Play these spooky table games for Halloween chills and chills
Halloween is a weekend away this year, making it a great time for kids or adults throwing a costume party. There are many table games with scary themes that are the perfect ways to pass the time until the doorbell rings or all the guests arrive. Here are some recent releases that will make you shiver as you roll the dice and play your cards.
The second edition of Arkham Horror is one of the foundations of the current culture of cooperative games. The players are investigators who roam the streets of the small town of Arkham trying to stop one of the Old Ones from breaking through and ending the world. It was the start of the highly successful Arkham Files series for Fantasy Flight Games. A third edition was released a few years ago and incorporated some of the improved mechanics from later games.
The most recent entry in the Arkham Files is something of a real case of necromancy. Fantasy Flight released the classic Battlestar Galactica board game in 2008 and reused the hidden traitor mechanics to Unfathomable. Instead of rooting out the hidden Cylons and fending off attacks from the Raiders, players must now discover who among the passengers is a monstrous hybrid who tries to summon Deep Ones to overwhelm a transatlantic liner.
Scooby Doo! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game classic that has seen several different releases throughout the year. The gameplay is essentially the same; players explore a creepy old house until they trigger a haunt and must fight one of their own who now plays the monsters that plague the house. The Scooby gang have been doing this for years, so it makes sense that the most recent version, Scooby Doo! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, presents these iconic characters in a kid-friendly version that allows a player to do their best to finally thwart those intrusive kids and their dog.
In games of traitors, the evil player is usually determined from the start in secret. Disturbs Changes the formula of the semi-co-op monster a bit by giving players tokens that can turn them into villains before the end of the game. There are two ways to get rid of the tokens: having another player perform an exorcism or attack and kill another player to leave our bad blood. The tension comes from not really knowing what action a player in your space plans to take until it’s too late.
Many games rely on classic monsters like vampires and werewolves, but Hako Onna takes gamers back to the old days of the early 2000s, when J-Horror terrorized people with movies like The ring and The Grudge. Players are trapped inside a house with the ghost and must peek into hidden spaces to find the things they need to escape. But if they find the ghost instead, they’ve lost this twisted game of hide and seek and turned into monsters trying to kill the remaining players.
This mysterious board game puts the majority of players in the role of psychics with one player in the role of a ghost trying to solve his own murder. The catch is, the ghost can only communicate through a series of surreal art cards that players see as visions. As fun as Mysterium is playing, half the fun is after the game, where the ghost and players debrief and laugh at what went well … or what went wrong.
These games are available online, through their vendors or local stores that sell board games.