Games to play to get in the Halloween Spirit
Kevin Gordon
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Okay, folks, it's October (well, starting tomorrow). The past few years I've been trying to get more into Halloween and it has been really fun. Last year my wife and I went to 3 different Haunted Houses that are done here in Idaho. It was a lot of fun. This is our first Halloween as home owners and we're excited to decorate the house inside and out. We watch a handful of scary movies during October also.

Another fun thing to get in the Halloween spirit is boardgames. This is a list of games that can be played to get in the mood for this holiday. I'll start off with just a few. Please, add your own along with any stories if you have them.

Thanks!
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1. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
Kevin Gordon
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I love this game! It takes a lot of heat for its extensive need of errata, but once you get past that this game can be a lot of fun. My friends and I got ultra dorky once and played this game with only candle light. It actually added quite a bit to the feel. Great game any time, but especially in October!
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2. Board Game: Bump in the Night [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12229]
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This game is a bit hard to get the hang of, but hidden inside that rulebook is a pretty decent game. I've only played it once, but it was pretty good. Great theme for Halloween too. Just trying to scare the daylights out of little kids!
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3. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4526] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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Zombies on the loose and people trying to survive their onslaught with ridiculous weapons...how is that NOT Halloween??
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4. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:403]
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Vampires always seem to show up during October. This is a great game about trying to kill the most well know vampire of the all - Count Dracula!
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5. Board Game: Zombie Plague [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3258]
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A print n play that is very well done. Of all the zombie games I have played this one seems to catch the theme best - barricade yourself in the house and try to survive till morning.

If you havent heard of this one, take a look at it. It really is fun and well designed.
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6. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:539] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Bret Clifton
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Hilarious game with a surprisingly good feel for what it would feel like to fight as/against zombies! Plus, you gotta love that absolutely awful soundtrack
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7. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:739]
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This game, set in colonial New England, (think Sleepy Hollow) can't but help but get one in the Halloween Spirit.
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8. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:192]
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An overwhelming horde of ghosts keep haunting a helpless village. Sounds like good Halloween material to me!
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9. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1241]
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Zombie hordes slowly surrounding every place to hide... zombie

Definite Halloween spirit.
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10. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2629]
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Everyone gets to be Dr. Frankenstein!
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11. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:673] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Halloween just so happens to be my birthday, and I'd be damned if we don't play Ultimate Werewolf.
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12. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2038]
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Fun push your luck game about being chased by a friendly ghost
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13. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Really? No one thought to add this before me? Really?

I love this game. My gaming buddies and I always do a Halloween themed game day/night in October. We start with this play Betrayal at House on the Hill after that break for supper then end the night with Last Night on Earth. Usually I will leave this set up all through Oct. playing solo games during fall break. This is my second favorite Halloween tradition after Monster Movie Marathon Day.
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14. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:919]
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A nice filler while waiting for Pizza to show up.
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15. Board Game: Nacht der Magier [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1877]
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This will also see some play time in October.
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16. Board Game: Green Ghost [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:14173]
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I want to find a better copy of this. The one I have was the crappy reprint and the art on the glow board has lost any detail. The glow board doesn't work very well either. I have many fond memories of playing this as a kid.
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17. Board Game: Ghost Chase [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4263]
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Played this one with the kids every Halloween and I may just manage to get it in one more time with my daughter and her friends this time around. It's a fun little game and yes we usually played it by candlelight which makes it even more of a challenge.
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18. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1443]
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A good Halloween filler.
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19. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:724]
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A good light Halloween worthy game.
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20. Board Game: Witch's Brew [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:682]
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A light family game of role selection, second-guessing, and screw-your-neighbor. Nominated for the Spiel des Jahres.
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21. Board Game: The Testimony of Jacob Hollow [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:9868]
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Honestly this is only an ok game, and in my experience it does not replay to terribly well. However, if it can be bought on the cheap this would make for an excellent Halloween game experience if played right.

The whole idea of this game is that you are playing the memory of the survivor from a Lovecraft inspired supernatural disaster. The right way to play this game is by candle light (though you need a lot so you can read the smallish text). Make sure before playing that the intro from the rule book is read out loud, and then the key is to read the flavor text on every card as it is played. It really will create the insane ramblings that is the Testimony of Jacob Hollow.
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