The Halloween Haunt

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A short audio program celebrating our creepiest holiday. Hosted by the Halloween Haunter. History, customs, traditions, as well as spooky stories and poems. Available on all podcast apps.

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Top Costumes 2018
On Facebook, Aaron in Utah wanted to hear another list. Here are three (a magic number). You can also get in touch on Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt . Hear more episodes about costumes at All of the episodes are at The lists can also be found at the CNN website. Music includes: “Waltz of the Carnies,” by Kevin Macleod […]
Oct 29, 2018
“The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare
A haunting poem about those you can’t see but are always listening. No, not the Feds. Find the Haunt on Facebook and Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt . More poetry can be found at Read along with the poem at New Forest Centre. Scroll down. Music: “Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from “A New Morning” by Persona (from Click here to download the show.
Oct 26, 2018
The David Oman House in Beverly Hills, CA
Another haunted location, another episode not great for little ones. But hopefully great for you. Find the Haunt on Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook. And all of the episodes are at Learn more about the scary house at Haunted Los Angeles, the Paranormal Witness Wiki, and the Oman House website itself. Music: “ElectroShock” by Sam Haynes from “Halloween 2017 – […]
Oct 23, 2018
Waverly Hills Sanitorium
When folks in Kentucky had certain health issues, they went to Waverly Hills. Poor folks. The staff was doing the best they could. Some of the folks seem to have stuck around in the afterlife. Join our Facebook page, and on Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt. Learn about more haunted places…where else? Find out more about Waverly Hills from […]
Oct 21, 2018
Ambrose Bierce’s “A Cold Greeting”
Friendship can be a strange thing. What happens when it seems that a friendship…dies? You can be my friend, especially on the social media, like Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook, where I confess I only have a page you can like, not “friend” me. But we can pretend, right? Hear more gothic fiction from Ambrose Bierce […]
Oct 18, 2018
Black Cats
Few things say Halloween like black cats, although they are delightful any time of year. Thank you, Robin, for another excellent suggestion on Facebook. I tweet at @HalloweenHaunt. Much more can be found at Wikipedia will tell you much about the history of black cat superstition.  I will tell  you much about witches (with a bit about […]
Oct 13, 2018
Classic Homemade Halloween Treats
Bruno on Facebook had a hankering for the homemade Halloween eats and wanted to hear about them. I hope they don’t make you hungry. Did you know that Longfellow ruminated on the deceased? He did. My Twitter handle is @HalloweenHaunt. Find more at Foodal has a comprehensive look at Halloween treating. Find out about peanut brittle from […]
Oct 10, 2018
“Haunted Houses” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Did you know that Longfellow ruminated on the deceased?He did. Join the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Also, like the program on Facebook. Find more at Read along with me or bring it along and recite it at a party at Music: Nocturne by Ekho “Relent” by Kevin Macleod ( Click here to download the show.  
Oct 07, 2018
Golden Age Radio Horror
Just like today, the Golden Age of radio took place at a scary time in the world. Radio was there to help cathartically. Matthew suggested this topic on Facebook. We are on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Find more at Learn more about “Lights Out,” “The Witch’s Tale,” and “Suspense” from Wikipedia. Website The Art of Manliness, OTR Cat, The Nitrate Diva […]
Oct 04, 2018
Urban Legends
For Robin on Facebook, we discuss the stories which arise seemingly from nowhere. Follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. “Like” our Facebook page. Everything, including all of the episodes, are at Believe it or not, you can find more urban legends at And learn more about urban legends from Wikipedia. Music: “Colossus” by Kevin Macleod ( Bonus music: “On […]
Oct 02, 2018
Promo ’18–Dark Times in the Haunt…and Everywhere Else, Too
Escape from the dark–in the Halloween Haunt? In a manner of speaking. Join the Haunt on Twitter,  @HalloweenHaunt, and Facebook. Find every episode produced at Click here to download the promo.
Sep 05, 2018
Haunted Hollywood
Hooray for haunts…and Hollywood has plenty. Learn about a few now.  Scroll down, look to the left if you want to give. The Halloween Haunt is on Facebook. I suggest you set it to be on the top of your News Feed so you see everything. Also find out about many Halloween happenings @HalloweenHaunt on Twitter. Everything, including all […]
Oct 29, 2017
More Emily Dickinson Fun
Two poems from the great Emily Dickinson. You might want to have something funny ready for when you’re done. Thank you for giving to the you’re helping to keep the show going. Scroll down, look to the left if you want to give. Follow the Haunt Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook (like us, too). Read along with me with these handy […]
Oct 26, 2017
Tips for Safer Trick-or-Treating
Make sure your special night is scary for the right reasons. Join the Halloween Haunt on Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. has lots of creepy Halloween and Halloweenesque information. And all of the episodes of the Halloween Haunt. NBC News, of all places, has more about trick-or-treat safety. So does the American Red Cross. More about trick or treating at […]
Oct 23, 2017
Some people take their ghosts very seriously. And they’re not afraid. Are you? More haunting information at, where you can also give and help keep the Haunt in cobwebs. Learn more about Halloween happenings on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and our Facebook page as well. Wikipedia will tell you much more about Spiritualism, as will the Encyclopedia Britannica and […]
Oct 20, 2017
“At Old Man Eckert’s” by Ambrose Bierce
A story of a house that is…haunted? A gateway to another, horrible dimension? Something nice like that.  Join the Facebook party, and the Twitter freakfest @HalloweenHaunt. Find more stories by Bierce and more at Classic Reader will allow you to read along, if you like. Music: “Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Sam Haynes from “Something Wicked–Halloween and […]
Oct 17, 2017
Dark Shadows
The original supernatural soap is the subject du jour. Thank you to everyone who gives to the Haunt at, scroll down and look to the left. Follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and like us on Facebook. Wikipedia will tell you much about Dark Shadows, as will MeTV, and Music: “Shadows in the Moonlight” by Sam Haynes from “Something Wicked–Halloween and Horror Music for […]
Oct 13, 2017
Top Halloween Candy 2017
What’s your favorite? You may be surprised about others’ favorites. Join the Halloween Haunt on Facebook and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. More Halloween treats can be found at Look for your state on Influenster. I don’t want to spoil the results, so I’ll just tell you that I found info on the candies on Wikipedia. Mental Floss has tidbits about […]
Oct 10, 2017
“Haunted” and “The Raven’s Tomb” by Walter de la Mare
Our first poems from Walter de la Mare are clearly spooky, just look at the titles. Much more poetry, stories and other Halloween frightfulness at That’s also where you can help keep the Halloween Haunt online. Find other angles of the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on our Facebook page. Read along if you’d like, “The Haunted” and “The […]
Oct 07, 2017
The Mystery of Roanoke Island
Back before there was a United States, one of the early settlements was Roanoke Island. It didn’t go well. But what happened to the people? Justin in California suggested this on the Halloween Haunt Facebook page. I give you Halloween news on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. If you would like to give to the Haunt, scroll down and look to the left. […]
Oct 04, 2017
Halloween Destinations
October is a terrific time to explore the world of Halloween–in the world. You’ll find much Halloween fun at Thank you for the Halloween gifts, you’ll find the link on the left if you scroll down. Join the Haunt on Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Mark suggested this topic on Facebook, by the way. Learn more about the destinations […]
Oct 01, 2017
Disney’s Haunted Mansions
They are some of the most popular attractions at the Disney Parks. And they’re haunted. Learn more about the houses and find every episode at Make sure you like the Haunt on Facebook, and you follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Google+. Learn more about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion from the LA Times. Interesting facts about the mansions are at Ray Keim’s Haunted Dimensions and […]
Oct 29, 2016
Two from Emily Dickinson
We return to the lovely belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson. First we present “The Soul has Bandaged Moments” and then “I Heard a Fly Buzz.”  Stay in the know with the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on our Facebook page, and on Google+. Hear more poems and stories perfect for the season at Music: “Measured Paces” by Kevin McLeod (from “Together” by Tony […]
Oct 26, 2016
Haints, Boo Hags and Plat Eyes
Travel with me to a corner of the American south for some unique individuals. More ghosts and other creatures will be found at Other creeps hang out on our Facebook page, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Google+. Learn more about these unique beings at this site from Ketchikan, Alaska, oddly enough; and Travels with Persephone; Charleston Currents; and of course Wikipedia. Learn about haint […]
Oct 23, 2016
Celebrity House Haunts
Trick-or-trea–haven’t I seen you on TV? Celebrities love Halloween, too. The Halloween Haunt is on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and on Google+. Find every single episode at Pictures and more from Mr. Van Dyke’s house in 2010, 2011 and 2012, courtesy of Disney Travel Babble. (sure) has more pictures from 2011, as does the MidnightintheGardenofEvil blog… Music includes: “Alchemists Tower” by Kevin Macleod ( “Theme […]
Oct 20, 2016
“Entrance and Exit” by Algernon Blackwood
Another chilling story…this time from an author suggested by Amy on Facebook…. More stories at Make sure you join us on Facebook,on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Read along with me at Music: “Day of Chaos,” “Colorless Aura,” and “Ghost Story” by Kevin Macleod ( “Keep on Strolling” by Tony Longworth from “Dead In Love original soundtrack” Buy on Amazon Buy on iTunes “Edge of Night” by Sam Haynes from “Something Wicked–Halloween […]
Oct 17, 2016
The Dybbuk
Uh-oh, another thing to look out for. Maybe a ghost, maybe a demon.  Find us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes and more at Learn more about the Dybbuk, the play “The Dybbuk,” and the Dybbuk Box from Wikipedia. See the 1937 film “The Dybbuk,” based on the play, on YouTube.  Music: “Tabuk” and “Private Reflection” by Kevin Macleod ( “The […]
Oct 13, 2016
Random Halloween Facts 2016
What can we expect from this Halloween season? A few clues are contained. Tell us how you will celebrate at Also on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+. Find more Halloween stats from the National Retail Foundation here. The Motley Fool has a bit more. The Los Angeles Times has some California-centric information and more from 2015. Music: “Evil Dream” by Sam Haynes from “Horror and […]
Oct 10, 2016
H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Ancient Track”
I bet you didn’t know the computer company was founded by a classic gothic author, did you? No? That’s because it wasn’t. The Halloween Haunt is on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Find more poetry and stories at Read along with me and find much more at Music: “Zombie Hoodoo” by Kevin Macleod ( “Unnatural Situation” by Kevin Macleod ( Click […]
Oct 07, 2016
The Charlie Charlie Challenge
Excuse me…do you have a pencil? Or two? Have you played? Tell us at Join us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Learn about Bloody Mary at Find out more about bobbing for apples at Info about the Slender Man is at Get the history of the Ouija board at And hear a spine-tingling […]
Oct 04, 2016
“The Creature from the Black Lagoon”
Who’s up for a swim? Just make sure there’s a net near you at all times. Thank you, Bruno on Facebook, for the suggestion. You’ll find lots of Halloween on our Twitter feed @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Tell us what you think and find more at Old standby Wikipedia has a lot of […]
Oct 01, 2016
The Bell Witch Cave
A witch story and ghost story in one. Perfect. Find all the episodes at Make sure you join us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Learn more from the official website of the Bell Witch Cave, the Bell Witch Website (unofficial?), and Wikipedia will tell you about both the Bell Witch and the Bell Witch Cave. Music: “Tombstone” by Twilight Productions Click […]
Oct 29, 2015
Shakespeare’s Three Witches from “Macbeth”
Witches as evil hags wasn’t a new idea at the time, but this play may be the reason that’s the first thing we think of when we think of witches. Find lots of Halloween info on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook. and Google+. And at Read the scene for yourself here, then read the rest of the play. Music: “Penumbra” and “Tikopia” by Kevin Macleod […]
Oct 26, 2015
Ben Cooper Costumes
Bruno suggested this on Facebook. So many have worn them; if you’re not familiar, you really should google them and look at pictures. You can suggest an episode there or at Or on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt,  or even Google+. Slate has a good overview of Ben Cooper’s effect on Halloween, and Wikipedia has a lot of history. Music: “One-Eyed Maestro,” “Amazing Plan–Distressed” and “Waltz of […]
Oct 23, 2015
The Story of Interview with the Vampire
It reinvigorated our love of vampires, and has quite the backstory. Be socially active with us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes at Wikipedia will tell you much more about the novel, the film, and Ms. Rice herself. Trivia about the film that may be true at IMDb. Find out what Ms. Rice is up to these days at her website. Music: “Echoes of […]
Oct 20, 2015
“A Wireless Message” by Ambrose Bierce
Another spooky tale from the great Ambrose Bierce. Tell me your spooky story at Join the Halloween party on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Read along with me at Music: “Anxiety” by Kevin Macleod ( “Sinister Lullaby” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween” “Death Comes Creeping In” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween” “The Gargoyle” by Sean Timms from “The Gargoyle and Other Stories: The […]
Oct 17, 2015
The Loch Ness Monster
A real-life monster, a large water animal, or–something else? Or nothing else? Bruno on  Facebook suggested it. Talk about it on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+. And, of course, on Learn more about the monster on Wikipedia, Nova from PBS, and Nessie’s own site. The Telegraph details Google’s efforts. Music: “Long Note Four” by Kevin Macleod ( Click here to download the show.
Oct 13, 2015
About “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
A classic from the early days of the U.S, with a keen headless guy. Find all of the episodes on Find us on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Wikipedia has much more about Washington Irving, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., and the story itself, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Historical Digression has more about the story. Hear more about The Headless […]
Oct 10, 2015
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
It’s hard to believe, but I have never featured this great poet in the Haunt. I remedy this with a lovely ditty about heading into the afterlife. See you on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Tell me what poems and stories you want to hear at Read along and find more poetry at Music: “Nervous” by Kevin Macleod ( “Two Souls […]
Oct 07, 2015
Irish Halloween Traditions
Many of our favorite Halloween traditions come from Ireland, but not all made it over here. I talk more about traditions at Join us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+. Learn more about Halloween in Ireland at, IrishCentral, and Music: “Celtic Impulse” and “Folk Round” by Kevin Macleod ( Click here to download the show.
Oct 04, 2015
Haunted Institutes of Higher Learning
Spookie Pumpkin on Twitter suggested a tour of some haunted campuses. It was a good suggestion.  You can find me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and also on Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes at Learn more about UGA Athens, CSU Channel Islands, Drew University, and Ohio University (the other) Athens. Music: “Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins”, “Classic Horror 2”, and “Midnight Meeting” by Kevin Macleod ( “House […]
Oct 01, 2015
The Slender Man
One of the oldest legends…or one of the newest? Could he be real? Tell me what you think at Join us all year on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+. Wikipedia has much on the Slender Man. KnowYourMeme  speculates on precursors. The Slender Man has his own wiki. The CreepyPasta wiki has a Slender Man section. Music: “Not as it Seems” by Kevin Macleod ( […]
Oct 29, 2014
“Dead Man’s Hate” by Robert E. Howard
A strictly scary poem by the master of fantasy, Robert E. Howard.  The Halloween Haunt is on Google+, Facebook and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Find more haunting poetry and prose at Read the poem for yourself (scroll down a bit). Music: “Shadows” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show Music for Halloween 2013” “Movement Proposition” by Kevin Macleod ( “Hex (soundtrack mix)” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music […]
Oct 26, 2014
Halloween in Japan
Travel with the Halloween Haunt to Japan and see how they celebrate. Tell us your Japanese Halloween experiences at Also join us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, Google+ and on Facebook. Learn more from a personal view of Halloween in Japan from, another from, and from Music: “From a Peace to an Inn Fight” by Gyügyei “Grifion” Gábor (from “Final Count” by Kevin Macleod ( Click […]
Oct 23, 2014
Kort on Twitter (@Vosboss00) wanted to know the history of those scary guardians of skyscrapers, and so did I.   Join the social media craze with the Halloween Haunt on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. All of the episodes are at Wikipedia has much information, as does Music: “Requiem” by Roger Subirana (from Click here to download the show.
Oct 20, 2014
“One Summer Night” by Ambrose Bierce
Don’t let the season mentioned in the title fool you; this is no beach romp. You’ll find more stories and poems at  If you’d like more Halloween, join me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt , Google+ and Facebook. One note–I edited the story a bit, to remove what I felt were unflattering ethnic stereotypes. Read the original story. Music: “Industrial Music Box,” “Dopplerette” and “Moonlight Hall” by […]
Oct 16, 2014
All this time I’ve been presenting programs and I’ve never focused on poltergeists? Luckily, Robin on Facebook reminded me. Find more information on ghosts and spirits at The Halloween Haunt is on Google+ and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Wikipedia explains the phenomenon. has the signs of a poltergeist for you to refer to when you are in need. Music: “Ghost House (Fettdog remix)” […]
Oct 13, 2014
The Highgate Vampire
It’s a creepy cemetery that’s well over a hundred years old. It must be haunted or have some kind of monster, right? William (@Midnight_Circle) on Twitter suggested the topic. I post often on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Here is where I am on Google+. And of course Facebook. Tell us your urban legend at Wikipedia has much of the sordid story, as well as […]
Oct 10, 2014
“The Haunted Oak” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Perhaps the most disturbing poem ever presented in the Halloween Haunt, it unsettles on several levels. Find more stories and poems at Like the Halloween Haunt on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and put me in a Google+ circle. Read the poem for yourself at ThingsThatGoBoo. Music: “Measured Paces,” “Despair and Triumph,” and “Interloper” by Kevin McLeod (from Click here to download the […]
Oct 07, 2014
The Houghton Mansion
By request from Brian on A tragic story leads to a haunting–maybe. The creepy details herein. Find more Halloween info  on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, you’ll find me on  Facebook and Google+ as well. Please inform us of your haunting experiences at Learn more about the mansion and its tragic story on Wikipedia. The Travel Channel has an article and a video. There is […]
Oct 04, 2014
Trick or Treat Time
We revisit a favorite topic. It could be argued that trick-or-treating is one reason Halloween is what it is today. If you scroll nearly all the way down at you’ll find the original trick-or-treat episode, along with nearly all the existing episodes . Please put the program in one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and please “like” our Facebook page. goes over the…history […]
Oct 01, 2014
Annabelle the Doll
Our friend Zach on Facebook suggested I look into Annabelle the Doll, since I talked about Robert a few years ago. Since I started this season with a movie doll, I figured why not end with one? Except this movie doll is real. If you have any real-life horror (or just spookiness) you would like me […]
Oct 29, 2013
“The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe
It’s not the land of Aquaman or Sub-Mariner. This city in the sea is decidedly morbid. Enjoy. Tell us your favorite Poe, and possibly find it at Make sure you circle our Google+ page, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Read the classic for yourself at Music: “Nervous” by Kevin Macleod ( “Relent” by Kevin Macleod ( Click here to download […]
Oct 26, 2013
Random Halloween Census Facts 2013
Just the facts, ma’am. Well, facts and figures.  The Halloween Haunt is  very social.  Follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, circle our Google+ page and like our Facebook page. And find all the episodes at See the facts for yourself here. Music: “Alien Seduction” by Liquid Loops (from Click here to download the show.
Oct 23, 2013
The Girl at the Underpass
Emma on Facebook suggested we look at the classic North Carolina legend of the ghostly girl. Is it really a North Carolina legend? Tell me about your legends at Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and circle our Google+ page. Read a version of the story from the NC Secretary of State’s page. Also […]
Oct 20, 2013
“John Mortonson’s Funeral” by Ambrose Bierce
We return to the lovely, twisted mind of Ambrose Bierce for a little vignette. If you have a story to tell, join me on our Google+ page, our Facebook page and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. You can also tell your story and find many more at You’ll find a Google Book of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce,Volume III: Can Such Things Be? where you […]
Oct 17, 2013
Celtic Monsters Part 2
As promised, we revisit Ireland and find more monsters. You’ll find part 1 at where you can share your favorite legends, as well as on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, our Google+ page, and our Facebook page. Irish Central has info on all the monsters. You’ll find more on Celtic monsters at the very Irish-sounding Medb hErenn. Music: “Dopplerette,” “Chase Pulse,” “Dragon and Toast,”  by Kevin Macleod ( “ஜ۩۞۩ஜDamien […]
Oct 13, 2013
The Haunted Victorian in Gardner, Massachusetts
Home, sweet home. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Learn about another charming abode for spirits. Have you ever experienced ghosts? Let us know on Google+. Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook. More hauntings on I first heard about this house from the Worcester Telegram. Then I found first-hand accounts of tours/investigations here and here. A skeptic examines contrary evidence here. […]
Oct 10, 2013
“The Oviparous Tailor” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Oviparous means laying eggs, more or less. I’ll let you look up tailor. The mind of Mr. Beddoes was always on overdrive–before overdrive existed.  Somebody should write a movie based on this poem. Find more gothic poetry, fiction and history on You can also find the Haunt on Facebook.  Google+. and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Read along on Phantom Wooer: […]
Oct 07, 2013
Top Costumes for 2012
It’s been five years, so we again count down the top costumes, this time for 2012. Don’t expect a lot of, or any, comparisons with the last Top Costumes episode. I leave that to you. What costume are you wearing? There are so many places to tell us, I invite you to them all: (where […]
Oct 04, 2013