Jasper Jams: It’s Spooky Season

by Gabriella DePinho & Alexa Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor 

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the spooky vibes are creeping in. Maybe you’ve already carved a jack-o’-lantern, watched your favorite Halloween movie with friends or started decorating with fake spiderwebs and 100 percent fake skulls. If not, you better get started so you don’t miss out on one of the most exciting, haunting and horrifying times of the year. While we may not be able to go to haunted houses and dress up as ghoulish creatures for parties thanks to the pandemic, we can still get our spooky on and celebrate in small ways. 

We’re kicking the (COVID-19 safe and socially distant) party off for you with this small selection of absolutely spooky songs. 

Alexa’s Picks 

(Don’t Fear) the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

First of all, one of the best SNL skits out there. Everyone knows this song, and for good reason. It gives me a good laugh but also sets the tone for reading a little spooky literature and some halloween-themed decorating in your dorm room. 

Are You Sitting Comfortably? – The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues’s groovy sound constructs a world filled with magic. Get ready to “ride along the winds of time and see where we have been,” and just picture “the glorious age of Camelot, when Guinevere was Queen.” Less scary, and more about the supernatural that can fill the air late at night when no one else is awake but you. 

Black Magic Woman – Santana

Known for incorporating a little bit of jazz, rock, and Latin-infused sound, Santana warns listeners about the black magic woman, who might just put a spell on you and bring you closer to the devil’s door. Talk about spooky. 

Witchy Woman – The Eagles

There seems to be a theme of incredibly beautiful women who sleep with the devil and lure men to their fates. When writing the song, Don Henley was actually inspired by the many women he had met in his lifetime, and famously, at the time, he was reading Zelda Fitzgerald’s biography, and used her as his muse. 

Midnight City – M83

Had to include this synth-pop song from M83’s album “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” just because it was one of my favorites in middle school. It has its bouts of popularity, but only the real know how great it was when it first released. I cannot help but feel ready to run down an empty street at midnight and howl at the top of my lungs when this song comes on. 

Gabs’ Picks 

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood 

Though not a “spooky” song, I think this song sets the scene quite well. This song screams “October” to me, as I imagine it might for a lot of people. But, I think the combination of the harmonies, the phrases “it’s too cold for you here” and “the goosebumps start to raise” makes it the perfect introduction to spooky vibes. 

Calling All the Monsters – China Anne McClain

This song is definitely quite a throwback, if anyone even remembers the Disney show “A.N.T. Farm.” I don’t remember the show at all, but I remember absolutely being obsessed with this song as the perfect Halloween song. I would even go as far to say as it gives Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” a run for its money. It hasn’t gone out of style at all, just ask my roommate, we heard this blasting from a car parked outside of Overlook on 238th Street.  

Nightmare – Halsey 

Halsey has a surprising number of songs that give off the perfect spooky vibes, from “Haunting” to “Graveyard” to this track, I had a few options. I opted for “Nightmare” because it opens with a slightly creepy spoken version of a child’s lullaby prayer, which sets the stage for the rest of the song.  

Do You Believe In Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful

I first heard this song as a cover on the soundtrack for the Disney movie “Now You See It…” which, though about a magic competition, is one I always associated with Halloween, since (spoiler alert!) the magic in the movie was real. While the Aly & AJ version of the song is just fine, I do like the original better. 

I’d Rather Die Than Let You In – The Hunna

The title track for The Hunna’s most recent album that came out on Oct. 2, it’s heavy on the guitar and perfect scream along moments. The title also reminds me of the dilemma horror movie characters experience: whether or not to open the door when there’s something dangerous on the other side. The album’s first song has the lyric “it’s a Hunna horror story,” which alludes to this possibly being a concept album, or at least an album that tells a dark, intense story.