Halloween! Time of fright and fun, of trick-or-treating, telling spooky 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
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Costume Quest 2011-10-14 Adventure Double Fine Productions 87% Read more
Costume Quest 2 2014-10-07 Adventure Double Fine Productions 75% Read more
Dead By Daylight The Halloween Chapter 2016-10-25 Horror Behaviour Digital Inc. 15% Read more
Monster Hunter World 2018-08-09 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 81% Read more
Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition 2022-02-22 Shooter, RPG Bungie 28% Read more
Batman Arkham Knight 2015-06-23 Adventure Rocksteady Studios 88% Read more

        

Batman: Arkham Knight

Release date:2015-06-23
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Rocksteady Studios

You didn’t expect this one here, did you? But yeah, Batman: Arkham Knight is a Halloween-themed game. After all, Scarecrow, one of Batsy’s greatest enemies, decided to unleash his fear toxin on October 31. This plan resulted in a mass evacuation of the entire city of Gotham, with Bruce Wayne having to clean up all this mess, as usual.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Expect all sorts of spooky hallucinations throughout the game. There’s also a PlayStation 4-exclusive DLC, “Scarecrow Nightmare,” which features Gotham transformed into a horrifying place where the fearmongering supervillain rules supreme through his undead army.

There’s even a Halloween-themed Easter egg featuring Man-Bat. In order to access it, you need to complete the “Creature of the Night” Most Wanted mission and then change your PC or console’s system date to October 31, 2015. We will leave the rest to you.

 

Key features
  • The city of Gotham is a pretty massive open world to explore
  • Quite a selection of supervillains to take down
  • Lots of DLCs
  • There’s some spookiness to the game, too
        

Haunt the House: Terrortown

Release date:06-14-2014
Genre:Puzzle, action
Developer:SFB Games

Don’t be fooled by its pretty spooky title that suggests a hardcore horror game. No, this one is a cutesy action-puzzler where your goal is to scare some folks, that’s all. Still, there is a second goal for you to achieve that goes far beyond just some simple jump scares…

Your job in Haunt the House: Terrortown is to scare the inhabitants of the titular town and force them to leave. You do that by possessing various objects and using their special powers to frighten the folks. What’s interesting about the game that pretty much every character here has a personality of their own. There’s also a very nice musical score to accompany your adventures, played by live session musicians.

The game received three free expansions: Ghost Train, Mansion House and The North Pole. All in all, it’s a fun indie game with cutesy graphics and a funny take on the whole trick-or-treating thing.

 

Key features
  • Five different locations to haunt
  • Three expansion packs that have been released for free
  • Cutesy visual style
  • Great sound design and music
        

Costume Quest

Release date: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 on your brother’s whereabouts. It’s a lovely title from the 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 Brütal Legend
        

Dead by Daylight: Halloween Chapter DLC

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

For a change of atmosphere, how about the other kind of Halloween: the one 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. This expansion gives you 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 lone 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 trees. 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

Release date:2015-10-23
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

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 date:2018-08-09
Genre:Action
Developer:Capcom

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 – the Autumn Harvest Fest 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 what’s the point in waiting?

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 date:2022-01-18
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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 2, 2021. The Festival comes with 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 – the Festival of the Lost 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 eventss as there are online games. Hopefully, something caught your attention and redefined your plans for the last days of October.