It’s the spookiest night of the year. But instead of playing “Thriller” and “Monster Mash”, why not check out some of the scariest songs from the world of Eurovision. From monsters to skeletons to ghosts and spirits, here are 28 song contest numbers to chill your blood this Halloween.
Eurovision Halloween songs
1. Lordi — “Hard Rock Hallelujah” (Finland 2006)
Yes, it’s been in every Halloween Eurovision playlist since 2006. No, its shock factor has not diminished at all. Finland’s first — and, to date, only — winner will always be an essential All Hallows Eve classic!
Spookiest lyrics: “Wings on my back / I got horns on my head / My fangs are sharp / And my eyes are red / Not quite an angel / Or the one that fell / Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell”.
2. Lena — “Taken By A Stranger” (Germany 2011)
While it may be lacking in ghouls and monsters, Lena’s seductive comeback hit overflows with menace. From her sultry delivery to the minimalist beats, “Taken By A Stanger” is not one for the faint-hearted. It even ends on a jumpscare with the LED backdrop loudly smashing to smithereens.
Spookiest lyrics: “Taken by a stranger / Stranger things are starting to begin / Lured into the danger (is a risky business!) / Trip me up and spin me round again”.
3. Koldun — “Work Your Magic” (Belarus 2007)
The tense James Bond-esque string-laden intro alone is perfect for setting the atmosphere on this creepiest of nights. Fall under Koldun’s enchantment as he sings of potions, spells and magic.
Spookiest lyrics: “Welcome to the night / And you will see you’ve got the magic power / I am on my way, I keep the key to your tower”
4. Sara de Blue — “Out Of The Twilight” (San Marino’s 1 in 360 2018)
Eerie lyrics about demons and ghosts of the night nab this San Marinese runner-up a place on our list of haunting numbers. Although some might argue that the actual winner contained more horrors!
Spookiest lyrics: “I’ll survive, I will fight the demons of the night / This ghost won’t haunt anymore / I will rise into the wild, out of the twilight / Out of the twilight I float”.
5. Sweet Brains — “Run Away” (Belarus Auditions 2015)
Who knew that the Addams family had relatives in Belarus? Alas, the Belarusian juries had no time for the high-camp cartoonish antics of Sweet Brains, ensuring that “Run Away” got the chop at the audition stage.
Spookiest lyrics: “Run away, run away / Gonna eat your sugar brains / We can wiggle, be afraid”.
6. Sweet Brains — “Dance Like Zombies” (Belarus Auditions 2016)
The undead trio returned in 2016. Once again, the axe fell on them at the audition round.
Spookiest lyrics: “Dance like zombies / Dead or alive / Dance like zombies / And feel the vibe”.
7. Anna Kearney — “Banshee” (Ireland JESC 2019)
A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythologygy who heralds the death of a family member, usually by wailing, shrieking, or keening. Thankfully, young Anna did nothing of the sort… if anything, she’s shooing the banshee away. However, the mere mention of such a ghoul is scary enough for us.
Spookiest lyrics (translated): “I am your queen and your secret / I’ll be by your side always / Don’t be afraid of the banshee / Don’t let the love fade away”.
8. Kerli — “Spirit Animal” (Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2017)
Folklore has proven to be a rich source of Eurovision spirits through the years. Estonia’s KERLI looked to the Native Americans for her 2017 national final effort. While it might sound frightening, spirit animals are actually believed to protect and guide individuals.
Spookiest lyrics: “I whisper, you echo / Coiled up like snakes, won’t let go / Forever, each other / We’ll fight the tooth and nail for”.
9. Roger Pontare — “When Spirits Are Calling My Name” (Sweden 2000)
Roger Pontare took on a multi-national approach in his interactions with the spirits, incorporating a Cree Indian dancer, a Thule Eskimo and a Norwegian Sami into his performance.
Spookiest lyrics: “I am caught in a trap / There is no turning back / I’m finally facing the fear / The sky is on fire / And up with the flames”.
10. KEiiNO — “Spirit In The Sky” (Norway 2019)
Beneath its glossy Europop exterior, “Spirit In The Sky” is overrun with all sorts of mystical beings. Aside from the titular spirit, there’s also mention of demons and fairies alongside violent nightshade and wind. With or without joiking, none of these phenomena make for a pleasant autumn evening.
Spookiest lyrics: “‘Cause I’ve been running with the demons now / They all see my fear / They say there’s nothing / Nothing here”.
11. Maruv — “Siren Song” (Ukraine 2019)
At the time, the most horrific thing about “Siren Song” was the political furore that arose after its Vidbir victory. But perhaps disaster was inevitable. In Greek mythology, Sirens were malevolent creatures that used enchanting music and song to lure sailors to their deaths.
Spookiest lyrics: “Falling in through the floor / Baby, this is devil’s door / Burning in the flame / Wanna know my secret / Bang!”
12. Greta Salomé — “Hear Them Calling” (Iceland 2016)
Shadows, whispers, a battle of dark and light. Simultaneously ominous and uplifting, “Hear Them Calling” is perfect for these long dark nights.
Spookiest lyrics: “See the shadows dancing / Oh, they dance for us tonight / And as I’m tossing and I’m turning / Oh, they come alive / We shiver as we step into the cold, cold night / Then we’re running, we are running now”.
13. Loreen — “Statements” (Melodifestivalen 2017)
The Eurovision 2012 winner unleashed an unforgivingly bleak dystopian outlook upon Melfest viewers in 2017. The sense of foreboding intensifies once you incorprate in the staging.
Spookiest lyrics: “Mother Mary try to keep it real / Save your prayers for peace and let us heal / Did our best but you say otherwise / We’re building up for war in paradise”.
14. Elnur Huseynov — “Hour Of The Wolf” (Azerbaijan 2015)
Because wolves are scary.
Spookiest lyrics: “They whine and roar, hungry for more / Yellow glowing eyes, I’m hypnotized / I feel brave yet scared, but I’ll stay prepared
15. Ivan — “Help You Fly” (Belaurs 2016)
Spookiest lyrics: “You feel like you ate the poison / It’s time to heal you from the pain / I know that you’ve been the hunted / I want to free you again”.
16. Nina Sublatti — “Warrior” (Georgia 2015)
Arguably, fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of them all. So when Nina Sublatti sings of being “oximated”, anyone with any sense should be quaking in their boots.
Spookiest lyrics: “Not your fault you’re just gonna breathe / Violence, break me free / Wings are gonna spread up / I’m a warrior, oximated”.
17. Mørland & Debrah Scarlett — “A Monster Like Me” (Norway 2015)
A song that Norman Bates could have sung.
Spookiest lyrics: “Honey, I’m telling the truth / I did something terrible in my early youth / My mind went blank, I lost control / I was just a little boy, I did not know”.
18. Jamie-Lee — “Ghost” (Germany 2016)
It had a haunted forest, a full moon, billowing fog, creepy lyrics… yet the scariest thing about Germany’s 2016 entry was Jamie-Lee’s outfit.
Spookiest lyrics: “This is the ghost of you / Haunting the ghost of me / We’re lonely in a crowded room together / Tell me who’s scared now!”.
19. Minus One — “Alter Ego” (Cyprus 2016)
The wolves are back… but this time with cages!
Spookiest lyrics: “Caught in the middle of, the dawn and the sunrise / Life is a miracle, I saw it in your eyes / Under the spotlight, I howl in the moonlight / Howling for you”.
20. Dihaj — “Skeletons” (Azerbaijan 2017)
As if skeletons weren’t scary enough, Dihaj played the role of a demented woman frantically scribbling on the walls while a man with a horse’s head watched over her. There’s a lot to unpack here.
Spookiest lyrics: “Have my skeletons / (I can only trick you once, bad boy) / Have my lungs, my millions / (Talk is cheap don’t speak in tongues, bad boy)”.
21. Equinox — “Bones” (Bulgaria 2018)
Bones are scarier when you add in an extra dollop of dystopia.
Spookiest lyrics: “What is life / If it’s just of the earth / Only of the flesh and bones / Wanna thrive / In the dust / Of the universe and way into unknown”.
22. Saara Aalto — “Monsters” (Finland 2018)
Because everyone knows the worst kind of monsters are the ones that lie underneath the bed.
Spookiest lyrics: “So tonight I’m making friends / With all the creatures / Hiding there under my bed / I ain’t gonna hold on / To these monsters anymore”.
23. We All Poop “All the Blood (Positive Song Actually)” (Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song CZ 2020)
For those that like their horror with added blood and guts.
Spookiest lyrics: “All the blood that runs / While this show is still on / I try not to see while I’m having fun / Take my eyes away / And it’s gonna be alright / The more your pain I ignore / The less of human is in me”
24. Hatari — “Hatrið mun sigra” (Iceland 2019)
Possibly the most terrifying Eurovision entry ever… at least in terms of lyrical content and vocal delivery.
Spookiest lyrics: “Hatred will prevail”
25. Melovin — “Under The Ladder” (Ukraine 2018)
Primarily because Melovin resembles a vampire. But also, fire!
Spookiest lyrics: “Desperate thoughts, your hope calls you a liar / Fear begins to revel / Nothing but your will sets you on fire / Fire lasts forever”.
26. Cezar — “It’s My Life” (Romania 2013)
Solely because Cezar resembles a crazed vampire.
Spookiest lyrics: “Love is so strong / In the heart where you belong / It’s a dream, a desire /And is burning like a fire”.
27. Elnur & Samir — “Day After Day”
It’s safe to presume that Halloween must be Elnur’s favourite holiday.
Spookiest lyrics: “The earth is in flame / And you must share the blame / Look inside yourself /
We both are there”.
28. DJ Bobo — “Vampires Are Live” (Switzerland 2007)
Think Twilight or True Blood. Then banish all such thoughts and think high-camp europop.
Spookiest lyrics: “I am a vampire, I’m a slave / A slave to the daylight, hence my grave / In the darkness, in the shadows / Here I am”.
What songs are on your Eurovision Halloween playlist? Have we missed out any tricks or treats? Let us know in the comments.