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7 Spooky Covers For Halloween

Michelle Tiu |
October 27, 2014 | 1:29 p.m. PDT

Entertainment Producer

Marilyn Manson is the king of spooky song covers. (@TurnVolume2014 / Twitter)
Marilyn Manson is the king of spooky song covers. (@TurnVolume2014 / Twitter)
With Halloween arriving this Friday, it's safe to say that everyone's planning some spooky parties and other kinds of celebrations for the weekend.

Half of the battle is creating an amazing playlist for the occasion or to get you in the spirit of the holiday, and Neon Tommy's got you covered.

These 7 spooky covers would make great additions to any Halloween playlist, whether it's for a party or just for your listening pleasure.

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Marilyn Manson

In 1995, shock rocker Marilyn Manson dropped this spooky cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" as the first single from his EP "Smells Like Children." This cover, which features lyrics added by Manson that aren't in the original 1983 version, also helped break the singer and his band into the mainstream thanks to its memorable (and really scary) music video.

Since its release, Manson's version of "Sweet Dreams" has been featured in a multitude of films and TV shows, including the pilot for "The Following," starring Kevin Bacon.

"Headless Horseman," Kay Starr

The original version of "Headless Horseman" was sung by Bing Crosby for Disney's animated film "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" in 1949. A few months after the film's release, jazz singer Kay Starr blessed us with this classy cover of the tune.

"Halloween," AFI

Punk rock/post-hardcore band AFI released their cover of The Misfits' "Halloween" on their "All Hallow's EP" in 1999. As any old-school punk song should, the track is only a minute and fifty-three seconds long, but AFI's version is extended with almost two minutes of creepy instrumentals and horror movie-esque sound effects to really get you in the Halloween mood.

"Once Upon a Dream," Lana Del Rey

Whatever your opinions may be of the movie "Maleficent" (2014), you have to hand it to Disney for getting Lana Del Rey in on this haunting cover of the classic "Once Upon a Dream" from 1959's "Sleeping Beauty."

"This Is Halloween," Marilyn Manson

It should come as no surprise that Marilyn Manson is on this list twice, thanks to his gothic shock rock style of doing things. Manson covered this considerably darker version of "This Is Halloween" (originally by Danny Elfman) on the "Nightmare Revisited" soundtrack, which came along with the 2008 re-release of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993).

"Thriller," Aereogramme

In 2003, the now-defunct Scottish alt-rock band Aereogramme recorded this eerie version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for their "Livers & Lungs EP." Considerably slower than MJ's version, the creepy factor of Aereogramme's "Thriller" is upped by its sinister-sounding intro and the orchestral instrumentals behind Craig B's vocals.

 "Monster Mash," The Misfits

A Halloween playlist essential, "Monster Mash" was first recorded in 1962 by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Horror punk band The Misfits recorded their own version of the holiday favorite in 1997 for the DVD release of the 1967 movie "Mad Monster Party."

Much more up-tempo and fast-paced than the original, The Misfits' cover of "Monster Mash" was also the first time that bassist Jerry Only provided lead vocals for the band.

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