Since Halloween falls on a weekend (WITH DAYLIGHTS SAVING), what a great time to host a Halloween Gaming Night (WITH AN EXTRA HOUR OF GAMING)! I’ve compiled a few lists of great games to keep you going this Halloween weekend and to keep you spooked or devastated or, at the very least, a little unsure about sleeping with the lights off. I’ve divided the games into categories to better suite your thematic tastes.
While these are not an exhaustive list of games for these themes, I tried to pick 1-2 games that would be great for a gaming night this year.
Cthulu Themed Games
Elder Sign is a lighter companion piece to Fantasy Flight’s other Cthulu games Eldritch Horror and Arkham Horror.
Generic Horror Themed Games
One Night Ultimate Werewolf), but it is a staple that is well loved and worth your time on a Halloween Game Night.
See also Claustrophobia (2-Player Only), Dread (RPG), and A Touch of Evil.
Ghosts Themed Games
A co-operative game from designer Antoine Bauza (he also gave us the previously reviewed Hanabi and so many other great games). A game for 1-4 players, Ghost Stories is about 4 noble and mystical Taoist priests protecting a village from an onslaught of ghosts, demons, vampires, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Players perform exorcisms, take special actions by enlisting the help of certain villagers, and work together to prevent any of the priests from becoming overrun and any of the village locations from becoming haunted. This all culminates in the priests doing battle with the incarnation of Wu-Feng, Lord of the Nine Hells. This is an incredibly difficult the requires precise teamwork and strategy, but its elegant design and simple mechanics make for tremendous fun.
Monster Themed Games
There is a Halloween expansion for this that adds some extra spooky elements worth checking out.
See also King of New York, which is a more recent release of the game.
Murderer Themed Games
If you’ve played Nuns on the Run, this is a similar gameplay style and Nuns on the Run is an additional fun game that you can dress up for (trust me, I’ve done it), but isn’t a murderer thing!
Zombie Themed Games
Zombicide is the most epic epic games and can actually take up an entire weekend of gaming. My favorite characters are El Cholo (AKA Machete) and Dave (AKA Sheldon). There are so many character options, depending on the editions and character expansions, you can have endless geek fun representing all sorts of cult classics.
No matter what you end up doing this Halloween weekend, try out some of these great and spooky games to keep the scary mood alive throughout the night. Don’t forget to couple it with Halloween snacks (which you can find on this very site) and some spooky or not-spooky movies (whatever floats your boat). And don’t forget to keep the games coming!