By Holly Myles
When it comes to holiday dances (and series of lists), Halloween takes the cake. Not only is it a holiday that allows your inner Beyoncé or Alex Turner to takeover, but it encourages it. There are always tons of parties and dances that let those alter egos shine. And best of all, there’s no shortage of Halloween songs and choreographed dance moves to make you a star on the dance floor. Even if you’re dance moves resemble Chris Farley’s, these six songs will steer you towards Halloween stardom.
6. Little Shop of Horrors (Prologue)
First up is the musical hit, ‘Little Shop of Horrors (Prologue)’. The Motownesque beat and dance moves make this the perfect song for the amateur to the professional dancer. Sway your hips, tap your feet, or if you’ve got it in you, go all Diana Ross on the dance floor.
5. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Dressing up as a Ghostbuster is cliché. Dressing up as Ray Parker Jr. and nailing his dance moves in the “Ghostbusters” music video will grant you instant celeb status. Just make sure everyone knows you ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
4. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
This song is a graveyard smash that definitely caught on in a flash. From flash mobs, elementary school performances to this Disney Channel rendition, “Monster Mash” is the quintessential Halloween dance song. The song invokes a fun, light-hearted Halloween spirit and keeps your feet moving. If you have trouble with dance steps, there’s a Just Dance video game to help you out. There’s no more excuses keeping your inner dancer hidden.
3. Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line” may not be an established Halloween song, but it should be based on its role in “Beetlejuice”. Have the DJ play this song and the dance floor will be a buzz with excitement (and hopefully some levitation). just don’t say “Beetlejuice” three times or you’ll be leaving with quite the crude party favor.
2. Time Warp
When it comes to songs that dictate dance moves (think “ChaCha Slide”, “Macarena” and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”), “Time Wrap” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is hands down the best. So simple, so rocking, so dramatic. Anyone that resists dancing to this song should have to live with mad scientist/alien Frank N. Furter.
1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
If Kelis’ milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” brings all boys to the dance floor. Once this song comes on, the crowd immediately goes into full-out performance mode. Thankfully, there’s really no stopping it. The song itself is enough to make your body twitch. Add the memorable moves, like the step and slide and the head/shoulder tick, and you’ve got yourself a masterful performance destined for viral success.