Halloween is upon us, the entire month (or just a single day, if you’re too tired to have fun all-month long), of ghosts, demons, vampires, horror movies, and potentially, elaborate front lawn decorations.

There are many ways to celebrate Halloween month, but the two most important camps are: spooky, for things that get you goosebumps and make turning off the light seem like a bad idea; and there’s spoopy, for a more party-and-fun-oriented take on Halloween. It’s the difference between the Xenomorph stalking you through dark corridors of a dark space ship, and a Chestburster doing a dance number in a diner.

With that in mind, we’ve split the games you should check out on Halloween 2021 into two groups: the spooky and the spoopy.

Get the fake blood, light the candle in a pumpkin, and dab like an old-school vampire, we’re diving into a list of video games to play on Halloween, based on the vibe you’re going for.

The spookiest Halloween games on Steam to play this Halloween
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Unavowed 2018-08-08 Adventure Wadjet Eye Games Read more
The Medium 2021-01-28 Horror Bloober Team SA 49% Read more
Alien Isolation 2014-10-06 Action & Shooter Creative Assembly 81% Read more
Amnesia The Dark Descent 2010-09-08 Adventure Frictional Games 89% Read more
Amnesia Collection 2010-09-08 Adventure Frictional Games 86% Read more
Amnesia Rebirth 2020-10-20 Adventure Frictional Games 93% Read more
Dead Space 2008-10-20 Adventure EA Redwood Shores Read more
Dead Space 2 2011-01-27 Horror Visceral Games Read more
Dead Space 3 2020-04-23 Adventure Visceral Games Read more
Phasmophobia 2020-09-18 Horror Kinetic Games Read more
Resident Evil 0 Biohazard 0 Hd Remaster 2016-01-19 Adventure CAPCOM CO., LTD. 78% Read more
Resident Evil 2 Biohazard Re2 2019-01-25 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 83% Read more
Resident Evil 3 2020-04-03 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 83% Read more
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate Hd Edition 2014-02-27 Adventure CAPCOM 77% Read more
Resident Evil 5 2009-09-15 Adventure CAPCOM 80% Read more
Resident Evil 6 2013-03-22 Horror CAPCOM 83% Read more
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Biohazard 7 Resident Evil 2017-01-23 Horror CAPCOM CO., LTD. 78% Read more
Resident Evil 8 Village 2021-05-07 Horror CAPCOM CO., LTD. 68% Read more
Viscera Cleanup Detail 2015-10-23 Indie RuneStorm 52% Read more
Thimbleweed Park 2017-03-30 Adventure Terrible Toybox Read more
Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell 2015-01-23 Adventure Volition, High Voltage 70% Read more
Graveyard Keeper 2018-08-15 Adventure Lazy Bear Games 83% Read more
Ghost Master 2003-08-23 Strategy Sick Puppies 39% Read more
Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout 2020-08-04 Casual Mediatonic 35% Read more

        

Unavowed

Release:2018-08-08
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Wadjet Eye Games

Unavowed is a modern, yet old-school adventure game which is sure to appeal to any fan of urban fantasy shows and novels. Set in New York City, the game takes your character, a survivor of demonic possession, on journey beyond what most people see in the city. Thankfully, there are the eponymous Unavowed, people devoting their lives to protecting the world from the lurking supernatural evils.

Unavowed

The game has a pleasant, low-resolution aesthetic, but both the backgrounds and character are full of character and evocative detail nonetheless. As for the gameplay, it’s very much a point and click game, counting on your decisions and ingenuity more than on reflexes. You have a character with a customisable origin story, and there are four companions who can join your weird journey.

Key features
  • See New York City like you’ve never had before
  • Low-res, but lovely aesthetic
  • Several characters are eager to join you
  • Branching story
        

The Medium

Release:2021-01-28
Genre:Horror
Developer:Bloober Team SA

The Medium, from experienced horror developer Bloober Team, is a break from the studio’s usual style. Instead of first-person deeply immersive psychologically exhausting scares, The Medium is a third-person horror game. It follows Marianne, the titular medium who can see the physical and spiritual worlds at the same time, which the game represents by splitting the screen in half to show both.

The Medium

This dual vision is the way to overcome many obstacles blocking Marianne’s investigation. Troubled by a recurring dream, she travels to an old, abandoned holiday resort to seek answers… and to find more than she bargained for. The Medium is a unique, interesting, and engaging third-person psychological horror with a soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka of the Silent Hill fame.

Key features
  • Unique presentation: you see both the real and spirit world side by side, at the same time
  • Developed by horror veterans from Bloober Team
  • Original soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka
  • Dark, unpleasant story set around an old Polish holiday resort
        

Alien: Isolation

Release:2014-10-06
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Creative Assembly

Although Creative Assembly usually dabbles in strategies of the Total War sort, their foray into the horror genre turned out to be really, really good. Based on the Alien license, Isolation follows the daughter of world-famous Ellen Ripley, Amanda. The developers have done an outstanding job capturing the atmosphere and aesthetic of the 1979 Alien movie.

Alien: Isolation

Amanda is stuck on a space station which suffers from some technological problems, in that its technology is unable to contain a fully grown Xenomorph, and then other bits of technology got a bit too murder-happy. If you’re more interested in a good Alien game, Isolation should keep your Halloween night frightful and full of breath held as the Xenomorph paces by the locker you hid in.

Key features
  • An excellent Alien game
  • Properly scary Xenomorph
  • Fleshes out a bit of the story of Ellen Ripley’s daughter
  • Faithfully recreates the science fiction look of the original movie
        

Amnesia (series)

Release:2010-09-08
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Frictional Games

Amnesia is one of the best known horror games of the generation, and it played a part in popularising the FPP horror with a helpless protagonist. In The Dark Descent this unenviable role falls to an Englishman called Daniel, who wakes up in a sprawling and neglected Prussian castle. In addition to a growing fear of the dark he also has to stay alive, because he is hunted by some dark presence.

Amnesia (series)

Daniel is in no condition to fight, so his only defence against the monster stalking him is hiding, hoping for the best and trying not to lose his mind because of the horrible events and the oppressive darkness. While old Prussian castle might be too elaborate a setup for this year’s Halloween decoration, you can play around with the game’s level editor and make a virtual spooky tour this way.

Key features
  • Level editor allows you to build your own horror stories
  • A perfect horror setup: 19th century, Prussian castle, and ancient mysteries
  • You need to keep an eye on Daniel’s sanity throughout the game
        

Dead Space (series)

Release:2020-04-23
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Visceral Games

What do you get when you take huge ships straight out of Alien, add in some gruesome body horror from John Carpenter’s The Thing and have it all confronted by an engineer rather than a hardened mercenary? You get Dead Space, and things only get weirder from there. Necromorphs are terrifying enemies, and your best chance against them is cutting off their limb with a plasma cutter.

Dead Space (series)

In addition to undead body horror and huge mining space ships there is also a cult revering the Necromorphs and mysterious alien artifacts called “markers”. The games became a franchise, with comic books and novels fleshing out the setting. If your favourite brand of horror is being faced with incomprehensible nightmares from the far reaches of the cosmos, DS should be right up your alley.

Key features
  • Full of excellent body horror
  • You use engineering tools as weapons
  • Immersive interface
  • Setting was further explored in novels, comics and even a n animated
        

Phasmophobia

Release:2020-09-18
Genre:Investigation horror
Developer:Kinetic Games

Do you know these reality shows about ghost hunters? And also these movies about ghost busters? Phasmophobia is kind of like that, except ghosts can mess you up in the long run. There are more than different ghosts whose existence you need to prove with conclusive evidence, and each spectral visitor requires a different approach from your team of ghost-hunting intruders.

Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is just the perfect game for a Halloween for 2021: it takes place in mostly down-to-earth settings, it’s best played with friends, and if you have a VR headset: even better! You can get royally scared and have a good time with your friends, all in the safety of your own. The only downside is that after playing Phasmophobia your cosy home may feel a bit more spooky.

Key features
  • A perfect way to spend Halloween safely AND getting scared
  • Best played in VR
  • Your task is to find evidence that ghosts exist…and to stay alive, if possible
  • Features voice recognition, so you can tell a ghost what you think about jump scares
        

Resident Evil (series)

Release:2021-05-07
Genre:Horror
Developer:CAPCOM CO., LTD.

Resident Evil games are a treat. They seem to span the full range of possible horror expressions, from a fixed-camera survival horror of the original, through more action-packed, shooting-intensive entries, to the modern FPP immersive horrors. The series has plenty of zombies, mutants, crazed scientists, and body horror of the “eyes, tentacles, and aberrant growth” variety.

Resident Evil (series)

There are also sprawling mansions, police departments set in sprawling mansions, and a love of bizarrely complex locks. If you remove all the deadly monsters and extremely toothy dogs and whatnot, many of Resident Evil locations could serve as great horror theme parks, or themed paintball courses, why not. Either way, RE is a great series to give a shot this Halloween.

Key features
  • There’s a new one planned for a 2021 release, RE: Village
  • A series of fantastic survival horror games
  • Zombies are the least of your problems
  • You can become the master of lockpicking
        

Viscera Cleanup Detail

Release:2015-10-23
Genre:Indie
Developer:RuneStorm

Viscera Cleanup Detail is a game about cleaning up alien goop and pools of blood after heroes are done stopping alien invasion. If it doesn’t sound like a funny game, you haven’t seen the mop physics, or haven’t knocked over a bucket filled with murky water right after your co-op friend was done cleaning the floor. VCD is a physics-based, co-op friendly game where shenanigans are easy to unleash.

Viscera Cleanup Detail

There’s even a DLC which should make you feel right at haunted home at Halloween, House of Horror shifts the clean-up action to a piece of atmospheric real estate where some unwise people decided to taunt the supernatural forces. You’re supposed to clean what’s left of these folks. There’s also a DLC which has you clean a Bond villain lair, and the aftermath of Santa Claus’ bad day.

Key features
  • A physics based sandbox about cleaning up
  • DLCs with different themes: haunted house, villain lair, etc.
  • Excellent in co-op multiplayer
  • Your performance is graded at the end of a mission, so try a least a little bit
        

Thimbleweed Park

Release:2017-03-30
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Terrible Toybox

Thimbleweed Park is something of a counterbalance for Unavowed. The development was led by veterans of the genre who worked on many LucasArts adventure classics, and the sense of humor certainly carried over. The game’s story involved an FBI investigation of a mysterious murder, and there are more characters to play than just the FBI investigators: agents Ray and Reyes.

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park is a delightfully surreal small town mystery story filled with odd characters and weird locations, including a sad clown and a destroyed pillow factory. The game is a point & click adventure, using an old-school verb commands system to interact with the world and its inhabitants. If you’ve been craving classic games like the Monkey Island series, Thimbleweed Park is exactly that.

Key features
  • An old-school adventure game from creators of LucasArts classics
  • A mystery story set in a sleepy and weird town
  • Several playable characters
  • Relentlessly funny
        

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

Release:2015-01-23
Genre:Adventure
Developer:

The Boss was kidnapped by a literal Satan and dragged off to Hell so that they marry Satan’s daughter. Which is a major bummer. Now Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington have to go to Hell themselves and rescue their boss, and, one could argue, friend. In the process you’ll fights devils, grow wings to fly gracefully through the hellscape filled with cameos by the likes of Blackbeard.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

The game isn’t exactly wacky, but it IS filled with the irreverent humour expected of the Saints Row series, and the gameplay reflects a lot of the aspects of the bigger instalments, like SR3 or SR4. There are plenty of collectibles, side missions, and just a cool-looking open-world romp switching the usual urban environments for, well, Hell. It’s a cool place you start if you want a cheeky Halloween this year.

Key features
  • Two playable characters: Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington
  • You advance in the game by increasing Satan’s Wrath, which sounds like a ton of fun
  • You have to save the Boss from Satan playing matchmaker for his daughter
  • In a way led to the creation of the Agents of Mayhem reality, in-universe
        

Graveyard Keeper

Release:2018-08-15
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Lazy Bear Games

Although nominally this game is about a truly grave matter, it isn’t really a serious one. You’re playing as a person dropped into a mildly fantasy world to manage the graveyard of a nearby village. In addition to digging holes in the ground you’ll craft gravestones, give sermons at the graveyard temple, grow vegetables… There’s a lot of work ahead of you, and most of it requires a lot of resources.

Graveyard Keeper

As you start crafting, harvesting, and burying, you’ll gradually earn experience you can spend on unlocking new blueprints and recipes, which can drastically improve the quality and efficiency of your work. With a DLC you can even create zombies to do some menial jobs for you, freeing up much of your time so you can, for example, delve the dungeons underneath your house. This game has a lot.

Key features
  • Stardew Valley for people interested in running a graveyard instead of a farm
  • Revolves around a weekly schedule
  • You can have zombies doing some work for you
  • Prepare bodies for burial and craft nice graves for them
        

Ghost Master

Release:2003-08-23
Genre:Strategy
Developer:Sick Puppies

Commanding a crew of ghosts is no easy task, especially when every ghost is a creature of odd habits and peculiar tastes. When you add hapless mortals to the mix, things get interesting, and pretty silly. Sometimes you just need to scare mortals away, sometimes you must your ghosts’ powers to manipulate the humans into doing something BEFORE scaring them mindless.

Ghost Master

Every mission is a different location, with new tasks and new ghosts to recruit, if you can sever the chains that tether them to the mortal realm. GM is filled with humour, from riffing on horror cliches to the names of ghosts and mortals you encounter, and the gameplay is a pleasant mix of puzzles and strategy. You also get a cool mansion as a base, and it only lacks Luigi scared witless in the corner.

Key features
  • Each ghost can only be attached to specific typed of anchors, tied to its themes and backstory
  • Very creative ghosts, spirits, and apparitions, all with cool powers
  • Scaring mortals is very entertaining thanks to their exaggerated reactions
  • Plenty of pop cultural references
        

Fall Guys

Release:2020-08-04
Genre:Casual
Developer:Mediatonic

Your objections are heard and considered, but on the other hands: this game is called Fall Guys, and the game is really into fun costumes for the beans. How is this not considered a Halloween classic? If you need something creepy, just look for the official artwork of the Fall Guy bean skeleton. You’ll be scarred for life. Not speak about the horror of other people from the other teams!

Fall Guys

In addition to its obvious Halloween theme, Fall Guys is just a damned fun game, pitting up to 60 “beans” awkwardly waddling their way to victory. There’s a whole bunch of different games, individual and team-based, and they are all great fun thanks to the silly, friendly nature of FG. The winners get crowns for being the beanest on the block and can spend them on cosmetic stuff.

Key features
  • Perfect game for Fall 2021, with costumes just perfect for Halloween
  • Just pure minigame fun: great gameplay idea and execution, nice aesthetic, what’s not to love
  • The Twitter game is on point
  • Seriously, look for that Fall Guy skeleton, it will put you in the Halloween mood right away
        

Afterparty

Release:2020-10-22
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Night School Studio

Have you ever partied so hard you woke up in Hell with no recollection of what happened? The protagonists of Afterparty might have, and now they have to outdrink and outparty our lord Satan himself to return to life. People can only hope to match this level of partying, and you can help protagonists Lola and Milo accomplish this goal, and get one of several possible endings.

Afterparty

Afterparty is a lovely and funny adventure game, which begins with you in Hell effectively challenging Satan to a drinking contest, and goes on to have you prove your strong head to Satan’s buddies, like Apollyon or old chap Asmodeus before challenging the big guy himself. If Halloween is usually a time to party for you, give Afterparty a chance. Just don’t end up like Milo and Lola.

Key features
  • Several possible outcomes, depending on your overall performance and decisions
  • Hell turns out to be a damned good place to party
  • Top-tier presentation, with great voice acting and art style
  • Outparty Satan, what could possibly go wrong?

Pick your fright

This concludes our list, but the topic is hardly exhausted. Hopefully you’ve found something to keep your mind supplied with visions of ghosts, demons, and skelligtons when the lights start flickering out on October 31st for seemingly no reason whatsoever.