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Rob Verhorst

For those on the East Coast, a real-life hurricane made this past week scary enough. But with the worst of the actual storm over, let's not forget that today is Halloween and there is more than enough music to scare the living crap out of you (if that's your thing.)

We dug in the Spotify vaults a bit and compiled this Essential Halloween Playlist, featuring songs about murderers, psychos, werewolves, Frankenstein and witches. Some are obvious—you're obligated by law to include "Thriller" no matter how many times you've heard it—but others, like 1970s Italian prog-rock group Goblin or 60s garage rock the Frantics, may be new discoveries. Let us know your favorite Halloween tracks in the comments.