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Eerie Halloween Music Can Affect Your Pet in a Negative Way

If you’re planning a Halloween bash or just giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, you can set a spooky yet fun mood with your own playlist. Some songs are amusing, while others are so creepy, they give you the shivers years after hearing them for the first time. They span multiple genres, from country and pop to films. Two guaranteed crowd pleases are Thriller by Michael Jackson and Ghostbusters.

Play with Caution

The scary music that makes the most profound impression on the human psyche also affects animals in a similar way. It triggers a fight or flight response. If you have a dog, it’s a good idea to restrict Halloween music to tracks that are fun and non-threatening in nature.

Pure Fun

Halloween-related tunes that are fun listening include Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Picket & the Crypt Kickers and Time Warp from the film Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo, Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas film,

and Love Potion No. 9. They’re non-threatening. Also consider I Put a Spell on You by “Screamin” Jay Hawkins and The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniel’s Band.

Ghosts, Witches and Reapers.

There’s no shortage of tunes with the word ghost, witch or other scary references. You can choose from Witchy Woman by the Eagles, Black Magic Woman by Santana, or Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. Play Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash, Superstition by Stevie Wonder, or Enter Sandman by Metallica. You can also add Tainted Love by Soft Cell, Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell, and Bring Me to Life by Evanescence.

Eerie Instrumentals

Some of the creepiest music doesn’t require lyrics to give a shiver. For eeriness, there’s the theme from the X-files TV show, Tubular Bells from the film The Exorcist, and the main theme by John Carpenter from the film Halloween. Reserve these for adult-only events and home parties where pets and children are not present.

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