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Great Board Games To Play On Halloween

Looking for an excuse to stay in with your friends and family, rather than heading on out pretending to be a ghost? Well we have the perfect menagerie of monstrous games for you to play this All Hallow’s Eve. Get yourself to a local game shop,although some of these certainly aren’t in print any longer. So grab your friends and family, get the Halloween punch ready and be afraid, be very afraid.

These are the best, most entertaining games that you can play on Halloween.


Zombies!!!

Starting with a classic from 2001, we have Zombies!!!, a game where you and a group must try to survive the zombie hordes – Except that it’s possible to die to the zombies and you’re all competing to either get the most kills, or you’re trying to get to a central point in the board. Sounds like fun on Halloween? Trust us: It is! You are a survivor in a board which is made up of different grids – And you have to survive the zombie invasion.

Will you make it out alive, or get eaten in the process?

Zombie Dice

For the second zombie themed game in a row, Zombie Dice is quick and easy, allowing anyone to get into it quickly. The premise is really simple: You roll brains on dice of three difficulties depending on what you pick – and you try to survive the zombie bites. For a full review of Zombie Dice, check out this excellent post over on Father Geek.

Those of you with Amazon Prime could have this delivered on Halloween, as it’s still very much in print.

Atmosfear

A harder game to get ahold of these days; Atmosfear is played with a board and a VHS or DVD (depending on the version you get). You simply follow the commands of what the virtual dungeon master tells you to do, effectively from rolling a dice, losing a life, or otherwise. It’s cheesy and with some of the campiest acting you can ever see. It’s a strange premise, but back in the day this was revolutionary. It definitely paved the way for games to make more innovative use of technology.

Gloom

Do you love to be depressed? Me neither, but Gloom is a game where you have to take a family and get them all to be so damn miserable and gloomy, that they end up wanting to kill themselves. Isn’t this lovely? In the meantime, you don’t want your opponents having an even more upset family than yours, so you can help them all get married and have holidays. What a nice game to play at Halloween.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

This is a great game for Halloween – Simple enough to play and with such variety that it’s worth checking out as soon as you can. You enter this house, on the hill if you didn’t know where it was, which is always different. The house is built up of tiles, which you get to piece together through playing the game. Then, an event happens, which causes one of your team to betray all of you! Will you figure out who the betrayer is, or will you fall victim to your former friend?

Eldritch Horror

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I mean, this is definitely the hardest game on the list, so I figured it’d be best to leave it to the end. If you like lots of pieces, lots of cards, lots of dice, lots of tokens and lots of rules – This is the game for you. You sometimes will literally need a whole afternoon to play this, as the playing time can vary greatly. Basically, don’t let the Eldritch horrors make it into our world. But 9 times out of 10, you will accidentally forget a portal and let them in.


There are, of course, plenty of other great titles out there that are perfectly suited for the Halloween season. So if you don’t want to go out to a Halloween party – don’t! Just stay in with some friends or family, grab yourself a board game and get festive the way we know how: Through great gameplay. As always, share your thoughts and opinions below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.

2 responses

  1. And that’s without mentioning Arkham Horror, which is the hardest of the Lovecraftian board games. Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign are simplified versiona of the rules and gameplay. AH takes ages to setup and even more to play.

    I would add my new acquisitions to the list, both having a similar premise of one player vs many. Fury of Dracula and Letters from Whitechapel.

    Also, Gloom rocks.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 30, 2017 at 8:42 am

    • Of course I could have gone down Arkham Horror (almost did!) but I felt Eldritch was just more appropriate to play in a day. It’s also somewhat more Halloween-y :)

      Great choices Kevo! :D

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      October 30, 2017 at 8:44 am

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