Scary costumes, blood-curdling noises, unexpected frights… no, we’re not talking about national final season - it’s Halloween!
We’ve put together a list of songs scarier than the dreaded 'nil points’ to kick-off your Halloween party playlist.
10. Ell & Nikki – Running Scared (Azerbaijan 2011) 🇦🇿
OK, so having ‘scared’ in the title is a bit of a reach, but you’ll need a gentle ballad to ease you into the list given the more spine-tingling tracks coming up.
If either Ell or Nikki would like to re-record a spooky Halloween version of this iconic winner: call us!
9. Cezar – It’s My Life (Romania 2013) 🇷🇴
It’s 8 years since Cezar blessed the Eurovision stage with his intense operatics, but so great was his impact that typing ‘Eurovision vampire’ into Google still delivers this entry as the top result.
His haunting performance is fondly remembered by fans of the 2013 Contest.
8. Pirates of the Sea – Wolves of the Sea (Latvia 2008) 🇱🇻
The only Eurovision entry in recent years we need to use a mnemonic to clear up the confusion between the name of the act and the name of the song (just remember the lyric: ‘Pirates are all we can be.’ Not wolves. They’re pirates).
Either way, pirates are always welcome at any Halloween party, so clear out the sea shanties to make room for this buccaneer banger!
7. Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo (Cyprus 2021) 🇨🇾
It wouldn’t be a Halloween party without an appearance from the devil himself! El Diablo opened the show this year, instantly raising temperatures across the continent.
Elena’s fiery stomper is the first on our list to suggest Halloween party food: tacos, tamale and sriracha – very spicy indeed!
6. IVAN – Help You Fly (Belarus 2006) 🇧🇾
More wolves to add to the list – but were viewers shocked by the blood-curdling howl or the fact IVAN appears to have forgotten his outfit? Who can say, but this 2006 floor-filler deserves to be on any playlist.
5. Dihaj – Skeletons (Azerbaijan 2017) 🇦🇿
Another eerie entry from the ‘Land of Fire’. This sophisticated slice of synth-pop climaxes with a cameo from BoJack Horseman’s Azerbaijani cousin.
4. Dmitry Koldun – Work Your Magic (Belarus 2007) 🇧🇾
‘Koldun’ (колдун) is Russian for ‘sorcerer’, so we had a legit magician on stage in Helsinki who certainly was able to work his magic: conjuring a 6th place finish for Belarus that year.
3. Hatari – Hatrið Mun Sigra (Iceland 2019) 🇮🇸
Pity anyone celebrating Halloween in Iceland in 2019… Hatari raided every costume shop in Reykjavik to assemble the spikes, masks, leather, rubber, make-up and black contact lenses needed for their Hatrið Mun Sigra performance.
A real change of direction from Iceland’s previous entry Our Choice but the industrial techno and screamo vocals took Iceland to a first top 10 finish in a decade.
2. DJ BoBo – Vampires Are Alive (Switzerland 2007) 🇨🇭
One of the most terrifying performances of them all, and an equally spine-chilling result for the Swiss: can you believe this didn’t qualify for the Grand Final?
Claims of vampires being alive are very much undermined by the 8 static mannequins in DJ BoBo’s 2007 effort, but douze points for going all in on a theme!
1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland 2006) 🇫🇮
The politest most considerate monsters you’ll ever meet! Mr Lordi was recently seen encouraging the good people of Finland to get their second COVID-19 vaccination jab.
Of course Hard Rock Hallelujah is number one on our Eurovision Halloween party playlist.