SiriusXM, Pandora announce Halloween specials

Programming includes Eminem, U2, Billy Idol and more

SiriusXM and Pandora announced today they will feature a wide variety of exclusive Halloween-themed programming on both platforms. With traditional Halloween activities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, SiriusXM and Pandora plan to help families and listeners find creative and safe ways to keep the spirit alive with endless hours of music and entertainment for the whole family.

Beginning on October 15th, SiriusXM will air extensive programming including everything from scary stories, to haunted house-inspired sounds, to Halloween-themed playlists across SiriusXM’s music, talk, comedy and entertainment channels.

Pandora offers a lineup of Halloween stations and playlists for the whole family, including the newly updated Halloween Party station with Modes, and a hosted playlist by Halloween-obsessed music trio LVCRFT. All programming from SiriusXM and Pandora is available to stream online on the SiriusXM and Pandora mobile apps, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices.

“Billy Idol’s Live Transmission” on 1st Wave, SiriusXM channel 33. “Billy Idol’s Live Transmission” punks up your Halloween with an hour of classic alternative and punk from Sex Pistols, The Smiths and more on Tuesday, October 27th at 8 pm ET with replays on Thursday, October 29th at 11 pm ET and on Halloween at 7 pm ET.

Major Lazer’s “Music Is The Weapon” Halloween Special will be featured on Diplo’s Revolution, SiriusXM channel 52. Global Dance Trio Major Lazer celebrates the release of their album Music Is The Weapon with an all-day special! Hear a performance captured from their drive-in show in California and hear them discuss tracks along with song collaborators. Airs all day on Halloween at noon ET until Sunday, November 1st at midnight ET.

Shade 45, SiriusXM channel 45, will air two different specials: “Bad Meets Evil – Shady Halloween” and “Devil’s Night.” Shade 45 circles back to 2011 when Eminem and Royce da 5’9” AKA Bad Meets Evil ran down some of their favorite Halloween cuts on the heels of their release, Hell: The Sequel (EP). Hear tracks from Big L, D12, Dana Dane, Three 6 Mafia, Dr. Dre & Ice Cube, and more on Friday, October 30th at 6 pm ET. It will rebroadcast on Sunday, November 1st at midnight and 8 pm ET.
“Devil’s Night” DJ Wonder will mix up tons of Horror-Core treats for two hours while artists provide scary tales to keep listeners spooked this Halloween! It airs Saturday, October 31st at 6 pm ET and rebroadcasts at 10 pm ET.

‘Omari’s Spell’ Playlist will air on Hip Hop Nation, SiriusXM channel 44. Omari Hardwick, you may remember as Ghost on hit Starz series, Power, will host his favorite 15 Hip Hop Halloween cuts on the weekend of his new Horror movie release, Spell. Hear music from Kanye West, Eminem, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, and more airing on Saturday, October 31st at 1 pm ET with replays at 6 pm and 9 pm ET.

Gavin Friday will host a Halloween Special on U2 X-Radio, SiriusXM channel 32. He’s an artist, lifelong U2 friend and collaborator – and every month, he takes control of the channel to share commentary and a new hand-selected playlist. This month, explore a killer list of spooky vibes with Gavin Friday on this Halloween episode of “Gavin Friday Presents,” airing Friday, October 30th at 11 pm ET.

Hits 1 HalloWeekend Countdown edition with Spyder Harrison airs on SiriusXM channel 2. Enter Spyder Harrison’s Haunted House, where he and his pal Mickey The Wonder Pup count down the biggest songs in North America. Expect some spooky surprises and Halloween hits airing on Halloween at 7 am ET with replays throughout the day, on Sunday, November 1st and Monday, November 2nd.

This Halloween Weekend sees The Return of Emo-Halloween-O on Alt Nation, SiriusXM channel 36. Emo-Halloween-O features the best emo/screamo and pop-punk tracks the 2000s had to offer. Starting Halloween Eve and continuing all weekend long, listen for blocks comprised of throwback tracks from Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, Death Cab for Cutie, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World and more. It airs Friday, October 30th and rebroadcasts each hour through Sunday, November 1st.

Motörhead: 40 Years of ‘Ace of Spades’ Special will air on Volume, SiriusXM channel 106. In celebration of the release of the deluxe collectors box set and special anniversary editions of Motörhead’s fourth studio album Ace of Spades, SiriusXM Volume presents a one-hour special featuring a full deck of A-list rockers paying tribute to this iconic album and its fearless leader, Lemmy Kilmister. The special will air on Friday, October 30th at 10 am and 7 pm ET and replays on Halloween at noon and 11 pm ET.

Ozzy’s Boneyard will host 40 years of Motörhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ Weekend. Hear songs and insights from the band every hour throughout Halloween weekend beginning on Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st.

Feedback’s Virtual Halloween Costume Trick or Treat Fright Fest features Feedback hosts Nik Carter and Lori Majewski refusing to let Halloween be cancelled, so they are throwing a Virtual Halloween Party and inviting SiriusXM subscribers to join the show in costume via Zoom. Fans in attendance will be asked to come dressed as their favorite musicians, and Nik and Lori and the Feedback staff will vote and give the top three costumes special prizes. The episode will also include guest judges and other spooky surprises. It premieres Friday, October 30th at 9 am ET.

Octane’s Halloween Costume Covers Contest features the best bands that “dressed up as other bands” for a Halloween Costume Covers Contest and will let the fans vote on their favorite hard rock cover songs, playing them back on Halloween weekend. Hear the Top 20 Hard Rock cover songs hosted by horror fanatic and Motionless In White front man Chris Motionless alongside Octane’s Jose Mangin as they share their love of Halloween, covers, and horror! The three-day one-hour special show begins on Friday, October 30th at 9 am ET and will rebroadcast throughout the weekend on Octane, SiriusXM channel 37.

Beginning on October 23rd, the SiriusXM app will be hauntingly designed to attract Halloween enthusiasts. One of the features unique to the app are the classic guest DJ Halloween shows pulled from our archives starring artists such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Gene Simmons, and Fred Schneider. The app will also showcase individual horror tales from Radio Classics (ch. 148), including Dracula, Frankenstein, and more.

Pandora is offering listeners a musical treat this season with a lineup of Halloween stations including “Family Halloween,” “Ghostly Grooves,” “Halloween Metal,” “Hipster Halloween,” “Spooky Symphonies,” and “Witch House.” To celebrate the holiday, Pandora is also launching new Modes on its Halloween Party station, where listeners can customize their experience to find their favorite types of Halloween music — featuring Hip-Hop Horrorween Mode, Creepy Country Mode, Disney Halloween Party Mode, Rock from the Crypt Mode, and Haunted House Mode.

Additionally, Pandora will also be launching a “slaylist” playlist on Thursday, October 15th hosted by the horror-obsessed, award-winning hitmakers of music trio LVCRFT – who have worked with Madonna, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and countless other pop greats. LVCRFT will be guiding listeners through songs from their new Halloween-inspired album, “The Sequel,” with extra-eerie cameos from horror icons like Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead”), John Kassir (“Tales from the Crypt”) and more.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.