It’s that time of year, where the leaves start turning brown and we start buying candy… thats right, Halloween is upon us! But it’s not just about dressing up and candy… it’s a great night to play some board games! There are so many games to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to which 5 I think are the best. There’s something here for everyone, from the hardcore gamers to the little ones. So dress up, grab a bowl of candy and prepare to be entertained!
5) Mansions of Madness
I could have made this list just Cthulu games, but I’m gonna stick to just one of them, so why not one of the biggest of them all? Whether you’re old school like me and have the 1st edition, or like using an app and have the 2nd edition, you’re ready to enter the mansion and solve a mystery before it’s too late. It provides a really creepy atmosphere with tough puzzles, and perfect when you have a good group of friends an want to go explore. I like the older version when one person has to be the DM and everyone else investigates, but the app does a great job on the new one. Either way, you’re in for a great time.
4) Spooky Stairs
Who says you can’t have fun with the kids on Halloween? Spooky Stairs seems like a simple roll and move game, until you start turning the other players into ghosts and you gotta remember who you are! If any of you are lucky enough to have the expansion, you also get to trap the other ghosts in the bottle. A hit with both kids AND adults when it comes out, its always a blast and becomes pure chaos but the end, but theres no better way to play it. Who’s ready to get to the top of the stairs and reveal who the winner is?
3) Betrayal at the House on the Hill
Betrayal at the House on the Hill already made my Top 5 games that play with 6 players (or more!), but it’s a awesome game to play on Halloween. Grab a bunch of friends you trust, enter the haunted house and start exploring… only to have one of them turn on you and betray you! Unlike Mansions of Madness, this feels more like a Scooby-Doo episode than a horror movie, but that’s what makes it so much fun. The more players you have better the experience, so grab a bunch of friends and watch as one of you betrays the group, all while having a great time.
A murder has occurred… but no one knows the identity of the killer. But all hope isn’t lost… You’ve all gathered for a seance and the ghost has appeared but doesn’t have the ability to speak, so you receive visions. They’re vague, but with enough deciphering you should be able to find the true identity of the killer. Mysterium plays like a mix between Dixit and the classic Clue/Cluedo. It’s a co-operative game for 3-7 players, when one player takes the role of the ghost and the remaining players are the investigators. Each round the ghost hands out a card to each investigator and they have to guess part of the killers identity, unique to each of them. It’s a really fun party game and perfect for setting the mood on Halloween!
1) Dead of Winter
The zombie apocalypse has finally occurred… and winter has come, making it just that much harder to survive. You and our group are held up in your barricade, but the zombies are bearing down. And you also need to venture out for supplies, weapons and possibly other helpful items. The cold can be just as deadly as the zombies themselves, and can you even trust everyone in your camp? Someone may be out to sabotage and have ulterior motives… and that’s what makes Dead of Winter such an immersive experience. Sometimes the zombies aren’t even the real monsters… sometimes it can be your own friends… or even you. With deep moral choices to be made, and every venture a risk, Dead of Winter is the ultimate game to play on Halloween.
There’s my top 5 games for Halloween, with a little something for everyone. What are some of your favourites? Are they on here, or did they not make my list. Sound off in the comments!!!