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Halloween is nearly here, so it’s the perfect time for a special roundup of the most horrifying sound effects out there:

These SFX libraries deliver horrific and classic haunted house sounds like sinister laughs, gory slashes, uneasy ambiences, biting creatures, spooky piano strums, dark cinematic ambiences, unearthly contact mic recordings, hypnotic binaural soundscapes, howling winds, creaking metal, dreadful climaxes and deranged synths.

Whether you’re designing sound for a horror game, a Halloween television special or your own haunted house, you’re sure to find the spine-tingling sounds you need!



Halloween 101
 
  • Halloween 101 is a great collection of sounds for your spooktacular projects!  Inside are eerie ambiences; ghosts and zombies; human grunts, dying, screaming, and wailing; bloody gore; blade sounds, glass breaks, squeaky floors and doors, and so much more!

    Halloween 101 includes:

    • Strange, haunting ambiences
    • Blades – impacts, hits, chainsaw, war-hammer, battle ax
    • Fighting and Gore – punches, rib cage ripping open, splats, goops
    • Footsteps – glass, creaky wood
    • Glass Breaks
    • Human Sounds – evil laughs, screams (solo and group), grunts
    • Unhuman Sounds – Groups of ghostly voices, zombies (solo and groups), speaking in tongues
    • Weather – thunder & wind
    • Doors – creaking, “Demons Gate”

'Halloween 101' by Soundopolis is a cinematic library full of the elements that make the quintessentially 'spooky' soundscapes we've come to expect this time of year. It has over 100 sinister sounds of chainsaws, gore, evil laughs, horrified screams, ghosts and zombies, eerie weather, creaking wood, broken glass, and more. These sounds will allow you to create dozens of ambiences not only for your projects, but also your Halloween parties and haunted houses, too! For a wide-ranging horror library that can fit scenes with the undead, yard tool-wielding serial killers and foredooming birds, this is a library to listen to.
 
Just Gore
 
  • Gore Sound Effects Just Gore Play Track 820 sounds included $40

    Welcome to the Bloodfeast. Welcome to 496 files containing over 820 goregeous bone breaking, blood soaking and flesh slicing Splatter SoundFX.

    This huge hardgoreconstruction kit contains all the sounds of gore you need for your horror-, action-, thriller-, slasher-, monster-, martial-arts-, zombie- or fantasy-, movie or video-game.

    …and, there is a chainsaw too, of course.

     

'Just Gore' by SoundBits has the elements you need to disgust your audience. This library has over 800 gory sounds for slasher, horror, and zombie projects. It includes sounds of bones snapping, creatures biting, blood spilling, body parts dropping, and more. The sounds are lightly designed to allow you to make them as aggressively nausea-inducing or subtly chilling as you'd like. If you're looking for the full gamut of horrifying and grisly sounds, check out this library.
 
Cinematic Horror
 
  • This downright terrifying collection of horror sound effects – co-produced by Hollywood horror master Richard Adrian (The Hills Have Eyes, Gothika, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, House Of Wax, Haunted Hill, Mirrors etc) – is available in three different versions:

    CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED:

    cinematic horror sound effects - designedWant an easy, high-quality solution for horror sound effects? You have a tight schedule and need to meet a bloody deadline by tomorrow? That calls for our CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED collection: a handy pack full of pre-designed, ready-to-use SFX that crawl and slither into your projects, ready to scare the audience with precision. There are booms, drones, hits, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes and further nightmares, including screams and screeches, distortion, whispers, echoes, metal squeaks and other haunting sounds. No need to fear short-term inquiries anymore – this library will fix your needs in an instant.

    The CINEMATIC HORROR DESIGNED offers you a great selection of more than 4 GB high quality SFX, brought to you in more than 100 single files. Each file contains 4 versions to ensure flexibility and alternation. All of it recorded and produced in 96 kHz and 24-bit by horror expert Richard Adrian and our devoted sound designers. The library also comes with key word search and well-grounded Soundminer metadata.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Extremes, hits, drones, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes & more
    • 500+ HD SFX in 100+ files
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – CONSTRUCTION KIT:

    cinematic horror sound effects construction kitThis frightful collection not only creeps up your spine, but clasps your whole body. Symptoms such as cold skin, anxiety, dizziness, shivering, paleness and increased heart rate may occur, indicating the degree of sonic impact this library entails. The CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT is not for the sensitive nature, but for those who dare to play the complex facets of primeval fear. If you want to create something unique – the next terrifying attack, an evil twist, a horrifying moment of pure despair – this library should be your tool kit.

    A glance at the content list of the CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT suggests a dreadful future: ambients, drones (organic and synthetic), human sounds, impacts (e.g. guitar distortion, creepy clangs, smacks and thunks), metal impacts, metal squeaks and scrapes, rises, instruments (e.g. piano, violin, wine glass), metal scrapes, metal squeak, vocals and vocal choirs (breaths, laughs, exhales, screams (male and female), wood creaks, groans and more – all ready to follow your wicked phantasies and effects.

    These SFX come with more than 12 GB of high-quality source recordings delivered in 96 kHz, 24-bit, giving you only the best quality for heavy editing, pitching, and FX processing while keeping a top notch level of clarity and precision. To provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible, all files contain extensive metadata. Balance and mix the sounds just as you like and expand the range of panic, fright and terror.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Scrapes, squeaks, creaks & groans, vocals & drones and so much more!
    • 270+ files, 1.200+ HD sound effects
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – BUNDLE:

    cinematic horror sound effectsGet BOTH versions above in one, sweet, terrifying bundle. It provides an unbeatable 12 GB arsenal of horror sounds that'll be a cornerstone for anything scary in your sound effects collection.

     
    Key features:
    • Gets you both Cinematic Horror – Designed and Construction Kit
    • 370+ files, 1.700+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV

'Cinematic Horror' by BOOM Library is a dark, disturbing collection of horror sound effects. Created by Hollywood horror master Richard Adrian - who's done sound for films like The Hills Have Eyes, Gothika, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, House Of Wax, Haunted Hill, Mirrors, and more -, Cinematic Horror hits all the right marks when it comes to downright creepy sound.
 
Cloud Piano
 
  • Drones & Mood Sound Effects Cloud Piano Play Track 20 sounds included, 20 mins total $10

    This small, highly focused sound library features drones and textures created solely with sounds from a 1950’s Cable upright piano.

    These sound effects range from low, dark, and pulsating, to high and shimmering and could easily work in sci-fi, suspense, thrillers, or fantasy. While they can sound otherworldly, the sounds are actually quite organic. The sounds were made with looped and layered tone clusters and ambience recorded inside the piano – no granularization, synthesis, or additional processing like reverb were employed.

    They can be used alone or mixed with other sounds to great effect.

Are you looking to create an unsettling soundscape, but you want something different — something more melodic? 'Cloud Piano' by Cordovan Music, LLC may be your answer. This library has the disquieting frequencies of a 1950s upright piano that will shimmer and evolve beneath your scenes. These drones are each a minute long and will build tension with their murky throbbing, pulsating and glowing tones. For only half a US dollar each, this library will bring invaluable emotions to your anxious and horror-inducing ambiences.
 
Industrial Disquiet
 
  • Industrial Ambiences – perfect for realistic industrial settings, adjacent to factories, dockyards, warehouses. Subtle intricate backgrounds, eerie man-made areas and horror ambiences. All files at least four minutes in length.

    Industrial Disquiet highlights:

    • 53 Tracks Total (25 Day time Tracks, 28 Night time Tracks)
    • High Resolution Photographs of Recording Locations Included
    • Thorough UCS compatible metadata included in all files
    • All tracks recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz
    • Each Track around 4 Minutes in Length
    • 6.9 GB compressed download, 7.5 GB uncompressed

Are you creating a restless soundscape, but you need an ambience to tie it together? Check out 'Industrial Disquiet' by Kpow Sounds. This library has sounds from industrial areas where the atmospheres are twisted by the droning frequencies of factories and logistical operations. These sounds can fit soundscapes both terrifyingly realistic and absurdly fantastical, and the creators even wrote about their experiences while recording and designing the library. If you need ambiences that are both uneasy and unifying, listen to this library.
 
Creatures - Designed
 
'Creatures - Designed' by BOOM Library goes for the big and the beastly. This library has over 300 sounds of ready-to-go roars, rumbles, and growls for creatures of all sorts. Whether they are slimy zombies, tiny, bitey critters, or residents from the black lagoon, 'Creatures - Designed' will supply you with over a dozen monsters with four variations of five different moods for each. Its high definition quality also allows you to customize the sounds for whatever monstrous sizes and shapes your art team imagines. If you want your creatures to start talking now, check out this library.
 
Metal Atmosphere
 
  • Materials & Texture Sound Effects Metal Atmosphere Play Track 29 sounds included, 120 mins total $100

    Metal Atmosphere is a collection of contact microphone recordings of wire fences vibrating in the wind.

    The library consists of 29 recordings ranging from 1 minute to over 10 minutes in length. These have been recorded by taping JrF contact microphones to wire fences and other structures through which sound travels easily.

    Most of the sounds are made by the wind “playing” the wires as a huge stringed instrument, while a few others are recordings of submerged wooden fences. The tone is generally dark, even menacing, bringing desolate spaces to mind.

    The sounds can be used as backgrounds even if they technically aren’t proper ambiences, as there is a certain degree of similarity between the two channels which creates a fake stereo field. About half of the files also include wind gusts and wind-specific dynamics which renders them easily identifiable as wind sounds, only with extra metal elements added. Additionally there are countless impacts, risers and swells included which can easily be cut out and used as spot effects. All files are recorded and mastered at 24/96 quality which makes them excellent sound design elements ripe for serious processing.

    In total, more than 2 hours of metal atmospheres and resonances from unique sources – tagged with comprehensive metadata.

'Metal Atmosphere' by Mindful Audio is a work of natural art. This library will give your project an organic and unearthly edge with its portent tones and strange rhythms created by wind as it strums wire fences. You receive over two hours of these contact mic recordings and plenty of impacts, rises and swells. For distinct, uncanny ambiences and drones that feel out of this world, listen to this library.
 
Horror 1
 
  • Horror Sound Effects Horror 1 Play Track 28 sounds included, 48 mins total $75

    Spooky, scary sounds – in ambisonics format. Hollow winds, strange metal resonances, all those sounds are natural and not coming from any kind of sound generator – you will be able to spread them all around the room and make them move as you like. If you plan to do a horror film, this is a must have.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
Spheric Collection once again uses their Ambisonics talents to create an immersive, detailed sound library - this time with a little more anxiety. 'Horror 1' includes 48 minutes of creepy ambiences with metal resonances, breathy rumbles, uneasy bubbles and more. These binaural recordings swell and evolve as they envelope the listener with a harrowing presence. Whether your project is in stereo or 7.1, this library is sure to hypnotize your audience.
 
Cinematic Gore
 
  • If you need sounds of gore, this SFX collection is truly something special. Delivering more than 600 sounds of blood, guts, bone breaks, sword and knife stabs and cuts, splatters, spurts, flesh tears, impacts – and sawing – its gets you a brutally effective collection of sounds to work with, both raw and designed.

'Cinematic Gore' by The Sound Keeper is a gore library designed and ready for your project. This library has over 600 sounds for your scenes containing blood spurting stabs, pulverizing punches, ringing sword lacerations, and much more. These brutal sounds are available both in their raw and designed versions and their high quality recording quality lets you manipulate them for maximum effect. For lots of splatters, spurts, tears and 'shings', check out this library.
 
Howling Winds - Interior
 
  • Howling Winds – Interior is 1.4 GB of high-velocity air molecules in 42 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz stereo – from an interior perspective. All files are UCS-compliant.

    It is a collection of highly expressive, sometimes vocal, sometimes violent gusts of wind, squalls of rain and sleet – as heard from within the safety of a home.

    KEY FEATURES

    • Howling, moaning, whistling wind sounds
    • Roofs and windows pummeled with rain and sleet
    • Bad weather in an urban setting

Recording wind howling takes one part timing and two parts luck - and it's definitely not something you can find on the fly. Fortunately, 'Howling Winds - Interior' by hzandbits is here for your creepy windy needs. This library contains lightly edited howling, moaning and whistling perfect for ambiences or one-shot sounds. These tracks are also slightly edited to allow you to add the right amount of gusts and rumbles as well as rain and sleet. For highly expressive winds, check out this library.
 
Squeaks and Creaks Two
 
  • Horror Sound Effects Squeaks and Creaks Two Play Track 1000+ sounds included, 113 mins total $40

    A big new collection of squeaking and creaking sounds – nearly two hours in total, from a wide range of sources.

    Includes sounds from sources such as:

    Shower glass, metal hinges, garage doors, office chairs, plastic handles, rusty ladders, wooden doors, styrofoam, running shoes, bottle corks, plastic containers, medicine cabinets, rubber gloves, plastic bottles, metal coathangers, rusty pipes, wood deckboard, metal springs, plastic straws, wooden baskets, small metal doors, roll-up curtains, large wooden gates, wood floors, metal wheels, screen doors, sliding doors, metal locker doors, rubber extension cords and more.

'Squeaks and Creaks Two' by RDGsoundFX has sounds of friction from several textures. It includes creaking floorboards, metal wheels, rusty ladders and wooden gates, as well as ice cubes, rubber cords, running shoes and bottle corks. There are nearly two hours of all these creaks and squeaks for over 1,000 sounds in this massive library. For only 50 USD, this library will surely bring a creepy edge to many of your projects.
 
Chimera
 
'Chimera' by Glitchmachines, LLC is a completely unique approach to uneasy ambiences by the masters of glitches and sonic emotion. These atmospheres capture the human psyche in abstract ways, making you feel as if you are descending into madness to escape a horrifying reality. The sounds include painful and horrified voices, crawling textures, shredding noise, stirring booms, wriggling tones, instrumental slithering and much more. For unique complexity and metaphysical inspiration, listen to this library.
 
Bloody Nightmare
 
  • Bloody Nightmare is a modern horror cinematic library aimed at the most cutting edge bone chilling productions out there.

    Whether you work in sound design, as a composer, trailer editor or as an electronic musician, Bloody Nightmare is a valuable new wave of Horror sounds that will surely cause visceral moments of terror and dread!


If you're looking for chilling modern impacts, 'Bloody Nightmare' by SoundMorph is your perfect match. This library has sounds meticulously crafted to emulate our cold sweat 'fight or flight' response when we hear screams or sudden squealing tires. The stingers, pulses, whispers, atmospheres, climaxes, kicks and more in this library are designed to be placed right into your project and manipulated to fit the pitch or speed you need. This library is so precise, it will not only make you feel its impacts, it can also elicit horrific scenes in your head as well.
   
 
Need even more scary sounds? Check these out:

If you’re after more horror sounds, don’t miss these 6 interesting collections:

  • Scary horror sounds inspired by Hollywood Box office Hits – The Conjuring, The Exorcist and The Shining, we present to you the psychopath’s favorite: Asylum – Epic Stock Media’s hair-raising sound library of hollywood film scare tactics. Unchained access to some of the most cutting edge designed horror production sound effects in the world derived from stunning 192k 24bit recording sessions. Be the first to unleash our best sound library yet! Check the audio preview for spine chilling inspiration.

  • Horror Sound Effects Atmosfear Play Track 50 sounds included, 31 mins total $12

    Featuring sounds taken from lo-fi instrumental recordings, harsh noise experiments and granular synthesis explorations, Atmosfear is a gritty soundscape collection geared towards the horror genre. With a distinctly unpolished production style to bring a rough edge to your scenario, these sounds can be used to invoke feelings of suspense, dread, tension, fear and doom into your characters and environments.

    What does an industrial scale torture chamber in an abandoned asylum sound like? What about a high-voltage electrical possession? Find the answer to these questions and more with Atmosfear. Enter if you dare.

  • This Baby Tiger SFX library delivers a great collection of Bengal baby tiger recordings from our sound recordists in Thailand, presented in 192 khz, 24-bit WAV format. It offers a wide range of vocalisations in the unique timbre of a younger animal. This maintains the classic sound and aggression of the bengal tiger, but in a ‘bite-sized’ package!

    Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. They live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. They are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals.

    These recordings are an ideal starting point for creature sound design, with a huge range of growls, cries and moans.

  • Gore Sound Effects Stethoscope Play Track 32+ sounds included $25

    Get the sounds of the human body with the Stethoscope sound effects library: The gurgling and murmuring of various digestion processes in the abdomen, the beating heart, blood rushing through vessels and the respiratory sounds of the lungs.

    All sounds were recorded from male and female volunteers using multiple stethoscopes and a Sound Devices 633 recorder, final clean up was done with Izotope RX 4.

Need even more horror SFX? Check out the full horror sound effects category

 

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  • Metal Sound Effects MetalMotion Play Track 2000+ sounds included, 239 mins total $110

    MetalMotion is a sound design construction kit that contains four hours of moving metal mayhem: clicks and clanks, rolls and drags, wronks and squeals, scrapes and rattles, ranging from from tiny to monstrous. Nathan Moody’s unique performances with unusual combinations of props produce everything from Foley-like movements to intense groans and howls.

    Whether you’re covering a robot’s movements, sweetening weapon Foley, making crafting or pick-up sounds in a game, placing unusual layers beneath a kaiju’s roar, or crushing a submarine with undersea pressure, this collection covers the full range of subtle to raucous. Each file has many performance variations for creative choice and game audio asset creation.

    While there are some tasty impacts within, this library’s true focus is on characterful movements: handling, rummaging, opens, closes, ratchets, swirls, rolls, drags, drops, spins, rubs, zuzzes, and bows. Metal containers, filing cabinets, modern appliances, vintage (and very rusty) tools, cymbals, bells, grills, plates, bars, rods, and tubes, and many other props lent their voices to this collection.

    This UCS-compliant library was recorded with a combination of standard, contact, and ultrasonic-capable microphones through Millennia preamps. Sample rates vary based on the amount of ultrasonic content in each file. The audio files are mastered for realism, ready for extreme processing and pitch shifting of your own, but still useful in more grounded contexts.

  • A comprehensive sound library from the enchanting world of the Middle Ages featuring meticulously recorded elements that come together harmoniously to create a realm of realism that transports your audience back in time, including isolated elements, acoustic impulse responses, noiseprints, and ambience loops.

    Medieval Towns and Villages - Full Library Presentation
  • Environments & Ambiences Curated Rain Play Track 39 sounds included, 183 mins total $44.99

    CURATED RAIN – is an extensive sound library containing 39 unique files of rain in varying environments and conditions ranging from city streets, back alleys, parks, forests and windows and heavy walls of rain to gentle and lite drizzles. Including isolated sections of rain as well as rain storms in their entirety. All of our libraries comply with the Universal Category System naming convention standard as well as traditional embedded metadata, allowing for accurate and easy granular searches. Original recordings were captured at 192kHz and 32bit float. Curated Rain (RAW – 192kHz 24bit) comes out to 11.7 GB and 3 hours 3 minutes and 10 seconds in overall length.

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  • Empower Your Compositions with Authentic Medieval Phrases.
    [Note: This product requires a FULL version of Native Instruments’ KONTAKT or Steinbergs free HALion Sonic]

    Embark on a journey through time with the latest addition to the MEDIEVAL PHRASES series: FIDDLE & NYCKELHARPA. With the Fiddle, with its rich and expressive tones, coupled with the Nyckelharpa’s distinctive resonant strings, we invite you to capture the mood of medieval times. Composers and producers can now use dramatic live performances by outstanding performers or freely play their instruments with varied articulations.

    Imagine the bustling markets and vibrant festivals of late medieval Europe, where the rhythm and bounce of the Fiddle & Nyckelharpa set feet tapping and light the hearts of weary travelers. These instruments were the lifeblood of celebration, often heard at markets and taverns above the chatter of merchants and the laughter of children. Their history is woven through countless generations, where they not only provided entertainment but also served as a cultural heartbeat during times of both hardship and prosperity.

    MEDIEVAL PHRASES FIDDLE & NYCKLEHARPA carry within tales of the past, each string resonating with stories untold. The Fiddle’s bow dances across strings to produce a vibrant, rhythmic melody, while the Nyckelharpa’s keyed fiddle design adds an otherworldly depth. These sounds, once echoing through medieval tavern halls and open markets, are now crisply captured for the modern composer. With MEDIEVAL PHRASES, breathe new life into your medieval compositions, delivering an authentic experience that is both profound and exhilarating.

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  • Volleyball Match Ambience provides three distinct soundscapes spread through long, evolving and captivating sound recordings from Portugal’s primary masculine and feminine leagues, in addition to a regional match.

    This is a highly intense and balanced sport characterized by its fast-paced nature, emphasis on teamwork and strategic play, where players use a combination of spiking, blocking, setting, and serving techniques to gain an advantage and outmaneuver their opponents. The game is played on a rectangular court divided by a net, with each team aiming to score points by grounding the ball on the opposing team’s side.

    All recordings were attained from a centered front-row seat position in crystal-clear stereo, meaning you have all the necessary field-of-play interactions, in addition to varied crowd reactions ranging from diverse support chants, booing, casual conversations, clapping, local team speaker asking for crowd backing, referee whistles, coach instructions and air horns. This versatility of content guarantees full immersion, drama, excitement, intensity and realism for film, television, videogames, podcasts and more. Your audience will be transported courtside in no time.

    The regional match sound files are the longest with a constant stream of clapping and chants from supporters and the players themselves championing their respective team, interspersed with quieter moments, making it ideal for a more balanced volleyball match ambience. Also included in this section are pre-match drills.

    With over three and a half hours of content, this library is your all-access pass to the dynamic, exhilarating world of volleyball.

  • Environments & Ambiences Curated Rain Play Track 39 sounds included, 183 mins total $44.99

    CURATED RAIN – is an extensive sound library containing 39 unique files of rain in varying environments and conditions ranging from city streets, back alleys, parks, forests and windows and heavy walls of rain to gentle and lite drizzles. Including isolated sections of rain as well as rain storms in their entirety. All of our libraries comply with the Universal Category System naming convention standard as well as traditional embedded metadata, allowing for accurate and easy granular searches. Original recordings were captured at 192kHz and 32bit float. Curated Rain (RAW – 192kHz 24bit) comes out to 11.7 GB and 3 hours 3 minutes and 10 seconds in overall length.

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  • Human Sound Effects Applauses Play Track 50 sounds included, 11 mins total $30
    It took me 2 years to create this sound library and for the first time I used AI to create a cover image! 50 applause recordings made in various interior and exterior places, small and big audience, some with cheering and some with only clapping. All files are recorded 32bit, 192kHz with FEL Pluggy EM272 and Sonorous Objects SO.3 microphones, Zoom F3 recorder. The library is also available in UCS.
  • Environments & Ambiences WINTER SCAPE Play Track 33 sounds included, 148 mins total From: $119

    Feel the coldness of winter landscapes. In the heart of the Cantal mountains in France, immerse yourself in a soothing nature or in the cold winter wind.

    All files are embedded with extensive UCS compliant metadata.


   

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