You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Spooky Zone.
Wait! Where are you going? We weren’t supposed to scare you away! Come back!
Halloween is here and if you’re here, you’ll probably be looking for games to raise the hair on your arms and give your goosebumps. There are so many lists about the most terrifying video games and board games, but those titles usually are more designed for adults or older audiences.
So, since there aren’t too many about kid-friendly spooky games, we put together a list of scary (but not too scary!) games for the whole family.
Halloween video games for kids
Costume Quest 1 & 2
Costume Quest is one of the perfect Halloween games. Created by Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, join Reynold and Wren to make this a good Halloween bounty in this trick and treat adventure RPG game.
The graphics are lovely and the dialog will make you and your kids laugh out loud. Fight in a strange world full of ghosts and aliens, while discover all kinds of wacky costumes.
It’s a great way to relive your old trick or treating days while introducing yourself into the RPG genre. Definitely, a game that should grab your attention during this spooky month.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The third title of the spooky adventures of Mario’s brother has just been released today!. Immerse yourself into this scavenger hunt and escape from this haunted mansion sucking up spirits with a vacuum cleaner in a Ghostbusters alike gameplay.
A lighthearted game where the Nintendo’s green-clad hero will encourage the players to overcome your fears in order to rescue your friends. A perfect game to enjoy playing co-op with your kids making the slime-ish green jelly-like Gooigi appear.
Plants vs. Zombies
There are several games released of Plants vs. Zombies franchise, but the best to start it could be the original one. In this strategy game, you’ll have to defend your house from hordes of cute-ish zombies using plants with different skills. It takes the core gameplay of tower defence and gives it a friendly face.
The strategy-tower defence thing could sound a bit overwhelming for younger players, but you'd be surprised how well kids could beat it. They all clearly understand the basic strategy and develop their own combination of plants against the zombie hoards. Since each plant has its own animated personality, it’s a cool game for kids because it creates connections with the plants.
The fallen hero of Gallowmere, Sir Daniel Fortesque, has risen from the grave! But don’t be afraid besides its spooky face, he’s a cool guy. After fell in battle against the hordes of the sorcerer Zarok, he was posthumously given credit for defeating the sorcerer. One hundred years, the sorcerer has come back to complete his plan, without counting that he accidentally has resurrected the bare bones knight. Now, Sir Daniel Fortesque has a second chance to stop Zarok and rightfully earn his place at the Hall of Heroes.
MediEvil shows fantasy violence against zombies and other creatures, but none of the violence is particularly graphic. The game can be spooky but the overall humor reduces any impact of it. Nothing your little kids can’t overcome.
If you played the original 1998 PlayStation action/adventure hack and slash game, now you can see the return of your childhood avatar in the PlayStation 4 high-definition remake.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s or FNAF, has become a veritable phenomenon on Youtube and become a reference in kid pop culture. In this game you play as a night security guard at an off-brand Chuck E. Cheese’s establishment. During the night, the creepy animatronics wander the restaurant at their own free will. To protect themselves from being caught by these animatronics, the guard have to survey the monitor videos to keep them away.
Definitely, Five Nights at Freddy’s is the most scary game on this list. But it isn’t gory or graphic. It isn’t designed to be a horrifying experience that will haunt a kid’s dreams. Maybe it’s not a game to be played by young children, but groups of older kids might enjoy working together to keep the animatronics away.
Family Friendly Spooky Board Games
Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters
If you’re looking for board games instead video games, here you have one that sure will entertain both adults and kids. In Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters the players are treasure hunters on a quest for hidden jewels in a haunted house.
Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters is a cooperative game that is actually quite a challenge. It is fun to play with the kids but it is difficult enough to play with adults. Up to 4 players and with an average playtime of 30 minutes, players will have to work together to race against the ghosts to escape with all eight jewels before the full house become haunted.
This is the Luigi’s Mansion of board games. It has a great gameplay, great theme and great components, besides it won the prestigious Children’s Game of the Year award in 2014.
La Fallera Calavera
Now, we would like to introduce you a card game created here in Valencia, where Melbot is based. La Fallera Calavera is a card game starred by zombie versions of characters from the popular Valencian folklore.
With a Burton-ish aesthetics, in La Fallera Calavera will have to find the right ingredients to prepare a paella (if you haven’t taste this delicious Valencian plate yet, you should go for it), that calms the wrath of the zombie fallera, a girl dressed in a traditional Valencian costume.
Up to 2-6 players, this Halloween you’ll have tons of fun with this card game that takes 30-45 minutes each play.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most villainous of them all?” Have you ever engaged with a Disney villain? In this game you’ll assume the role of Disney’s classic villains and you must feat your opponents to become the greatest villain of all time.
Don’t be fooled by the Disney them, this game isn’t just for kids. Villainous is sophisticated enough to engage any grown-up kid too. If you're thinking to play as a sorceress or an evil witch, what will you be?
Haunt The House
Unlike Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, instead of featuring the ghosts in a haunted house, in Haunt the House, players are the ghosts trying to scare Ghostbusters out of the mansion. The more ghost hunters you scare away, the best. Although it seems to have a very basic gameplay, the mechanics and scoring system is more deep than it sounds.
Each play of Haunt the House will take around 30-40 minutes and will nail your spooky Halloween parties with its artwork and your kids will love haunting that house!
Munchkin: The Nightmare Before Christmas
There are different versions of the classic card game Munchkin. But the Nightmare Before Christmas version is perfect for your Halloween party. A cool a great mashup that pulls great things from the Tim Burton’s movie.
The main goal of the game is to be the first to reach 10, and you level up fighting monsters from the movie. If you’re unfamiliar with Munchkin, it’s a chaotic game of cooperation and deceit, you can choose to work together with others or sabotage each other at any time.
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That’s our 10 recommendations: 5 video games, 5 board games for having fun in a spooky Halloween. Would you add another one to the list? Reach us on social media and tell us!