The Best Halloween Podcast Episodes of 2017

Happy (belated) Halloween podcast world!

The most wonderfully haunting time of year has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still experience Halloween cheer.  It’s during this season that many of my favorite podcasts release special Halloween episodes, or just like to scare us all year round. In celebration of this most scary time of year, I wanted to give you all recommendations of the best listening for increasing your heart rate, sweating profusely and crying yourself to sleep. So, read on, and tune your podcast apps to these fear-inducing episodes!
From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios comes Spooked, a podcast that showcases people’s first-hand experiences of the unusual or supernatural.  Although every episode of this podcast is appropriate for a scary good time, the one stood out to me is “The Summoning”. All the stories in the episode are really interesting but the one that really gave me the creeps was the ‘Dollhouse’ story, which I listened to by myself on a late-night drive and regretted that decision immediately.
As you all know from my very first post, NoSleep is pretty much one of the best podcasts out there, where you can enjoy horror anthologies all year round. They also produce special Halloween episodes every year, and 2017 is no different. As a season pass member, you get 5 delicious hours of bone-chilling content that includes a bonus episode and the recorded version of the live performance they did this year in Toronto, which would have been a super cool story to be apart of the audience for. In short, it’s awesome and you won’t be disappointed.   
Jim Harold’s Campfire
This is a podcast I recently came across when looking for Halloween specials, and I’m so glad to have stumbled across it! It’s a call-in show that kind of has a “Coast to Coast AM” feel, where people talk about their strange or paranormal stories. The Halloween special features some of the hosts’ all time favorite stories, and is the perfect podcast to listen to in the dead of night when you’re all alone…you think. 
Generation Why
 For those of you not familiar with this podcast, it primarily features true crime, although the hosts have covered widely known conspiracies or other mysterious events. The episode you need to go and listen to right now is “The Scream Murder”, which is a real-life case where the killers used the well-known horror flick Scream as motivation to commit a brutal murder. This episode features stuff out of nightmares that actually happened, which is what makes it so scary.  
Astonishing Legends
This podcast is the only one that managed to actually give me nightmares this year, and it was because of their Black Eyed Kids episodes. People talk about their first-hand accounts of their encounters with these strange children who immediately make you feel dread in the pit of your stomach. So, when you hear a knock at your door in the dead of night, whatever you do, don’t invite them in…
So, friends, rush to your podcast app and check out my suggestions. Don’t forget to let me know what you think and if you have a listening recommendation for me, comment on this post or email me at podcastmind@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook or Twitter


Astonishing Legends

Good day, my fellow podcast-craving friends!
Today’s post is about a podcast that very recently gave me nightmares and made me a zombie at work the following day, so I thought it was more than worthy of being mentioned here amongst my favorites. I’m talking about Astonishing Legends, a podcast where hosts Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess discuss all things strange, unexplained and downright terrifying.
What’s different about this podcast, is that Scott and Forrest will pick some kind of strange event or encounter and spend 3 or 4  episodes on in-depth, entertaining discussion about a topic that can be mysterious, dark and frightening or just fun and enjoyable .
Episodes are any where between 1 to 3 hours in length, and the amount of research and effort that goes into their show comes out in a detailed explanation of history, interviews, different theories and their own opinions on the matter.
There are definitely positives and negatives with this kind of format, but I promise you, it’s mostly positive. For example, if it is a topic you’re not really interested in, then you have three or four weeks of that content where you either listen to it and learn a thing or two, or you don’t and just have to wait it out.
I generally fall into the camp of listening to almost everything because I enjoy the banter between the hosts, and often times I find myself laughing with them. The plus side of this format of course, is that you get 3 or 4 weeks of the most detailed and extensive research on something that fascinates you, that you likely won’t find anywhere else unless you do all of that work yourself.
Something that I really enjoy is that episodes start with a quote from one of their sources and these really get you hooked to hear more of the story. Some of my favorite topics have been Skinwalker Ranch, The Devil & Anneliese Michel, and Shadow People.
The topic I’ve been dying to hear about and my new number one favorite is Blackeyed Kids, otherwise known as one of my worst nightmares, hence the sleepless night earlier this week.I definitely enjoy their running jokes (where are you from Forrest!?) and at this point I think it could be a drinking game for the number of times Amelia Earhart or Mothman is mentioned in many of the mostly unrelated topics, but it makes me laugh and declare DRINK! so I find that I really don’t mind the tangents.
So venture forth, scroll through their episodes and try something that peaks your interest! You will not be disappointed by Astonishing Legends, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself binge-listening from the very beginning.
Happy listening!
Have a podcast suggestion for me? Email me at podcastmind@gmail.com and send me your top picks!

The Black Tapes

Hey there podcast world!

As October steadily creeps by and Halloween lies in wait, I thought I would continue down the dark foreboding path of spooky podcasts to get us into the spirit of the upcoming day of costumes, candy and the urge to visit anything potentially haunted. For these reasons, I decided to go back and re-listen to the first two seasons of The Black Tapes podcast to get the story fresh in my head for the new season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock (like I was just over a year ago) and don’t know what The Black Tapes is, I’ve got you . It’s a docudrama from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale hosted by Alex Reagen, a journalist who immerses herself in the task of unraveling the truth.

She is joined by critical thinker and major skeptic, Dr. Richard Strand. He is the president and founder of the Strand Institute, an organization offering a prize of 1 million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of the paranormal. This has led to a rather large collection of what Alex refers to as The Black Tapes, which is video footage sent from people all around the world either trying to claim the prize money, or from people searching for an explanation and help.

This podcast was my introduction into the world of digital audio. My sister had suggested it for one of our road trips back home, and I was immediately hooked and blew through the first season the next couple days at work. It was right up my alley, and had everything I was always been interested in hearing about. Ghosts, demons, mystery, intrigue and a (more than) healthy dose of skepticism.

When the third season finally came out and the notification popped up in my feed, I literally squealed with excitement. It was pretty embarrassing considering I was surrounded by my science colleagues, but I recovered my calm and politely suggested that anyone who interrupted me for the next 40 minutes would receive death glares and exasperated sighs.

There are some particularly hair raising episodes that have disturbing paranormal happenings, and if you’re looking for something to really keep you up at night, I strongly recommend the Halloween episode from season 2. It is seriously nightmarish, and will certainly have you double checking the shadows in your room at night. I cannot wait to hear what they will come out with this year!
If you’re a fan of The Black Tapes and need to fill the dark void it leaves when you have to wait 2 weeks for the next episode, then you’ll also enjoy Tanis (Pacific Northwest Stories, Minnow Beats Whale and the Public Radio Alliance) and Rabbits (Public Radio Alliance). These podcasts are of a similar style as The Black Tapes, and often times you’ll hear some of your favorite familiar voices.
So, until next time podcast world, take care and keep listening!
Have a podcast suggestion for me? Email me at podcastmind@gmail.com and send me your top picks!