: No, stay away
Guy: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Girl: It's Friday night
So creepy outside
It's thundering and lightning
There's nobody home
'Cause I'm all alone
It's scary and it's frightening

The sound of shoes
A shadow that moves
Something odd is tick tock ticking
Someone's in here
I'm so full of fear
The telephone is ringing

Guy: Now I can see you
Girl: Oh no, please no
Guy: Now I can touch you
Girl: Oh god, please go

Guy: I'm right here now
Girl: Oh please, tell me where
Guy: Ha ha ha ha
Girl: I'm in a nightmare

Guy: You better run
I'm back to hunt you down

[Chorus]
Halloween, in the death of the night, hear me scream
Guy: I'm coming, I'm coming
Halloween, is the fear that I fight, in my dream
Guy: Keep running, keep running

(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running)
(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running)

Girl: Hell broke out
On this Friday night
Zombies passing deadly
My Candyman, from Bountyland
Is coming here to get me

Guy: Now I can see you
Girl: Oh no, please no
Guy: Now I can touch you
Girl: Oh god, please go

Guy: I am right here now
Girl: Oh please tell me where
Guy: Ha ha ha ha
Girl: I'm in a nightmare

Guy: You better run
I'm back to hunt you down

[Chorus]

(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running)
(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running)

Guy: It's squeaking and creaking
I move silent in the night, ha ha ha ha ha
Could be the boy from next door
You'll never guess my disguise
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Kids and children fight
Pumpkin and candlelight
You might be the fearsome one at Junior High
Tonight!

[Chorus]

Halloween!

(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running) Halloween
(Just keep running, oh, keep on running, yeah)
(Just keep running) Halloween

Ahh!

Analysis:

Dave Matthews Band - Halloween

I hate this band.  I couldn't listen to the song all the way through.  If you're a fan, just kill yourself.


Dead Kennedys - Halloween

So it's Halloween,
And you feel like dancin',
And you feel like shinin',
And you feel like letting loose.

Whatcha gonna be?
Babe, you better know
And you better plan
Better plan all day

Better plan all week
Better plan all month
Better plan all year

You're dressed up like a clown
Putting on your act
It's the only time all year
You'll ever admit that

I can see your eyes,
I can see your brain,
Baby, nothing's changed
(repeat)

You're still hiding in a mask,
You take your fun seriously,
No, don't blow this year's chance,
Tomorrow your mold goes back on.

After Halloween!
After Halloween!

You go to work today.
You'll go to work tomorrow.
Shitfaced tonight,
You'll brag about it for months

Remember what I did?
Remember what I was?
Back on Halloween?

But what's in between?
Where are your ideas
You sit around and dream,
For next Halloween

Why not everyday?
Are you so afraid
What will people say?
(repeat)

After Halloween!
After Halloween!
After Halloween!

Because your role is planned for you.
There's nothing you can do,
But stop and think it through,
But what will the boss say to you?

And what will your girlfriend say to you?
And the people out on the street they might glare at you.
And whadya know you're pretty self-conscious too!

So you run back and stuff yourselves in rigid business costumes.
Only at night to score is your leather uniform exhumed.
Why don't you take your social regulations
Shove 'em up your ass?

Why don't you take your social regulations
Shove 'em up your ass?

Why don't you take your social regulations
Shove 'em Up Your Ass?

Analysis:

Zacherle/Fuzztones - Happy Halloween

This was originally performed by John Zacherly and then covered by the Fuzztones.  Zacherle's original version has slightly different lyrics (e.g., more free-form bits after the guitar solo).  He also re-recorded it on a more recent album, and that's a bit different still.

Through the naseous night I'll soar,
Through the pools of rancid gore.
Through the sewer pipes I'll crawl.
To the horror ball.

To the hall where vampires scream,
Happy Halloween!

From the cold and ancient graves,
From the coffins and the caves,
From the rocks and werewolf nests,
Come the ghastly guests.

Gonna have a nightmare dream,
Happy Halloween!

So little witch, we've got a date.
You better put your head on straight.
Jump on your broom,
And don't be late.
This is our night to celebrate!

Through the oozing quicksand swamp,
Do the buddy bloody stomp.
Do the brand new twist and itch,
With the wicked witch.

Everybody make the scene,
Happy Halloween!

Guitar solo

(spoken) Isn't this a gruesome party?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
All the weirdies are here.
You can't tell which witch is which without a program!
Ah, there's the Watusi witch
And there's Dracula dancing with ???
Til rigermortis sets in, ha ha ha ha!

For this sweet night we wait all year.
Now don't you try to disappear.
Open up your coffin, dear,
My nose will tell that you're still here

Gonna eat some lizard lunch,
Gonna drink some living punch,
Gonna dance until we're dead,
Hit me on the head!

Hang the heart and split my spleen,
Happy Halloween!

Everybody make the scene,
Happy Halloween!

Analysis:

Helloween - Halloween

Masquerade, masquerade,
Grab your mask and don't be late
Get out get out well disguised
Heat and fever in Ihe air tonight

Meet the others at the store,
Knock on other people's door
Trick or treat they have the choice
little ghost's are makin'lotsa noise

But watch out... beware -
listen... take care

In the streets on Halloween
There's something going on
No way to escape the power unknown

In the streets on Halloween
The spirits will arise
Make your choice, it's hell or paradise

Ah - it's Halloween
Ah - it's Halloween... tonight!

Solo

Someone's sitting in a field,
Never giving yield
Sitting there with gleaming eyes
Waiting for big pumpkin to arise
Bad luck if you get a stone
Like the good old Charlie Brown
You think Linus could be right
The kids will say it's just a stupid lie

But watch out... beware -
listen... take care

In the streets on Halloween
There's something going on
No way to escape the power unknown
In the streets on Halloween
The spirits will arise
Make your choice, it's hell or paradise
Ah - it's Halloween
Ah - it's Halloween... tonight!

Listen now- we are calling you...
And there's maglc in the air
Magic in the air... on Halloween

Black is the night full of fright
You'II be missing the day
What will be here very soon
Changing your way
A knock at your door
Is it real or is it a dream
On trembling legs you open the door
And you scream... on Halloween

Darkness
Where am I now
Is there anybody out there
What has happened
Am I in heaven
Or is it hell

I can see a Light comin'
It's comin' nearer
It's shining
It's shining so bright
It's shining on me

I am the one, doom 's in my hands
Now make your choice,
redeemed or enslaved

I'll show you passion and glory
He is the snake
I'll give you power and abundance
He's the corrupter of man

Save me from the evil one
Give me strength to carry on
I will fight for all mankind's
Deliverance and peace of mind

Solo

But watch out...beware -
listen... take care

In the streets on Halloween
There's something going on
No way to escape the power unknown
In the streets on Halloween
The spirits will arise
Make your choice, it's hell or paradise

Ah - it's Halloween
Ah - it's Halloween... tonight!

Yeah, It's Halloween
Yeah, it's Halloween... tonight

Analysis:

Panic! At The Disco - It's Almost Halloween (2008)

I'm carving pumpkins
It's almost Halloween
All my friends are wondering
What they're gonna be
The "Monster Mash" is playing
You're moving to the beat
And now we're gonna teach you
To do the trick or treat

Everybody scream
Everybody scream
It's almost Halloween
Do the trick or treat
Do the trick or treat
It's almost Halloween
Everybody scream

There's a devil in the corner
In candy apple red
Dressed up like a fire
Burning through my head
I got a little closer
And offered her a drink
Who took me to the graveyard
And we did the trick or treat

Everybody scream
Everybody scream
It's only Halloween
Do the trick or treat
Do the trick or treat
It's only Halloween
Everybody scream

Before I learned her name
We were already asleep
When I woke up in my coffin
She was nowhere to be seen
Was it all a dream?
Who can I believe?
It can't be what it seems
It was only Halloween
What does it all mean?

Everybody scream
Everybody scream
If it's Halloween
Do the trick or treat
Do the trick or treat
It was only Halloween
Everybody scream

Everybody scream
It was Halloween
Do the trick or treat
Do the trick or treat
It was only Halloween
Everybody scream

Analysis:

Reverend Horton Heat - The Halloween Dance

Dance!

You put your hands up around your neck
You run in a circle
You hold your arms up like you're in a trance
Now you're doing the Halloween Dance

You do the stab with a psycho knife
You push a shopping cart like a Stepford wife
You stoop like a hunchback (???)
The Halloween Dance
The Halloween Dance

The Halloween Dance like a voodoo curse
The Halloween Dance is a Satanic verse
The Halloween Dance verse is Good Night Nurse
Then you take a ride in the back of a hearse...

Yeah!

Here I go!
(solo... incorporates the Munsters theme)

The whole ??? around your face
You flash your teeth like you need a taste
You shake your bootie like there's ants in your pants
Now you're doing the Halloween Dance
The Halloween Dance

The Halloween Dance like a voodoo curse
The Halloween Dance is a Satanic verse
The Halloween Dance verse is Good Night Nurse
Then you take a ride in the back of a hearse...

The Halloween Dance
The Halloween Dance

Halloween nuns(?)

Let's run
Dance!
Dance!

Analysis:

Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones - Halloween (She Gets So Mean)

Aw! Pack the moon with coffin, eyes so crazy for the dead
She go-go in the devil's house with a Satan on the bed
Freak on her like a maniac yeah go baby, go
A Psycho-path and a poor white trash is all she'll ever know

HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
That's When She Gets So Mean!
HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
Come on, baby, scream!

Aw! Stop the wisk, came a sugarhill and make your motor run
A sideshow last said "I'm under a freaks, your babys got a gun"
Sadonna kids have a fixter ball (???), You're grinin for the dead.
The rats are comin to a run away inside your empty head.

HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
That's When She Gets So Mean!
HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
Come on, baby, scream!

Guitar solo

Pack the moon with coffin, eyes so crazy for the dead
She go-go in the devil's house with Satan on the bed
Freak on her like a maniac yeah go baby, go
A Psycho-path and a poor white trash is all she'll ever know

HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN!
That's When She Gets So Mean!
HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
Come on, baby, scream!

Analysis:

Sousie and the Banshees - Halloween

The night is still
and the frost it bites my face
I wear my silence like a mask
and murmur like a ghost
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

The carefree days
are distant now
I wear my memories like a shroud
I try to speak but words collapse
Echoing
Echoing
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander though your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes
Halloween... Halloween

A sweet reminder
in the ice-blue nursery
of a childish murder
of hidden lustre
and she cries
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander though your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes
Halloween... Halloween

Analysis:

Tim Curry - Anything Can Happen On Halloween (1986)

I wouldn’t change places
With anyone tonight.
We’ll carve pumpkin faces,
And watch the witches' flight.
Every human heart will shudder,
Every soul will shake with fear.
Tonight, the creepiest,
Tonight, the scariest,
Tonight, the most wonderful night,
Uh-oh, night

Anything can happen on Halloween,
Your dog could turn into a cat.
There may be a toad in your bass guitar,
Or your sister could turn into a bat.

Christmas time brings the snow,
Summer time brings the sun,
But on Halloween your blood begins to run.
Somethin' spooky’s going down now.

Anything can happen on Halloween,
It’s better than a video.
Gremlins going to mess up every cassette,
From London to Idaho.

April First can be fun,
New Year's Eve is a bore,
But on Halloween your flesh begins to crawl.
Oh, I’m losing control.

Anything can happen on Halloween,
Your toenails grow long and your hair turns green.
Your teacher could become a sardine,
Your dentist could turn into a queen.

Has anybody seen my tambourine?
I may start playing 'Begin The Beguine'.
The craziest night you’ve ever seen,
This hairy, scary, creepy, crawling Halloween.

Analysis:

Wade Denning & Kay Lande - Halloween (1969)

H A double L O W double E N
H A double L O W double E N
Spells Halloween

Halloween means ghost and goblins
Skeletons, monsters, and howling cats
Spooky masks and jack o'lanterns
Witches and devils and big black bats

H A double L O W double E N
H A double L O W double E N
Spells Halloween

Halloween means ringing doorbells
Scaring the people who open the door
Trick or Treat gets you candy and apples
Then go to the next house and get some more

H A double L O W double E N
H A double L O W double E N
Spells Halloween

Analysis:

Zombie Girl - Halloween '09

Spooks and creeps
Looking for something to eat
Come out searching for our favorite treat

Trick or Treat
Can we have some meat?
We want it all
We'll take it all
x2

Hey, you
It's Halloween
Hey, you
Your turn to scream
x2

We'll sneak up on you in the dark,
At home alone or in the park.
Give us sugar, candy corn,
Keep it coming, dusk to dawn
Keep it coming, dusk to dawn
Keep it coming, dusk to dawn

Smiles and grins
always with sin
???[couldn't make out this part]
You'll never win
You'll never win
You'll never win
x2

Hey, you
It's Halloween
Hey, you
Your turn to scream
x4

You'll never win
You'll never win
You'll never win

Analysis:

Michael Jackson - Thriller

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one's gonna save you from the beast about strike
You know it's thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl!
But all the while you hear the creature creeping up behind
You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl
Thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade
There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time
(They're open wide)
This is the end of your life

They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen
I'll make you see

That this is thriller, thriller night
'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a
Killer, diller, chiller, thriller here tonight

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, ow!

(I'm gonna thrill ya tonight)
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, ooh baby
I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, oh darlin'
Thriller night, baby, ooh!

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

Analysis:

Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

If there's something strange
In your neighborhood
Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)
If there's something weird
And it don't look good
Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)

I ain't afraid of no ghost
I ain't afraid of no ghost

If you're seeing things
Running through your head
Who can you call
(Ghostbusters)
An invisible man
Sleeping in your bed
Oh, who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)

I ain't afraid of no ghost
I ain't afraid of no ghost

Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)
If you're all alone
Pick up the phone
And call
(Ghostbusters)

I ain't afraid of no ghost
I hear it likes the girls
I ain't afraid of no ghost
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)
If you've had a dose
Of a freaky ghost
Maybe you'd better call
(Ghostbusters)

Let me tell you something
Bustin' makes me feel good

I ain't afraid of no ghost
I ain't afraid of no ghost

Don't get caught alone, oh no
(Ghostbusters)
When it comes through your door
Unless you just want some more
I think you better call
(Ghostbusters)
Ow

Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)
Who you gonna call
(Ghostbusters)
Ah, I think you better call
(Ghostbusters)...

Analysis:

Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash Lyrics

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

Analysis:

The Verdict

All these elements contribute, but there are certain lessons to be taken from the above examples:

   

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