The Best Halloween Video Game Events of 2016

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Just because you’ve outgrown trick-or-treating doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of Halloween fun to look forward to each October. You just celebrate the season a little differently. Halloween parties, for example, get a LOT more interesting once you get a little older. For gamers, October means one thing: Halloween events in their favorite games. Here’s a list of the best Halloween video game events to get you in the mood to celebrate the season.

Overwatch – Halloween Terror

Halloween comes to Overwatch in the form over 100 new themed items, including Epic and Legendary skins, victory poses, sprays, emotes, and highlight intros. These new Halloween Terror event items can be obtained through glowing jack-o’-lantern versions of Loot Boxes that you can earn or purchase with in-game currency. There is also a new PvE co-op Brawl mode called Junkenstein’s Revenge. In the new Horde-like mode, four players work together to battle waves of enemies and Halloween-themed NPC versions of Overwatch heroes like Reaper, Roadhog, and Junkrat. The Overwatch Halloween Terror event runs until Nov. 1.

Grand Theft Auto Online – Lost vs. Damned and More

GTA Online Halloween event LCC Sanctus Motorcycle

Los Santos celebrates Halloween in style! While the city’s name means “the saints,” there is plenty of mischief for sinners to get up to during the GTA Online Halloween event. First up, the new Lost Vs. Damned Adversary mode pits teams of Angels and Demons against each other in a unique mode that plays with day and night cycles to provide buffs and scoring opportunities for each team. There is also an all-new LCC Santus Motorcycle with a skull motif that is sure to make Ghost Rider himself jealous. Rounding out the event are tons of unlockable in-game items, double GTA$ and RP opportunities, sales, and more. You can get the Grand Theft Auto Online Halloween event items until Nov. 15, but dates vary for some of the other events, so make sure to check out the official blog for full details.

Paragon – Shadow’s Eve

Agora gets into the Halloween spirit with the Paragon Shadow’s Eve event. During the event, you can show off with a variety of themed hero skins. Anyone who plays can equip a free Dock-o-Lantern Murdock skin. You can permanently unlock the skin by linking your Twitch account anytime during the event. All six Shadow’s Eve skins (Sweet Dreams Khaimera, Feline Queen Sparrow, Mephisto Gideon, Skull-Bot Twinblast, Spider Witch Belica, Franken-Grux) are available as part of a special holiday bundle. The Paragon Shadow’s Eve event runs until Nov. 6.

The Elder Scrolls Online – The Witches Festival


The first holiday event to come to The Elder Scrolls Online promises “gruesome goodies, terrifying treasures, and awesome achievements.” During the event, you can participate in a quest chain that ultimately rewards you with an item that grants you and your party with an Undead buff for two hours. While the buff is active, killing boss monsters will earn you tons of holiday loot, including masks, recipes, and more. The ESO Witches Festival runs until Nov. 1.

World of Warcraft & Heroes of the Storm – Hallow’s End

Hallow’s End has become an annual tradition in Blizzard games at this point, and 2016 is no exception. In World of Warcraft, the Headless Horseman has returned to wreak havoc on Azeroth. Fortunately, heroes from across the land have answered the call and taken the fight to him in the Scarlet Monastery’s Graveyard as part of a special event Dungeon. Innkeepers in Azeroth, Northrend, Pandaria, Outland, Draenor, and the Broken Isles are also passing out treats redeemable for themed items. This year’s new items include an Exquisite Grommash costume, a wand that gives party members the appearance of a Banshee, and Ominous Pet Treats that consume your pet with the power of the Void. WoW‘s Hallow’s End event runs until Nov. 1

Over in the Nexus, Heroes of the Storm celebrates Hallow’s End with an XP bonus event, a new event quest with a Deputy Valla portrait reward, and special bundles featuring Halloween-themed Heroes and Mounts. The Heroes of the Storm Hallow’s End event runs until Nov. 8.

Rocket League – Halloween Cosmetic Items


In addition to bringing back last year’s Halloween items, Rocket League is revving up for the season by introduces a slew of new themed cosmetic items to trick out your rocket car. These include a Bone King and lovable Ghost Topper, a Fuzzy Skull antenna ball, and a Netherworld Rocket Trail (seen above). All of the items are available as random drops. The Rocket League Halloween event runs until Nov. 4.

Destiny – Festival of the Lost

The Festival of the Lost returns to Destiny for its third year. Festive decorations and music fill The Tower, Reef, and Iron Temple and previous Destiny Halloween event favorites such as paper masks and other vanity items make a return. There are various Festival of the Lost quests available from Eva Levante and Tyra Karn that grant event rewards. Even the Trials of Osiris PVP event has undergone a spooky makeover. Also, you may want to hold on to the Box of Raisins item you receive from Eric Morn, as they begin a secret quest for the Superblack shader.

At the Eververse Trading Company you can buy Treasures of the Lost loot boxes that grant masks, Bad Juju ornaments, a special Sparrow, Ghost shells, and various consumable goodies. You can also buy several limited edition Halloween-themed Emotes, including two new ones: Terrify and Howl.

Final Fantasy XIV – All Saints’ Wake

Final Fantasy Xiv Halloween All Saints Wake event

The Continental Circus returns to Hydaelyn to celebrate All Saints’ Wake. But something about the traveling troupe of masked actors seems off to an investigator from the Adventurers’ Guild, and he is enlisting your help to get to the bottom of things as part of a seasonal questline. This year’s Final Fantasy XIV Halloween event also includes several festive items, such as the Vampire’s Vest, a new minion, consumables, and several Orchestration Rolls. The All Saint’s Wake event runs until Nov. 1.

ARK Survival Evolved – Fear Evolved 2

The popular Fear Evolved event returns to ARK: Survival Evolved. During the event, the ARK gets a Halloween makeover where zombies, living skelesaurus, and other spooky creatures roam the land. There are also a wealth of new in-game items to collect, as well as returning items from last year. ARK: Fear Evolved 2 runs until Nov. 6.

Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go Halloween

Ghosts are running wild in the Pokémon Go Halloween update, and it is your job to catch ’em all. During the event, you’ll see more Gengars, Haunters, Ghastlys, Zubats, Golbats, Drowzees, and Hypnos roaming your local neighborhoods. Additionally, every monster you capture will grant six candies instead of three and any Pokémon you transfer will create two extra candies instead of just one. Now if they could just drop more Lures…

Did we miss your favorite Halloween game event? Let us know on Twitter @getfandom. Be sure to check back in a few weeks for our 2016 Holiday Video Game Event roundup.

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