Halloween games that put you in the spirit of the spookiest night of the year

Hello once again from The Review Board. The leaves are turning red and orange, and that means it’s time for Halloween. Every year, come October, I play games that put me in the spirit of the spookiest night of the year—without further ado, my spooky-games-list:

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Gloom, photo by The Review Board

Gloom is a card game in which you control the fate of an awful family of misanthropes. The goal of the game is to fill the lives of your family members with pain, tragedy and torture. And just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, you have to send them to their well-anticipated death. Get Gloom here on Amazon.

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Zombicide, photo by The Review Board

Do you have what it takes to survive in a post-apocalyptic world? Can you outrun a massive horde of walkers and runners? And what will you do when there are more zombies than bullets in your gun?
Zombicide is a cooperative game for 1-6 players in which players take the role of different survivors, each of which has his/her own unique set of abilities, in an attempt to complete a mission. The game comes with suggested missions and many more missions can be found online or can even be constructed by you and your fellow survivors. Get Zombicide here on Amazon.

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Betrayal at House on the Hill, photo by The Review Board

Betrayal at House on the Hill
“I have a great idea! Let’s explore this creepy house on the hill; It’ll be fun!” Said no one ever.
Betrayal at House on the Hill gives 3-6 players the opportunity to do what every horror movie teaches us you shouldn’t do: explore a haunted house (yes, definitely split up. That’s clearly the safest thing to do). While exploring the darkest corner of the house you might encounter the thing that is lurking in the dark. It might even be one of your fellow explores, who is now ready to betray you and kill every one of you. With 50 haunt scenarios and random rooms selection, every game is different than the one before. Get Betrayal at House on the Hill here on Amazon.

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Fury Of Dracula, photo by The Review Board

Fury Of Dracula
I first have to thank my friend Jared for sending me this out-of-print gem. In Fury of Dracula, 2-5 players play either hunters or Dracula in an asymmetric, cooperative, hidden movement game. Dracula wins if s/he is able to advances the influence track to thirteen; while the hunters win and save Europe if they defeat Dracula before then. Get Fury Of Dracula here on Amazon.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, photo by The Review Board

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Yer a wizard, Harry! Finally, if you just want to relax and avoid ghosts, zombies and haunted houses, you can always just fight He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck builder game for 2-4 players. You play one of 4 characters (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville) trying to protect the wizarding world from Lord Voldemort. In each game, you have to protect a set of locations from falling into the control of the Dark Lord. Do not fail! If you’ve already finished the 7 games (representing the 7 books), check out the new The Monster Box of Monsters, which will take you deeper into the Forbidden Forest. Get Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle here on Amazon.

With that, I’ll wish you a spooky game night that will inspire fear and send shivers down your spine. Happy Halloween!

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