Scary Podcasts for Kids

Do your kids like spooky stories, eerie sounds, and things that go bump in the night? Then they'll love this list of podcasts that offer screen-free scares for listeners of all different ages and sensibilities. We've got "starter" scares for younger kids that include silly monster tales and lighthearted mysteries. And for tweens and teens who want to turn up the fright factor, there are more chilling, thrilling, and downright terrifying listens. Beware, some of these titles may be more mature than others, so check the age ratings and be prepared to discuss the way violence is portrayed.

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The Mystery Kids Podcast

age 6+

Strange and unexplained mysteries for kids; some spookiness.

Host: Tess O'Driscoll (2020)
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R.L. Stine's Story Club

age 7+

Bite-sized spooky stories with humor and scares.

Host: N/A (2021)
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The Ghost of Jessica Majors

age 8+

Paranormal mystery series features mild scares.

Host: N/A (2017)
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Unspookable

age 8+

Scary stories and myths explored in family-friendly podcast.

Host: Elise Parisian (2018)
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Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest

age 8+

Modern take on Grimm fairy tales with some scares, peril.

Host: Adam Gidwitz (2018)
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Spooky Troop: The Last Halloween

age 8+

Spooky Halloween pod roots for the underdog.

Host: N/A (2019)
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The Witch in the Woods

age 9+

Original stories meet classic horror tales; scary content.

Host: N/A (2021)
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The Hollow

age 9+

Modern retelling of Headless Horseman tale; jump scares.

Host: N/A (2020)
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Welcome to Night Vale

age 9+

Sci-fi radio show combines spookiness and humor.

Host: Cecil Baldwin (2012)
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Unsolved Mysteries

age 14+

True crime meets paranormal mysteries; violent descriptions.

Host: Steve French (2021)
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Lore

age 14+

Spooky historical podcast with violence and gore.

Host: Aaron Mahnke (2015)
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Unexplained

age 14+

Spooky real-life mysteries, graphic and gory descriptions.

Host: Richard MacLean Smith (2016)
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