October is the month when artists like Ray Parker Jr. and Bobby (Boris) Picket make their yearly income in royalties for their spooky hit singles “Ghostbusters” and “Monster Mash”, respectively. From those kid-friendly classics, to the many renditions of “I Put A Spell On You”, originally by Screamin' Jay Hawkins', rockabilly’s The Cramps, and most recently the moody ethereal Ethel Cain, the cannon of mysteriously eery music for the spookiest day of the year, Halloween, is large and vast.
But when taking a step closer, the album covers that accompany these holiday classics don’t always match up in scariness (most likely due to the uninviting and sometimes controversial nature of grotesque imagery, see the original “Butcher” cover, for The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today). Thankfully, that hasn’t scared creative artists away from pushing the envelope with the dark and bizarre.
See below for a collection of spooky imagery that reaches beyond the scary holiday soundtrack.
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