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There’s nothing that goes together better than metal and Halloween, am I right? I mean, it’s a time of magic, the season of bats, black cats, demons, skulls, horrible spiders, supernatural forces and spirits of the dead. Halloween is the best time to buy both clothes and home decor items . . . in my house the most fun part about Halloween is deciding which decorations my kids will let me get away with leaving up all year round. And no one looks at you funny if you walk around the neighborhood in corpse paint and wearing a cape.

We listen to songs with Halloween-y imagery all the time, of course, but as we welcome the darkest months of the year when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, these themes seem a little more significant. So light a bonfire, carve a turnip and do your make-up. Here are some songs to get you in the mood.

— Vanessa Salvia

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1. Goatlord – “The Fog"

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Goatlord – “The Fog"

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2. Type O Negative – “All Hallows Eve”

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Type O Negative – “All Hallows Eve”

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3. Ghost – “Ritual”

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Ghost – “Ritual”

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4. Helloween – “Halloween”

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Helloween – “Halloween”

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5. Slayer – “Dead Skin Mask”

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Slayer – “Dead Skin Mask”

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6. Misfits – “Halloween”

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Misfits – “Halloween”

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7. blackQueen – “The Olde Religion”

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blackQueen – “The Olde Religion”

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8. Death – “Baptized in Blood”

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Death – “Baptized in Blood”

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9. Carcass – “Exhume to Consume”

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Carcass – “Exhume to Consume”

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10. Pungent Stench – “Shrunken and Mummified Bitch”

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Pungent Stench – “Shrunken and Mummified Bitch”

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11. Resurrection – “Disembodied”

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Resurrection – “Disembodied”

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12. Black Dahlia Murder – “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse"

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Black Dahlia Murder – “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse"

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13. King Diamond – “Halloween”

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King Diamond – “Halloween”

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14. Rob Zombie – “Living Dead Girl”

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Rob Zombie – “Living Dead Girl”

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15. Arcturus – “Master of Disguise”

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Arcturus – “Master of Disguise”

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16. Seance – “Necronomicon”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzUiL8dp6HU

Seance – “Necronomicon”

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17. Lurker of Chalice – “Spectre as Valkrie Is”

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Lurker of Chalice – “Spectre as Valkrie Is”

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18. Emperor – “The Majesty of the Night Sky”

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Emporer – “The Majesty of the Night Sky”

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19. Burning Witch – “Communion”

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Burning Witch – “Communion”

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20. Mortuary Drape – “Wandering Spirits”

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Mortuary Drape – Secret Sudaria (full album)

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