Quite possibly, the most ghastly, ghouly, and all things ghostly Halloween song ever is “Halloween” by Misfits. Not only does the song scream all things Halloween, but the band itself embodies Halloween like none other. As if that weren’t enough, the horror punk band’s fifth single was released on none other than Halloween, on October 31, 1981.
The single was also released with Misfits’ “Halloween II,” a much more brooding song that uses a similar beat to “Halloween.” If the lyrics to “Halloween II” sound a little creepy to you, it’s because they’re in nonstandard Latin. Eventually, the two songs were released on the album 12 Hits from Hell.
The single “Halloween” has become so popular through the years that countless bands have covered it. Believe it or not, they’re all pretty amazing. It seems like the spookiness of the Misfits’ original song was just so powerful that other bands made sure to give it the justice it deserves in their covers. So, die, die my darling to the 7 Misfits Halloween cover songs listed below for your streaming (and visual) pleasure. They’re a great way to bring a little spookiness into your life any day of the year. Make sure to make it all the way to the bottom for three extra surprises.
Alkaline Trio Halloween Cover Song
Of course, it would only make sense for a punk rock band like Alkaline Trio to pay tribute to their predecessors with a cover. Their “Halloween” cover was recorded while on tour in 2002 and was originally given away as a single exclusively to attendees of their October 31, 2002 concert at the Metro Chicago.
AFI Halloween Cover Song
AFI (aka A Fire Inside) is another punk rock band with a horror twist that’s certainly taken influence from the Misfits. Their version of the song “Halloween” appeared on their All Hallow’s E.P., which was released on October 5, 1999. Other than AFI’s cover of “Halloween,” the EP also included three original songs: “Fall Children,” “The Boy Who Destroyed The World,” and “Totalimmortal.” Basically, an all-around perfect album for the month of October.
Dropkick Murphys Halloween Cover
The Dropkick Murphys is a celtic punk rock band that, while they don’t have the horror-esque look or sound of the Misfits, Alkaline Trio, or AFI, certainly know how to rock. The band recorded their version in 2000 for the compilation Back on the Streets: Japanese/American Punk Unity, and later re-released it on Singles Collection, Volume 2.
Winds of Plague Halloween Cover Song
For a metal version of the Misfits’ Halloween song, give death metal band Winds of Plague’s version a listen. They included the song as an iTunes bonus track on their album The Great Stone War, which was released in 2009.
Sister Halloween Cover Song
The band Sister recorded their own Halloween metal cover that’s pretty epic. No, this isn’t Nikki Sixx’s band Sister from the 1970s. This is a band from Stockholm, Sweden, who even recorded a cover song of G.G. Allin’s “When I Die.” So, you know they must be metal.
One Last Shot Halloween Cover Song
No, we don’t mean one last shot at a good Halloween Misfits cover. The band is actually called One Last Shot! This band may be a little less known, but their cover is just as good. One Last Shot is a hardcore / punk rock band from Syracuse, NY, who recently played at the Vans Warped Tour. They’re certainly also a lover of horror because they also recently played a show with the band Creeper at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC.
Sick Figures Halloween Cover Song
Even less known than One Last Shot is band Sick Figures, a folk rock band from Atlanta, GA. The band has been inspired by the likes of the Pixies, Danny Elfman, and The Doors. Sick Figures released their version of Misfits’ Halloween on YouTube on October 27, 2013 and is arguably the most unique cover of the bunch.
Samhain Re-Recording of Halloween II
While technically not a cover of “Halloween,” we have to include the band Samhain’s version of “Halloween II” out of respect for original Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig. The singer started the band Samhain in 1983 after leaving the Misfits. “Halloween II” was a song that he re-recorded from his Misfits days.
Original Misfits Halloween and Halloween II
Of course, we couldn’t finish off this list without including the original masterpiece. Listen to the original “Halloween,” as well as “Halloween II,” by the Misfits below.
Halloween by the Misfits:
Halloween II by the Misfits: