Halloween games for everyone
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So, it's now October and it's time to get the spooky games out and bring them to the table. I decided to include games for all ages to this geeklist. There are games for children listed here as well as adults. Since I have no problem playing games for any age level, I figured this list might help someone locate a real gem of a game, that would in turn make their Halloween gaming experience complete.

I know there have been some great October/Halloween geek lists made in the past. In fact I have found some really excellent spooky games from other gamers' geek lists. Instead of being redundant though, I hope to bring some fresh new games to this list that someone may not have yet discovered. These are all games that my wife and I enjoy playing during this time of year, as well as with family and our game group.

Please feel free to add to the list. Especially if you feel like I am missing something here that would be a travesty not to have played!
All entry's are welcome, if you play a game for Halloween because you like too, then please share your favorite game.

This geeklist has now been updated for several years now.
It has become an archive list for me.
Hopefully others can use it as a reference too for finding or researching Halloween themed games for themselves.
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1. Board Game: 13 Clues [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3091]
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Deduction game that is sort of like Clue meets Hanabi.
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2. Board Game: 13 Frights of Halloween Card Game [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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A trick-taking game with Halloween candy and a lightly spooky theme.
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3. Board Game: 13 Ghosts [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:8136]
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A micro game (only 13 cards) in the vein of Love Letter, where you're trying to figure out which ghosts your opponents have.
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4. Board Game: 1313 Dead End Drive [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7894]
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A fireplace can eat people.
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5. Board Game: 18 Ghosts [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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A clever game of trying to get your ghosts to escape the mansion.
Each player is trying to get one yellow, red and blue ghost of their ghost type to leave the mansion.
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6. Board Game: 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:3826]
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7. Board Game: 7th Guest: The Board Game [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
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Based on the classic 90s computer game, you have to solve puzzles throughout Mr. Stauf's creepy mansion.
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8. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1448]
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The adventure continues...with mummies!
Your adventurers will be plagued by snake bites, scorpion stings, crocodile bites and mummies curses.
The game play is simple get in and whenever the mood feels right and you have the treasures in hand...get out!
But wait...what about the falling boulders. This is where the game play gets exciting.
At the end of a round when all players have taken a turn...a boulder is selected from the box and will be placed on the board...
perhaps crushing a character...
or perhaps sealing them into the pyramid forever.
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9. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1204]
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An adventure through a dark and dangerous tomb...just right for the season. I can pull this game out and everyone gets it.
With that boulder rolling around after you, the closing walls that could crush you, the lava pit you might brave crossing, the rotting bridge over the ravine or the dangerous stream that culminates in a waterfall, this game is a lot of fun.
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10. Board Game: Agatha Christie: Behind the Screen [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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VHS game based on the works of Agatha Christie.
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11. Board Game: Agatha Christie: The Scoop [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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VHS game based on the works of Agatha Christie.
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12. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:86]
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A wonderful game for Halloween with it's potion making.
Mandrake, Warty Toad and Spongy mushroom are just some of the ingredients for making great potions.

In this game each player has a great big player screen with a pyramid grid for placing your potion combinations.
On your turn, you can choose to try two ingredients together by placing them on the shelf at the top of your player screen and taking a quick snapshot with your iphone/ipad.
The App allows for a quick identification of the ingredients and tells what kind of potion you have created or if it failed.
By narrowing down your deductions you will be able to publish your findings at the Wizard University.
Other wizards can also refute your findings if they suspect your potions are wrong.
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13. Board Game: Alibi [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:15950]
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Fun murder mystery card game from Mayfair.
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14. Board Game: Alien [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:13991]
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Based on the classic horror movie Alien.
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15. Board Game: Alien Autopsy [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:15976]
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This is an alien operation.
But turn the lights off and play under the glow of the alien and it gets a bit more intense.
Just wait until the alien screams....scary!
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16. Board Game: Ancient Terrible Things [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1541]
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17. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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The cooperative game play is incredible! No game is ever the same as any previous game! You must beat the game! Yes, it is a long game, but who cares...it's a blast! What a game to thrust you into a world on the brink of evil devastation and you must prevent it from happening. Huge task to complete!

Every time I think about AH I get excited. This game is more than a game it is an experience. Every game is unique and memorable! Your investigator is in for one heck of a night. The game unfolds like a surreal movie, the story is subtle and random...but yet...in every game...there are these moments of...Wow...that was meant to be! The events are always exciting and when this one comes off the shelf for play it stays on the table for a week, a month or more; it stays out for at least the number of games it takes to play all of the characters, before it is even considered to be put away again. My wife says it's pure perfection itself!
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18. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:21]
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This one I held off on purchasing.
But after awhile I was pulled in by the campaign and idea of bettering your deck of cards by purchasing them with XP from game to game.
In this game, the core box is just for a 2-player game but you could buy a second copy so you could play with 4.
It has a terrible (but good and clever) system of pulling a token from a bag to add to all skill tests.
The tokens are made up of -1, 0, +1, -3, -4, and some other surprise modifiers that you pull from the bag at random to determine just about everything you do in the game.
It has a great discover things as you go feel and of course it is difficult to win as all Arkham horror content tends to be.
It is unique from the other AH games.
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19. Board Game: Army of Darkness: The Board Game [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Finally... an Evil Dead board game.
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20. Board Game: Artifact Stack [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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Find the artifacts, but avoid the mummy!
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21. Board Game: Atmosfear: The DVD Board Game [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:16036]
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DVD update of AtmosFear.
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22. Board Game: Atmosfear: The Harbingers [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:7863]
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Old school, VHS horror game. Loved it as a kid. I think they remade it for DVD years later.
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23. Board Game: Attack of the Jelly Monster [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:8761]
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An alien Blob invasion.
Players place dice to collect jelly samples for study as fast as they can.
Roll your dice and place one.
Once you run out the timer ticks down 10 seconds for all other players to finish placing their dice.
It’s not always good to finish first since others may remove your dice in the meantime.
 
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24. Board Game: AuZtralia [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:757]
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This is a Martin Wallace game that takes place in old 1930's Australia.
People are setting out to discover new land, farm, mine and wait...what's that...a Great Old One out there.
The game starts off with exploration and farming but turns into a war against Arkham Horror creatures.
Preparations need to be made for battle, like good military personnel.

A nice medium weight game where players are working together to kill off the creatures before your game piece reaches the end spot on the board.
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25. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1755]
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The premise here is one of your fellow space travelers visited a strange planet and took home a souvenir. A green rock. Well the rock was an egg and you are now looking at an alien invasion of your spaceship. You don't know anything about this creature or how to kill it, but you will try whatever you can think of.

One player plays the space travelers and the other plays the space creatures. Who will win? Those awful green things will lay their eggs anywhere, and if they find a tough to reach spot they can really multiply like crazy.
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