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Audiofiles: 7 Scary Podcasts

Oct 31, 2018
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Whether it be kitschy or creepy, there is a scary story out there for everyone. Here are recommendations from two audiofiles who shared their favorite spooky-themed podcasts on the Halloween episode of Central Standard.

Madeline FoxKansas News Service reporter

Segment 1: The haunts of Kansas City.

Everyone loves spooky ghost stories — and Kansas City is home to a few horrors of its own. On this episode, we chat with the host of a podcast that dives into the creepy side of the Metro.

Segment 2, beginning at 16:08: Spooky podcast recommendations.

Our Audiofiles have compiled some suggestons for scarily good podcast listens.

Darren Hinesley

It’s Halloween, and you’ve just finished binge-watching The Haunting of Hill House. The last trick-or-treater knocked an hour ago. As you flip off the porchlight, you hear a sound in a dark room behind you.

Do you resolve to believe it was your cat and go about your business? Do you shove the noise out of your mind and slip on the flip-flops you still haven’t put away for the winter and hightail it to the grocery for a frozen pizza? Or, do you go investigate the source of the noise — after all, your cat has been dead since spring.

Michelle Tyrene Johnson / KCUR

Witches and vampires are classic Halloween costumes and perennial favorites, but costume shop owners say Halloween trends also reflect what's happening outside of the holiday  – such as the last Presidential election and when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. 

So what's in this year in Kansas City?

Laura Spencer / KCUR 89.3

It’s almost Halloween. For some professors at the University of Kansas, that meant getting into character on Wednesday and taking over the catacombs-like Abe and Jake’s Landing in downtown Lawrence for a new event they called Haunting Humanities.

Along with candy, they handed out some unusual lessons in theater, art and music for a few hundred people.

Kansas City's Joe Pace builds cars. But not just any kind of car... He makes replicas of well-known movie cars, like Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the DeLorean of Back to the Future, and Dumb and Dumber's Shaggin' Wagon. 

Plus, why do we like being scared? Featuring a visit to Exiled: Trail of Terrors

Guests:

Courtesy Alcott Arts Center

If things had gone differently over the last two decades, the hulking old brick building near the 18th Street exit off of Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kansas, might look more like the setting of a real-life horror story these days.

Instead, Chris Green expects the Alcott Arts Center's parking lot to be alive with a few hundred kids celebrating a family-friendly Halloween on Tuesday.

Pinar Temiz / Flickr — CC

With Halloween just around the door-creaking corner, plenty of purposely peculiar events will be going on this weekend. There will also be some things that just happen to be a little weird.

Into gore and zombies? Bizarre glitz? What about an uncanny glissando?

And you thought you knew weird!

1. ‘Chainsaw, the Musical’

Courtesy Exiled KC

Every October in Kansas City, people flock to the metro's haunted houses. 

Whether its the the converted warehouses in the historic West Bottoms or the Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun, "haunted-housing" is a time-honored tradition here.

But one of the metro's newest haunted attractions takes you out of the city — and into the woods. 

Exiled opened in 2016 at the ZIP-KC site in Bonner Springs, Kansas. 

Halloween is here. Out with the normal, in with the zombies, ghouls and ghosts . . . and all of your favorite customs. From trick-or-treating to haunted houses, how are the customs of this holiday changing in Kansas City?

Plus, one Kansas City cardiologist recently branched out to make an evolutionary case for homosexuality.

Guests:

Laura Ziegler / KCUR 89.3

Some started preparing their turn-of-the-century homes along stately Gladstone Boulevard on Sunday; others planned to start as early as 6 a.m. on Halloween morning.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill plastic skeletons or blow-up black cats.

Homeowners along the boulevard near the Kansas City Museum have worked for years with the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association to create Halloween blowouts featuring music, sound effects and displays with multiple moving pieces.

goaliej54 / Flickr - CC

Emotions can simmer, skyrocket or be seemingly scarce, but they’re always there.

This weekend you can investigate your feelings or maybe hitch a ride on those of others (holy empathy!) by way of stuff that aims to evoke love, fear, joy and who really knows what else, because emotions can take us to some unpredictable places.

Can you handle it? For that matter, can I? Now look who’s getting emotional!

 

​1. Grouplove

Karen Eisenbraun / Twitter

If you've watched the World Series at all this year (and if you live in Kansas City there is a very good chance you have, according to FOX's TV ratings) then you know 'Fur Hat Lady.' She's this year's 'Marlins Man.' 

There she is, peeking over the shoulder of right-handed batters and boring her sunglass-gaze into your deeper conscious. 

 

Ah, fairy tales. Magical stories from our childhoods where the worst thing that could happen was getting your thumbs chopped off, or being grabbed by your ankle and pulled underwater, or pushed out a window into briars full of thorns that poke out your eyes. Yikes! This edition of Up To Date features the original and sometimes gruesome versions of popular children's stories. 

Guests:

taymtaym / Flickr-CC

Dressing up as someone you’re not is more common than ever in today’s society.

It’s called costume play or "cosplay," and participants need only the slightest excuse to turn themselves into their favorite character from, say, "Game of Thrones," or maybe one of the nerds on “Big Bang Theory.” Because some people just think it’s fun to go out and pick up a quart of milk as Sheldon.

Jon Feinstein / Flickr, Creative Commons

In late October, as the leaves begin to rustle and the winds begin to moan, our thoughts turn to night frights and all things ghoulish. In partnership with the ongoing 100 Ghost Stories project at Wonder Fair in Lawrence, Central Standard presents three ghost stories by writers with local ties.

In order of increasing scariness:

Ghost Feelings, by Mick Cottin

Caroline, by Megan Kaminski

Monitored, by BJ Hollars

Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Earlier this month zombies walked the streets of Kansas City for the annual Kansas City Zombie Walk, a charity event that collects food for the hungry and homeless. But one zombie at the event stood out from the others - the Zombie Queen.

The Zombie Queen is played by Hyde Park resident and Zombie Walk president, Peige Turner. For the event Turner is in full zombie garb, and she walks on stilts, grabbing the attention of kids and adults alike.

The important business of becoming the Zombie Queen

Are Healthy & Halloween Mutually Exclusive?

Oct 31, 2012
Beth Bader / http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.com/

On Halloween it's not just ghosts and goblins you need to fear.  There's enough candy out there to fuel a perpetual sugar high.

Ghosts, Ghouls And Monsters Of Missouri

Oct 30, 2012
The History PRess

New York may have Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman but Missouri is not without a headless story or two of its own.