There's no doubt about it - Halloween is the best holiday of the year! It's the one time of year when you can dress up in funky costumes and be someone you’re not - and it makes telling spooky stories and watching great horror movies just that little bit more thrilling.
If you’re like me and can’t get enough of the scary, strange, and paranormal, give one of these podcasts a listen.
2 Girls 1 Ghost
Home alone? Join Corinne and Sabrina as they tell each other about their encounters with ghost, spirits, and other paranormal beings. They cover ghost legends like Bloody Mary, haunted hiking trails, and invite guests to speak about their paranormal experience. If you’re not a believer now, you will be after listening to 2 Girls 1 Ghost. And one thing’s for sure: if you were feeling alone earlier, you won’t be any more.
Best Episodes: Ep 3 Caught on Tape, Ep 6 Unwelcomed House Guests
His Australian accent would lull you to sleep if these true stories weren’t so gripping. This anonymous host, affectionately called “Casey McCasefile” by fans, covers everything from cults like Jonestown, to creepy occurrences, like the Eriksson Twins. He also covers intriguing missing persons cases and serial killers from Australia and around the world. All his stories are true and well researched. Listen alone and you’ll be hiding under your covers all night long.
Best Episodes: Case 17: The Eriksson Twins, Case 4: Who Put Bella In The Witch Elm
Gone at 21
This raw and true investigation into the death of Katelyn Markham will leave you with more questions than answers. J Ryan, a private detective, interviews friends, family, and suspects to get to the bottom of what happened to Katelyn. J Ryan tells is like it is without any extra editing that you might find in other podcasts. The focus is on one thing: Katelyn. And once you’ve finished this podcast, you’ll be begging your friends to listen too, so you can discuss your theories on what happened.
Best Episodes: This is a serialized podcast, so listen in order. There are different “types” of episodes (“The Investigation,” “Evidentiary Notes,” “The Breakdown,”), so make sure you listen to them in the order that they were uploaded.
If you like good old-fashioned ghost stories, Pleasing Terrors is for you. Host Mike Brown will tell you about Dracula, the Jersey Devil, Frankenstein, and more. While some of these are more well-known, there’s bound to be a few new stories that you haven’t heard before. These episodes are only 20-30 minutes long, so you can listen to one on your way to school or work or binge them all. You’ll have tons of great stories to retell to your friends on Halloween night.
Best Episodes: 19: The Dark Seance Polka, A Vampire’s Heart
Too scared to listen to something real? Black Tapes is a convincing audio drama. Journalist Alex Reagan interviews a paranormal investigator, Dr. Richard Strand, who does not believe in the paranormal and debunks cases. Alex becomes even more intrigued when she finds out some of his unsolved cases, and digs herself into a strange and chilling adventure. Join Alex in this journey, but rest assured that you’ll be safe and sound once you take off the headphones. And don’t worry, the unsound won’t get you...or will it?
Best Episodes: Black Tapes is a serialized podcast, so start from the beginning. Finished it? Try its sister podcast, Tanis.
True North Strange and Weird
Join Canucks Kim and Patee in their tellings of lesser-known Canadian crimes, folklore, and weird occurrences. You’ll hear stories from listeners, learn about serial killers, and maybe even find Sasquatch. By the end of the episode, Kim and Patee will feel like your new best friends. And if you have a story, they would love to hear it.
Best Episodes: S1E6 Bigfoot rarely makes an appearance, S01E14/15 Canadian Horror Story Part 1 and 2
Weird S**t Podcast
Demonic possession? Aliens? Maybe it’s just the government? For all your conspiracy needs, listen to the Weird S**t Podcast. Four friends gather together and talk about conspiracies and more. They cover a little bit of everything: ghosts, 9/11, MK-Ultra, alien abductions - the possibilities are endless. No matter which episode you choose, you’re in for a ride. This podcast is a little bit on the lighter side, which is great if you’re looking for more treats than tricks.
Best Episodes: MK-Ultra, Demonic Possession: The Devil Made Me Do It
If you love folklore, you’ll love Lore. Host Aaron Mahnke dives into the history behind the mysterious creatures and events that we still reference today. You’ll learn some shocking connections between witches and Santa, the basis for the supernatural beings in popular culture, and whether something really could fall from the sky. Lore features special Halloween episodes too.
This podcast has a book series and soon-to-be tv series as well.
Best Episodes: 24: A Stranger Among Us, Trick or Treat collection
The NoSleep Podcast
If you like all things creepy, then surely you’ve heard of the Nosleep subreddit on Reddit. The NoSleep podcast takes top stories from Reddit and, using voice actors, recreates them. The production is excellent, and you will feel as if you’re right there with the characters. Each episode tells many different stories. There are nine seasons of this podcast, so you won’t run out of episodes. These stories are truly chilling, so beware, and good luck sleeping tonight.
Best Episodes: S2E2 featuring “5.5,” “The Curtis’ Dragon,” and “I Want to Help Him.” S1E3 featuring “Don’t Ever Turn it Off,” “The Cornfield,” and “The Thing in the Fields”
Inspired by Snap Judgement’s Halloween specials, Spooked features paranormal and ghost stories told by people they happened to. Host Glynn Washington has always been interested in strange encounters - his grandmother’s peculiar advice often got her called a witch. Do you want to believe, even though you’ve never had a paranormal encounter? After listening to a few of these stories, you’ll be sure that ghosts are real.
Best Episodes: The Shadow Men, Possession
Whether you’re into the paranormal, creepy crimes, or something else, there’s a podcast for you. Listen all year round and stay in the Halloween spirit 12 months a year.
Do you have any other cool and creepy podcast recommendations? Let us know in the Comments Section!
Haleigh Missildine is a professional blog writer who loves all things spooky. When she’s not writing, you can find her practicing guitar or playing with her cat.
You can find her @haleighcamille1 on twitter.