September 30th is International Podcast Day, and what better way to celebrate than by listening to the spookiest podcasts available? I know that choosing a podcast can be daunting, so I’ve created a list of some of my favorite shows I’m listening to right now.
Read on to see if your favorite made the list!
Presented by Nerdist and hosted by Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser, Bizarre States is a weekly podcast filled with weird news, deep-dive discussions on the unusual, paranormal stories submitted by listeners, and more. The hosts are affable, welcoming, and open-minded toward unexplainable events—like UFO and Bigfoot sightings—and always present thoughtful discussion on any topic. Plus, the witty banter between Chobot and Bowser makes it feel like you’re having a fun night out with friends.
Between segments on backyard creatures in Bowser’s Backyard, phantom poopers in Poo Corner, and a penis transplant gone wrong in Serial Killer Dick, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Fun fact: Bizarre States is back with all new episodes of their web series: Bizarre States: California! In the 6-part series, the duo explore spooky spots across the state of California. Last season, the hosts investigated paranormal hot spots exclusively around Los Angeles.
Ghosts in the Burbs
The Ghosts in the Burbs podcast hits close to home for me because it takes place entirely in Massachusetts! Host Liz Sower created the podcast searching for ghost stories local to her hometown of Wellesley—and boy, did she find them.
Sower interviews individuals within her community on their frightening experiences with ghosts and the unexplained and offers witty commentary. From haunted real estate, terrifying Ouija board experiences, demons, and more, the stories will certainly keep you up at night!
From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios comes Spooked, horrifying real tales of unexplained paranormal events, told from the individuals who experienced them. Hosted by Glynn Washington, the show has some genuinely scary moments that will send chills down your spine and make you sleep with the lights on.
One of my favorite episodes is “A Friend in the Forest,” a haunting story told by Shane Dunphy detailing one of his most unsettling experiences while working as a social worker in Ireland.
Limetown details the disappearance of over 300 men, women, and children at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee. This 6-part fictional series from Two-Up Productions is presented like an investigative report from a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), and it’s filled with faux 911 calls, news coverage, and interviews with individuals who experienced the mysterious event back in 2004. The podcast is done so well, you will sometimes forget that what you’re listening to isn’t real.
Looking for true crime podcasts? Check out my latest for Dread Central on 5 True Crime Podcasts You Need to Listen to Right Now!