Best Mystery Podcasts for Spooky Season

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Spooky season is officially upon us. It's that time of year when most people are seeking a few frights; whether it be a haunted house or scary movie, they're looking for a thrill. You might be looking for the same but would rather work it into your daily routine.

Well, have you listened to a mystery podcast?

Listen to creepy folklore and true crime stories anytime. There are plenty of mystery podcasts you can stream while cleaning the house, commuting to work, or getting this season’s Halloween costume together. If you’re wondering where to start, Optimum Mobile has a list of mystery podcasts that are perfect for this Halloween season, read on to start listening.

What are the best mystery podcasts?

The world is full of mystery and these podcasts do a great job chronicling all of it. Whether it's someone's disappearance or unsolved murder, these podcasts are ready to tell the story. We hope it isn't too scary for you!


You already know a podcast that has the tagline, "Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction," is bound to send chills down your spine! The Grim & Mild produced podcast, Lore, is an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast that tells true-life scary stories. It explores the darker side of history and investigates the creatures, people, and places that give us nightmares. The podcast is now a series on Amazon Prime (two seasons available for streaming now), and Penguin Random House has published a series of books.

Where can I listen to Lore?

You can start streaming Lore on Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pandora, and Google Podcasts.

Up and Vanished

Starting as a documentary, Up and Vanished was created by filmmaker Payne Lindsay from Tenderfoot TV. As he began to investigate the 2005 missing person case of Tara Grinstead, Lindsay reviewed old leads and discovered new ones. The podcast picked up traction, and the case was reopened. And after 11 years of it being a cold case, arrests for Grinstead's murder were made. Like an anthology series, each season covers different missing persons cases.

How to listen to Up and Vanished?

You can start streaming all three seasons of Up and Vanished on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

The NoSleep Podcast

The No Sleep Podcast started from a Reddit forum called "No Sleep," where members shared original scary stories about their own frightening experiences. It felt as if you were sitting around a campfire telling ghost stories. A member of the forum, Matt Hansen, proposed turning the threads into a podcast where he would read the biggest stories in an audiobook style. With a positive response, The NoSleep Podcast was born. David Cummings has since taken over the duties of narrator and showrunner. There are currently 16 seasons to listen to, so there is no shortage of spooky content from this podcast.

Where can I listen to The NoSleep Podcast?

You can stream The NoSleep Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.


From the creators of the popular human interest podcast This American Life, Sarah Koenig hosts, Serial. This award-winning podcast launched America's obsession with true crime podcasts, so if you're new to the genre, this is a great place to start. It's an investigative journalism podcast that tells a different true crime story each season. Each week Koenig uncovers something new in the case and reveals her findings in a storytelling style to her listeners.

How do I listen to the Serial podcast?

You can stream Serial on Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

My Favorite Murder

If you’re looking for something that’s spooky but still has a hint of comedy, the My Favorite Murder podcast is for you. This bi-weekly true crime podcast is hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. They cover interesting murder cases and even have live shows to get their fanbase, the "Murderinos," involved.

How to listen to My Favorite Murder?

You can stream My Favorite Murder on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.


Are you ready to start streaming? Dive into spooky season with these mystery podcasts! You can stream them on multiple platforms and learn more about podcast streaming in our article: Guide to the Best Podcast Apps.

Happy streaming!


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