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The best Halloween songs for kids (that parents can actually dance to)

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Kid-friendly Halloween songs to rock your little ghouls and goblins

It's not often kid-appropriate songs are also something parents can groove to, but Halloween season is that special time of year when kiddos and parents can both enjoy the same music. Be it a standard Michael Jackson classic or an old 1960s smash hit, cheesy monster themed songs are just plain fun for everyone.

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Whether you need music to pass out candy or are planning a fun Halloween bash, get ready to set the atmosphere in your house with our pick of the top 16 Halloween party songs for kids.

Kid-friendly Halloween songs to rock your little ghouls and goblins
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1. "Monster Mash" — Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

You can’t have a Halloween party without including this song in the mix. This song was actually #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1962 and it has remained a Halloween favorite ever since — or shall we say, it's a graveyard smash!

2. "Thriller" — Michael Jackson

The '80s were a gold mine for great Halloween songs — and, of course, Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" tops the list! Before Twilight, True Blood or the The Walking Dead, we had "Thriller." Although the video is too scary for younger kids, teens will probably get a kick out of the now antiquated graphics that turn MJ into a werewolf. This song is a must on your Halloween playlist.

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3. "Ghostbusters" — Ray Parker Jr.

The Ghostbusters theme song, sung by Ray Parker, Jr., has become a Halloween staple since the movie of the same name hit theaters in 1984. This fun movie starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, would also make a fun Halloween family movie night.

4. "A Nightmare on my Street" — D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Remember when Will Smith was a rapper? If you are a kid of the '80s, you will totally remember this song — and you will probably know all the lyrics, as well. Your teen may not know exactly who Freddy Krueger is, but they hopefully won’t mind when you sing along to this catchy tune based on the 1988 hit movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

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