It’s Spooky Season and you know what that means — it’s time to find a fun and scary tabletop game to play with your friends. Start mulling that cider and light the pumpkin spice candle because we’re giving you a list of our top five favorite spooky games to play this October.
The Addams Family: A Delightfully Frightful Creepy Board Game
Some families want to go on picnics, but the Addams family wants to go to the swamp. Play as Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, Wednesday, Grannie Frump, Lurch, or Uncle Fester to take a break from the Addams mansion to get outside. It’s a game that literally encourages pushing and shouting, so you know you’re in for a good night. Play on the Wednesday before Halloween for the best effect.
Welcome to the nihilistic part of the blog. Nothing matters — only suffering and sorrow. Nothing, that is, except Gloom, a game where suffering scores you points. The entire Gloom series is a brilliant RPG created by Keith Baker and has won multiple awards. The toughest decision shouldn’t be whether to play it — it’s what version you should play.
Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game
Witches, unite! Well…. kind of. In the Hocus Pocus game, you’re actually working together to stop the Sanderson sisters from making their potion. But we’re sure you could homebrew some rules to play as the witches if you felt bewitched by the idea. This might just be the most family-friendly game on our list — especially if you have sisters.
13 Dead End Drive
It’s a game with traps that are designed to kill you. What’s not spooky about that? 13 Dead End Drive also features one of the most adorable board game characters in existence: Poopsie, Aunt Agatha’s adorable (but sadistic) Persian cat. There’s also an upgraded version of the game called 1313 Dead End Drive which features more heirs and different booby traps.
Scooby Doo in Betrayal at Mystery Mansion
Don’t come for us! Scooby Doo can be spooky too. This game builds on episodes, characters, and monsters from the classic tv show. Play as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred to solve the mystery, collect evidence and learn what’s really going on. And the best part of gameplay? You get to say “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!”