With Halloween falling on a weekday, you’ve probably already partied over the weekend. So what should you do tonight? Sure, there’s Stranger Things on Netflix, along with dozens of horror movies to stream. But why not do something a little spookier, a bit different tonight?
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Turn off the lights, grab some candy, and listen to a spine-tingling podcast. Here are seven spooky horror podcasts perfect for a night in on Halloween.
Alice Isn’t Dead
In this serial fiction podcast from the creators of Welcome to the Night Vale, a truck driver goes on a road trip across America in search of her missing wife. Her gripping audio diaries are filled with surreal encounters with otherwordly serial killers, time travel, and a larger conspiracy.
You might recognize several voices from this psychological thriller featuring stellar performances by Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer. Other celeb cameos include Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, and Spike Jonze. The experimental fiction story involves a caseworker (Keener) at a mysterious facility, a military vet (Isaac) as her patient, and a gruff supervisor (Schwimmer).
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This critically acclaimed podcast phenomenon explores haunting historical events, folklore, and myths tied together by a theme in each episode. The storytelling never feels over the top — instead, it’s reminiscent of sitting around a campfire and telling scary stories. But don’t mistake this for an unaffecting listen — the quiet horror of Lore taps into the psychology of what we fear the most.
My Favorite Murder
Believe it or not, this true crime podcast is a comedy. Coming from a resolutely female perspective, the show’s popular taglines include “stay sexy, don’t get murdered” and “f*** politeness.” Rather than a serious procedural, My Favorite Murder comes off as more of an entertaining conversation between two friends, the hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who share a common, albeit macabre, interest.
Sword and Scale
This disturbing podcast recreates heinous true crime stories with narration interwoven with audio from 911 calls, interrogation tapes, sound effects, and interviews with criminals and victims. From high-profile trials to unsolved murder cases, Sword and Scale delves into the darkest human impulses and the ugly underworld of criminal activity.
If you like your horror with a healthy dose of comedy, this fictional audio drama is for you. The story of a group of teens who fight evil forces during a camping trip may seem fairly traditional, but the exceptional sound design works to a chilling effect.
This serialized audio drama harkens back to radio shows of the past, complete with stellar audio production and brilliant voice acting. Return Home follows a man who goes back to his childhood home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, where he is compelled to unravel the mystery of strange, extraterrestrial happenings in the town and of his own purpose.