Are you looking for spooky audiobooks that aren’t gory or terrifying? No worries if you aren’t into Horror. There are plenty of great spooky audiobooks that are a bit weird, a bit funny, and just creepy enough to get you in the mood for Halloween!
Sometimes, I feel like I’m doing Halloween audiobooks all wrong. But I’m just not into proper Horror! However, stories that aren’t terrifying can be just as much fun this time of year.
Whether you enjoy paranormal Romance in haunted houses, stories about witches and ghosts, or chilling Urban Fantasy with all kinds of monsters, spooky audiobooks that aren’t Horror can be the perfect Halloween books, even if you aren’t a fan of the traditional bone-chilling stories.
I hope you enjoy the list of my favorite weird and spooky audiobooks!
With every book, I will include links to Audible because we all use it. But I will add alternatives as well!
Libro.fm: If you buy an audiobook there, you actually own the mp3 and can listen to it in any app. Plus, you support indie bookstores with your purchase!
Audiobooks.com: A very solid audiobook service, and you can grab a book from the list below for free with a trial there.
Scribd: A very budget-friendly option for listeners as you can listen to several of the audiobooks below for a flat monthly fee.
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What Moves the Dead
If the cover makes you expect dead hares and mushrooms, you are actually… entirely on the right track! The cast of characters in this creepy story is absolutely charming, though, and makes the overall atmosphere of the book – in my humble opinion – palatable to squeamish non-Horror readers (like myself).
T. Kingfisher is such a wonderful author who really has a gift for creating relatable protagonists. And Easton, the nonbinary main character of What Moves the Dead, is no exception.
They find themself on an extremely weird adventure after being called for help by an old friend.
I loved the wonderful sense of humor in this book, and Avi Roque brought out the different facets of its atmosphere as well as the many different accents of the protagonists perfectly. A slightly gross but incredibly entertaining Halloween audiobook!
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Bored Gay Werewolf
Bored Gay Werewolf does give you a very lovable gay werewolf, but this book is far from boring!
Brian accidentally got himself turned into a werewolf, which his parents don’t appreciate, especially on top of “the gay thing”. So, he finds himself in a small apartment with a restaurant job.
And when he’s not working, he gets drunk…. or blacks out, shapeshifts, and does not-so-good things. This book does have a body count!
When Brian makes the acquaintance of another werewolf, Taylor, he’s intrigued. Taylor handles the whole shifting thing very differently from Brian and teaches him how to live his life with more purpose.
And while Brian is not entirely sold on what Taylor is trying to sell (a project that comes across a lot like a men’s rights scheme), he does appreciate getting more control over his wolf.
I found Brian and his group of human friends so lovable, and beyond the engaging werewolf adventure, this book has layers!
Anthony Nyro perfectly brought out Brian’s thoughts and feelings, as well as his struggles and turned Bored Gay Werewolf into a fun Halloween audiobook!
Ghost, brujos, and cemeteries await in this Young Adult Romance!
Transboy Yadriel doesn’t only summon ghosts, he also falls in love with one. And that sure complicates things when Yadriel wants to prove to his family that he is a male magic user in their tradition.
Cemetery Boys is a beautiful, emotional story that works perfectly as a Halloween audiobook. And I adore Avi Roque’s narration!
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Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries is a perfect choice if you are looking for Halloween audiobooks that aren’t terrifying.
And it’s honestly remarkable how this book manages to feel so very cozy, with the cute little rural hut and the academia and general book wormery, while also sporting several axe injuries and things like bloodied hand prints on a window, observed from the outside.
I suppose the atmosphere of this book gives back perfectly the way faeries are portrayed in stories: Often beautiful and fun, gliding through luscious gardens, hosting feasts with all kinds of candy, while they can also be villains, cat-like in the way they play with and torture their prey.
The narration by Ell Potter and Michel Dodds was wonderful and really fleshed out for me how I pictured Emily and Bambleby while listening. This is an immensely enjoyable Fantasy with a slow-burn Romance!
The One and Only Crystal Druid
Halloween is the perfect time to dive into Annette Marie’s Guild Codex world! And the Guild Codex Unveiled series is particularly spooky.
It starts with The One and Only Crystal Druid, in which the titular hero and the knife-wielding witchy heroine meet for the first time. This book – or rather these two characters – have incredible Chaotic Neutral energy!
The only reason Zak and Saber don’t make a truly frightening pair is that neither plays well with others. These two are such unique characters, and Cris Dukeheart did a wonderful job with their voices and the creepy atmosphere in this book.
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The Fractured Fables duology
Alix E. Harrow’s novella duology follows a chronically ill young woman who explores the myth of Briar Rose’s spindle and falls through the multiverse.
This is such a deeply touching story, yet so engaging and exciting. A must for every fairytale and Fantasy reader!
Zinnia is on a quest to save her own life and that of other young women in the multiverse whose lives follow the narrative of Briar Rose.
Even though these two books are only novella-length, they are so rich and suck you into fantastic, sometimes dark and creepy worlds. Amy Landon’s narration of the audiobooks is outstanding and brings the different characters to life perfectly!
Killing Me is such an incredibly cool book! I devoured this fast-paced book with its extremely engaging characters.
Amber is kidnapped by a serial killer. She was sure something like this would never happen to someone like her. But here we are. However, at the last moment, she is saved by a weird person in a ski mask.
From then on, things spiral quickly for Amber, who has a criminal history of her own and can’t afford to be part of an investigation.
I adored Amber and her big mouth! And the author perfectly feeds you one tidbit at a time about Amber’s past and the forces at play in her current situation.
This book made me laugh, but it also has a lot of suspense that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Jaime Lamchick’s narration brought out all the facets of Amber, and I cannot recommend this book enough to you!
A Thousand Steps into Night
A Thousand Steps into Night is a Fantasy book based on Japanese mythology, and the story is absolutely compelling!
This is a deeply feminist book about a girl from a small village who could never do anything on her own because society would frown upon it. Then she catches a demonic curse and turns into a demon who can kill by touch. That’s where her adventures start!
Grace Rolek did a great narration for Miuko, who always thinks that she is too loud and too much, as well as for all the many fantastic creatures and people she meets.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a wonderfully cozy found-family story with a heartwarming romance and three very explosive witch children!
If you prefer your Halloween audiobooks to be less creepy and more weird (or should I say, irregular?), you will have such a wonderful time with Mika Moon and the people from Nowhere House.
I loved listening to Samara MacLaren read this heartwarming, captivating story about finding a place to belong – even if you’re a witch.
The Witch King Duology
The Witch King duology is a gritty Fantasy about a trans guy who had managed to dodge his fated mate for several years before being pulled back into the fae world that looks down on witches like him.
This is such a profound, beautiful story of second chances that moved me deeply, but The Witch King and The Fae Keeper are also two really fun and super entertaining books that make perfect Halloween audiobooks!
Dani Martineck is one of my favorite narrators, and now’s the perfect time to give Wyatt and his friends a listen!
Gideon the Ninth
If you’re looking for Halloween audiobooks and haven’t listened to this one yet, well, you’re in for a treat!
Gideon the Ninth is science fantasy, and the titular heroine might be one of the most badass people in all of Fantasy! Do I have a giant crush on Gideon? Yes, yes, I do. But that’s beside the point.
With its necromancers, mysterious murders, and a house that seems to be made entirely of dungeons, this really is the perfect spooky audiobook for Halloween!
Moira Quirk is one of the best audiobook narrators out there and did an amazing job bringing it to life.
Erin Jade Lange (Author), Jesse Vilinsky (Narrator)
Mere Mortals was an unexpected hit for me. It’s a Young Adult vampire story about two siblings who, after an “accident” with a human, are “sentenced to life”.
They are turned back into normal human teenagers and have to deal with everything that comes along with that age, from zits to high school issues.
Of course, their entire focus is taken up by trying to get their sentence revoked and being turned vampire again. But some distracting boys enter the picture.
I adored Charlie’s growth throughout the book, how she starts out as a vapid fashionista and then gains more insight into who she is and what matters to her and her brother. A very captivating story, and I loved Jesse Vilinsky’s narration!
The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings
Lily Morton (Author), Joel Leslie (Narrator)
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This paranormal M/M Romance set in a haunted house is the perfect mix of adorable romantic pining and creepy ghost story!
The ghosts in this book are no joke, I can tell you that. But Blue Billings and Levi Blake are wonderful together.
And the audiobook is narrated by Joel Leslie, who is always such a treat to listen to!
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor
If you love stories about witch covens, then The Witches of Moonshyne Manor will keep you delightfully entertained!
The five octogenarian witches who live in Moonshyne Manor think up a wild plan to save their home and business. And they get unexpected help on the way.
I loved how short interludes with the women’s spells were mixed into the story. And Amy Landon is a pleasure to listen to. A truly fun audiobook for Halloween!
John Scalzi (Author), Zachary Quinto (Narrator)
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The Dispatcher might well be the most popular Audible Plus book ever, and if you have not yet listened to this, now is the time because this is a perfect Halloween audiobook!
The premise of this series is that in 999 out of 1000 cases, a person who gets murdered returns back to life.
I found this created an oddly spooky atmosphere because it’s so far out, yet everyone just accepts it. And you can easily imagine how it would indeed be like that if it happened in real life.
The narration by Zachary Quinto is absolutely amazing, you really don’t want to miss this! The entire series is included in Audible Plus.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
You can’t get around Neil Gaiman when you are looking for good Halloween audiobooks! And that is most certainly not a hardship.
But if The Sandman is too creepy for you, then get The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This is an incredibly atmospheric story with just the right amount of weird and spooky.
And it’s narrated by the author himself, who has just about the best storyteller voice!
Kalyn Josephson (Author), Michael Crouch (Narrator), Keylor Leigh (Narrator)
Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson drew me in right away. It’s a Middle-Grade book with pretty creepy vibes, set in a wonderful magical town.
I loved the descriptions of the inn and the stores, and how people with magic hide in plain sight from normal tourists here.
The heroine Annabella is 13, and like most people in her family, she’s psychic. However, her gift is that she can see the deaths other people have observed. She finally gets the opportunity to put her ability to good use when a boy comes to her family’s inn whose parents were murdered.
And Annabella had recently touched someone who had seen these deaths! Now she wants to help the boy find his parents’ killers.
Keylor Leigh and Michael Crouch brought this story to life so well and have very fitting voices for the kids. A great listen for October!
Bad Witch Burning
Bad Witch Burning is no light reading. This Young Adult Urban Fantasy is a sad, yet powerful story about a young witch without any training who finds out that she can bring dead people back to life.
And while this seems like the perfect opportunity for her to ensure she and her mom will have enough money for rent and food, these undead turn into a huge problem!
Kamali Minter’s narration makes this an intense, captivating, and spooky audiobook that you won’t be able to turn off!
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Once Upon a Haunted Moor
Harper Fox (Author), Tim Gilbert (Narrator)
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This paranormal M/M Romantic Mystery is just as atmospheric as its cover!
A psychic man and a local cop search for a lost child in the moor, on Halloween. This is pretty much the perfect Halloween audiobook for Romance fans.
Whether or not there really is a ghost, you will have to find out for yourself. Tim Gilbert’s narration did this story real justice!
Payback’s a Witch
Did you love the Halloweentown movies when you were younger? Then you should visit Thistle Grove! Halloween all year ’round, thanks to the four local witch families.
Payback’s a Witch is an entertaining blend of Paranormal Fantasy and Romance. And when Emmy and Talia make out in the creepy witch forest, you get sapphic Halloween perfection!
Jeremy Carlisle Parker did such a great job with the narration. Talia sounds incredibly hot!!
Is this the weirdest book there is? Well, I don’t know. Who am I to judge? But it sure is plenty weird and a little bit scary (or more so, depending on how scary you find super weird stuff).
But giant tentacles are just about perfect for monster-themed Halloween audiobooks!
I loved this story: It is a fast-paced, stand-alone Urban Fantasy that’s very British and very “tentacly” and extremely weird. Did I mention weird? You are in for something special here, and John Lee’s narration fits it perfectly!
Craig Schaefer (Author), Christina Traister (Narrator)
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Be prepared for a damn scary boogeyman!
Harmony Black is a witch and part of an FBI Black OPs team that solves supernatural cases. The team hunts stuff that goes bump in the night, and things get pretty creepy in this Urban Fantasy series.
Halloween is really the best time of the year to listen to these awesome spooky audiobooks that are so well narrated by Christina Traister!
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The Book of Witches
Jonathan Strahan (Author), Vikas Adam (Narrator), Anniwaa Buachie (Narrator), Rainy Fields (Narrator), Eva Kaminsky (Narrator), Johnathan McClain (Narrator), Vyvy Nguyen (Narrator), Deryn Oliver (Narrator), Logan Rozos (Narrator), Bahni Turpin (Narrator)
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If you enjoy anthology audiobooks, I recommend The Book of Witches!
You can find stories and poems here from around the world as well as from a variety of different backgrounds. Some of them are more Urban Fantasy, while others create elaborate Fantasy worlds with just a few words.
The group of voice actors was incredibly well chosen, making this a wonderful listening experience and a great audiobook to start your Halloween-themed listening!
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
If you want more Halloween audiobooks, then this super weird, fantastic(al) Holmes / Watson retelling is just the thing!
Captain John Wyndham reports about his adventures with The Sorceress Shaharazad Haas, who is not easily impressed by anyone or anything. The two travel through various parts of their world, one weirder than the next, in pursuit of a blackmailer.
The humor and utter Britishness of it all come through perfectly in Nicholas Boulton’s narration!
The Goblin Emperor
The Goblin Emperor is an enthralling Fantasy novel!
We’re in a royal court where the new emperor is settling in. Or trying to. After the sudden death of his father and all his brothers, Maia has to find his way around an environment that only cares about the superficial.
He wasn’t trained for it, never even lived at the royal court. And now he has to navigate court politics and expectations.
Overall, this is a fairly low-stakes book, a Cozy Fantasy, and is mainly about Maia trying to find his place in this new life. I loved the pace, the narration, and the fancy fantasy words!
This is an excellent choice as a Halloween audiobook that really isn’t terrifying.
Seanan McGuire (Author), Emily Bauer (Narrator)
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Seanan McGuire is a go-to author for spooky audiobooks, and Discount Armageddon has all the beasties and monsters!
Verity Price doesn’t hunt them, though. She’s a cryptozoologist and protects them in this very cool Urban Fantasy series.
The InCryptid series is just as atmospheric as its cover. A badass and spooky audiobook narrated by the wonderful Emily Bauer!
The story of Damsel is based on an upcoming Netflix movie that was turned into a book by Evelyn Skye. And it absolutely scratched an itch for me!
We have a very empowered heroine, Elodie, who is willing to give everything for her impoverished country. So, she agrees to get married off to a prince. What she doesn’t know is that she will be sacrificed to a dragon right after the wedding.
That’s how Elodie finds herself fighting for her life in a dragon’s lair!
This audiobook played like a movie in my head, and I adored the ending. It was a twist I did not see coming, and that felt immensely good and satisfying to me.
Imani Jade Powers is always a treat to listen to. And this is a really great choice if you don’t mind some dragons in your spooky audiobooks.
The Twenty-Sided Sorceress
Annie Bellet (Author), Folly Blaine (Narrator)
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Jade Crow runs a small gaming and comic store in a supernatural town in Idaho. She is also a sorceress, but, shhh, no one is supposed to know that because sorcerers are feared for their heart-eating ways!
So she never uses her magic… until she gets entangled in all kinds of adventures.
I love this Urban Fantasy series and how Folly Blaine brought these characters to life! It’s not super creepy, but spooky enough with quite a few monsters. And the heart-eating, obviously!
Alice Winters (Author), Michael Ferraiuolo (Narrator)
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Monstrous Intent is utterly epic and a great choice for your Halloween listening!
I truly appreciated that it’s a bit longer too. I could really get lost in the world Alice Winters has created here, and I liked how it wasn’t one straightforward adventure but different quests that have to be overcome. There is a lot of intrigue going on here!
Michael Ferraiolo is absolutely outstanding, as always, and gave both heroes such distinct voices. I also loved the extra effects on the monster speech! This is a fantastic spooky audiobook!
Friends with the Monsters
Albany Walker (Author), Vanessa Moyen (Narrator), Lucas Webley (Narrator)
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You want more heat in your Halloween books? Then this monstrous polyamory Romance might be just the spooky audiobook for you!
Dami is friends with all the things that go bump in the night. But with no one else. Until three guys show up at her house!
Vanessa Moyen is one of my favorite voices, and Lucas Webley made for some hot and creepy guys in the audio version.
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