When it comes to podcasts there are two that I seem to always be raving about – The NoSleep Podcast and The Halloween Haunt. Although the NoSleep Podcast isn’t specifically Halloween related, both are perfect for this spooky time of year!
This family friendly podcast is presented by the Halloween Haunter, an eerie gentleman who presents us with a new mini-podcast almost every day in October. In each episode you’ll discover some cool fact, story, urban legend, poem, etc. that is scary or has to do with Halloween. This year the podcast kicked off with a 5 minute episode about Child’s Play, being that this year is the 25th Anniversary of the original movie. Other previous episodes feature topics such as Lizzie Borden, Vincent Price, How to Carve A Pumpkin, Halloween food, Robert the Doll, and even readings such as “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. There’s a big ol’ mix of awesome topics and since they’re all available on iTunes, you can listen to them all and catch up quickly! There is also a WordPress Blog that gives additional notes and information about each episode.
I love what the Halloween Haunter is doing and I’ve even begun wishing the episodes were longer! The Halloween Haunt is informational, which is a fun break away from typical “discussion” podcasts and makes them perfect for your younger ones to start getting interested in the spooky and macabre!
I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this podcast because it’s by far my favorite one. The amazingly talented David Cummings produces this horror storytelling podcast, acting as show host and frequent narrator. All of these original stories were pulled from Reddit, mostly the forums called No Sleep and Library of Shadows. Each story in the No Sleep forum must be written as a true, first person account of some terrifying event. Library of Shadows is not held to that first person structure, so it’s a nice mix-up between styles.
Although not as family friendly as the Halloween Haunt, I feel that as a teenager I would have devoured each and every episode and not slept for months. I love that no story ever feels too long, actually most often they feel way too short. Every story leaves me unnerved and wanting more! If you feel like horror movies lately have been failing you (maybe you’re just as jaded as I am when it comes to being scared by a film), I highly recommend taking a listen!
I had been accessing this podcast through their website, but I recently discovered it is also available on iTunes. You can listen to every episode right on the website but each episode page also features a “Download” button. Simply right click and choose “Save Link As” to download, then drop it into your preferred music player and you’re good to go. I highly recommend the Season 2 (2012) Halloween Bonus episode – it’s longer than most others and features 4 particularly frightening stories including The Showers, which was voted Scariest Story in 2012 on the Reddit Forum.
I hope that by discovering these amazing podcasts I’ll have opened the door for even more to come! Let me know if you take a listen and what your favorite episodes are!!