Your favorite podcasts are celebrating Halloween! We're sharing 10 Halloween episodes that capture the spooky spirit. From how pumpkins became the mascot of Halloween to a fungus that creates zombie bugs, these episodes do not disappoint.
Ologies with Alie Ward
Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) with Anne Copeland
Did you know that pumpkins are actually a berry? Learn everything you have ever wanted to know about pumpkins from pumpkin expert Anne Copeland with host Alie Ward.
The Reply All Halloween Scream-A-Thon
Reply All takes listener calls about their real-life spooky stories in this episode. Not all the stories are super spooky, but the questions hosts PJ and Alex have are definitely strange and unusual. Is the call coming from inside the house?
The Zombies That Walk Among Us
There may not be real human zombies in the world, but there are zombies insects. Learn about zombie bugs that could be tripping on Psilocybin while shaking their “flying salt shakers of death” in this episode.
Speaking of zombies, where did the undead idea come from? Hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah follow the dark history of zombies, with origins from the horrors of slavery in Haiti.
Food 4 Thot
Turns Out I’m 100% That Witch
The spookiest part of this episode is the Halloween walk of shame in a diaper and a bib. Would you swipe right on Dracula? This discussion of sex, relationships, race and identity in the season of candy and costumes may not be (is definitely not) safe for work.
Double Feature of Darkness
If the IRL stores are getting to be too much for you, let’s switch to fiction. These creepy tales will have you on the edge of your seat, but don’t worry. It’s all make-believe, right?
Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet
Spooky Spots in Salem, MA
From too scary to not scary enough, hosts Alex and Christine Schiefer explore one-star reviews in the spookiest of spooky places, Salem Massachusetts. The reviews they find feature head lice, 666, ritual sacrifices, and roast beef. Spoiler alert, we give this episode five stars.
Parcast Presents: Halloween
Halloween: The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs
Parcast has collected Halloween episodes from their many shows into their Parcast Presents feed. This episode from the show Haunted Places is not for the faint of heart, but it is an excellent opportunity for one of our favorite quotes: the call is coming from inside the house.
Stuff You Should Know
SYSK’s Scare Your Socks Off Halloween Spooktacular 2019
Josh and Chuck make the Philip K Dick story, The Hanging Stranger, even creepier with sounds effects to score the tale of a man who finds a dead body in the park, that no one else seems to see. Enjoy this special ad-free episode that keeps the spooky feeling throughout.
A Series of Unfortunate Recessions
The fear of a recession may be the scariest story on this list, but after the auto-tuned news, we’re less scared of a future recession and more thankful we’re not living in 1933. If you want to hear another great Halloween episode from Planet Money, we suggest listening to last year’s episode with a surprise character you may recognize from another podcast network.