Top image: Beetlejuice (1988) dir. Tim Burton 

Sharpen your fangs and polish your broomsticks, let your spine tingle and your bones rattle. Halloween is just around the corner. That one day a year when pasty skin suddenly becomes ‘pale and mysterious’ and you lose the deposit on your flat because you’ve stained the walls with fake blood.

What to listen to? We’ve got your ears covered – unleash your inner devil with our howlin’ Halloween HERO playlist. Whether your plans feature a ghoulish get-together, haunted house party or just conjuring the spirits (whichever definition), here are the tracks we’ll be getting undead to this Hallowee-kend. 

Now the candles are lit and the lights dimmed, join hands and channel HERO radio. Here, a thud at the door is Kim Gordon’s pounding bass and that hair-raising screech comes courtesy of Mick Jagger’s pursed lips. These tracks’ll leave your mind melting and your heads spinning. Fill your boots (or your underwear) and dance the Mamushka, ditch the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and pour yourself a Morgue-A-Rita. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll puke, you’ll die!

Let’s get morbid, let’s get weird. Hit play and go for the jugular.