Music Video Monday: Halloween Special

Happy Halloween! We’ve picked out the best of Halloween’s creepy and unearthly music videos to fully freak you out. From witches and skeletons, to bike riding creatures and haunted houses, there’s something in here for any and every halloween fiend. Enjoy.

Queens of the Stone Age – ‘Burn the Witch’

This video unsurprisingly plays on the iconic Salem witch trials, portraying a group of villagers on a witch-hunt. This time the witch is real, however, and she retaliates with a creepy skeleton army. The video has a cut-and-paste, collage-like special effects that adds a silly feel to the sinister goings on.

Friendly Fires – ‘Skeleton Boy’

Remember this? Friendly Fires’ disembodied heads open their video for ‘Skeleton Boy,’ and are soon joined by an eruption of confetti. Next they wear simple skeleton outfits, striking against the black backdrop. This is a perfect video and song for the fun, partying side of Halloween, as frontman Ed Macfarlane works the skeleton look and his dancing is simply quite nuts.

Bat For Lashes – ‘What’s a Girl to Do?’

Directed by Dougal Wilson, who recently created adverts for John Lewis, this single shot video follows Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes riding a bike down a mysterious forest-lined road at night. As she eerily sings about falling out of love, she is joined by a clan of creepy cycling creatures who perform BMX jumps around her and try to clap without falling off their bikes.

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Panda Bear – ‘Surfer’s Hymn’

This stunning monochrome video follows a group of skeletons surfing through a graveyard late at night. The glittering graveyard scene is intercut with real surfing footage. Despite the carefree vibe, the video has a serious message that appears at the end: “dedicated to all the surfers taken by the sea,’ adding another sombre layer to the already sinister video.

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Toro Y Moi – ‘How I Know’

A trio of friends sneak into a haunted house in this video, encountering the mischievous ghosts that live there and becoming their victims. Despite being murdered, they seem pretty happy to have become ghosts, and the video has a light-hearted and playful tone with a  gorgeous colourful style.