It’s that time of year where everyone is streaming good ole horror games and preparing to get their spook on. There are a lot of fantastic horror games out there for gamers including survival horror, zombies, or even asymmetrical survivals where you run from a killer. Overall, there is a lot to choose from. But what about people like me who love Halloween but can’t take anything scarier than a Supernatural episode? Lucky for us, I compiled a list of the best games to play on Halloween that won’t scare you…too badly.
1. Batman: Arkham Knight
In the same vein that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, Batman: Arkham Knight is a Halloween game. In addition to taking down Scarecrow, Profesor Pyg, and other spooky villains, this game takes place the on Hallow’s Eve. The evacuated Gotham city is decorated to the nines with pumpkins, skeletons, and all Party City has to offer for the holiday. Also, if you play on Halloween in the real world you might even see a special Easter Egg. If you have already captured Manbat and visit him on Halloween you will find he has escaped. Similarly, if you are in an Arkham mood, visit Calendar Man in Batman: Arkham City on random days and he will also give you some special lines of dialogue. The Dark Knight’s adventures are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam/PC.
2. Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II
Yes, I know this is technically two games but both feature very important Halloween themed levels. Kingdom Hearts is one of my favorite franchises and a huge part of that is because of the fan-favorite HalloweenTown level based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. In both games, Sora and the gang get to spend a fair amount of time exploring the town with Jack Skellington and enjoying all the spooks and characters it has to offer. This is one of the few levels in both games where the entire parties’ attire matches to fit the world. The best part, after the Halloween season is over you can come back and play the level again just in time for Christmas. Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II are available on PlayStation 4.
Undertale is an indie RPG that has spooky caverns, enemies, and characters but with a delightful twist. The game follows a human child who has fallen into an underworld separate from Earth. The entire game can be played without ever damaging an enemy. The game encourages the player to pacify and subdue monsters in order to spare them instead of murdering them outright. With an infectious soundtrack, this game is a whimsical, spooky adventure that offers about as many scares as a Disney Channel Original Movie. Undertale is available on Steam/PC, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and now Nintendo Switch.
4. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate follows the Frye twins as they strive to take Victorian London back from the Templars. One of the more unique parts of the open world game is meeting Charles Dickens and then going on supernaturally themed missions around London with the esteemed author in the aptly titled Charles Dickens’ Ghost Club missions. These include investigating Berkeley Square townhouse, popularly known as “the most haunted house in London,” and Spring-heeled Jack, the devil like creature popular in Victorian English urban legends. Additionally, you can get The Dreadful Crimes DLC, available for free on PSN, that task Evie or Jacob with solving the various cases like spooky disappearances, happening, and murders as well as the Jack The Ripper DLC, where Evie faces down one of the most famous serial killers in history. The latter of which is still my favorite piece of DLC of almost all time. Fair warning, the Jack the Ripper DLC has a few more spooks than anything else on this list but if I can handle it, most others can as well. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam/PC.
Minecraft debatably invented the modern sandbox genre as we know it. The past few years the game has added a few Halloween themed updates that allow thousands of people around the world to put their heart, soul, and imagination into building some of the best settings, creatures, and treasures around to explore. In addition, seeing the Grim Reaper, Bride of Frankenstein, Wicked Witch, Mad Doctor, and many more spooky skins just adds to the fun. Simply search for spooky, haunted house, ghost, or any number of other Halloween buzzwords and you will get more than a plethora of potential dungeons, lairs, houses, and towns to explore by yourself or with friends. Minecraft is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
So if you’re excited to celebrate the season but not a fan of jump scares, jump into these adventures instead. Do you have any Halloween games that will put you in the spooky spirit but not make you sleep with the lights on? Let us know in the comments or reach out to But Why Tho on twitter.