Sounds Spooky: Great Family-Friendly Podcasts for Halloween | Kidcasts

Listen to these fun and (a little) frightful podcasts with kids of all ages.

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Spooky tales and entertaining explorations of the supernatural and paranormal await eager young ears as Halloween and Día de los Muertos approach. Research shows that reading and listening to thrilling stories, myths, and mysteries can help people cope with difficult situations in a safe context so they can develop resilience, control, and self-confidence. Read: How to Befriend Your Fears, a guest post by Ryan La Sala about writing horror fiction for ages 14-18. And, Stinetinglers: All New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales for grades 3-6.

Although most of the podcasts in the horror and thriller genres skew toward older children and adults, we have compiled a collection of episodes that can entertain children and their families at any age.
Check out the full Spooky Fun playlist

Newsy Pooloozi: Hungry Ghosts ­Festival, Halloween, and Day of the Dead, plus the Mystery of the Killer Whales and more!
A British-Indian-American mother-daughter duo creates this weekly world news podcast covering current events as well as various points of interest for kids and families. Their “Spooky Special” episode is a global exploration of Asia’s Hungry Ghosts Festival, America’s Halloween, and Mexico’s Day of the Dead, as well as the mystery of killer whales that go bump at sea and Japan’s drive-in haunted houses.

Buttons & Figs: One Halloween Night in the Halloween Zone
Librarian Pamela Rogers and musician Mark Pena introduce kids to nonsense literature, poetry, songs, and sounds to encourage them to play with words. They regularly collaborate with kids, and Halloween is one of their favorite themes for music and wordplay.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids: We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: A Tumble Halloween
Hosts Lindsay Patterson, a science journalist, and Marshall Escamilla, a teacher, ask a sociologist, “Why do people believe in ghosts?” and, “Can science ever prove that they don’t exist?” in this episode that is more entertaining exploration than frightening tale. This award-winning podcast features a strong back catalog of Halloween episodes and will be releasing a new Halloween episode closer to the holiday.

Professor Theo’s Mystery Lab: A Splendid Spooktacular Halloween Special
Written and performed by Jonathan Joy, this show revolves around a fictional West Virginia town that is home to kid superheroes and astronauts, time-traveling teens, kids who can quantum leap into video games, and more.

Fina Mendoza Mysteries: Día de los Muertos
In this mini-episode of the serial podcast Fina Mendoza Mysteries, listeners hear about the history and traditions of Día de Los Muertos. Fina and her sister learn about the holiday against the backdrop of their recent mother’s death. Educators interested in learning more can check out the curriculum sheets for this episode on the Fina Mendoza website:

Unspookable: Polybius: The Phantom Video Game
Unspookable unpacks myths, legends, and paranormal activities with a delightful fear factor. Host Elise Parisian narrates 30 episodes choc-full of haunting mysteries. The show delivers irresistible information about haunting phenomena, with topics from Slender Man and ghost ships to aliens and the legendary haunted video game, Polybius.

The Hollow: The School Teacher
Three sixth-graders at Sleepy Hollow Middle School worry that the school is haunted by the Headless Horseman. Dramatic sound effects and music ramp up the engagement level of this thrilling audio drama created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”


Phoebe Owens is a freelance librarian, writer, and co-creator of the podcast The Adventures of Power Dog in Dogland. Ali Wilkinson is a non-profit attorney, writer, and co-creator of the podcast Cool Facts About Animals.

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