Best Family Board Games To Play This Halloween – TheGamer

Best Family Board Games To Play This Halloween – TheGamer

If you want a spooky board game night, here are some great family-friendly choices.
It's that time of year when things get really spooky. Picking out our costumes, planning the perfect Halloween parties, and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters. The perfect Halloween get-together with your friends and family must have great food, suitably monstrous music and films to set the mood, and of course, amazingly frightful games.
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We've pulled together some top picks of family-friendly games to play this Halloween, with options for all ages so that everyone can get involved. We've got all the information you need right here, including how many players each game requires, as well as age suitability.
With the recent launch of Hocus Pocus 2, it's the perfect time to get reacquainted with the Sanderson sisters in this brilliant board game from Ravensburger. If your family tends to bicker when it comes to games, the great thing about Hocus Pocus The Game is that it's all about cooperation, and players must work together to thwart the evil schemes of Winifred, Sarah, and Mary.
In order to save the children of Salem, players must use their potion ingredient cards in the cauldron, matching five cards either by color, item, or both, in order to stun one of the witches so they can't cast any spells. Successfully stunning a witch will bring the sunrise token forward, and the aim of the game is to make the sun rise before you run out of ingredient cards. Certain ingredient cards have the spellbook symbol, meaning that a spell might ruin your plans, but if the witch casting the spell has been stunned, then you can breathe a sigh of relief!
There are additional rules that come into play, for example, the Thackery Binx symbol means the last person to play a card with this symbol can show the other players their hand, allowing you to better strategize how to beat those witches. There are also trick tokens, such as Billy Butcherson, allowing you to choose not to play an ingredient card that turn.
If you love Hocus Pocus, this game is a must. The artwork is beautiful, the cards and tokens are well-made, including a little wooden Binx figure, and the whole game is presented in a box that looks like Book. The rules are simple enough to get to grips with while still offering a challenge for players.
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If you're looking for a suitably spooky game for gamers who are a little younger, or that has a shorter play time, Disney's Return of the Headless Horseman Game is a great option. Big Disney fans will recognize this game is based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment in the 1949 Disney short titled The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
This game also requires cooperation from players, as you have to work together as a team to outrun the Headless Horseman, but the simple gameplay makes it easy for younger players to participate and feel involved. The instructions also include details on how to lower the required strategy or make the game more challenging, so you can adapt the rules and gameplay to better fit your team. This game is super easy to set up and the bright character tokens, spinning tree, and colorful cards make it fun and easy for little hands to play.
The aim of the game is to get Ichabod to the bridge, with each playing drawing cards and aiming to match numbers to move Ichabod across the board. However, if Ichabod gets scared, you have to flip one of the Scare Tokens, and once all four are face up, the Headless Horseman wins. The Headless Horseman moves each turn too, and should he catch up to Ichabod, that'll result in another Scare Token being flipped. Don't lose your head!
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If you want a hauntingly good board game for Halloween that offers an out-of-the-box idea — in that it quite literally pops out of the box — Ghost Castle is a super fun option. Players take on the role of paranormal investigators checking out the haunted castle, and then find themselves racing to escape from Count Spooksalot.
Each player must navigate through the castle, overcoming very real traps, such as balls falling down the stairs and knocking characters down, and aim to escape. The whole family can enjoy this game, including younger players, but it definitely takes an adult to set it up the first time as it's quite finicky to put together in places. This is definitely a fun, quirky game to play if you want something that runs a little longer in play time.
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If you want to be the one doing the scaring, then Five Nights At Freddy's – Night Of Frights! Game puts you in the role of one of the creepy animal animatronics that kids (and plenty of adults) seem to absolutely adore. Players must traverse the board collecting pizza and cake, avoiding the cameras, and using their special abilities to out-scare their competitors, all with the aim of being the first to capture the security guard.
The game box is fittingly made to look like a pizza box and comes with four character figurines for players to choose from — Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Freddy Fazbear. If you have Five Nights At Freddy's fans in your household, this game is a great contender for your Halloween party that pits players against one another and allows them to take on the role of their favourite scarer.
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Alright, we admit it. We're such big fans of Hocus Pocus that we just had to include both games on this list. Maybe the witches put a spell on us. If you want something a little easier to take with you to your Halloween party, Disney's Hocus Pocus Tricks & Wits Card Game is easy to pick up and play. Players are divided into two teams — the kids versus the Sanderson sister witches — and it's a battle to see who can get the spellbook before the Black Flame Candle burns out completely.
There are six rounds per game, with each player playing an Action card per round. All players reveal their cards at the same time and then proceed to complete the tasks in number order, which will involve rolling the dice and adding and removing Hocus Pocus cards into their team's Stash (a max of three cards). After each round, you move the black flame down, and once the candle has burned out at the end of all six rounds, it's time to reveal the winner.
The team that has the Book Hocus Pocus card is the winner unless the other team managed to snag both Special Hocus Pocus cards, in which case they steal the win. This game is super simple to learn, and fans of Hocus Pocus will adore it. It comes in an easy-to-pack little box, features well-made cards and tokens, and has a gorgeous glittery 12-sided dice.
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The spookiest spot in any Disney park is undoubtedly the Haunted Mansion, so bring that spooky vibe home with Disney's The Haunted Mansion Call Of The Spirits Game. Fans of the beloved ride will adore the references and stunning artwork imagery that ties into the park attraction.
The whole board game is so well-made, with delightful figurines, a gorgeous board, and cute little cards. The Hitchhiking Ghosts figurine in the Magic Kingdom Park Edition glows in the dark for an ever spooooookier touch. (This special edition also features imagery of the mansion from Walt Disney World rather than the Disneyland version in the base game as an added touch for collectors.)
Players compete against one another to roam the board and socialize with ghosts, collecting ghost cards to make different sets worth points. The aim of the game is to be the player with the most points at the end of the game. However, you'll have to watch out for Haunt cards that must be drawn when the Hitchhiking Ghosts visit the room you are in, as the most haunted player will lose points.
There's a lot to learn and a few mechanics to get the hang of with this game, so it's worth having an adult going through the game at least once if you intend for the kids to play by themselves. Once you overcome your initial test playthrough and you've learned the basics, Disney's The Haunted Mansion Call Of The Spirits Game will likely be a firm favorite in any Disney-loving household.
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Most tabletop game fans will recommend One Night Ultimate Werewolf, but we think One Night Ultimate Vampire is equally fang-tastic. The best thing about this game is that it's quick and easy to play and can accommodate up to ten players.
There is an app you can use to help you play, and while it's not mandatory, we highly recommend using the app to take your gameplay to the next level. This game can be played by itself, or can be combined with other One Night games for an even bigger battle and mystery to solve.
Each player takes on the role of one of the characters, which they keep secret from other players, and everyone has a special ability to use to their advantage. Once the night phase passes (which is better using the app) then you have five minutes to discuss what happened and try to discover who among you is secretly a vampire. It only takes unmasking one vampire for the villagers to win, but if they are unsuccessful, the vampires win!
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