Halloween may be a few weeks away – but it is never too early to get in the mood.
And how should one get in the mood? How about with a classic ghost story? Only this time the ghost stories aren’t being told around the campfire. They’re coming to you via the medium of podcasting.
So I’ve rounded up my fave spooky history podcasts to get you in the mood. As well as new podcasts from 2020 there are some old favourites – all designed to give you the chills and leave you looking over your shoulder!
As featured in my International Podcast Month feature, Things In Jars is a spooky history podcast about oddities, curiosities, and all the weird and wonderful stuff that dwells in museum stores! Join curators Melissa and Poppy as they discover extraordinary artefacts from collections across the world.
Subjects of previous episodes include poisonous museum items, collections with criminal links and haunted paraphernalia. And for October they are really pulling things out of the proverbial hat. Every Saturday they are releasing an extra special bonus episode, with an amazing line-up of spooky guests including THE Salem Witch Museum and the iconic Jamaica Inn. Check out the first episode with the Weird Norfolk podcast here.
In terms of spooky history podcasts, Dark Histories is my day one. Dark Histories tells the stories of our darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings. From large cultural events to smaller, localised legends host Ben is a natural born story teller that leaves you entranced.
The podcast explores famous mysteries in an interesting and entertaining way. All the while its as accurate as possible and rooting the mysteries in the available evidence. That’s why I think I like this podcast so much – it explores spooky topics that could easily veer into speculation and fabrications but with an historian’s analytic eye.
This Welsh history podcast is relatively new to the podcast scene – but its fast becoming one of my faves! Join host Mark Rees for a curious journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From ‘most haunted’ castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of real-life Welsh ghost stories, sea-faring folk tales of mermaids and water horses, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur.
Given the subject of the podcast, its no surprise Ghosts and Folklore of Wales is pulling out all the stops for Halloween, with five special episodes to celebrate this ancient festival. Check out the first episode all about the history of Halloween and the origin of the Welsh Nos Calan Gaeaf here.
In terms of spooky history podcasts, Cabinet of Curiosities is the granddaddy of them all. Twice a week, you’ll get a guided tour through some of the most bizarre corners of history, from unexplainable moments and coincidences, to people and objects that come with unusual backstories.
One of the advantages about this particular podcast is the length – they only tend to be about ten minutes long, which is sometimes more convenient. There is no compromise with the quality of the spooky content though!
I guarantee my selection of spooky history podcasts will leave your spine tingling. Do you have any fave spooky history podcasts which I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking for new podcasts!
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