15 Halloween Workout Songs to Burn Off Candy Calories


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10/14/2013 12:00 AM   :  142 comments   :  94,007 Views

A few years ago, the night I taught Spinning happened to land on Halloween—not once, but two years in a row. I figured that anyone willing to show up on Halloween night to work out is pretty dedicated (or childless?), but either way, I wanted to make the workout festive and fun. I created a healthy Halloween workout mix for the class, dimmed the lights, and handed out my homemade granola bar treats when the ride was over.

It may be silly to some, but creating your own Halloween-themed workout playlist could motivate you to work out on Halloween (a must if you're going to be dipping into the candy jar that day), and it's one of few ways to have fun that doesn't involve eating candy!

So here is my healthy Halloween playlist: 15 spooky songs to help you to burn off those candy calories—and have fun doing it.

These 15 songs vary in length, but add up almost exactly to 60 minutes! You can play them in this order for warm-up song, a workout that varies in speed and intensity (fast songs followed by slower songs), and a slower song at the end to cool down. Now, some of these may be a bit of a stretch as "Halloween" songs, but "Monster Mash" doesn't make me want to work out, so please bear with me! Links provided will allow you to preview and/or purchase mp3s from Amazon.com.

(Time) Artist – Song Title

(4:26) Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

(3:37) Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia

(5:05) The Cranberries – Zombie

(5:57) Michael Jackson – Thriller

(3:58) Rihanna – Disturbia

(3:59) Rockwell – Somebody's Watching Me

(4:36) Rob Zombie – Dragula

(4:03) Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters Theme

(3:57) Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (I couldn't find the mp3, but the Powerman 5000 version is a little "creepier" for Halloween!)

(3:26) Rick James – Super Freak

(3:28) Linkin Park – Crawling

(3:19) Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me Not to Come

(3:00) The Offspring – The Kids Aren't Alright

(2:19) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

(5:12) Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman

Have a happy and healthy Halloween!

Do you plan to work out on Halloween? Will you exercise to any of these songs just for the fun of it?

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    I've got three excellent cds that I use for music for my "haunted yard" for trick-or-treaters. Everyone loves dancing to them! One is just sounds ("Fright Night Delight"), but the song ones have the following playlists:

    "Halloween Party" cd
    Evil Ways
    That Old Black Magic
    Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead
    People are Strange
    Witchy Woman
    I Put a Spell on You
    Black Magic Woman
    Monster Mash
    Bad Moon Rising
    Welcome to My Nightmare
    Spooky Sounds

    "Reader's Digest Music: Fright Night: Classic Halloween Music"
    The Phantom of the Opera -- Skitch Henderson and the NY Pops
    Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (featured in "Excalibur") -- Ilmar Lapinsch & Lettonian Philharmonic Orchestra
    Tubular Bells (main theme from "The Exorcist") -- The Lavendar Hill Orchestra
    Funeral March of a Marionette ("Alfred Hitchcock Presents" theme) -- Eric Hammerstein & London Promenade Orchestra
    Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (excerpt) -- Mario Kosik & Slovak Philharmic Orchestra
    Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (from Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) -- Virgil Fox
    The Sorceror's Apprentice (excerpt) -- Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts Symphonique de Paris & Rene Leibowitz
    Funeral March Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35 (excerpt) -- Abbey Simon
    Danse Macabre (excerpt) -- Charles Gerhardt & London Symphony Orchestra
    A Night On Bald Mountain (featured in "Fantasia) -- New Symphony Orchestra of London & Sir Adrian Boult
    In the Hall of the Mountain King (from "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1") -- James Walker & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Pictures at an Exhibition (Catacombs) -- Leonard Slatkin & National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Dream of a Witches' Sabbath (from "Symphonie Fantastique") -- Massimo Freccia & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - 10/31/2015   6:29:03 AM
  • 141
    Purple People Eater, Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor...I could think of more for another workout ;-) - 10/26/2015   8:19:33 PM
  • 140
    The links need to be check on these songs on Amazon; they do not work. - 10/26/2015   6:59:27 PM
  • 139
    cool down "Witchy Woman" Eagles... - 10/26/2015   11:39:09 AM
    In the Hall of the Mountain King, Addams Family, - 10/26/2015   10:27:59 AM
  • 137
    Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party - 10/26/2015   7:42:52 AM
  • 136
    Bow wow wow--"I Want Candy"! - 10/31/2014   2:06:17 PM
    The best one!! - 10/18/2014   9:13:32 AM
  • 134
    How could we forget "The Monster Mash"? There's "Haunted House" which came out in the '60s. "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the classical realm, there's "Night on Bald Mountain", "Danse Macabre", "the Witches Sabbath" movement from "Symphonie Fantastique". - 10/17/2014   11:26:36 AM
  • 133
    Some of these, I'm gonna show my age lol.

    Sam The Sham - Haunted House
    Cliff Richards - Devil Woman
    Vanessa Mae - Devil's Trill (wonderful, fast violin piece)
    (Some of these are going to be too heavy for some people, obviously.)
    Lamb of God - Walk With Me In Hell
    Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween
    Type O Negative - Black #1
    Ray Stevens - Sittin' Up With The Dead
    Skinny Puppy - Choralone (creepy song)

    I could go on forever, but I think that's good enough. - 10/16/2014   8:14:19 PM
  • 132
    I have Concrete Blonde's "Bloodletting" as a cool down song and "Drink a Little Poison" by Grayson Capps (local guy) Both get me in the groove. - 10/16/2014   5:50:04 PM
  • 131
    Runnin' from ghouls keeps you from gobblin' - 10/16/2014   3:32:46 PM
  • 130
    "Brimstone Rock", 16 Horsepower
    "Tourniquet", Marilyn Manson.
    Well, anything Marilyn, really. Put "Portrait of an American Family" on repeat.
    "Reign in Blood", Slayer
    "Call of Cthuhlu", Metallica
    - 10/16/2014   11:35:21 AM
  • 129
    Definitely will work out on Halloween! Need to clean out my iPHone to add more workout songs. - 10/16/2014   7:53:35 AM
  • 128
    Alice Cooper - Love it to Death
    Ramones- Pet Sematary
    Rocky Horror - Time Warp
    Toadies Ghoulie Get-together - 10/16/2014   5:35:06 AM
  • 127
    I agree about "Werewolves of London"....great song! Another good one by Warren Zevon would be "Excitable Boy"! - 10/30/2013   10:52:33 AM
  • 126
    "Werewolf of London" by Warren Zevon is a great suggestions - good for the warm up.
    "Monster Mash" is totallly fun song that puts me in a happy mood for when I need to focus myself to hit the gym. Same for "One Eyed-One Horned-Flying Purple People Eater".
    "People Are Strange" by The Doors would be good for warm up or cool down part. - 10/25/2013   11:20:19 AM
  • 125
    A few that regularly make it my workout lists:

    -Feed My Frankenstein (from the Wayne's World Soundtrack - don't ask :-)
    -The Howling by Within Temptation
    -Living Dead Girl (Subliminal Seduction Remix) by Rob Zombie (this one is on every workout playlist I have)
    -Lost in the Shadows (Lost Boys Soundtrack)

    A couple of my cooldown songs or my slower walk playlists:
    -Bell, Book and Candle by Eddi Reader
    -Ghost by the Indigo Girls - 10/23/2013   1:35:35 PM
  • 124
    I've just got to say that maybe I am just old fashion but The Monster Mash motivates me a LOT MORE than that "screaming" (not singing) in the song Dragula by Rob Zombie. - 10/22/2013   11:57:30 AM
    A few of these songs are on my list too! I'd add Nightwish's cover of The Phantom of the Opera. - 10/22/2013   9:24:50 AM
    I think I'll put these songs in a playlist to blast at the zombies when I'm running the Greenville Zombie (Out)Run. - 10/18/2013   9:20:01 AM
  • 121
    Don't forget "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Danse Macabre", also "The Mephisto Waltz". - 10/15/2013   10:14:19 AM
  • 120
    To those saying Monster Mash, Coach Nicole stated in the article she didn't list it because it didn't motivate her to work out, so she left it out on purpose. - 10/15/2013   6:33:48 AM
    Rick James- super freak - 10/14/2013   8:30:07 PM
  • 118
    Nobody has mentioned the subway song by the cure yet--- to this day, I can't listen to that song all the way through-- it nearly gave me a heart attack the first time I heard it! - 10/14/2013   6:49:38 PM
  • 117
    Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves of London'! - 10/14/2013   5:12:23 PM
  • 116
    Let me suggest a couple you might hav missed: The Monster Mash by Boris Picket & The Crypt Kicker 5.

    Another Charlie Daniels Band Song: The Legand of the Wooly Swamp

    BOO!!!! - 10/14/2013   5:00:38 PM
  • 115
    Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus - 10/14/2013   1:05:27 PM
  • 114
    Werewolves of London is one of my all time favorite Halloween songs and it's got a pretty good beat. - 10/14/2013   11:45:09 AM
  • 113
    cute idea.........I do love the one from Three Dog Night......I was such a fan of them when I was a teenager. And yes I will be working out on Halloween. as I will be running on my treadmill and taking my weight lifting class........ - 10/14/2013   10:05:44 AM
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    Halloween by Siouxsie and the Banshees
    The Freaks Come out at Night by Whodini
    Get your Freak On by Missy Elliot
    Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

    - 10/14/2013   9:51:03 AM
  • 111
    My favorite The Who- Boris the Spider

    creepy crawly, creepy crawly.... - 10/14/2013   9:38:55 AM
    Another fun one - Jimmy Buffett - Halloween in Tijuana
    - 10/14/2013   7:03:15 AM
    I agree with some of the others here..you left out 2 of the best songs..Monster Mash and This old House ! How sad !!! :( - 10/14/2013   2:17:43 AM
  • 108
    Great! Will have to put these on at the wekend and have a little dance round my room to them! - 10/25/2012   6:29:43 AM
  • 107
    HA! I'm not familiar with some of the newer ones, but I'll definitely use several of these ideas. Thanks to other posters for more great ones. I'm not waiting til Halloween either. It's cold & foggy here; I can use these to get in the "spirit of the season". - 10/27/2010   2:10:04 PM
    what a wonderful, varied list! it has put a huge smile on my face, and prompted me to go work out! - 10/26/2010   6:06:30 PM
  • 105
    Like I have seen others comment- Where is Monster Mash? That is thee classic Halloween song! - 10/24/2010   9:14:21 PM
  • 104
    What about...
    I'm Your Boogie Man - KC and the Sunshine Band (or White Zombie, if that's your thing)
    Dark Lady - Cher
    Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
    Love Potion #9 - The Clovers
    Superstition - Stevie Wonder (I can't sit still when this is playing!)
    Evil Ways - Santana
    Haunting Me - Stabbing Westward
    Necro - Caroline's Spine
    Little Demon - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    And of course... THE TIME WARP. :3

    Other good Halloween songs which don't strike me as workout songs but are still enjoyable...
    Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
    This Is Halloween - Panic!At The Disco
    Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
    Skeletons In My Closet - The 7th Guest (PC game... also makes great karaoke!)
    I Put A Spell On You - CCR
    Running With The Devil - Van Halen
    Who's That Creepin'? - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    Voodoo - Godsmack
    Season Of The Witch - Donovan
    People Are Strange - The Doors
    Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
    I also put the Queen of the Damned soundtrack into heavy rotation during Halloween. :) Good, hard, vampire sound... and not one speck of glitter involved. *evil laugh* - 10/4/2010   7:11:42 PM
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    I somehow got more chilled after saw the list coz some that I know are quite creepy, hehe. One tip for me - don't listen to these songs when I workout alone LOL - 9/27/2010   12:58:48 AM
    **Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs -Little Red Riding Hood**
    Just a suggestion-- to add to your list
    :o) - 9/22/2010   9:03:20 AM
  • 101
    I would have to add the infamous "Monster Mash", "Haunted House" by Gene Simmons, and "Don't Pay the Ferryman" by Chris DeBurgh! - 3/12/2010   10:35:49 PM
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    that's such a cute idea! it's nice that you made it special for the people in your class. :) - 11/10/2009   8:28:00 PM
  • 99
    Very fun! - 11/7/2009   2:54:59 PM
  • 98
    Great songs, thanks for sharing the list. - 11/7/2009   10:44:11 AM
  • 97
    You forgot Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
    And there's plenty of stuff from Tales of Mystery and Imagination by the Alan Parsons Project.
    And how about Tubular Bells by Mike Oldham (from The Exorcist, the original, not the remake)? Guess I'm showing my age! LOL! - 11/3/2009   9:15:56 PM
  • TERI99
    What a fun list! - 11/3/2009   8:09:28 AM
  • 95
    I didn't exercise on Halloween, I was taking a day off. I didn't hear one of those songs, but they would be festive. - 11/2/2009   10:43:39 PM
  • 94
    What an imaginative idea. I like it! I'll even do it! - 11/2/2009   11:23:42 AM
  • 93
    Sorry I'm a couple days late, but here are a few more songs from my Halloween playlist:

    Rocky Horror Picture Show - Over At The Frankenstein Place
    Evanescence - Haunted
    Evanescence - Even in Death
    Evanescence - My Immortal
    Will Smith - Nightmare on My Street
    Whodini - Freaks Come Out At Night
    Midnight Star - Freak-a-zoid
    Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now
    Police - Every Breath You Take
    Janet Jackson - Black Cat - 11/2/2009   6:20:56 AM

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