Halloween! Time of fright and fun, of trick-or-treating, telling scary stories, and spooky costume parties. It’s one of the most fun days in the calendar. Which makes it super weird that so few games decided to commit their entire theme to Halloween. There’s real potential there.

With that in mind, we’ve prepared a short list of games which either are ABOUT Halloween or do something clearly related. We’ve included two special events, because a Halloween fest in an online or online-friendly game is a common thing, so it’s a good idea to shout out at least two examples.

That said, let’s take a look at…

Halloween-themed video games and events

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Costume Quest

Release: 2011-10-14
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Double Fine Productions

Costume Quest is a rare treat: a game that’s actually fully about Halloween, the fun parts of Halloween, to be specific. You’re playing as a kid whose evening took a dark turn, because your twin was kidnapped while you were trick-or-treating. Now you and the friends you meet along the way have to rescue your sibling, using the transformative power of Halloween costumes.

Costume Quest

That’s right: through the magic of video games, when combat begins the characters turn into real version of costumes they are wearing, with appropriate abilities, of course. You’ll also go trick-or-treating to get currency (candy), costume parts, and potentially some info of your brother’s whereabouts. It’s a cute game from makers of cute and fun games: Double Fine Productions.

Key features
  • There’s a sequel following up on the events of the Grubbins on Ice DLC
  • Turn into creatures you’re dressed up as
  • Cute aesthetic
  • Created by the studio behind Psychonauts and Brutal Legend

Dead by Daylight: Halloween Chapter DLC

Release: 2016-10-25
Genre: Horror
Developer: Behaviour Digital Inc.

For a change of atmosphere, how about the other kind of Halloween: the kind with a horrifying, masked serial killer who seemingly cannot be killed? This is what one of the DLCs for a horror PvP game Dead by Daylight offers you. With this DLC you get three things: Michael Myers as a new killer, Laurie Strode as a new survivor, and Haddonfield as a new map. A full-on movie tribute DLC.

Dead by Daylight: Halloween Chapter DLC

If you don’t know Dead by Daylight yet, the premise is simple and replayable. Four players play as survivors trying to escape from a single player acting as the killer. Each character has unique perks and skills which can shift the odds in the team’s favor, and both killers and survivors have their own progression. It’s a tense, dark, exciting game, perfect for five friends looking for scares.

Key features
  • A DLC introducing classic slasher movie characters and location
  • Tense asymmetric PvP horror game
  • A big roster of killers and survivors, each with a unique set of skills and abilities
  • Procedural map layouts

Viscera Cleannup Detail – House of Horror DLC

Release: 2015-10-29
Genre: Indie
Developer: RuneStorm

Viscera Cleanup Detail is a game about exactly the thing the title promises. You and, potentially, a few of your friends play as professional cleaners of blood, alien viscera, and other unpleasant messes left after heroes are done killing everything. In the House of Horror expansion you’re instead going to clean what’s left after some people decided to become occult dabblers on Halloween.

Viscera Cleannup Detail – House of Horror DLC

This means a new location for your cleanup: a haunted house, as well as a whole bunch of thematically suitable challenges and occult goop to mop out of the creaking wooden floor. It isn’t a huge addition to the base game, but it’s fun to change locations for a bit, and the house of detailed and spooky without really having any conflict to speak of, unless you count inter-player beef.

Key features
  • Clean up a haunted house after a total mess of a Halloween party
  • A small, but thematic and fun addition to Viscera Cleanup Detail
  • A great game to play with your friends
  • Magnificent mop physics carried over from the core game

Monster Hunter: World – the Autumn Harvest Fest event

Release: 2018-08-09
Genre: Action
Developer: CAPCOM CO., LTD.

Although it isn’t a neat DLC or an overarching theme, Monster Hunter: World nevertheless finds a way to celebrate Halloween. It does so with its usual over-the-top style in an event called Autumn Harvest Fest and its special monster hunts and fights. It’s not just fighting for entertainment’s sake: the event hunts provide you with materials for new armor both for your hunter and their Palico.

Monster Hunter World Halloween Event

Moreover, the Gathering Hub, Monster Hunter’s multiplayer and event lobby, is completely redecorated in a festive-spooky manner, while your handler and pet piggy are dressed for the occasion. As events usually go, it’s just in for a limited time, so get in on the fun right now, or you’ll miss out on cool Halloween stuff. The event will likely come back in the future, but why wait?

Key features
  • A game dedicated to boss fights against huge beasts and monsters
  • 14 weapon types, each with its own unique playstyle
  • Hours upon hours of content before you even add the Iceborne expansion
  • You have a catlike companion whose appearance and gear you can customize

Destiny 2 – the Festival of the Lost event

Release: 2020-11-10
Genre: MMO, FPS
Developer: Bungie Inc

Another event, this time in Bungie’s excellent MMOFPS Destiny 2. The Halloween celebration in question is called the Festival of the Lost and it’s going to run unto November 2nd, 2021. The Festival comes bearing a lot of new stuff. There’s a temporary currency, Spectral Pages which you can cleanse through a new mode, Haunted Lost Sectors. Cleansed pages open a way to both lore and loot.

Destiny 2 Halloween Event

2021’s Festival of the Lost gives you a chance to get some new rifles, and the more Pages you’ve cashed in, the better your chances to find them. The best part is that the base Destiny 2 is free to play, you only pay for the expansions, of which there are several. They are all pretty cool, full of more story and tons of cool loot, so they are well worth the money if you like Destiny 2’s tight FPS gameplay.

Key features
  • One of the best first-person shooters on the market
  • Cool and powerful classes with evocative subclasses
  • Lots and lots of content to play through
  • Even non-Exotic weapons are cool

Something wicked this way comes

That’s the end of our list of Halloween-themed stuff in video games, but it doesn’t exhaust the topic. Especially where it comes to in-game events, there tend to be as many Halloween events as there are online games. Hopefully, something caught your attention and redefined your plans for the last days of October.