The Animal Crossing: New Horizons haunted art is the perfect way to celebrate the spooky season.
Sure, it's up for debate whether it's literally haunted, but it's definitely not normal for a painting to blink. Right? That's what players have been dealing with ever since Animal Crossing: New Horizons art (opens in new tab) was added to the game back in April. On the brighter side, it turns out that the forged versions of the artwork may be even more interesting and fun to collect than the authentic ones - if you don't mind a little spine-tingling weirdness every now and then.
The only reliable way to acquire art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) is by heading up to Redd's rusty fishing trawler/art gallery and taking your pick of his current selection. Redd has no problem with selling counterfeits alongside the genuine article, and he's also a strong believer in the principle of "buyer beware" - in this case, by inspecting each piece of art thoroughly to make sure it's identical to its real-world counterpart.
In previous games, I only ever fixated on those little visual tells: the Mona Lisa's non-existent eyebrows, a terra cotta soldier's anachronistic shovel, the Girl with a Pearl Earring keeping her eyes closed. But as Twitter users found out, it gets a lot weirder. Reader beware: scary-ass painting.
SHE OPENED HER FUCKING EYES #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/Q4HptZdBZlApril 24, 2020
They aren't all so overtly creepy. Some of the fake paintings just have odd things on their back like somebody's lost key:
Is there a key on the back of this fake painting...? #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/meXbtKHhYIApril 29, 2020
Or we could go back to creepy again with this sinister shadow figure.
My brother just sent me what appears to be a ghostly figure behind a fake picture he bought from red 👀💦 pic.twitter.com/nRAojfIDPIApril 29, 2020
Some of the forged artwork even exhibits special behavior when you interact with it, like this faux ancient Japanese sculpture that floats into the air like a damn alien artifact.
Here's a clip of the fake Ancient Statue/Real Alien floating #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/CNPGPeYDHJApril 28, 2020
While you'll need to sniff out the authentic art pieces to complete your museum collection, now I'm tempted to put that goal on the back burner and fill my entire town with freaky counterfeits. Just make my entire town as haunted by fake art as possible. Do you think my neighbors would mind? Haha, nevermind, I'm the resident representative - I can do whatever I want!
If you need something wholesome to balance out that uncanny art, maybe sign up for the player-run New Horizons weeding service (opens in new tab).