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Scary Halloween Old Time Radio Shows

Thanks for visiting OTRCAT.com; we hope you'll enjoy some of our favorite classic Halloween old time radio shows and order your favorite radio shows today!

Halloween is a holiday filled with both sweet treats and macabre fun. Please enjoy these Halloween-themed old time radio shows full of squeaky doors; each episode is a free download from the Halloween Scary Sampler CD.  In the minds eye, old time radio horror and mystery shows can conjure the most frightening of scary sensations. We hope you'll enjoy sharing some classic old time radio from OTRCAT.com with your friends and family this holiday!


Vintage Halloween

Escape - (Adventure - Mystery - Horror)

"Three Skeleton Key" from November 15, 1949
In this classic horror radio show starring William Conrad: at a sleepy lighthouse off the coast of French Guiana, a derelict boat brings a terrorizing invasion of rats. This script was later adapted into a Suspense episode and starred Vincent Price.




Great Gildersleeve - (Comedy)

"Halloween Party" from September 7, 1958
Starring the comedic Harold Peary: Uncle Mort and family prepare for a halloween party and share tales of mischief. Leroy dresses as Frankenstein and Gildersleeve is hit with a sock full of flour. Judge Hooker, Leila, and Eve Goodwin bob for apples in this classic old time radio Halloween special.



Boris Karloff at the microphone


Inner Sanctum - (Mystery - Horror)

"Wailing Wall" from November 6, 1945
"The cat saw everything with its yellow eyes..." in this classic horror episode sponsored by Lipton Tea: Boris Karloff is a man is haunted for forty years by moans of his strangled wife!




Quiet Please - (Mystery - Horror)

"Pathetic Fallacy" from Feb 2, 1948
The "mechanical electronic brain" of 1948 develops consciousness and acquires emotions: A scientist develops a huge computerized machine capable of solving complex mathematical problems. Computing the value of two plus two, his electronic brain gives an amusing answer of five. As technology becomes more complex, it erases the borderline between what is alive and what is not.



Hans Conreid

Suspense - (Mystery - Horror)

"House in Cypress Canyon " from Dec 5, 1946
Cathy Lewis and Hans Conried star in this chilling (Christmas) tale: a foreman of a unfinished house on Cypress Canyon finds a shoe box with a manuscript telling a terrifying tale of werewolves.




Weird Circle - (Mystery - Horror)

"Oblong Box " from mid-1940's
From the pen of Edgar Allen Poe, this old time radio show tells the macabre story of an oblong box afloat at sea: the bodies of a "beautiful" woman in a coffin and a man's corpse tied to the top.



The Whistler


The Whistler - (Mystery - Horror)

"Death Comes at Midnight " from October 18, 1942
You won't want to miss this "prophecy of death": follow a man who has a frightful dream that he is destined to die in 48 hours!




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Highlighted OTRCAT Mystery-Horror Special Collections: Special spooky compilations of handpicked Horror and Mystery Old Time Radio Shows:

Comedians in Suspense Comedians in Suspense - Hear your favorite comedians in ways that you would never expect!
Boogeymen in Comedy Boogeymen in Comedy - Shudder and Laugh! Our favorite screen scream stars (Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price) having fun with comics.
Apocolypse Apocalypse Collection What's scarier than the end of the world? Duck and cover, plagues, robot attacks, time travel, annihilation, Cold War Speeches, and more!
Blind Terror Blind Terror Old Time Radio horror and mystery shows about blindness, losing one's vision, and people with visual impairment.
Boo Broadcasts Radio Shows Boo Broadcasts includes shows specifically about ghosts, haunted houses, and eerie sounds in the night.
Creepiest Old Time Radio Shows Creepiest Radio Shows Collection Turn the lights down low and sit as close as you can to your Sweetheart when this scary collection plays!
Gothic Horror Radio Shows Gothic Horror Collection features creepy shows contrasting the innocent victims with the super evil villains find their home in the theater of the mind.
Halloween Scary Sampler Halloween Scary Sampler has some of the greatest spooky radio shows for the festive season listening.
Halloween Variety Shows Halloween Variety Specials Collection is a fang-tastic compilations comedic radio Halloween special shows.
Highway of Horrors Highway of Horrors - spooky tales of freaky freeways, rocky roads, and terror on the turnpikes, this collection is filled with murderers, joyriders, hitchhikers, and kidnapping from Inner Sanctum, X Minus One, Big Town, Dragnet, Suspense, and more.
Haunted House Collection Haunted House Collection - radio is the perfect medium for a good haunted house story because not seeing the ghost is almost equally as frightening as seeing one.
Aliens Martians UFO Radio Shows Martians, Aliens, and UFOs is a wonderful science fiction collection with little green men, Martians, and flying saucers. The most memorable in this sub-genre is Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" in Mercury Theater.
Best of Suspense Best of Suspense contains the hand-picked favorites of OTRCAT. Suspense ran for 20 years with over 980 episodes. Our Best of Suspense collection is great for people new to the show or long time fans looking for a "greatest hits" of the series.
Monster Collection Monster Collection featuring monsters of all shapes and sizes from Dracula, Frankenstein's, zombies, and swamp monsters. There is a long literary and cinematic, and radio history featuring monsters.
Robots Old Time Radio Robots Collection features another horror sub-genre focusing on Robots and other artificially intelligent creatures.
Superstition in Old Time Radio Superstition in Old Time Radio Break a Mirror, follow a Black Cat, Step on a Crack or walk under a ladder, just get to a Radio as soon as you can to enjoy our Superstitions Collection!
Voodoo Voo-Doo in Old Time Radio different old time radio shows featuring Voodoo as a plot device for revenge, murder, and Voodoo doll shenanigans
Zombies Zombies in Old Time Radio Most of the Old Time Radio stories about Zombies involve the traditional Voodoo Zombies, but it can never hurt to be prepared for when the people next door develop a taste for brains...

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Great horror stars:

Agnes Moorehead Collection Agnes Moorehead: This marvelous actress was much more than Samantha's mom on Bewtcihed; she was part of the backbone of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater and one of the most talented and versatile voices Suspense and the Golden Age of Radio. Agnes Moorehead
Boris Karloff Boris Karloff: The original Frankenstein's Monster, Karloff was one of Radio's great Horror and Comic voices. Boris Karloff at the microphone
Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi: Consistently type cast as The Vampire, Lugosi was an enduring talent who was an entertaining guest on many radio projects. Screaming Bela Head
Vincent Price Vincent Price: Mr. Price was one our most prolific native Horror Men, but also an incredible comic talent. And one of Radio's best Soft-boiled Detecties, The Saint. Vincent Price in top hat and bowtie
Orson Welles Orson Welles: Responsible for one of Radio's Great Halloween Pranks, War of the Worlds, Welles career was on of the most creative and prolific in Radio. Orson Wells
Peter Lorre Collection Peter Lorre: The Hungarian Lisp is one that means Terror for listeners. Lorre became a talented and versatile comic and dramatic radio actor. Peter Lorre

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Great Horror Authors and Producers

Agatha Christie Agatha Christie Collection - Enjoy these "whodunits" from the famous detective novelist: These exciting old time radio tales from various series have plot twists perfect for "radio's outstanding theater of thrills".
Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock Collection - Includes radio adaptations on Hitchcock's most memorable films, including Spellbound, The Birds, Rebecca, Sorry Wrong Number, and Shadow of a Doubt.
Arch Oboler Arch Oboler Collection -  enjoy the great radio plays in this anthology of the eccentric horror fiction writer Arch Oboler who is best known for pushing the medium of radio in sound production, writing, and programming.
Boogeymen in Comedy Cornell Woolrich Collection - one of the greatest authors of his generation, Cornell Woolrich's stories were sought out by radio and film producers alike.
E Jack Neuman E Jack Neuman-  one of the most prolific writers and producers in show business including credits on Sam Spade, Suspense, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe Collection -  Macabre Tales from the Spookiest Favorite American Author including scripts based on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, Cask of Amontiago, The Black Cat, and more!
HP Lovecraft HP Lovecraft -  This collection includes episodes from the great horror and mystery writer H.P. Lovecraft who loved "freaking the tarnation" out of audiences with episodes of Rats in the Wall, Outsider, and Dunwich Horror.
John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Collection - Mystery writer extraordinaire John Dickson Carr was a prolific writer during the golden age of detective mysteries in the 1930s. He is considered a master of "locked room mysteries" stories that required complex logic to solve because on the surface they seemed unsolvable. 
John Michael Hayes John Michael Hayes Collection - best known as the screenwriter for several big Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and To Catch a Thief. John Michael Hayes also wrote for old time radio shows such as Escape, Sam Spade, Night Beat, Suspense and more!
Lucille Fletcher Lucille Fletcher Collection - Writer of acclaimed old time radio show "Sorry Wrong Number", "The Hitchhiker", and many more, Lucille Fletcher was discovered by Norman Corwin who adapted her stories for Columbia Workshop.
Norman Corwin Norman Corwin - One of the greatest creative minds that has ever floated through the airwaves, Norman Corwin's poetic personality left an impression on listeners everywhere including the genre of horror with many of his Columbia Workshop episodes.
Patricia Highsmith Patricia Highsmith Collection - A crime novelist best known for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, she infused troubled psychologies into her amoral characters, writing taut thrillers about betrayal, threats, and manipulation.
Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury Collection - A Collection of Vintage Bradbury Stories adapted for radio including many of his Escape, Radio Workshop, and Suspense episodes will send a chill down your spine.
Wyllis Cooper Wyllis Cooper Collection - Cooper's commitment to mind-bending, truly affecting science fiction ensured that his programs would win over listeners and draw critical acclaim.


All these fun episodes are from the
Halloween CD
Halloween Scary Sampler

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Thanks so much, Jon! I admire what you are doing so much. Someday people are going to really appreciate these incredible forgotten treasures. Thank you for what you do! All the best.


Just placed another order for spooky radio shows. Wouldn't be October without them. Just wanted to say the new website looks amazing! Hope you're doing well.


Best site ever! thanks!!


Hello, fellow OTR lovers. I'm thinking of doing something Halloweeny with my freshman English classes on Friday. These are all really good spooky OTR episode; especially ghost stories. It's a bit outside my wheelhouse; I tend to listen to detective shows, mainly. Thanks!


Suspense was a great OTR show, with episodes that starred Orson Welles, Vincent Price, and, especially, Agnes Moorehead ...

Michael Samerdyke

'Pathetic Fallacy' is great just to hear June Foray. Computers sound like squirrels!


These shows certainly take me back to my days in the 30’s and 40’s when all we had to entertain us were the radio shows. They are vivid in my mind. I actually listened to the Wells episode on Halloween night. I remember the sounds of apparent panic in the town around us, although we had listened from the beginning and we knew it was a play.


Perfect. Thank you. I really appreciate the quality of your recordings and the convenience of being able to download vs disk. Cheers!


Love your products!


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