5 CREEPY Podcasts To Get You In The Mood For Halloween

By Eimear O SullivanMusicngear Editor

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Seen every Tim Burton movie? Seen every horror movie and need something to fill that void? Here are 5 creepy podcasts to get you in the mood for Halloween on cold October nights. 


Article photo - 5 CREEPY Podcasts To Get You In The Mood For HalloweenSpooked

If, at a young age, you developed an insatiable appetite for macabre tales; and as an adult, you have grown into someone who consumes everything horror related (and you feel like you have not found anything in a while that quite satisfies that dark imagination of yours) -  then Spooked is right up your alley. 

This is a mix between cinematic horror/ghost stories, and something truly terrifying that you would come across on Reddit. Spooked consists of eerie tales told at the beginning of each episode by host Glynn Washington; tales which set the mood for the terror of which to come. The stories are real-life supernatural and unexplainable encounters people from all around the world have had; the delivery of these tales being accompanied by an eerie original score and unsettling sound design. 

Recommended: Flora and The Fox, A Murder of Crows


13 Days of Halloween ( Season 1 - Hawthorne Manor)

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Enter the mysterious gothic halls of Hawthorne Manor; in which you are guided from room to room by someone who is referred to only as ‘The Caretaker’ (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key). There is an overall storyline running throughout the podcast - however, it also serves as an anthology; as behind the door of each room in this carnivorous building you encounter a new person, who details a new story of unease and horror ( The Attic and The Ballroom are especially ominous and suspenseful). This has all the ingredients of good classic Halloween horror; as the sound design sweeps you right into a macabre world; one where you are never fully certain about what awaits you behind each door. 

13 Days of Halloween was created by Matt Frederick & Alex Williams; and executive produced by Aaron Mahnke. Season 2 The Sea is out October 2021 and stars Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus, Sister Act) and Bethany Anne Lind (Ozark, Lore).


The Horror of Dolores Roach

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One of the best, darkest, and most horror filled stories I have ever heard.

From moment one, you are drawn into the world of Dolores Roach, who has been in prison for sixteen years; and upon release, she returns to her New York City neighborhood. She finds her boyfriend has disappeared without a trace; and no family member awaits her to welcome her back. However, Dolores is recognized only by an old friend, Luis, who runs an empanada shop and lets Dolores stay with him and set up a massage parlour in the basement apartment. From here things descend into the darkest belly of underworld (e.g the abandoned NYC subway tunnels), all with a rich tapestry of characters; but also serves as a direct insight into how systems can brutally fail those who need it the most; and leave them very little choice when it comes to trying to survive. 

The Horror of Dolores Roach stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Bobby Cannavale, and was written by Aaron Mark.


Article photo - 5 CREEPY Podcasts To Get You In The Mood For HalloweenThe Burned Photo

Based on a Reddit thread - The Burned Photo is absolutely terrifying; relaying a deep sense of dread through what appear to be normal encounters, but something feels deeply wrong. It begins with young Felicia, who meets a new neighbor; however, upon hearing this, her mother moves her across the country in a state of terror. The same happens years later, when she encounters another girl. The story goes from here - and the things just get creepier ( you will be hooked from the first episode) This was produced by QCODE and Vertigo Entertainment (IT, THE DEPARTED). 


Strawberry Spring

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If you are here; then you are most likely a fan of the worlds created by prolific horror writer Stephen King. If you ever wanted a direct portal into the ominous worlds featured in his books; then Strawberry Spring is for you. Strawberry String is a scripted adaptation of this short story written by King ( taken from his book of short stories Night Shift). A usual fog rolls in every 8 years; and a modern day Jack The Ripper known as Springheel Jack, leaves a bloody trail throughout the Campus of New Sharon College during this weather phenomenon. He disappears leaving all the murders unsolved, however, 8 years later he returns, and is more terrifying than ever before. We follow reporter Henry Denton, who follows the trail left by Springheel Jack; as fear and terror take over the town. The sound design in this is so good you can almost feel the mist upon your face.


Are there any other creepy podcasts you would recommend? If so let us know in the comments!

About Eimear O Sullivan

Eimear Ann O Sullivan is a multi-genre music producer, audio engineer and vocalist. After receiving a Masters in Music Technology from the CIT Cork School of Music, she went on to operate as a producer under the name Blakkheart. Her releases have received critical acclaim from Ireland's biggest music publications, such as District Magazine and Nialler9, alongside receiving heavy commercial radio airplay. She currently works in Cork recording studio Flashpoint CC. Previous clients of hers include the likes of Comedy Central’s Dragony Aunt star Candy Warhol, rapper Darce and Outsider YP. (Photo credit @Fabian Boros)

Contact Eimear O Sullivan at eimear.o.sullivan@musicngear.com

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