Halloween is one of the most awaited holidays in the world which originates from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhin (pronounced like sah-win).
Celts believed that on October 31 the borders between our world and the world of the dead are ruined, so dead people could come to live and cause a lot of trouble to living beings.
The main feature of Halloween is a spooky dressing. Draculas, Ghosts and Witches are coming in the streets and go from home to home and do the trick-or-treating. It’s one of the most important traditions besides the carved pumpkins and monsters… but what about scariest board games with zombies and monsters?
Friends and fans of boardgameking! You know that the most special event is close… Yes, this is Halloween! We prepared the best horror themed board games for you! So, here are our top ten horror board games! We present you the best horror board games for Halloween which will help you to feel the scariest experience in your entire life!
Top 10 horror board games for happy Halloween
10. Elder Sign
1-8 Players • Ages 13+ • 90 minutes to play
It’s a cooperative game with supernatural setting for one to eight players by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, who designed the Arkham Horror. Players are the investigators who must stop the return of the Ancient One. To win the game, they must use their abilities and equipment to locate the Elder Signs, the symbols which used to seal away the Ancient Ones…
9. Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game
2-6 Players • Ages 12+ • 90 minutes to play
It is a survival horror board game where a team of four heroes is controlled by one group of players and the Zombies are controlled by one or two players. Each character has its own special abilities. The board is modular and it changes the layout of the town and starting positions of each character. The game comes with some scenarios, which include the survival itself, rescue and escape. Different combinations of heroes, scenarios, and board configurations offer a lot of opportunities in the gameplay. Also, the good bonus for this game is a CD Soundtrack with original thematic music.
8. Ultimate Werewolf
5-68 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-90 minutes to play
The action is happening in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Each player has a secret role – Werewolf, Villager, or Seer. Also, there is a Moderator who controls the game process. The game setting changes between night and day phases. At night, the Werewolves are secretly choosing a Villager to kill (smells like Mafia). The Seer asks if another player is a Werewolf or not. Villagers win when they have killed all Werewolves and werewolves win if there is an equal number of villagers and werewolves.
7. Letters from Whitechapel
2-6 Players • Ages 12+ • 120 minutes to play
Letters from Whitechapel plays in 90-150 minutes. One player is the notorious Jack the Ripper and his goal is to kill five victims before he is caught. The other players are police detectives and they must cooperate to catch Jack the Ripper before the game ends. The game board represents the Whitechapel area at the time of Jack the Ripper and it is marked with 199 numbered circles which are linked together by dotted lines.
2-5 Players • Ages 12+ • 45-210 minutes to play
This is a meta-cooperative survival game with psychological elements. This means that players work together as a team to reach victory condition, but for each of the players to achieve victory he must also complete his personal secret mission. This secret mission can relate to a psychological stuff that’s quite harmless to most others in the colony, dangerous obsession that can put the mission at risk, desire for sabotage the mission or vengeance against the whole colony!
1-6 Players • Ages 13+ • 60 minutes to play
This is a co-operative game where players are survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Each of them has unique abilities. Zombies in this game are predictable, stupid but deadly. They are controlled by simple rules and a deck of cards. Unfortunately for you, that you are always outnumbered. You must find weapons, kill more and more zombies and get new skills!
4. Betrayal at House on the Hill
3-6 Players • Ages 13+ • 60 minutes to play
This is a tile game where players can build their own haunted house room by room, creating a new exciting game board every time. The game is designed for three to six people, each of whom plays one of six available characters. One of them betrays the rest and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor before it’s too late!
3. Mansions of Madness
2-5 Players • Ages 13+ • 120 minutes to play
Mansions of Madness is a game of horror, insanity and mysteries for 2 to 5 players. Each game takes place within a pre-designed story that provides the unique map and several combinations of threads. These threads affect the monsters that investigators may encounter, clues they need to find and which climactic story ending they will experience. One player is the keeper who controls the monsters and other dark powers. The other players are investigators and they are search for answers while struggling to survive.
2-5 Players • Ages 12+ • 120-180 minutes to play
Dracula has returned! He wants to control all the Europe by creating the empire of Vampires… He uses a location cards deck to travel through Europe secretly, leaving a trail of encounters and events for the hunters that chase him. Meanwhile, the hunters are attempting to track and destroy him using the limited information available to them.
And here comes our Number one!
The best Halloween board game according to boardgameking.com is Arkham Horror!
1-8 Players • Ages 12+ • 120-240 minutes to play
It is a cooperative adventure game which is themed around Cthulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft. Players are going to choose from 16 Investigators and walk the streets of Arkham. During the course the game process players will upgrade their characters by purchasing the weapons, allies and etc. It’s up to them to clean out the streets of Arkham by fighting many different monsters… but their main goal is to close portals to other world that are opening around the town!
So, here are the 10 best horror board games! It was a great experience to write about these best scary board games and we would like to know which your top Halloween board games are? Leave comments, subscribe and we’ll see your list of the best Halloween board games! Feel free to propose your best horror board game you’ve ever played!
Good day, folks! Some time ago, we had a top 10 dedicated to board games for Halloween and now it’s time to renew it with suggested board games from our readers! Halloween is one of the most favorite holidays all around the world and a good board game can give you the scary vibrations. You just need to gather your family and friends at your table and play some of the games from our top 10’s! Enjoy!
A Touch of Evil
2-8 Players • Ages 12+ • 90 minutes to play
Touch of Evil establishes the 19th century in its dawn – science development and a lot of mysteries and witchcraft. The air is haunted and full of fear… Can you hear this strange howling? Stay focused! There are cruel murderers walking in the street and they want to take your life away from you! But still… Everything depends on you. You have a small group of heroes who came into the city to clear the streets from evil. They are all different but they will have to face the darkness together as a team! Shadowbrook is almost in the hands of evil creatures but there is still hope. Will they make this happen? With you help, they are able to stop this threat and save the city! We’ll see how good you are…
2-4 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-60 minutes to play
It’s time for some magic potions practice! In that game, you will have to pass the Potion class final exam. To do this, you just need to follow simple rules – use the dispenser to take an ingredient marble from it. Connecting the identical marbles will cause the explosion. Moreover, you need to complete your potions using the marbles and drink these potions to discover the magical power they give. To win the Student of the Year award, you will need more than just being quick but also you will have to craft the most useful potion in the Potion Explosion board game!
2-5 Players • Ages 10+ • 30-75 minutes to play
That game will give a challenge to you for sure! Besides a lot of luck, you will need a successful hand management and many other skills like logic. It is played during 7 rounds, where there are 4 turns. During a round, players select 4 out of their 10 role cards at the same time and then they take turns playing one role at a time. Each role is presented with a brave and cowardly action. The brave one is stronger, but it takes a risk, because another player can steal the action from you in the process. The cowardly action is safer, but there is a lack of force. Are you able to bluff all of your opponents?
The Bloody Inn
1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 30-60 minutes to play
That game is about greediness and covering up the truth. The game setting takes place in France in the little village called Peyrebeille. There are a lot travelers passing through and a greedy rural family decided to make the fortune by Investing in an inn so they can rob the guests with impunity. But there is one thing – no one’s getting out off this Inn alive and you will have to hide the bodies! Of course, you can pile the bodies but what if the police is going to catch you? By the way, you can use a little help of other visitors which is even more fun!
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