Halloween is this upcoming weekend, and the video game Halloween events are in full swing. More games are announcing special themed events by the minute, but with spooky season nearing a close, you'd better hop on them right now, my fellow ghouls and ghosts.
Halloween is looking a little different and distanced this year, but all of your favorite video games are offering plenty of ways to get in the spooky spirit, whether it's collecting candy or giving you some serious scares.
From Apex Legends to Rocket League to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are tons of Halloween events in a variety of different games, offering jump-scares, candy, and costumes in the form of scary skins. Drop into Call of Duty: Warzone's Verdansk and try not to die when you open a lootbox and find a scary surprise, or just peacefully water some pumpkins in Animal Crossing. The Halloween world is your oyster - er, your candy.
Seriously, the options are nearly endless. You can engage in some serious, Halloween-themed grinding in Destiny 2, or hop back on Borderlands 3 for some cheeky scares, or sail the seas in search of undead crews in Sea of Thieves. Maybe you want to play the Ghostbusters x Rocket League crossover, or meander through a haunted house in Dreams. It's your call.
As we previously reported, Call of Duty: Warzone has finally revealed the details of its Halloween event, The Haunting of Verdansk, and there's a lot to be excited (and scared) about.
Here are the best video game Halloween events this year.
Call of Duty: Warzone/Modern Warfare The Haunting of Verdansk
Dates: October 20 - November 3
Spookiness: Certifiably scary
Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer are celebrating the Halloween holiday by scaring the living crap out of you. The Haunting of Verdansk event includes a nighttime variant of the Verdansk map, a scary new game-mode called Zombie Royale, and crossovers with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw. If you aren't into being scared, avoid this one, but if scares are as good as candy, The Haunting of Verdansk is the event for you.
Apex Legends Fight or Fright 2020
Dates: October 22 - November 3
Spookiness: Shadow Royale is scary as hell
Apex Legends Fight of Fright is here, and it's bringing some serious scares with it. The Shadow Royale limited time mode takes you to a spooky alternate dimension where Revenant runs the Apex Games. It's a regular trios match, except it's in the dark, and when you die you're resurrected in a Shadow Form with a devastating melee attack and scary-fast speed. There's also a bunch of new and returning cosmetic items (I'm eying that Wraith witch skin).
Fortnitemares Midas' Revenge
Dates: October 21 to November 3
Spookiness: Spooky, but Midas' undercut scares me more
Fortnite's Halloween event is all about Shadow Midas. Him and his freaky henchmen have taken over The Agency - you'll need to follow their phantom footsteps to haunt your enemies. If you're eliminated in Solos, Duos, or Squads you can return to battle as a Shadow for a chance to get your Nightmare Royale. There's Halloween-themed challenges and customization items, and round out the event on October 31 with a performance from J.Balvin.
Overwatch Halloween Terror
Dates: October 13 - November 3
Spookiness: Junkenstein's Revenge may freak you out
The highly-anticipated yearly Halloween event Overwatch Halloween Terror is finally here. There are spooky new skins (that Shin-Ryeong D.Va is to die for) and the return of everyone's favorite co-op mode: Junkenstein's Revenge. There's also two challenge missions releasing for the co-oip mode per week, and completing Junkenstein's Revenge or any Quick Play, Competitive, or Arcade game will get you a host of limited-time sprays, skins, and more.
Sea of Thieves Fate of the Damned
Dates: October 28 - December 9
Spookiness: Scary pirates and skeleton cats
Undead pirates have returned to Sea of Thieves, and it's time you seek them out. Speak to Larinna in a tavern to go in search of lost crews who have some great loot in their skeleton hands. Each week will bring new challenges and the shop has a litany of scary cosmetics (including skeleton pets, ah!).
Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall update
Dates: September 30 - October 31
Spookiness: Nothing spooky here except under-watered pumpkins
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall update might as well be called the Halloween update. That's because it adds new skin tones like ghost white, witchy green, and monster blue, plus new clothing items, candy, and most importantly - pumpkins. Yup, you can now plant pumpkins, so you should probably head to our Animal Crossing New Horizons pumpkin guide for tips on growing them, and a list of all the amazing pumpkin DIY recipes you can enjoy. There's a dang pumpkin fence!
Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost
Dates: October 6 - November 6
Spookiness: Spooky vibes, but not outright scary
The annual Halloween event in Destiny 2 kicked off on October 6, and it's free for all players. You'll get fancy masks to wear while the event is running, and the Haunted Forest - a twist on the Infinite Forest mode from the Tower - returns. Holiday NPC Eva Levante is back, and you can pick some non-Eververse cosmetics, too.
Rocket League Haunted Hallows
Dates: October 20 - November 2
Spookiness: Nothing scary but a Rocket League loss
Ghostbusters returns to Rocket League for this year's Haunted Hallows event, which features challenges that will unlock Ghostbusters-themed items as well as two limited-time modes. The modes are Heatseeker, which will be played in a brand-new, haunted arena, and Spike Rush, which will be played on night map variants. Hurry up and get playing, as there's a ton of Ghostbuster items you'll wanna snag.
Hyper Scape Halloween Event
Dates: October 20 - November 3
Spookiness: Scary sights and some tense moments
Hyper Scape's first Halloween event is also the first seasonal celebration to come to the game. Enjoy exclusive new cosmetics and two limited-time game modes: Crown Rush Solo, which will be in night mode and has a new feature that allows you to come back from the dead, and Dark Haze Squad, which will drop you in a hazy Neo Arcadia with limited visibility.
Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest 2020
Dates: October 8 - November 5
Spookiness: Pretty spooky, always funny
Borderlands 3's seasonal Halloween event, Bloody Harvest, returns this year with spooky skins, scary loot, haunted enemies, and the return of the terrifying boss, Captain Haunt. Captain Haunt has a glowing green skull head and hurls ethereal skulls at you, so expect to be a little unnerved while you battle him. Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest is a free update, so enjoy it now!
Dreams Halloween: All Hallows Dreams
Dates: Now - ?
Spookiness: It depends on the room you find
All Hallows Dreams is a multi-story, many-roomed haunted house created in dreams, with each room created by a different Dreamer. The team has been working on this house since August, so expect to be amazed. Some of the rooms will be playful and fun, while others will be downright scary. There's just so much to explore in All Hallows Dreams, so prepare yourself.
Pokemon Go Halloween Event
Dates: October 23 - November 3
Spookiness: Nothing scarier than Haunter
Pokemon Go Halloween 2020 has just been announced, and there's tons of ways to celebrate. Galarian Yamask makes its debut in a brand-new Halloween-themed Speecial Research, there's ghastly new avatar items, and Halloween-themed mini events There's also a Halloween Cup for Go Battle League Season 4.
Grounded Halloween update
Dates: All October
Spookiness: Giant spiders are terrifying
Obsidian's co-op survival RPG has added a few festive items in its latest update. Candy corn is scattered around the map and you can eat it for a nice little boost, and a jack-o-lantern can be spotted in one of the biomes. Some of the creatures have been tweaked to be more challenging, so beware.
For Honor Monsters of the Otherworld
Dates: October 22 - November 12
Spookiness: Definitely creepy and freaky
For Honor's Monsters of the Otherworld is a special Halloween event that will add two scary PVP modes inspired by Dominion. From October 22 to November 5, play Endless March and battle powerful skeletons to earn rewards. From November 5 to November 12, Spooky Slashers will task you with capturing zones to gain special boosts. There's also, naturally, Halloween weapons and ornaments.
Dates: October 30 - November 1
Spookiness: Animal Crossing is scarier
The Splatoween Splatfest is back for 2020, and like previous years, two teams of splatters are facing off for the crown. Whether you're a tricker or a treater, you'll be able to dress for the part with new event-exclusive costume gear. Though, Splatoween is a quick flash of a Halloween event rather than a month-long thing, so be sure to mark your calendar for October 30 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST to soak up every splatter of Halloween goodness.
Dying Light x Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event
Dates: October 27 to October 29
Spookiness: Pretty scary until you bash in a zombie's head with Gnome Chompski
Celebrate Halloween the undead way with Dying Light's crossover event featuring Bill from Left 4 Dead 2 and Gnome Chompski as Bill's faithful weaponized companion. Dying Light first crossed over with Left 4 Dead 2 with a similarly-timed event last year, but this one actually lets you play as a Left 4 Dead character. Check it out for free in Dying Light PC and look out for the console version "a few weeks later."
Call of Duty Mobile
Dates: October 23 to November 1
Spookiness: Not as scary as snipers
For frights on the go, look no further than Call of Duty Mobile's Halloween event, titled Halloween Frights & Delights. Play a themed spin-off of Kill Confirmed in the new Pumpkin Confirmed mode, which replaces dog tags with jack-o-lanterns. Of course, there's the new Halloween Standoff map to set the scene. And at long last, zombies are trudging their way to the mobile battle royale shooter on October 30, so look out for that.
And there you have it, all the best video game Halloween events for 2020. I can't wait to get absolutely chocolate wasted and enjoy all of these. Make sure you head back to this page from now until All Hallow's Eve, as we'll be updating it as soon as a new Halloween event is announced.
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