Silence can be scary, but Halloween deserves a spooky soundtrack.

For decades, jazz musicians have explored Halloween themes in a variety of ways. Sometimes the eerie imagery is incorporated into lyrics about love; other times the haunting sounds of the music demand a fittingly spine-chilling title; and then there are the songs that are simply zany, fun-filled celebrations of All Hallows’ Eve itself.

Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, witchcraft, skeletons and spirits — you’ll find all these and more throughout this thrilling playlist of Halloween-themed jazz classics both old and new.