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It’s that time again for another list of games that will make your game night extra creep-tastic. During the month of October, I’m always looking for an excuse to host a game night with friends and family. So put on a spooky soundtrack and let’s grab some new games for this Halloween season.

Dracula’s Feast

Publisher: Jellybean Games
Number of Players: 4 – 8
Play time: 15 – 20 minutes
Kid friendly? 10+

Your lovable blood sucking friend Dracula has invited everyone over for a party. 4 to 8 players will get an identity card in a red envelope. Players are trying to keep their identity secret while deducing who everyone else is at the table. Players answer questions by passing “wisper cards” to the question asker. Someone may say “Are you the Zombie?” and you have to answer with one of these cards. You can also ask another player to dance. If they choose to dance with you,Purchase Horrified on Amazon you’ll share your identity cards.

Dracula’s Feast is a medium-weight deduction game that feel like a step up from something like One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Each identity has a special ability which is really cool. Some are special win conditions, require you to respond in specific ways or give you an extra turn. If a player feels like they know the identity of everyone at the table, they can accuse and assign identity cards to each player and hope you’re correct.

The artwork in Dracula’s Feast is both hilarious and disturbing which I love. The game is currently getting a second printing but you can grab the print & play right now. There are lots of reasons to RSVP for Dracula’s party.

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Publisher: Ravensburger
Number of Players: 1 – 5
Play time: 60 minutes
Kid friendly? 8+

A cooperative game starring the Universal Movie Monsters! It’s like my childhood dreams have come true. Plus I still have a soft spot for the ridiculous 80’s movie Monster Squad. Horrified is a 2019 release from Prospero Hall a design collective that has had their hand in games like Villainous, Bob Ross: The Art of Chill, Jaws and probably half of the games available at Target.

Players are tasked with ridding the town of classic horror monsters like The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and more. The game has adjustable difficulty levels that will keep players coming back for a harder challenge. In Horrified, each player has a unique character with a perk card as you keep the monsters from terrifying the town. This game can be deceptive because those monsters love to attack helpless villagers and the players around the table. If you’re a classic movie monster fan like myself or are looking for a great co-op for the family, Horrified is going to be a great addition to your game shelf.

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Welcome To… expansions

Publisher: Deep Water Games
Number of Players: 1 – 100
Play time: 30 minutes
Kid friendly? Yes

Welcome To… was one of my most played games of 2018 and still one of my favorite “flip & write” (roll & write) games on the market. Since the Halloween season is upon us, let’s shake up our town with two Welcome To… expansions that are perfect for your game night.

First up is the Halloween expansion. When building houses in this expansion, players can choose between tricks or treats within the neighborhood. You’ll want to pay attention to your neighbors because bonuses are only given to the first player who claims them at the different milestones on your sheet. This expansion comes with 3 new city plan cards that can be used during the game. Welcome To… Halloween will get a lot of play this October!

Since zombies and Halloween go hand-in-hand, let’s talk about Welcome To… Outbreak. This expansion has players building barricades and collecting bullets to protect the neighborhood from brain munchers. New zombie cards are added to the mix which will advance the zombies that are loitering at the ends of each of the streets. Players can build a barricade instead of a fence or collect bullets as they invest in the real estate track. Only the most resourceful neighborhood will thrive when the zombies come to town.

Purchase the Halloween expansion on Amazon | Purchase the Outbreak expansion on Amazon

Campy Creatures 2nd Edition

Publisher: Keymaster Games
Number of Players: 3 – 5
Play time: 40 minutes
Kid friendly? Teens or older
Full Review of 1st Edition

Keymaster Games has made Campy Creatures even better this year with a second edition of the game along with a new expansion. Even if you missed the Kickstarter at the end of 2018, you can now get a copy of this game that is even better than before.

Campy Creatures 2nd Edition adds an end of round mechanic based on location cards that are randomly pulled during setup. After each of the 3 rounds of the game, the player who collected the most “location” icons will receive a special bonus. With over a dozen location cards, it will be rare to play the same game twice. This new edition gives you a larger Clash-O-Meter, a huge improvement from the original which we mentioned in our review. The cardboard tokens were also replaced with excellent wooden pieces.

The first expansion for the game introduces 4 new creatures: The Tarantula, Man-Eating Plant, Rogue Robot and The Monster. Each of these add variety to the game and each bring something new to the cast of monsters from the original. The expansion also comes with 2 new Mortals and 3 new locations. If you are at all intrigued by Campy Creatures or enjoyed the original game, it’s worth every penny to pick up all this new campy goodness.

Purchase Campy Creatures 2nd Edition on Amazon | Purchase Campy Creatures Expansion I on Amazon

The Grimm Masquerade

Publisher: Skybound Games / Druid City Games
Number of Players: 2 – 5
Play time: 30 – 40 minutes
Kid friendly? 8+
Full Review

Some very notable characters have gathered for the ball that the Beast is hosting. The Grimm Masquerade is a deduction game that has become one of our favorite releases of 2019. Over the course of 3 rounds, players are collecting and giving artifacts to the players in the game. Each player is given a secret identity card that has a bane artifact and a boon artifact on the card.

A player wins the round by collecting 3 of their boon artifacts. If they ever recieve 2 bane artifacts, they reveal who they are and play the role of a ghost for the rest of the round. The Grimm Masquerade works so well and our family loves the fact that no one at the table has to lie to win the game. Paying attention to the other players collections will clue you into which character they are at the party.

The game has loads of replay-ability because the game has a couple modules that can be added to the game as you understand the rules more. If you’re hosting a game night this Halloween season, I cannot think of a more solid choice than The Grimm Masquerade.

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Noises at Night

Publisher: B&B Game Studio
Number of Players: 2 – 4
Play time: 20 minutes
Kid friendly? Yes
Full Review

Dim the lights and add some creepy music. We’re investigating those strange noises that are happening throughout the house. While Noises at Night pitches itself as a deduction game, it really works much better if you go in knowing that it’s more of a set collection game with some deduction thrown in.

You’ll play two clue cards from your hand each turn, adding them into the various rooms in the middle of the table. Players are trying to play the cards that match their secret identity without drawing too much attention to which character they may be. You want to use the room’s unique abilities to tip things in your favor. Noises at Night is beautifully illustrated and the game is just the right weight for families that have 8-12 year old at the table.

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Monster Slaughter

Publisher: Ankama Games
Number of Players: 2 – 5
Play time: 60+ minutes
Kid friendly? Teens or older

Instead trying to rid the world of horrible monsters, what if we ourselves are the monsters? In Monster Slaughter players are manage a family of mummies, serial killers, werewolves, vampires or other classic monsters. You’ll get two adult monsters and a child monster that are all focused on killing the unsuspecting teens that have wondered into your cabin. Each monstrous team has skills and abilities that will help with this task.

As you locate the teens in the different rooms of the cabin, players will earn points for hurting and eventually “taking out” the teenagers. Die rolls will determine damage and special weapons that you find throughout the house will thwart the plans of your fellow monsters. The game is filled with miniatures, excellent illustrations and the production value is top-notch. Monster Slaughter is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and leans into every horror trope you can think of. While the price point is high on this one, the box is filled to the brim with minis and components that horror fans will love.

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Looking for more Halloween gaming goodness? Check out our features from 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Ryan Gutowski

I'm a huge fan of strategy games and pretty much anything that involves "city building". My love of board games goes back to my childhood and passion for building relationships with others.

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