Playlist: Songs to kick-start your Halloween weekend

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Happy Halloween from us at the Clog! This playlist is dedicated to those who have played Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” one too many times and are in desperate need of some new jams. So, whatever your plans are this weekend — from pumpkin carving to group costumes — here’s the perfect playlist for you. 

“Wasteland, Baby!” by Hozier

For one reason or another, this song and Hozier’s other gems remind me of autumn. That being said, I had to make sure it was at the top of the list. Perhaps it’s because of Hozier’s honeylike voice colliding with the strumming of guitar strings that makes it easy for me to feel comforted underneath Berkeley’s gloomy clouds. This song is determined to leave you feeling warm. 

“Cold Cold Cold” by Cage the Elephant 

This 2015 classic should be at the top of everyone’s October playlist — at least, in my opinion. The catchy lyrics are destined to leave you replaying this song on a loop while you’re getting ready for your Halloween festivities this weekend. If anything, it will leave you with at least a slight head bob by the end of it. 

“Drunk on Halloween” by Wallows

This Wallows favorite is also destined to leave you swaying your head. Band member and guitarist Braeden Lemasters makes it seem easy as he sings to you through your earphones. Whether you did what this song says or not, there’s no escaping the truth: This song is quite catchy. 

“Pumpkin” by The Regrettes 

This sweet tune is next, as it was inspired by another song created by the previously mentioned band. This is for all of the lovebirds who are currently planning their last minute duo costumes for this upcoming Sunday. Although I cannot provide much assistance with costume planning, perhaps I can help with a clever Instagram caption. After all, there’s nothing spookier than spending Halloween without your partner. 

“Vampire” by Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike saved our Halloween in 2020 with this very song, but perhaps I’m biased. Whether you and your friends are jamming out to this song while getting ready for a costume party or are simply in need of an upbeat tune about vampires, we at the Clog got you covered. 

“Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey

Add potion creations to your to-do list because you’ll feel the need to do so with this song. It’s the witching hour every hour when this Lana Del Rey song is playing. Regardless of whether your Halloween costume is a witch or not, you’ll be left feeling in a festive mood after listening to her angelic voice.

“Ghosting” by Mother Mother

Maybe you’re not “ghosting along” but you will be feeling refreshed and ready for this upcoming weekend with help from this song by Mother Mother. From the subtle embedded hints of the season to the soothing nature of the band’s harmonies, it’s simply a perfect tune. 

“Hush” by The Marías

Who can forget about The Marías? I don’t know why, but their music just screams Halloween bash — at least to me. This song is no exception. It’s possible that it’s the group’s red theme throughout their records, but I can’t help but correlate this song with the season. Maybe you will too. 

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

My friend has played this song so many times throughout the month that it’s difficult not to admire the a capella sort of style. Although it is not quite winter, you’ll feel at ease during this dreary Halloween weather in no time with a little support from the Fleet Foxes. 

“Halloween” by Phoebe Bridgers

For one night of the year, the absolutely iconic Phoebe Bridgers reminds us that “we can be anything.” So, dress up in your best costume and enjoy this holiday season. The season of pumpkin spice lattes and autumn decor will be over before you know it. 

Your friends at the Clog wish you a very spooky and safe Halloween this year!

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