Louise is an online writer from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, with four years of experience writing about pop culture.
These heavy metal Halloween songs will get you in the mood for headbanging at the party. These are 10 terrifying tunes to trick-or-treat to on All Hallows Eve with spine-chilling songs about monsters, vampires, werewolves, and other creepy stuff from a mixed bag of heavy metal and rock artists!
10 Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Songs for Halloween!
- "Halloween" by Helloween
- "Night Crawler" by Judas Priest
- "Bark At The Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
- "Halloween" by King Diamond
- "Fear Of The Dark" by Iron Maiden
- "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
- "Dracula" by Iced Earth
- "Trick Or Treat" by Halloween
- "Feed My Frankenstein" by Alice Cooper
- "Vampira" by Devin Townsend
You can listen to each of my song choices below and find out more about the individual songs and artists!
1. "Halloween" by Helloween
Number one on my list involves another trip back to the '80s with a pioneering power metal band from Germany called Helloween. (They should not be confused with the band at number eight on my list called Halloween.)
The song "Halloween" is from Helloween's 1987 album, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 (and yes, before you ask, there is a Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2!) which is considered by many metalheads to be the album from which power metal was born.
Cheesy? Hell yeah! But who cares—it's fun and as Helloween themselves say:
"Grab your mask and don't be late!"
In the streets on Halloween
There's something going on
No way to escape the power unknown
In the streets on Halloween
The spirits will arise
Make your choice, it's hell or paradise
Ah it's Halloween
Ah it's tonight
— "Halloween" by Helloween
2. "Night Crawler" by Judas Priest
"Beware the beast in black... he's gonna get ya!"
"Night Crawler" is from the classic 1990 album Painkiller by legendary British Metal Gods Judas Priest. It's about a scary monster intent on feeding on human flesh and the terrified resignation of its soon-to-be victims as they huddle in the darkness of the cellar, "daring not to move or breathe," as they await their gruesome fate!
There isn't an official video available for this song, but here's an unofficial fan video to whet your appetite!
Sanctuary is being sought
Whispered prayers a last resort
Homing in its' cry distorts
Terror struck they know they're caught
— "Night Crawler" by Judas Priest
3. "Bark At The Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
In this video for one of the all-time classic heavy rock songs by the Prince of Darkness himself, you can witness a youthful Ozzy Osbourne while he indulges in a spot of mad science that results in him turning into a werewolf. There are some who would say that they're not sure that he ever turned back.
"Bark at the Moon" is the title track from Ozzy Osbourne's classic 1983 album, Bark At The Moon.
Screams break the silence
Waking from the dead of night
Vengeance is boiling
He's returned to kill the light
Then when he's found who he's looking for
Listen in awe and you'll hear him
— "Bark At The Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
4. "Halloween" by King Diamond
This video shows an awesome live performance of this song by the Danish Metal God, King Diamond (whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen), the lead vocalist for Mercyful Fate and the eponymous band King Diamond. It's a very popular song among fans of King Diamond, and he often performs it as an encore!
"Halloween" is a track from King Diamond's 1986 debut album, Fatal Portrait which, although not a concept album like many of King Diamond's later releases, tells a story that bridges five of the nine songs on the album. In this case, it's a seriously spooky tale of a haunted painting possessed by the spirit of a little girl named Molly who died as a result of her mother's ill treatment.
Before her death, her mother had painted a portrait of her daughter, but she becomes tormented as she believes that her daughter's spirit has possessed the portrait and speaks to her through it, telling her of her pain and suffering. The mother burns the portrait in an attempt to free herself of her guilt, but in doing so, she releases the spirit, who then haunts her until she goes totally insane. Halloween is not directly part of the "story" but adds to the overall dark and macabre theme of the album.
The moon is full, another perfect day has began
like a demon's eye, that devil's eye
will we ever die
— "Halloween" by King Diamond
5. "Fear of the Dark" by Iron Maiden
This classic song is from the "new wave of British heavy metal" (or NWOBHM for short!) giants, Iron Maiden. "Fear Of The Dark" is from Iron Maiden's eponymous 1992 album, Fear of the Dark.
Due to copyright laws, it is not possible to show the official video for this song, but rather than miss out, here's a fan video with the lyrics instead!
Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When you're searching for the light ?
Sometimes when you're scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
You've sensed that something's watching you...
— "Fear Of The Dark" by Iron Maiden
6. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
This song is from the dreadlocked horror meister, musician, movie director, and all-around man of many talents, Rob Zombie. It's from his totally awesome debut solo album Hellbilly Deluxe.
Trivia fans may appreciate knowing that the inspiration for the song was the dragster "DRAG-U-LA" owned by Grandpa Munster (or to give him his full name and title Vladimir Dracula, Count of Transylvania) in the classic 1960s TV show The Munsters!
Dead I am the pool, spreading from the fool
Weak and what you need, nowhere as you bleed
Dead I am the rat, feast upon the cat
Tender is the fur, dying as you purr
— "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
7. "Dracula" by Iced Earth
This is a slice of power metal which starts off slow, but when it gets going, it's worth the wait. It's from the album Horror Show by Iced Earth. The whole album is perfect for Halloween. All the tracks are based on well known scary, ghoulish characters from literature or movies such as Werewolves, Jack the Ripper, Jekyll & Hyde, Damien (from the movie The Omen), Imhotep (from the movie The Mummy), the Phantom of the Opera, and many more,
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an official video for this one—which is a shame, but here it is courtesy of YouTube.
Is this my reward
For serving God's own war?
The blood I've spilled up
For faith fulfilled
To damn her, a disgrace
You spit back in my face
I served you loyally
And you spew blasphemy
— "Dracula" by Iced Earth
8. "Trick or Treat" by Halloween
Fast and furious Halloween heavy metal from Detroit "old school" metal band, Halloween.
"Trick or Treat" is from Halloween's 1985 debut album, Don't Metal With Evil.
Once a year
When the leaves are brown
October 31st rolls around
Kids come out when the sun goes down
You know they're comin'
When you hear this sound
— "Trick Or Treat" by Halloween
9. "Feed My Frankenstein" by Alice Cooper
One of the originators of "shock rock," the iconic Alice Cooper has been a major influence on countless metal and rock artists and has been scaring audiences around the world since the 1960s!
"Feed My Frankenstein" is from Alice Cooper's 1991 album "Hey Stoopid," and the song gained a legion of fans when Alice Cooper appeared in and sang "Feed My Frankenstein" in the cult 1992 film Wayne's World!
"WE ARE NOT WORTHY!"
Well, I aint evil, Im just good lookin, start a little fire, and baby start cookin!
— "Feed My Frankenstein" by Alice Cooper
10. "Vampira" by the Devin Townsend Band
A devilish Devin Townsend dances demonically in a graveyard full of ghouls!
The former "Strapping Young Lad" utilizes his full vocal range in this energetic official video from his 2006 album Synchestra.
A great song to get you in the right mood for all the fun of All Hallows' Eve!
Night, follows me when you leave
And tonight, my mind is under siege
So into the night...
...into the darkness
Unto the morn, carrying on...
— "Vampira" by The Devin Townsend Band
© 2010 LouiseKirkpatrick
Comments - If you have a favourite Heavy Metal Halloween song that's not listed here, why not share it with the world!
anonymous on November 03, 2012:
What about the dark by metal church?!
lofiegos lm on August 27, 2012:
Great lens!! I love heavy metal too..! Very nice list :)
whiteskyline lm on October 26, 2011:
I love The Number of The Beast. That was the first album I bought when I was 10.
Hmmm, favorite heavy metal song. My brain is a bit fried, so I may have to return.
SuperChrist by Sam Black Church and 1965 by White Zombie come to mind :)
anonymous on October 04, 2011:
Dude how could forget about lordi it snows in hell?
anonymous on September 23, 2011:
Thanks for putting this one together. I actually found a few new songs that I like and I loved "Dracula" by Iced Earth. I will use it for my costume party.
feliciasfavs on September 17, 2011:
Heavy metal music makes my fur stand on end. Gotta get some!
trahiz on August 14, 2011:
helloween with kiske rocks all!
cuteordeath on April 07, 2011:
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell yeah. Great list!!
WeirdStuff on November 27, 2010:
This is good old metal!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 05, 2010:
Any Rob Zombie song (maybe Dragula?) would be a great addition to next year's list. Some great picks, I actually know quite a few of these songs. Squid Angel blessed - though that doesn't sound very metal, does it?
AllyVuitton on November 04, 2010:
Oh no, halloweens just passed! Otherwise I would've used this cool music!
V Random on October 31, 2010:
I used to listen to Slayer when I was in high school! thanks for the good lens
LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on October 30, 2010:
@Lemming13: Thank you...I was so spoilt for choice, I may expand it to a Top 20 for next year!
Lemming13 on October 30, 2010:
Awesome lens, but you missed my favourite - Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. Damn fine selection, though, can't fault any choice. You rock!
damagedinc on October 29, 2010:
Great topic for a lens! 5 stars!
Mortira on October 13, 2010:
Awesome idea for a list, and I love your picks!
Paul from Montreal on October 11, 2010:
jlshernandez on October 10, 2010:
Something different. Great idea.
Holley Web on October 06, 2010:
Love this idea! I'll have to play these from this lens on Halloween :)