Halloween is one of the best times of the year and that means getting together with friends and just having a good time. With all the current nonsense going on in the outside world, Halloween events in video games are going to be even more important to groups of friends this year, and that’s why we wanted to help you get into the ones that you care about. To help making interesting events easier to find, we’ve put together this handy guide to all the Halloween events we currently know about in video games, as well as any information we might have on them.
This list is constantly growing, and there are a lot of games, so you should expect to see multiple updates over the coming weeks leading up to Halloween itself.
Last updated October 27, 2020
Here are all the Halloween seasonal events for 2020
There are quite a few games out there that normally hold Halloween events of some kind. While we’re still waiting to complete this list, we’re going to dive into a couple of really intriguing events we already know about. You can check out more about the event itself in the official trailer from Rockstar Games. While it isn't Undead Nightmares 2, it's nice to see Rockstar bringing the spooky season to the great lands of Red Dead Online.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall update
The fall update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will also contain a special Halloween themed event. On top of players being able to lavish in all of the fall-time offerings, the Halloween event will bring new decorations, costumes, a Halloween night celebration, and even new options to revisit dreams. It’s looking to be a spicy time in paradise as your villagers, Tom Nook, and Isabelle all welcome the ability to grow and harvest pumpkins from pumpkin patches, and more. You can find out more details about it in our original report on the update. The Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall update will arrive on September 30 and run until November 1.
Apex Legends' Fight or Fright Event
It's time to take part in some Shadow Royale, as Apex Legends takes players to Kings Canyon After Dark. Any players who die in this trios match variant will return as Shadows and it'll be up to them to keep their living squadmates standing.
All 24 Fight of Fright items from 2019 are returning, but players can also find some new goodies, including holiday-themed skins for newer characters like Loba and Revenant. Look for a new prize track and try to complete it before the end of the event in order to unlock all of its rewards.
The Apex Legends Fight or Fright event is set to begin Thursday, October 22. It will continue through November 3. You can learn more on the Apex Legends website.
Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest
There will be blood in the next Borderlands 3 event. The Bloody Harvest is back, as players attempt to collect great rewards from the terrifying Captain Haunt. Maurice on Sanctuary III will get you on your way, as you seek to collect Hecktoplasm from fallen ghostly enemies. You'll only need the base Borderlands 3 game to participate, but various DLC locations will also have ghostly foes to fight.
Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest event is running from now through November 5. Visit the Borderlands website for more information.
Pokemon GO Halloween event
Those still playing Niantic’s hit mobile Pokemon catcher will be excited to hear that the developer has big plans for the month of October. The special Halloween event will kick off on October 23, 2020, and will run until Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will come to an end at 6 p.m. PST. Throughout the event players will be able to take part in three mini-events. Galarian Yamask is making its way to Pokemon Go for the first time with the Halloween event and players can also take part in the Shiny Spiritomb event and complete A Spooky Message Unmasked for a chance to encounter and catch a Shiny Spiritomb.
You can find the full details of the event over on the Pokemon Go website. Players can also earn 2x the candy during the event, making this a perfect time to hoard up all that candy for use later on.
Dauntless' Dark Harvest
The Dark Harvest event has returned to Dauntless. Ramsgate has become a mysterious nightscape while the Unseen are spreading dark corruption across the Shattered Isles. There's new Unseen lore to be uncovered throughout the event and they'll help players find their portals across the world. Once you find the Unseen, you can pick up Harvest Coins, which can help you purchase exclusive Dark Harvest items from the trustworth Honest Ozz. And if you can't trust someone named Honest Ozz, who can you trust?
If you want to roll the dice, Shrowd effigies can drop new equippable items called curiosities. If you find those, they'll give your characters a huge boost in battle. Just be careful, because the effigies also have the potential to destroy you.
The conflict with the Unseen will come to a head on Thursday, October 29 with a special limited-time event. Dauntless' Dark Harvest event runs from October 26-30. Visit the Dauntless website for more information.
Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost
The Festival of the Lost is an annual event in Destiny 2 and it's returning this year. Set to kick off on October 6, the Festival of the Lost will bring a slew of goodies and new things for players to do throughout the month. Be sure to check out our Destiny 2 guide for more information on this and other Destiny 2 events.
DOOM Eternal Halloween 2020
DOOM Eternal players can take part in Halloween festivities right now across the game. New cosmetics are available, including the Halloween Slayer, the Black Widow Mancubus, the Webenant Revenant, and the Cultist Marauder. They can be unlocked by earning XP from both the campaign and Battle Mode, as well from weekly challenges. The DOOM Eternal Halloween 2020 event is running now and will continue through October 29.
The Elder Scrolls Online's Witches Festival
Tamriel is getting into the holiday spirit with its annual Witches Festival. This event will offer double XP, special Event Tickets, and other various holiday collectibles. Players can also pick up Plunder Skulls, which are containers filled with random holiday loot.
To take part in the Witches Festival, pick up the free quest from the Crown Store. Complete The Witchmother's Bargain quest and pick up the Witchmother's Whistle. Blow on the whistle in order to transform your character into something undead. After blowing the whistle, you'll gain double XP for a two-hour period. Even if you're not in any kind of undead form, you can still wander around Tamriel on a quest to find Plunder Skulls from the world's various bosses.
The Witches Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 22 at 7AM PT and continue through Tuesday, November 3 at 7AM PT. For more, check out the Elder Scrolls Online website.
Red Dead Online's Halloween Pass
It's time to head back west as Red Dead Online's first ever Halloween Pass brings new macabre rewards for players to unlock. Available until November 16, players can pick up the new 20-Rank Halloween Pass and unlock a slew of goodies including new horse masks, some advanced camera filters, weapon variants, and various pieces of Halloween-themed clothing.
For Honor's Monsters of the Otherworld
Even Ubisoft's one-on-one melee combat game, For Honor, is getting in on the Halloween festivities. The Monsters of the Otherworld event offers up some cool new holiday cosmetics, as well as some unique spins on familiar game modes. Endless March is a variant on Dominion where minions are replaced by frightening skeletons. That's happening right now and will continue through Monday, November 5. But it doesn't end there. From November 5-12, players can jump into Spooky Slashers, a game mode that tasks players with capturing different zones and using their buffs to defeat demons scattered across the map.
There's a lot of Halloween loot to collect, so be sure to jump into the action right now. Get more details on this by visiting the For Honor website.
Fortnite's Fortnitemares 2020: Midas' Revenge
The Fortnite island is being haunted once again. Shadow Midas is back and has brought along his henchmen. You'll more than likely be joining their ranks, as anybody who dies in Solo, Duos, or Squads will return to the battlefield as a Shadow in a massive Nitemare Royale. You'll have some ghostly tricks up your sleeves as a Shadow, including the ability to possess vehicles.
On top of that, there are a lot of Halloween cosmetics to get your hands on. You'll want to complete Fortnitemare Challenges to pick those up. Or if you'd rather just chill out and relax from the intense battle royale action, you can catch J Balvin perform live on the Party Royale main stage on Saturday, October 31 at 6PM PT.
The Fortnitemares 2020: Midas' Revenge event is happening now and will continue through Monday, November 3. Check out the Fortnite website for more information.
Gears 5's Mad Man's Monsters
Gears of War has celebrated Halloween in the past and Gears 5 will be no different. The Mad Man's Monsters Horde Event is back and will have players jump into a 20-wave Horde. The Swarm will rush in, as usual, but they'll also be wearing holiday-themed outfits, like Juvie Pumpkin Heads. The in-game Store also features several new Halloween goodies, like the Jack O'Lantern Jack, Hollow RAAM, and Halloween 2020 banner. You can even score some cool skins, like a Skeleton Suit for Kait.
The Mad Man's Monsters Horde will be available from Tuesday, October 20 through Tuesday, November 2. That's not all for the Gears 5 Halloween, though. Look for Pumpkinball to come to PvP on Halloween week.
Grounded may only be in its early access period, but the team at Obsidian still has plans for the season. While the players are still shrunken to microscopic size, the house's owners have begun putting out Halloween decorations. While some of these items are just for decoration, some of them, like Candy Corn, can be harvested. Also, Grounded players can explore a new world landmark called Frankenline, which is a discarded Etch-a-Sketch that can be used by anyone. Look for ziplines to come to the game in October, which can give you a full view of the backyard decorated for the holiday.
Guild Wars 2: The Shadow of the Mad King
The Mad King Thorn has returned once more! As is tradition in Guild Wars, the Shadow of the Mad King event will usher in the holiday season. Players can go around Tyria and mine pieces of Candy Corn to craft holiday-themed cosmetics and complete Halloween achievements for cool seasonal items. But that's just the beginning.
This year's event will feature the Lunatic Inquisition game, the return of the Mad King's Clock Tower jumping puzzle, and the Ascent of Madness that culminates with a showdown against the Mad King Thorn himself. After taking part in the festivities, return to Lion's Arch, which will be decorated for the Halloween season. Learn more on the Guild Wars 2 website.
Hearthstone's Masquedade Ball
Blizzard's collectible card game has already kicked off its Halloween festivities. As part of its Scholomance Academy expansion, Hallow's End has returned with the Masquerade Ball event. Dual-Class Arena is back for the month and three new themed Tavern Brawls will take place over the course of October. On top of that, Elementals have become a permanent part of Hearthstone Battlegrounds.
Check out our recent post on Hearthstone's Hallow's End to learn more.
Hyper Scape's Halloween Event
Navigating through the world of Neo Arcadia is tough enough in broad daylight. Now the world is about to go dark for Hyper Scape's upcoming Halloween Event. There isn't much to go on at the moment, outside of what's highlighted in the trailer above. Look for Neo Arcadia to go dark while the world is decorated with various Halloween knick-knacks. Look for new limited-time game modes and holiday cosmetics to be available.
We'll update this space with more details on Hyper Scape's Halloween Event as they become available. Look for the event to run from Tuesday, October 20 through Monday, November 2.
Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection update
Adding to the already bloody good time that is Killing Floor 2, the Infernal Insurrection update is dropping on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game on September 29. It's a great time to jump into the action and explore a new map, new weapons, and some creepy Halloween-themed cosmetics, too. Tripwire is also running a slew of Halloweensales, which means you can get some of those new goodies at a discounted price.
The Long Dark - Escape the Darkwalker
Unlike last year's 4 Days of Night event, Escape the Darkwalker will take a bit more of a supernatural approach to survival in The Long Dark. Announced via a blog post on the official website, Escape the Darkwalker will introduce an intriguing and unique way for players to approach the game. In an endless night, players will find themselves stalked my a mysterious entity. You cannot hurt it. You cannot escape it. The only goal is to survive as many real-time minutes as you can before it gets you. This is not a story about survival, no, this is a story about how you die.
There are also some other things to take in mind as you try to escape the Darkwalker. For one, you'll only be able to stick around regions for 30 minutes before they are infected with a deadly fog. After 30 minutes you'll have five minutes to get out the zone and it will remain impassible from then on out. This means you're going to have to keep moving to stay alive.
The Darkwalker can also move through walls, which means nowhere is safe. You'll have access to a limited amount of special glyphs, which you can use to slow down or even distract the Darkwalker. It sounds like a nice play on the already tense gameplay that The Long Dark focuses so heavily on, and the event is set to run from October 29 to November 12.
Mario Kart Tour's Halloween Tour
The Mario Kart Tour tracks are getting spooky for Halloween. The Halloween Tour is currently underway and players can pick up some special holiday-themed items. That includes the new Pumpkin Kart along with other drivers, karts, and gliders that all bring out the spirit of Halloween. As if King Boo wasn't scary enough, right?
On top of that, the Maple Treeway track from Mario Kart Wii is here and it's decorated for the holiday season. You can admire the pumpkins on the side of the road, but watch out for the giant Wigglers! The Halloween Tour will continue until Thursday, October 29.
Minecraft Dungeons' Spooky Fall Event
The dungeon crawling spin-off Minecraft Dungeons is getting in on the Halloween fun, too. Mojang and Double Eleven are challenging players to take on some wildly difficult Seasonal Trials. They're not for the faint of heart, but players who can come out of those trials alive will receive special themed items. But be careful, because surviving the Seasonal Trials means making it through Night Mode.
The Minecraft Dungeons Spooky Fall Event runs from October 26-November 3. If you're more into standard Minecraft, you can find new Marketplace and Character Creator content to help you get into the Halloween mood. Plus, Minecraft Earth is getting holiday-themed items that you can pick up by completing various challenges. You can learn about all of these events on the Minecraft website.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's Fun Fright Fest
Capcom's hit adventure game, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, is getting a special event called Fun Fright Fest. The Seliana Gathering Hub will be decorated for the Halloween season. On top of that, players will be able to collect and craft Armor Sets, Layered Armor, Weapon Pendants, Palico Gear, a Poogie Outfit, and more. You'll need the Iceborne expansion to take part in all of this, so make sure you upgrade if you want the full Fun Fright Fest experience.
You can learn more about the latest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne update on Capcom-Unity. Fun Fright Fest will run from October 16 through November 5.
As part of Patch Update #3, NBA 2K21 players can now find Halloween-themed decorations all across the Neighborhood. There isn't anything else special here, but those looking to get into the spirit of the season can at least find some fun visuals.
Overwatch Halloween Terror
Overwatch's annual Halloween Terror event is now underway. It's time once again to rally the heroes together to fight against the Zomnic forces of Dr. Junkenstein. On top of the special PvE Brawl, players can pick up some new skins. They can be found in the typical Overwatch loot boxes, but winning nine games a week for the next three weeks will also unlock some new Epic Skins for Sombra, Brigitte, and Echo.
The Overwatch Halloween Terror event will run from October 13 through November 3. The first week will be free for Nintendo Switch owners as part of the one-year anniversary free trial.
Rocket League's Haunted Hallows
Looking for vehicle-related holiday fun? Who ya gonna call? Rocket League!
Rocket League has returned to the world of Ghostbusters for its Haunted Hallows event. New Event Challenges will open the door for players to unlock Ghostbusters-themed goodies, including Boosts, Wheels, Toppers, Banners, and Goal Explosions. Limited-time game modes will also be available, which includes Haunted Heatseeker taking players to a new Haunted Urban Arena and Spike Rush haunting nighttime variants of different Rocket League maps. Plus, the Ecto-1 will make its return to the Item Shop.
Rocket League's Haunted Hallows will run from Tuesday, October 20 at 9AM PT and conclude on Monday, November 2 at 6AM PT. You can find more information on the Rocket League Haunted Hallows page.
Splatoon 2's Splatoween
There's a new Halloween-themed Splatfest on its way for Splatoon 2. Players will select between Team Trick and Team Treat. Whose side will you be on for this special event? The Splatoon 2 Splatoween Splatfest is set to start on Thursday, October 30 at 3PM PT and run through Sunday, November 1 at 2PM PT.
World of Warships: Rust'N'Rumble
World of Warships has a full October of updates planned. On top of new content and quality-of-life improvements, the game has a Halloween event planned. The Rust'N'Rumble event is being coined as an apocalyptic brawl. Players can select from three special warships, but won't have any smokescreens to work with. The action will be frantic, as your ship will always be spotted. The Rust'N'Rumble event is set to begin on October 19.
Team Fortress 2 Scream Fortress event
Next up on our list is the annual Scream Fortress event in Team Fortress 2. This terrifyingly good time came to a quiet beginning on October 1 and is further detailed in our original news report on the topic. It looks to be a fun time for Team Fortress 2 fans, so make sure you check it out this month.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege's Sugar Fright
What happens when Frost eats too much candy and goes straight to bed? She dreams of ten of Rainbow Six Siege's Operators turning into puppets and battling it out for confectionery supremacy. It's IQ, Zofia, Nomad, Capitao, and Thermite on the Tricksters side and Frost, Pulse, Ela, Castle, and Goyo playing for the Treaters. Sugar Fright introduces a new game mode called Sweet Hunt, which sees two teams fight until they collect 50 pieces of candy. And for the first time in Siege, players can respawn!
There are 32 new seasonal cosmetics to pick up over the course of Sugar Fright. You can get a free pack by logging in and get some more by completing different challenges over the course of the event. Rainbow Six Siege's Sugar Fright runs from October 27-November 10. You can learn more on the Rainbow Six Siege website.
Warframe's Nights of Naberus
Warframe is going full-spooky this month with the launch of a special Halloween special that will see Daughter, a new character that recently appeared in the game's Heart of Deimos update, dressed in a costume, offering limited-time rewards for players that bring in Mother Tokens to exchange. The update will also include the Whispering Naberus Mobile, as well as a terror-filled tale narrated by Grandmother. There are also new Glyphs, Emblems, Skins, and Blueprints, all of which will be available until 11 a.m. PT on November 9. You can jump into the Nights of Naberus event in Warframe on all platforms right now!
Call of Duty: Warzone The Haunting of Verdansk
Halloween is coming to Call of Duty: Warzone and it seems like it is going to be an interesting turn of events. In the new trailer for the update, which is titled Haunting of Verdansk, we got our first look at what's to come. Iconic horror characters from the Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre universes will make appearances in the event when it goes live on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The full details for The Haunting of Verdansk can be found on the official Call of Duty website.
World of Warcraft Hallow's End
The Headless Horseman has returned to Azeroth for World of Warcraft's annual Hallow's End celebration. The fiend is now residing in the Scarlet Monastery's Graveyard and awaits anyone foolish enough to confront him. If you can gather enough courage and can round up a party of characters ranging from level 10-50, you can take the fight straight to the Headless Horseman and walk away with your lives... and maybe his steed.
Meanwhile, over in Val'sharah, players can take part in the new Hag of the Crooked Tree quest. Complete the quest and receive Tricky Treats, as well as one of four different Witch's Hats.
Hallow's End is happening right now and will run through November 1. You can check out the World of Warcraft website to learn more about this year's Hallow's End. If you'd rather play through the event like it used to be, there's a separate Hallow's End happening in WoW Classic. Learn more about that on WoWHead.
We’re still on the lookout for other Halloween events. See something we missed? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll get it added so others can find out about it.
Make sure you check back often for the most up-to-date information, and we look forward to checking out these various Halloween events when they arrive.
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