Plenty of songs have been repurposed for Halloween use. "Thriller," "Monster Mash," and Rebecca Black's "Friday" (because that shit is scary) will all figure into this evening's festivities, but what about arguably the greatest song expressly written for the holiday, Danny Elfman's "This Is Halloween."
Featured in Tim Burton's 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, the song leads a
haunting soundtrack that helped turn the movie into a cult classic. "This Is Halloween" has since been covered by Marilyn Manson, Panic at the Disco, and various metal bands. Elfman, a name familiar to Oingo Boingo fans, is also famous for themes from The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives.
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It just dawned on us, soft, acoustic bands must be incapable of covering this song as Februus provides listeners with yet another rock/metal cover. Yes, the mood and lyrics are dark, but the movie itself is quite whimsical, which we thought would warrant a Dashboard Confessional cover at the very least.
Finally -- a cover that's not all metal all the time! Granted, we would have preferred any band over Panic at the Disco (except maybe My Chemical Romance). The sound of this song is nothing to write home about. In fact, the tones are so close to the original song that this can barely be called a cover. But alas, it made the list.