Four podcasts to get you into the Halloween spirit

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

What can I say to accurately describe this deliciously dark-humored podcast? It features two women, who, admittedly, are not experts in the field of true crime. However, what the hosts lack in expertise, they make up for with morbid jokes and unmatched passion. . Each episode covers a new murder and the topics range from cannibals, to children who kill, to unsolved cases. What shines the most about their podcast is their self-awareness that what theyre saying and joking about is pretty messed up. But, if youre like me, thats also what makes this podcast so addicting. Check out this podcast if youre a true crime junkie.

 

Welcome to Night Vale

Unlike many podcasts, Welcome to Night Vale portrays a fictional town in the Southwest that features supernatural events in a world where conspiracy theories come to life. While this podcast is not based on true events, its realism creates an eerie atmosphere where I caught myself thinking, What if this was actually real? This podcast is so enticing because of the immersive world created by sound alone, and listening to it will leave you attached to the characters and anxiously anticipating the next episode. It may not spook you like mainstream horror entertainment, but it will leave you checking over your shoulder. Give this one a listen if you want to dip your toe into the world of the paranormal.

 

Stuff You Missed in History Class

This is a personal favorite of mine, and episodes come in digestible 20 to 40 minute installments. Under the umbrella of the How Stuff Works media company, SYMHC covers topics from Butter vs. Margerine to Americas First Serial Killer. They get many listener requests to do eerie and unexplained topics, so its easy to get in the Halloween spirit by listening even if its not Halloween. But every October, they focus specifically on historys mysteries. Most notable Halloween episodes include the creation of Disneys Haunted Mansion ride, ghost ships and witch trials around the world.

 

Lore

This podcast covers the strange, spooky and mysterious origins of popular folklore. Why are we afraid of shadows? What is the history of lobotomies? This is one of my favorite road trip podcasts, and its so easy to get lost in the dark stories of urban legends, cryptids and our childhood nightmare fuel. Lore also gets extra credit, as the podcasts most popular topics were just adapted into a six-part television series on Amazon Prime, available for streaming now. Start there to learn more about the Spiritualist movement, haunted dolls, monsters and werewolves.