It’s officially spooky season! Here in Raleigh, the leaves are changing colors, the 12-foot-tall Home Depot skeletons are making an appearance, and the air is crisp with the scent of fall. Amid the stress of a global pandemic and the impending doom of election season, a little bit of Halloween is what we all need right now (safely, of course). What better way to do celebrate than with the best spooky movies you can imagine?
To get you in the perfect spooky mood, here are 31 of my favorite Halloween films:
Okay, so Halloween is every day for me, but I get hella extra when October hits. October is the only time of the year where almost everyone is getting their spooky vibes on and it makes my heart happy. Horror movies 24/7, going to haunted houses with the homies, and eating candy are only some of the activities that go on during this time. What’s not to love???
You want to know what else is spooky? Metal. Why do you think I love it so much? Below is a playlist that I created for all of your spooky season endeavors! So, sit back, relax, and blast this playlist throughout your haunted house or in your car!! You already know your Master Butcher has your back (literally, your spine) for all things scary (: welcome to The Saw’s Butcher Shop y’all!
The Saw’s Spooky Season Playlist (link to Spotify below, sorry my Apple Music Butcher Crew).
· Halloween Theme Song
· Heads on the Wall – King Diamond
· Halloween – King Diamond
· This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
· Rotting in Vain – KoRn
· Twist – KoRn
· No Place to Hide – KoRn
· Black No.1 -Type O Negative
· My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend – Type O Negative
· Summer Breeze – Type O Negative
· Dragula – Rob Zombie
· Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
· Superbeast – Rob Zombie
· Demonoid Phenomenom – Rob Zombie
· Meet the Creeper – Rob Zombie
· Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
· All Hallows Eve – Type O Negative
· Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
· The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
· Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
· Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
· Dead Skin Mask – Slayer
· Raining Blood – Slayer
· Seasons in the Abyss – Slayer
· South of Heaven – Slayer
· A Touch of Evil – Judas Priest
· Creeping Death – Metallica
· Enter Sandman – Metallica
· Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue
· Psychosocial – Slipknot
· Duality – Slipknot
· The Devil in I – Slipknot
· Wait and Bleed – Slipknot
· Kill or Be Killed – Spite
· Kill or Become – Cannibal Corpse
· Bloodstained Cement – Cannibal Corpse
· Evisceration Plague – Cannibal Corpse
· Hammer Smashed Face – Cannibal Corpse
· Code of Slashers – Cannibal Corpse
· Chopped in Half – Obituary
· Slowly We Rot – Obituary
· Ten Thousand Ways to Die – Obituary
· Straight to Hell – Obituary
· Turned Inside Out – Obituary
· Inked in Blood – Obituary
· Back from the Dead – Obituary
· Lycanthropy – Six Feet Under
· My Hatred – Six Feet Under
· Murdered In The Basement – Six Feet Under
· Insect – Six Feet Under
· The Poison Hand – Six Feet Under
· Where the Slime Live – Morbid Angel
· Let The Knife Do The Talking – Hypocrisy
· Symbolic – Death
· Low Life – Death
You can find the Spotify playlist that includes all these songs here!
What are some of your favorite spooky traditions? What songs are in your spooky playlist?
Here are my top five songs to start off a Halloween playlist. Some of the first albums mentioned have several other spooky songs that are more than appropriate so be sure to check them out!
1. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh! – Sufjan Stevens. Here’s a song from “Come on feel the Illinoise” while Stevens’ was toying with the concept of a 50 states project. During this project, Stevens’ did actual research on the state of Illinois to use as song material. Many songs on this album make references to some of the scary but true things he found such as UFO sightings, serial killers, and ghost towns.
2. Cemetery Lawn- The Rosebuds. This song is pulled from the album “Night of the Furies” that is made up entirely of dark fantastical stories. “The Furies” are mythological creatures of torment and evil. “In the dead of night, better hold on tight to your loved ones. The rumor is the truth: the Furies are here upon us.”
3. The Killing Moon- Echo & the Bunnymen. A great song from the post-punk English band with an impressive cult following. One day Ian McCulloch woke up with the soon to be lyrics “fate up against your will” stuck in his head. This song, in my opinion, is David Bowie meets The Doors in the best and most haunting way possible.
4. Lose Your Soul- Dead Man’s Bones. First of all, it is scary how hott Ryan Gosling is and how his band just adds even more to his appeal. Sometimes it’s overkill for celebrities to take on more projects but Gosling’s band is a very cool and unique venture for him. For the album, he invited the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir to sing with him. Their chants about monsters, werewolves, graveyards, etc. make it even creepier.
Everyone expects you to have Thriller and The Monster Mash so throw those in IF YOU MUST and then here are 10 more songs to make your playlist last roughly about an hour! Sip on some Beetle Juice or a Bloody Mary and get yo dance on!
After taking shelter from the rain for the first Fridays on the Lawn back in September, many KNCers were concerned when they saw some ominous gray clouds in the sky late Friday afternoon. The stage, lights, and extra pizza were all ready, however one question remained: would students come out for the event? One of the benefits of Harris Field is its centrality to student life on campus. The grassy lot by Witherspoon Student Center serves as a visible hub, perfect for catching the unaware passerby headed out for early Halloween festivities. While the event was open to the public, the WKNC staff wanted to tap more into its student population at N.C. State. In order to generate interest, fliers were posted everywhere on campus, D.H. Hill Library e-boards and dining halls displayed posters for the event. WKNC staff even requested time to speak in front of their classes to publicize the concert series.
Max Indian and Schooner certainly did draw a noteworthy crowd. This is evident because students stuck around even after the free pizza and t-shirts were long gone. Mike Alston, WKNC’s General Manager, mentioned that "UAB, IRC, Student Government, and WKNC are all supported by student fee money, so we felt it important to do something free and big for the students who help pay our bills. Ultimately, we just want it to be a fun time for everyone involved while helping expose some great local music to otherwise unaware students.“
WKNC expects to see even more students at the final hip hop based installment of the concert series November 20th, featuring Kooley High and The Beast. This show, however, will not be taking place on the lawn, but instead will be hosted in Wolves Den underneath Talley Student Center. Needless to say, many hope that Fridays on the Lawn will become a staple for the Wolfpack community.
This Halloween night, the Martians are invading the airwaves and striking terror in the hearts of WKNC listeners everywhere.
This live, localized adaptation of the Mercury Theater production of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is the brainchild of Damian Maddalena, who, as La Barba Rossa, hosts WKNC’s Saturday morning 60s and 70s program, Mystery Roach. Maddalena, along with his Two Cabbage Radio Players, have worked diligently to season the science fiction classic with local flavor. Sound effects will be performed by Brian Donohoe, member of the local band Starmount. AV Geek Skip Elsheimer lends his voice to the production, along with a motley crew of WKNC Djs, NCSU students and community members who share Maddalena’s vision and taste for the unusual: DJs Alex Steinbaugh, Caitlin Cauley, Jacob Downey, Liz Cervantes, and Mike Gray, along with grad student Dave Fallest and Magic Babies keyboardist Brandon Whitesell.
The invasion will take place at 7 p.m. on October 31. You can get ready for Halloween debauchery to the sounds of the Triangle’s destruction, only on 88.1 FM or streaming online.