Spooktacular streams to listen to

Published October 29, 2021, 9:00 AM

by Jules Vivas

Relish in fear some music and podcasts from one of the biggest audio streaming platforms in the world

KILLER MUSIC Screenshot from the film Day of the Dead by George A. Romero

There’s a hormonal component to enjoyment and fear. When we feel threatened, we become stronger physically and emotionally. This boost in mental and physical capacity is what we know as adrenaline rush, and we are drawn to this feeling.

Seeing or hearing something frightening, like watching a film or listening to a scary soundtrack or podcast, allows us to explore the experience of fear in a pleasurable but also safe way. Being terrified stimulates life, and learning or understanding the dark side of human nature is a cathartic experience as well.

To mark the season of scares, Spotify brings back its Halloween extravaganza, a web of curated content to get audiences into the spirit of all things freaky and spooky. From music playlists like Headbanger Halloween, Trick or Treat, and Fright Fest to local podcasts such as Stories After Dark, Creepsilog, and Wag Kang Lilingon, these titles are sure to set your spine tingling.

Stories After Dark

The narrative podcast on Philippine true crime stories covers some of the country’s most jaw-dropping mysteries.


Expect a range of chilling topics from the eerie and weird to the disturbing and petrifying. Paranormal events, strange phenomena, true crime, all covered in light and twisted Pinoy humor.

CREEPER PALS Gideon Mendoza and Glenn Tabarejos of Creepsilog

Wag Kang Lilingon

Join Grace Marcellana and Mimai Cabugnason, in their enduring fascination with the strange and uncanny. They dive, learn, and laugh, their way through hair-raising and insomnia-inducing tales of horror, mystery, true crime, and suspense.

In other news, the audio streaming platform also has Halloween-related trends happening on the audio platform. Spotify saw a 100 percent jump in Halloween-themed streaming on the first day of October. There are also over 2.9 million user-generated Halloween playlists to choose from.

All-time Halloween classics are back in action, with streams significantly spiking as compared to the previous month, like “Monster Mash” up by 350 percent and “This is Halloween” up by 280 percent.

The media platform also saw some newcomers enter the Halloween scene. More popular songs added to Halloween playlists include “Stranger Things” by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, “Black Magic” by Little Mix, “Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey, “Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max, and “Get Ghost” by A$AP Ferg, Mark Ronson, and Passion Pit.