This Year’s Spookiest Gaming Halloween Events
Halloween is just around the corner (yes, it is – Christmas soon too! Or is that ‘too soon’?), so it’s time for all the big games out there to strike up their creepy, kooky, ooky, and spooky events for the witching season! We thought it’d be good to keep track of all the big Halloween gaming celebrations in one handy list, so you don’t get too scared. There’s some big new names this year, as well as some returning classics. Please, do have nightmares…
Rocket League – Haunted Hallows & Stranger Things tie-in
Rocket League is back with its traditional Haunted Hallows event, but for this year developer Psyonix is giving the car-soccer game a twist in the form of a tie-in with the Stranger Things TV show. The event kicks off pretty early – this Monday October 14th, in fact – as players battle to earn Candy Corn on the pitch, which they can exchange for goodies in the store. Everything will have a Stranger Things flavour – from the items earned to a sinister Upside Down remix of the Farmstead arena. It looks fun, if you like Stranger Things…
Team Fortress 2 – Scream Fortress XI
The 11th annual ‘Scream Fortress’ Halloween event for Valve’s online shooter has already begun. The event adds special Halloween-themed cosmetics, a special spooky menu, and even some special community maps. The traditional Soul Gargoyles are already in place, which allow you access to a special themed set of Halloween Contracts and Merasmissions. There’s plenty of Unusual Hats, too.
Borderlands 3 – Bloody Harvest
Borderlands 3 has only just arrived, but developer Gearbox has already revealed the special Halloween event coming soon – Bloody Harvest, which was originally a paid expansion to Borderlands 2, now a free event for the latest game. Players will encounter Haunted enemies which must be killed to gain Hecktoplasm, and if you collect enough of this you’ll gain access to the new area – and a special boss, Captain Haunt. There will be various rewards, including new skins and weapons. The only downside is, we don’t know when it’ll start.
Apex Legends – Fight or Fright & Shadowfall
It’s weird to think that Apex Legends only launched this year, so this is the first Halloween event for the game! The event is called ‘Fight or Fright’ and it’ll introduce a new game mode called Shadowfall. At the start of one of these matches, players drop into a night-time version of King’s Canyon – and getting killed turns players into zombies, as part of an undead ‘Shadow Squad’. Zombies can’t shoot but can move and jump fast, and the match continues until 10 players are left – who then have to survive until evac. The event starts this Tuesday October 15th.
Fortnite – Fortnitemares 2019
Fortnite will be back with its annual Fornitemares event this Halloween! Aaaaand that’s pretty much all we know officially right now. Season 11 is set to begin this weekend, however, and that’s the most likely starting point for the event – with just two weeks to go until Halloween. Expect a load of the funnest character skins in the game to make a reappearance, as well as plenty new ones – dataminers have uncovered skins such as Skull Trooper Neon, The Dark One, Ghoul Trooper, and our personal favourite: Slurp Creature. Should be fun!
Overwatch – Halloween Terror
The traditional Overwatch Halloween Terror event is coming back this year – and now you know as much as we do. Blizzard usually announces all the details of its Overwatch event a few days beforehand, but hasn’t done so yet – and we’ve already passed last year’s start date. However, Overwatch launches on Nintendo Switch on Tuesday October 15th, so we may hear more then. Expect spooky map makeovers, a new themed mode, and a load of great new skins!
Pokemon Go – Halloween Event 2019
Pokemon Go has held a Halloween event every year since it launched, and it’s finally teasing its 2019 event. It’s probably due to start around October 21st, so a bit later than most of the others on this list. If previous years are anything to go by, we can expect a load of Dark and Ghost-type Pokemon to appear, maybe even from Gen 5 this time around. We may even get a new Legendary too, perhaps even Darkrai? We’ll find out soon, hopefully.
Destiny 2 – Festival of the Lost
The annual Festival of the Lost Destiny 2 Halloween event will begin the latest of all the games here – October 29th, although it’ll run until November 19th. However, this is the first one to run with Bungie out from under Activision’s publishing banner, so the developer may change things up a little this year. Either way, expect new quests, items, and consumables.