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7 Board Games That Are Perfect for Spooky Season

published Oct 20, 2021
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With Halloween just a couple weeks away, there’s no better way to get into the spooky spirit than with the help of some Halloween-inspired board games.

Whether you are looking for a fun way to add a little scariness to game night or a murderous undertone to an adults-only soiree, these seven board games will have you solving murders (your own included), inviting ghosts and spirits into your home, and practicing witchcraft — if you dare!

Sure, this whodunit game was probably your favorite back when you were a kid. But it’s just as much fun as an adult. The nostalgia factor of this retro-version is enough to make you put down your iPhone for an evening of fun. Did Colonel Mustard do it the kitchen with a revolver, or was it Miss Peacock with the candlestick in the lounge? Alexa doesn’t have the answer so you will have to sit down with a group of friends and figure it out yourself. 

Ask a question, any question and wait for the Mystifying Oracle to answer. This classic game has been creeping people out since the 19th century. While some people are skeptical, maintaining that mischievous friends and family are responsible for moving the plastic indicator message, there must be some spiritual aspect to it, or the game wouldn’t still be haunting players over a century years later. 

In this party game, you get to kill your friends and family — for pretend of course! Inspired by the iconic horror movies of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, one person is chosen as the killer and the rest as victims. As the killer attempts to eliminate everyone, victims try to escape their fate by drawing cards, many of which feature hilarious references from your favorite horror flicks. 

If you look forward to watching Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy cast spells every Halloween season, then Ravensburger’s Disney Hocus Pocus game will be perfectly spellbinding. It’s up to you to stop the Sanderson sisters from casting their wicked spells against Salem’s children, but you have to play your cards right. 

Navigating a haunted mansion has never been so fun with this game for children and adults alike! Move around the rooms of the ghost-inhabited home, collecting matching ghost cards and steering clear of the Hitchhiking Ghosts, who might be the end of you. 

You are dead, and now it’s time to find out who has killed you. In this creative game, your spirit is restless and won’t calm down until you figure out boo-dunnit, with what weapon, and why they wanted you offed. It’s like Clue, but a bit more… ghostly.

Being bad has never felt so good — or been this much fun. Choose your favorite sinister Disney villain from Captain Hook, Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, Queen of Hearts, and Prince John, then put your devious abilities to work to outsmart your opponents.