In honor of Halloween today, I have made a playlist featuring the most terrifying, ghoulish and spooky classical music known to mankind. Whether supernatural, mystic, devilish or frightening, this music should set the right mood for your Halloween festivities. Enjoy! And have some spooky treats — we sure did!

Bach: Toccata and Fugue

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, 5th Movement “Dreams of Witches’ Sabbath”

Saint Saens: Dance Macabre

Gounod: Faust, “Le veau d’or est toujours debout”

Schubert: Der Erlkönig

Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor “Devil’s Trill Sonata”

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, III

Ligeti: Atmospheres

Barber: Medea’s Dance of Vengeance

Verdi: Rigoletto, Act 1 Scene 2

Chopin: Funeral March

Liadov: Baba Yaga


Liszt: Totentanz

Verdi: Requiem “Dies Irae”

Rachmaninov, Isle of the Dead

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10, 2nd Movement

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, “Infernal Dance”

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