Fantastically Cute "Scary" Games for Scaredy Cats
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Knowing there're lots of good "horror" and/or "halloween" lists, here is my tribute to the "scary" games for people do not appreciate the aftermath of dark night gaming. Some people might have been traumatized by a game of Dracula/Werewolf etc. and not being able to go to the bathroom alone in the middle of the night.

The list contains cute games that you can laugh at the "horror" contents and enjoy the dark night social. It's still more than a month ahead of Halloween, but inspired by a fellow Geek, Robert (robartin)'s Essential '05 Halloween list (#10424), here I go!!

(*Please feel free to add your cute-scary gems.)
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1. Board Game: Shadows in the Forest [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4341]
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Let us open the night with this mystical hide-and-seek in the dark forest.

(It's just beautiful, theme and mechanics.)
 
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2. Board Game: Blackrock Castle [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:12550]
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In the forest, you come accross the ruined castle. Dare you explore the dark castle? Outsmart the dead Lord Blackrock's trap doors and find the hidden treasure!

(The designer, Gunter Barrs is my favourite kid's game designer. A lot of fun mechanics.)
 
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3. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2259]
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Now, the treasure is ours. Let's go scare the ghost of the castle, disguise ourselves as ghosts!

(Michelle Schanen's genious wooden ghost pieces with magnet!! Don't leave this game only for kids. It's a blast among adults too!)
 
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4. Board Game: Geisterwäldchen [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:6825]
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Being scared by us, embarrased ghost is up for the challenge. S/He chases around us into the mysterious forest. 'lready, tag time! Catch us if you can!

(New installment of magnet/ghost game from Michelle.)
 
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5. Board Game: Schloss Schlotterstein [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:9921]
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You know what? A ghost should be scary! A little concerned us teach the ghost, how to be scary.
 
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6. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2146]
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Graduate of haunting school, timid ghost applies its skills in real life context. Party's gone wild. Ghost is happy as a dead clam at the bottom of Dead Sea.

(Classic cute-scary game from Kramer)
 
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7. Board Game: Kupferkessel Co. [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1563]
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Meanwhile, we have some work to do. Demand is high during Halloween season. Shop around ingredients of potions. A lot of potions to brew, we have.

(MMmmmm, nice card art and wooden witch pieces!!)
 
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8. Board Game: Cat Attack [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13884]
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Outside of potion-making neighbourhood, cats are busy in their wonderful adventure.

(It's just impossible to conclude my list without black cats , isn't it?)
 
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9. Board Game: In Teufels Küche [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:8740]
Katie Harris
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You are a chef, cooking for the devil. The devil rewards those who serve him something tasty and sinister, and punishes those who offer him any nutritious milk. If opposing chefs battle each other, each takes turns with the devil jack-in-the-box. You'd better hope the devil pops out at your opponent and not you.
 
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10. Board Game: Casper the Friendly Ghost Game [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Not only cute, but friendly too!
 
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11. Board Game: Gregory Horror Show [Average Rating:4.87 Overall Rank:15762]
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This is a game for adults that is a little scary and really weird. You get one game piece figurine with the game and can buy the rest in booster packs.

 
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12. Board Game: Lord of the Fries [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3722] [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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Players are zombies in a fast food joint and must fill customer orders. The artwork is a little creepy, but tame.
 
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13. Board Game: Witch Pitch [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Duluth
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New Dia die Los Muertos. Lighter, sillier, and Stickers.
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Witch Pitch. This is a very odd little Tiddley Winks style game with a rotating witch house that you fling chips into. It is actually a decent dexterity game, terribly cute, and not as highly sought after as that Ideal Haunted House that I drool over on occasion.

 
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14. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1510]
Jennifer Stone
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How about the new Knizia game? I don't know that it's fantastically cute, but I'm pretty sure scaredy cats could play.
 
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15. Board Game: Trick 'r Treat [Average Rating:4.44 Overall Rank:16147]
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I think some spooky jack o'lanterns make a nice addition to this list.
 
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16. Board Game: Phantoms vs Phantoms [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2344]
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Ghosts! is a quick game of bluffing and fun.
 
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17. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:950]
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Kids love putting the Furunculus together from the available body parts, and identifying (and identifying with) the fleeing people.
 
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18. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2913]
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Essentially Memory with vampires, this turned out to be a great light game that both kids and adults enjoyed. The object is to get rid of your row of vampires by matching their colors to the grave lids. Much more kid friendly than Fearsome Floors (a great game in its own right), you're amazed at how many graves are empty by the end of the game.
 
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19. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4367]
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A follow on to the Lord of the Fries entry (kinda).
 
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20. Board Game: Scooby-doo! Expandable Card Game [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:13684]
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THIS would have been a great entry...

...it not for those meddling kids!

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