13 frighteningly fun games for Halloween

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Hello everyone, ghosts and elves! If you’d like to get into the Halloween spirit at your gaming table, here’s a list of thirteen suggestions from Paul Benson, Jonathan Liu, Rob Huddleston, and Michael Knight.

Approach another teenager to pass him a cash register. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Zombie Teenz Evolution and Zombie Kidz Evolution

This old-style game for young players picks up where Zombie Kidz Evolution left out and introduced new mechanics. It’s great fun playing through the campaign and opening envelopes to gradually add more zombies, kids, and rule adjustments. (Note that this is a standalone game, so you must not need to own Zombie Kidz Evolution to play Zombie Teenz Evolution.) Read my full review here as well as my review of Zombie Kidz Evolution. (JL)

Horrified

While Universal has yet to get its library of classic on-screen horror villains together, with help from Ravensburger, you can at least play against them all in the wonderfully fun game. Horrified. Players join forces in cooperative play to defeat Dracula, Wolfman, Invisible Man, Frankenstein and the Bride, Black Lagoon Creature, and Mummy. Each time you play, you can take on two or more creatures in any combination of your choice, allowing for almost endless replayability. Read my full review for more details. (DR)

Sherlock Holmes confronts the invisible man. Image by Paul Benson.

Unequaled: pebbles and fog

If your horror tends towards the gothic variety, then the GeekDad Approved Unequaled: pebbles and fog is for you! In this skirmish game for 2-4 players from Mondo and Restoration Games, you’ll face off against iconic Victorian-era characters Dracula, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man and Sherlock Holmes through the streets of Soho and the halls of Baskerville Manor. Each character of the Incomparable The series comes with its own special abilities and a unique deck of cards. Best of all, every game in the series is compatible. Want to see if Dracula’s strength compares to Bigfoot’s? Or if Sherlock Holmes’ fighting prowess can live up to Bruce Lee? Read my opinion on Unequaled: pebbles and fog, and you might also want to check Unrivaled: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (PB)

Escape the Room: The Cursed Dollhouse Room
Awww, what a lovely nursery… with a voodoo doll. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Escape the Room: The Cursed Dollhouse

There’s nothing like spending a few hours trapped with spooky talking dolls to set the mood for Halloween! This latest title from ThinkFun’s Escape from the room The series is more elaborate, with a real 3D dollhouse, more difficult puzzles and several surprises hidden around the house. (What’s in this cabinet? Guess you’ll have to play around to find out.) Read my full review here. (JL)

mid-game lab stage
A laboratory board with materials and body parts in various stages of completion. Image by Michael Knight.

Abomination: Frankenstein’s heir

Play as a scientist and compete to be the first to create another monster and bring it to life in this game that combines both worker placement and resource management. Send your scientists and assistants to early 1800s Paris to gain reputation, gain expertise, purchase supplies, and obtain corpses from which you can extract materials. Then return to the lab and assemble these materials into pieces for your monster before bringing it to life with electricity. Read my full review here. (Mk)

Werewolves

Monster slaughter

A spooky cabin in the woods. A group of students are there to party on the weekends. Sounds like a horror movie setup, right? But in Monster Slaughter, you are not trying to survive the night… you are trying to end it! Play as one of the different families of monsters competing to put an end to these obnoxious revelers. It’s a fun and ghoulish take on a classic Halloween theme. Read my review here. (PB)

The encounter with the alien is, needless to say, bad. Image by Rob Huddleston.

Alien: The Fate of the Nostromo

This co-op game based on Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror film lets players take on the crew of the doomed cargo ship Nostromo in a fight for survival against the famous xenomorph. The game nicely evokes the theme of the movie while still being accessible. And it includes one hell of a cool miniature of the alien. Read the review here. (DR)

Components of Something Wicked
Collect the wands from the cauldron in “Something Wicked”. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Something nasty

Double, bubble, toil and trouble in this fast paced game about collecting chopsticks in a cauldron. Each of the actions – bubble, toil, and trouble – allows you to manipulate the wands in one way or another, hoping to get thirteen of the same color. It’s for 2 or 3 witches, and it’s available on Breaking Games. Read our review here. (JL)

A duel in progress. Image by Paul Benson.

The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits

Missing out on going to Disneyland or Walt Disney World this year for Halloween? You can bring some of that feeling to your gaming table with The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits by Funko Games. This fun family game is filled with great artwork and a ton of Disney attraction callbacks. In The haunted mansion, you will socialize with ghosts, trying to collect as many of them as possible. But beware of hitchhiking ghosts… they will give you Haunt Cards, which may require you to discard your biggest set! You can read my review on The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits on GeekDad, or Sarah Pinault’s opinion on GeekMom. (PB)

The monster was revealed in ‘Scooby-Doo: Betrayal at Mystery Mansion’. Image by Michael Knight.

Scooby-Doo: Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Are you looking for a scary game that will appeal to children and families? Scooby-Doo: Betrayal at Mystery Mansion offers exploration, cooperation and even Scooby snacks. Players take on the role of the five members of Mystery Inc. as they search for clues in a mysterious mansion. Eventually, one of the characters is removed from the game and that player becomes the monster. The rest of the players then face off against the monster as each tries to reach their goal before the other side. There are 25 different monsters, all from the original Scooby doo animated series, and each has their own story and their own way of winning. For more details, read my review on Scooby-Doo: Betrayal at Mystery Mansion. (Mk)

Play the right ingredients at the right time to win in ‘Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game’. Image by Rob Huddleston.

Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game

It may have taken almost 30 years, but many people’s favorite Halloween movie is now a board game! Players cooperate to play the correct combination of ingredients in the cauldron to stun the witches. If they can do it four times before sunrise, they win! They have Binx to help them out, but it’s still difficult, as each player’s exact cards are hidden from the others. A combination of strategy and luck combine in this fast-paced game. For more details read my review or GeekMom Sarah. (DR)

A person plays the shark in ‘Jaws’. Image by Rob Huddleston.

Jaws

Now you can relive all of the movie’s great moments that defined the Hollywood blockbuster (and generated countless ‘open the beaches too soon’ memes this year). In this one-on-one game, one player takes on the role of Bruce the Shark, while the others play Brody, Hooper or Quint. Much like the movie, the first half of the game takes place on Amity Island as the heroes try to figure out which beaches to close to keep the shark from nibbling too many swimmers. But then the action switches to Killer whale, as our fearless crew try to survive one deadly attack after another. Read my full review of the game. (DR)

Gigazaur figurine and tray. Image by Paul Benson.

King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

Richard Garfield’s original family classic debuted in 2011. Last year, IELLO introduced a special limited edition “Dark” of King of Tokyo. In the game, you will roll dice, draft cards with special abilities, and fight over which giant monster can control Tokyo. It’s a ton of fun, and with the Dark edition, illustrations and components have definitely been taken up a notch. Plus, these frosted dice are amazing! Even though it is limited, you can still easily find copies of King of Tokyo: Dark Edition in stores, or, if you prefer, you can also go for the original. Read my opinion on King of Tokyo: Dark Edition and decide for yourself! (PB)

Happy Halloween!

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