Best board games for Halloween

Best board games for Halloween

Here are 10 tips, for both adults and children, on the best board games for Halloween for a scary evening at home

This year there will be no parties, evenings with friends to watch horror movies and no “trick or treat?”, But that doesn’t mean Halloween! So I thought of a guide with 10 tips to spend a thrilling evening within the walls of the house with your cohabitants. Ah, for those who live alone… don’t worry that there are games for you too!

Children’s games | Best board games for Halloween

The Haunted House

Are you with your friends to do “Trick or Treat?” and in front of you you see a huge house, so you decide to go inside and only then do you discover that it is infested with little joker creatures. In between their pranks, you must be able to retrieve 3 pumpkins hidden under the creaking floor if you want to get out of the Haunted House. This is a family friendly game, full of adrenaline and fun and perfectly themed to spend Halloween night.

  • Category: games for children
  • Publisher: Little Rocket Games
  • Age: 6+
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Players: 2-4

Abra Kazam!

Little wizard apprentices, grab your wands and get ready to take your magic exam. Your goal is to mimic spells that you have to make your playmates guess. The most skilled at guessing and making guess more spells wins the game and becomes the Great Wizard.

  • Category: party game
  • Publisher: MS Editions
  • Age: 7+
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Players: 3-8

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Zombie Kidz

A horde of zombies is heading towards the school and only you, working with your friends, can save it. Zombie Kidz is a cooperative game, where the participants must work together to be able to eliminate all the zombies and close all the school entrances with chains and locks, before the zombies increase.

  • Category: cooperative
  • Publisher: Oliphante2
  • Age: 7+
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Players: 2-4

Games for one player | Best board games for Halloween

50 Clues: Leopold

Released in October, 50 Clues: Leopold is an investigative board game and is a trilogy consisting of the following titles: The Dead Man’s Pendulum, The White Sleep and Leopold’s Destiny. The story starts with you taking on the role of Mary, a desperate mother, who must face a race against time to be able to save her son. It all begins in the room of a psychiatric hospital, the right place to create a thrilling, dark and tense story. This is an escape room to play absolutely on Halloween.

  • Category: investigative
  • Publisher: Playagame Editions
  • Age: 18+
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Players: 1-5

Escape from the asylum

Here is another nice full-bodied and super themed escape room that you can play on Halloween and which I have already talked about in a review. In Escape from the Asylum you have to face 10 hours of gameplay during which, as 10 different characters, you have to solve puzzles to be able to escape from the North Oaks hospital. The various stories and events are intertwined, so pay close attention to all the clues because they can come in handy at any time.

  • Category: investigative
  • Publisher: dV Games
  • Age: 12+
  • Duration: 1 hour per story, for a total of 10 hours
  • Players: 1-6

Cinema and Music | Best board games for Halloween

In this list there is certainly no shortage of advice for cinema and music lovers, the two titles I will talk about are Shining and Armata Strigoi.

Shining

A board game that bears the name of the famous film by Stanley Kubrick and which will allow you for the first time to set foot at the Overlook Hotel. Players must work together to make it through winter unscathed. The game takes place in months, consisting of 2 or 3 rounds, during which you have to explore the rooms of the hotel and carry out the actions written above. At the beginning of a new round, the first player will read an Event card whose effects will affect its course for its entire duration.

After all players have taken their turn, the Shining phase begins, during which the Keepers will be subjected to horrible visions of the past and to face them they must have enough Willpower to allow them not to be possessed and not to harm their companions. . The winners will be those who managed to survive until the end of the fourth month.

  • Category: cooperative
  • Publisher: Asmodee
  • Age: 17+
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Players: 3-5

Strigoi Army

If you think of Halloween, you automatically think of vampires. In order not to go too much on the classic with some titles linked to Dracula, today they offer you Armata Strigoi which is a board game inspired by the exploits of the German power metal band, the Powerwolf. In this co-op your goal is to join forces and eliminate the two Strigoi (vampires) before they reach the blood point limit. So arm yourself with ash stakes, holy water and garlic necklaces, because the hunt is on!

  • Category: cooperative
  • Publisher: Pegasus games
  • Age: 14+
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • Players: 2-5

For two players | Best board games for Halloween

Rune

A strategy game, partly similar to dominoes, the aim of which is to conquer the greatest number of runes and make the highest score to win the game. Rune is never predictable or boring, it requires a good deal of reasoning and the game is always active, until the last second.

  • Category: card placement
  • Publisher: Little Rocket Games
  • Age: 8+
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Players: 2

7 – The Sins

It is true, 7-The Sins can be played with up to 5 players, but it is in this section of the guide because I find that even in two it works very well. Participants compete in a fight to the last sin, trying to make the highest score by accumulating the various types of sins trying to maintain a balance between them, without exceeding too much or totally ignoring some.

  • Category: card game
  • publisher:  GateOnGames
  • Age: 14+
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Players: 2-5

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With the family | Best board games for Halloween

Voodoo

Voodoo is perhaps one of the best known games, it is a nice party game where you have to throw curses on your opponents and try to be the first player to reach or exceed 11 points to win the game. A version of Chtulu has also been made of Voodoo, which is called Vudulhu. Currently there are also 4 expansions of the base game and 4 Voodoo dolls with extra cards included.

  • Category: party game
  • Publisher: Red Glove
  • Age: 8+
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Players: 3-6