Halloween time is here! For years, horror games have become a staple gaming genre, but they don’t always make for the best Halloween games.
At Halloween, sometimes we want to play a horror game, but sometimes we just want a game that captures Halloween’s look, feel, and vibe. Here are some of our favorite games to play at Halloween.
Dead By Daylight: The King Of Asymmetrical Horror
One of the best Halloween games is Dead by Daylight. Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical horror game that puts in the shoes of either a killer or a survivor. Your goal varies depending on your role, but the game is a blast regardless of your character.
One reason this game is our favorite to play at Halloween is the frequent updates that come to the game. Dead by Daylight has seen a plethora of licensed maps and characters brought to the game that keep it fresh and unique each time you play.
Costume Quest 1 & 2: A Family Friendly Halloween Game
Both Costume Quest games are cute spooky, but not scary games perfect for Halloween. Both games let you play as a twin trick or treating on Halloween night.
Costume Quest 2 is the better RPG, but there is still a lot to love in the original. Both games are great for adults and kids and will quickly become a staple play for families every October.
Resident Evil 2 Remake: A Classic Horror Game Reborn
The classic survival horror series Resident Evil re-invented what we thought of regarding remakes. Resident Evil 4 Remake may be the best of the series, but Resident Evil 2 is the best game to play during the Halloween season.
Resident Evil 2 maintains the classic claustrophobic structure but adds incredible visuals and updated mechanics. Few games shine like Resident Evil 2, and its short length makes it easily replayable each Halloween season.
The Mummy Demastered: A Terrible Movie But A Great VideoGame
Tom Cruise’s The Mummy arrived in theaters in 2017 to abysmal reviews and an even worse box office. Movie lovers had no desire to see an MCU-like universe with classic Universal monsters. If there is one silver lining to the scrapped Dark Universe series, it’s this fantastic Metroidvania.
The Mummy Demastered is a Metroidvania shooter that has you playing as soldiers hunting down an evil resurrected mummy. It’s rare to see a video game outdo its movie counterpart, but the Mummy Demastered rises where the movie falls.
Luigi’s Mansion Series: Family-Friendly Halloween Fun
Luigi’s Mansion was a launch title for the Nintendo Gamecube and has since become a beloved series for Nintendo systems. Each game has you controlling Mario’s brother as he vacuums up ghosts Ghost Busters style.
The first game in the series was notable for giving Luigi the spotlight. Each subsequent release has expanded on Luigi’s fearfulness and turned this odd franchise into one of our favorite Halloween games.
Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed: Who You Gonna Call?
Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed puts you in the boots of New York’s best ghost-busting team. This asymmetrical multiplayer game lets you play as either a buster or a ghost in famous locations from the series.
Ghostbusters is one of our favorite films of all time, and Spirits Unleashed finally makes us feel like a Ghostbuster. After so many games based on the classic 80’s film, it’s refreshing to have a game that truly captures the spirit of the series.
Fester’s Quest: A Bizzare NES Classic
Fester’s Quest is a shooter based on the family-friendly Addams Family TV series. In this game, an entire town is beamed up aliens except for the Addams family clan, and Uncle Fester is tasked with laying waste to the invading aliens.
Fester’s Quest is immensely difficult, so much so that the developers stated in the instruction manual to use the game with a turbo controller. Still, there is a lot of fun to be had in Festers Quest, especially if you can find a modded version with easier shooting mechanics.
Night In The Woods: Welcome To Possum Springs
Night in the Woods is a cute adventure game about a town full of human-like animals with a deep mystery. The player controls Mae, a college drop-out who returns home and finds her town is much different than the one she left.
This is one of our favorite Halloween games because of its fantastic writing and all-around spooky vibes. The story can change based on your actions and relationships, so it’s worth revisiting each Halloween season.
Batman Arkham Knight: The Long Halloween
Arkham Knight may not be the best game in the fantastic Arkham series, but its Halloween setting gives it a spot on our list. The game takes place a few months after the events of Arkham City and has Batman facing off with several of his great rivals.
The biggest gameplay change in Arkham Knight is the inclusion of the Batmobile. Driving the Batmobile is just as much fun as kicking goon butt, and the Halloween aesthetic is one of our favorites from the series.
The Simpsons Night Of The Living Treehouse Of Horror
The Treehouse of Horror episodes are always some of the best Simpsons episodes. This Gameboy Color exclusive lets you control each member of the Simpsons household in a tale pulled straight from the show.
The Simpsons look incredible on the Gameboy Color, and the variety of levels and playable characters keep the game fresh through multiple playthroughs.
Five Nights At Freddy’s: Chuck E. Cheese Nightmare Fuel
The Five Nights at Freddy’s series are immensely popular games that put you in the shoes of a security guard at a haunted pizza joint. The game relies heavily on jump scares, but the aesthetic and ambiance of the series is truly frightening.
Being alone surrounded by animatronic animals already sounds like a nightmare. But when the creations come to life, the spooks become real and make for a fantastic Halloween game.
Alan Wake Remastered: A Stephen King Inspired Tale
Remedy is one of our favorite developers, and their 2010 hit Alan Wake is better than ever with the recently released remastered version. The game has you playing as a horror writer who becomes trapped in the world of one of his novels.
The gameplay is simple yet fun, and the great writing kept us pushing forward to uncover more of the game’s mystery. The highlight is the campy “Night Springs” TV show that plays on various TV sets throughout the game. Finding a TV is a delight; we know we are in for a campy FMV delight.
Little Nightmares Series: Little Nightmares, Big Scares
The Little Nightmares games have you playing as a small child, solving puzzles in a 2.5D world. Both games feature gorgeous art and give the player the feeling of walking around a Tim Burton movie.
Little Nightmares One and Two are short games that can be completed in a few hours, making them perfect to bust out around Halloween. A third one is currently in development, and we can only hope that it’s ready in time for the next Halloween season.
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