These days, scary movies, podcasts, books, and short stories are almost a Halloween requirement. As we went online, so did our fears. And, what’s the best way to do it? Well, by reading scary stories, of course!
There are plenty of sites online that have dedicated themselves to the macabre and allure with captivating features to match the mood of the season. Let’s review some of the best, despite the fear that can follow you back and forth.
The Moonlit Road offers a multitude of what it calls strange stories. You can find specific categories of stories, depending on your mood, like Creepy Stories, Southern Folktales, and Weird True Stories. There’s even a Your Short Stories section submitted by readers.
The platform also offers a Schoolhouse category which contains information on the topics, places, cultures and everything related to the stories listed and the inspiration behind them. You can even find free downloadable teaching resources to browse, with lesson plans and various learning materials included.
And, in case you don’t like reading ghost stories but listening to them, you can add to the campfire feeling by turning to the Audio Stories section on The Moonlit Road.
Real Ghost Stories Online delivers on the promise of its name and offers a catalog of diverse stories. It fascinates its visitors in the form of a podcast, which allows you to consume stories on a multitude of platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Google Play Music, among others.
Real Ghost Stories Online accepts submissions, so you can even share your own scary experiences and thoughts. Finding the right horror podcast that matches your spooky mood can be tricky, which is why the platform has an archive section.
It lets you dive into previously released podcast episodes, making sure you don’t miss a single story, and if one doesn’t interest you, you can just skip to the next one.
Oldstyle Tales Press stimulates all things scary in writing. The platform focuses on the period of the classic era of supernatural fiction (1795 – 1935), which includes the works of Mary Shelley and MR James, both popular supernatural storytellers.
There is a Blog section that you can browse to find various scary stories that you are free to read online. And besides the vast collection of ghost stories, the site also offers annotated and illustrated editions of classic horror stories, pairing the captivating writings with their corresponding aesthetics. So if you like something, you can use the platform to find its related book.
Darkest Blog has several categories worth exploring. You can browse Ghost Stories, Witch Stories, Dud Tales, and The Dream Book for your next read. The first two sections are self-explanatory, and those that follow delve into stories created by mind tricks and horrors that unfold in dreams.
You can spend hours reading content from The Darkest Blog for free. And if you prefer watching spooky happenings, you can dive into its Horror Short Films category. It features several horror short films uploaded to YouTube, so they are also free to consume.
Never heard of Creepypasta before? Well, it’s probably the most well-known source of scary stories available.
Everything on the platform is divided into neat categories, which makes the site browsing experience super easy. For example, you can find Famous Creepypasta which has the most popular, top ranked and latest self-explanatory stories, and of course you can head straight to Creepypasta Stories.
The site offers many filters that you can use to sort your searches, and there is also a Random Story section where you can go and get a story selected for you. It’s no wonder, then, that Creepypasta has its place at the top.
Wattpad may be best known for fan fiction and a place young people flock to consume stories, but there’s more to it.
The platform has a community of around 90 million monthly users and hosts over 665 million story uploads. So it’s safe to say that whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re more than likely to find it on Wattpad. And, the best part is that you can read Wattpad fiction for free.
There are a ton of categories to browse on the site. Horror, Thriller, and Paranormal are just a few you can browse for your next read. Of course, you can also take advantage of the search bar and search for ghost stories.
Once some appear as results, you can further use the filters that appear and add “scary”, “horror”, “short story”, etc. to ensure that the stories that appear are exactly what you want.
Reedsy Prompts is primarily aimed at writers. The platform offers to stimulate the creativity of writers by providing them with prompts and a weekly writing contest. And that’s the best part – the prompts change every week, so there’s no shortage of new stories.
The Stories section has a ton of featured writing, and there are so many categories you can check off to narrow your search. For example, there’s Horror, Suspense, and Thriller, and if you like horror and select that, you see over 3,000 stories available to discover. So you’re unlikely to run out of material to consume anytime soon.
Why not add a little spice to the Halloween season?
Whether you enjoy group activities or are lonely on vacation, staying in the spooky spirit can be very enjoyable. After all, Halloween can be as spooky as you make it (or any day, for that matter). So, surrender to the spooky spirit and dive into all things scary.
Why not explore a spooky new podcast? Or do you immerse yourself in cult horror films, alone or with your friends? There are plenty of other spooky activities online to get you in the Halloween mood. And, of course, you can opt for a scare any time of the year.