Putting together a Halloween mix tape is tough work, but with the annual celebration of all that is veddy veddy scary just a scant day away now, somebody has gotta’ do it right?

Fear not my ghoulies (actually scratch that -- we want you to be very, very afraid), because we here at CB Music have got your Halloween music covered.

The hardest thing about putting together a mixtape of the most frightening music of all time wasn’t finding the songs as you might expect. Quite the contrary. In fact, due to rock and roll’s long and proud tradition of being the devil’s music, narrowing the list down was what proved to be the most tricky.

To make things easier, we eliminated the death metal genre entirely for starters. Not only is using songs by practicing Satanists like King Diamond just a bit too obvious. It also really mucks up that whole narrowing it down thing. Suffice it to say, you could do a Halloween mixtape using nothing but death metal, and still have plenty of songs left over.

Beyond that, our criteria was simple.

It either had to just plain sound scary, or if not, at least talk about a lot of scary stuff in the lyrics. For example, there’s nothing particularly scary about the lyrics to Iron Butterfly’s “In A Gadda Da Vida,” because the lyrics themselves make no sense at all. That organ on the other hand? Straight out of a Boris Karloff movie…well, at least if it was made in the sixties.

Likewise, ELO’s “Fire On High.” No real lyrics here, but a lot of very creepy sounding music and backwards masking rumored to reveal Jeff Lynne’s secret allegiance to Old Scratch.

Like the whole death metal thing, certain artists really have the market cornered on the whole scary rock thing, and none more so than Alice Cooper. We could’ve included his entire catalog truth be told (and leaving out “Dead Babies” was a particularly tough call to make). As it stands, Alice is the only artist who warrants two slots with “Black Widow” and “I Love The Dead.”

So some of the choices here are obvious (“Sympathy For The Devil,” “The Monster Mash”), while others are just obscure (Uriah Heep’s “Rainbow Demon”). But here is Blend Music’s official 2008 Halloween mixtape. Enjoy it while you bob for apples, or carve pumpkins. But we dare you to come up with a better one and submit it to us in the comments section below.

You heard me. We dare you.

Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells (Edit: Theme From The Exorcist)"
Black Sabbath “Children Of The Grave”
Electric Light Orchestra “Fire On High”
Donovan “Season Of The Witch”
The Sonics “The Witch”
The Who “Boris The Spider”
Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil”
Screaming Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You”
Alice Cooper “I Love The Dead”
Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt Kickers “The Monster Mash”
Redbone “The Witch Queen Of New Orleans”
Warren Zevon “Werewolves Of London”
Edgar Winter “Frankenstein”
Michael Jackson “Thriller”
Iron Butterfly “In A Gadda Da Vida”
Uriah Heep “Rainbow Demon”
Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
The Doors “The End”
Echo & The Bunnymen "Higher Hell"
Alice Cooper “Black Widow”
Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
David Bowie “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”

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