Skip to content

Best Spooky Board Games to Play This Halloween (2023)

As the leaves turn and the chill of autumn creeps in, there’s no better time to gather around the table with friends and family for a spine-tingling board game night. This Halloween season, we’ve unearthed a crypt full of the spookiest and most immersive board games that will transport you to eerie realms, challenge your wits, and send shivers down your spine. Whether you’re a fan of haunted houses, supernatural mysteries, zombies, or plain old horror, these games are designed to make your Halloween game nights unforgettable. So, light a few candles, dim the lights, and prepare for a thrilling adventure into the world of the best spooky board games.

The Best Spooky Board Games to Play this Halloween

Important Note:

All board game reviews and ratings from “A Pair of Meeples” are entirely based on the game at two players. You can learn more about our rating system by clicking below.


This post may contain affiliate links so we might receive compensation if you sign up for or purchase products linked to below. As an Amazon Associate, we can earn from qualifying purchases.

The first half of this list focuses on games that work well with two players and sometimes even one, while the second includes games that shine with more players. This list of best Halloween board games is in no particular order as they all fill quite different spots in terms of gameplay, mechanics, and theme.

Horrified

Best Spooky Board Games To Play This Halloween : Horrified

Game Details

  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 60 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Good replayability because of the unique monsters
  • Easy to learn and teach, even for new gamers
  • The difficulty is very scalable
  • Good and consistent tension

This cooperative game might be the absolute best game to play to get you in the spirit of Halloween.  Horrified has players working together to fight of some of the most famous monsters from films. TV and books.  Each monster has its own unique characteristics making them all feel a little different to play against.

Even better is there are now three different versions of this game allowing you and your gaming partners to pick the monsters you’re most interested in. You can find our full review of the game here: Horrified Two Player Review

Universal Monsters

Ravensburger Horrified: Universal Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

American Monsters

Ravensburger Horrified: American Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

Greek
Monsters

Ravensburger Horrified: Greek Monsters Cooperative Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

Jekyll vs. Hyde

Best Spooky Halloween Board Games : Jekyll vs. Hyde

Game Details

  • Players: 2
  • Playtime: 30 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: No

The Good

  • Excellent theme and art that perfectly plays into the gameplay
  • Asymmetric players and their goals add a lot to the game and make it very unique and highly replayable, while still feeling quite balanced
  • Quick and easy to teach and play
  • Feels like a truly modern take on trick taking

This is a pretty new trick taking game for two players that is an absolute blast to play and definitely fulfills that spooky vibe as one player tries to maintain their sanity and identity as the other tries to rip it apart and cause chaos. This is one of our new favorites and is perfect for fans of the genre and those who want a quick little card game for just two players.

Jekyll vs. Hyde is exciting, fun, extremely deep, highly replayable, and yet still has all the familiarity of any old trick taking game.  Where others have failed to hold our attention for even a full round, this one keeps us coming back for seconds and thirds and it doesn’t appear that will change even potentially after hundreds of play.

Jekyll vs. Hyde Game Review

Arkham Horror The Card Game

Many would consider this the best cooperative horror card game of all time with one of the biggest fan bases in the hobby. It is an LCG deck builder so it can become quite the investment if you really want to get the full experience of the game by being enough sets, scenarios and expansions.

Players will take on the roles of investigators, battling eldritch horrors and unraveling mysteries, as they progress through evolving campaigns, making strategic decisions, and managing their decks to confront the unknown.


Game Details

  • Players: 1-2
  • Playtime: 60-120 Minutes
  • Complexity: High
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Immersive storytelling with an excellent horror theme
  • High replay value especially if you continue to add to the game
  • Cooperative play.
  • One of the best deck builders out there

Mansions of Madness

This is typically considered the essential Horror board game.  Mansions of Madness provides a cooperative experience that has players take on the roles of investigators solving mysteries, exploring eerie locations, and facing supernatural terrors.

It is unique in the sense that it uses a digital companion app that in a way acts as the Dungeon Master for a game. It works well and adds an element of unpredictability and storytelling to the game.


Game Details

  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 120-180 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • A game that actually tells a story with very thematic gameplay.
  • High-quality components and detailed miniatures.
  • Unique companion app that enhances gameplay and makes it simpler
  • Lots of expansions to add more variety and replayability

Hocus Pocus

This family-friendly card game is very easy to play and get to the table. It’s great as a filler game or perfect when your gaming partners are a little younger. It’s cooperative and quite unique in the way it works.

It’s quite thematic too, with players working together to stop the Sanderson witches from completing their wicked potion and ruining Halloween in Salem. So it’s perfect to play while you put the classic Halloween movie on in the background.


Game Details

  • Players: 2-6
  • Playtime: 30 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Perfect for fans of this popular Halloween Disney movie
  • Suitable for family and friends of all ages
  • Thematic elements capture the spirit of the film
  • Easy to learn and play

Alien: Fate of the Nostromo

This is another very easy to play gateway game that has a theme that many Horror fans are already quite fond of. This cooperative game has players take on the roles of Nostromo’s crew, struggling to survive against the relentless Xenomorph as they uncover the mysteries aboard the doomed spaceship, capturing the tense and horrifying atmosphere of the movie.

This game might be too easy for some, especially with only two players, and not the most replayable but it does have some fan made expansions that help with that.


Game Details

  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 45-60 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Easy to learn and play
  • Provides excellent tension at times
  • Pretty thematic and great for fans of the film

Gloom

This card game isn’t necessarily scary or spooky, but it definitely is macabre.  In gloom players will be trying to make their families as miserable as possible by having the most horrible things happen them, even death.  If you’re a fan of dark and subtle humor this is a perfect game to play during the Halloween season.

Just the transparent cards make this game super unique but the theme and concept make it an even more “one of a kind” game. It does take imaginative players who are willing to delve into the story a little to fully enjoy this one.


Game Details

  • Players: 2-5
  • Playtime: 60 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: No

The Good

  • A super unique game in terms of theme and mechanisms
  • Super easy to learn and play but is a little long for what it is
  • Can be funny with the right players
  • There are expansions that can add more variety to the game

Patchwork Halloween

This version of Patchwork might be a little hard to find, but for the board game collector, there’s no other game that hits Halloween board game more on the nose.

So easy to learn and good for any skill level, Patchwork still offers a lot for more experienced players who want to perfect strategies and go deeper.  Even after countless plays, the puzzle is still there, and trying to figure out the right pieces to get and how to place them together is fun and satisfying.

Patchwork Review

Game Details

  • Players: 2
  • Playtime: 30 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: No

The Good

  • Easy to learn and hard to forget
  • Fairly quick games
  • Decent quality and pieces
  • Intricate puzzle with unique tile selection mechanism

Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu

You know we are huge fans of Pandemic (Pandemic Two Player Review) so we couldn’t leave out this horror themed version.

“Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu” is a Lovecraftian-themed variant of the classic Pandemic board game. Players must work together to stop the rise of the Great Old One, Cthulhu, by investigating cults, sealing portals, and preventing the spread of madness, all while dealing with the looming dread of cosmic horror in a tense and cooperative gaming experience.


Game Details

  • Players: 2-4
  • Playtime: 40 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Fairly easy to learn especially if your already familiar with Pandemic
  • Well-done art and components that contribute to the theme
  • Quite replayable just like the original
  • Fans of the theme will like this if they also like Pandemic

Murder Mystery The Night Hunter

In this immersive board game, players join a special Bureau tasked with solving a series of gruesome murders reminiscent of The Night Hunter’s reign of terror from two decades ago. With over 100 unique components and a companion website featuring audio and video evidence, players must gather clues, interrogate witnesses, and uncover the truth before the killer strikes again, exploring a complex web of mystery and suspense.

You can see our full review for this game here: The Night Hunter Game Review – Murder Mystery Party


Game Details

  • Players: 1+
  • Playtime: 240-300
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Good story that’s well laid out for players to progress through
  • Feels pretty polished compared to other games in this genre
  • Lots of evidence and tools to make the game feel like a complete experience
  • A good puzzle overall that’s quite well thought out.

Nemesis Lockdown

The grandaddy of horror survival board games! This game is definitely meant for more experienced players and that’s no surprise given its price. If you’re willing to front the cost though Nemesis provides some of the most thematic tension-filled game nights possible.

Even though this is the sequel to the original, it’s the only one widely available and still provides a great experience. If you’re a fan of the theme and heavy into the hobby you can’t go wrong with this one.


Game Details

  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 60-120 Minutes
  • Complexity: High
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Extremely thematic
  • Very story focused with each game feeling different from the last
  • Excellent art, components and gameplay that contribute to the theme
  • One of the most fun board games when played with the right group.

The More the Scarier…

Best Halloween Board Games for more players

All of the above spooky Halloween games were those that we feel work quite well with as few as two players and maybe even sometimes just one. The rest of this list includes those that shine with more players!

One Night Werewolf

This is one of the best board games to pull out for Halloween and one of the best party games in general. The first time we played One Night Ultimate Werewolf we played for the entire night, we were having that much fun.

It’s so easy to play with new players making it much easier to get enough people at the table. It does take the right group to full enjoy though, requiring players who are good at being creative and telling stories.


Game Details

  • Players: 3-10
  • Playtime: 10 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: No

The Good

  • Super easy to play, even for new players
  • App works really well and basically teaches the game as you play
  • A game that is super fun with the right players
  • Lots of expansions and addons that can increase the replayability

Betrayal at House on the Hill

This is a game that borders between being a party game and an actual board game.  Games can occasionally break and it might be a little hard to get to the table for what it is, but with the right people it can provide one of the most fun game night experiences as long as people care less about winning and strictly following the rules and focus more on the story and having fun.


Game Details

  • Players: 3-6
  • Playtime: 60 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Very replayable with 50 different haunts
  • The traitor mechanic adds a lot of variety, tension and excitement
  • Pretty fun story if players get into it
  • Feels like your exploring a new haunted house every time

Mysterium

In the board game “Mysterium,” players collaborate to solve a murder mystery. One player takes on the role of a ghost, providing abstract visual and symbolic clues to guide the other players, who are psychics, in unraveling the mystery and identifying the murderer, location, and murder weapon.

This game is super easy to play almost to the point you could put it in front of new players and just start playing without explaining anything. It is a very social game which is perfect for a Halloween board game night. It is a little more light hearted and less dark than some of the other games on this list.


Game Details

  • Players: 2-7
  • Playtime: 45 Minutes
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Extremely easy to learn, teach, and play
  • Strong theme with gameplay, art and components all adding to it
  • Scales well with player count
  • A very social game that has players discussing and communicating a lot

Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter is a cooperative and semi-cooperative survival board game set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Players must work together to achieve a common goal, all while dealing with their own secret objectives and the constant threat of betrayal, creating a tense and gripping game of survival and trust.

If zombies don’t scream Halloween we don’t know what else does. This game is definitely best enjoyed with a fair number of players due to the hidden role aspects of the game.


Game Details

  • Players: 2-5
  • Playtime: 60-120 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Semi-cooperative

The Good

  • Multiple objectives and traitor mechanics keep gameplay dynamic and replayable.
  • Pretty fun with the right group
  • Pretty good tension with the possibility of a traitor among you
  • The artwork, gameplay and components convey the theme well

Rear Window

Rear Window: The Game is a cooperative board game inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film of the same title. Players take on the role of characters in the film, working together to solve a series of mysteries by observing and interpreting the actions of their neighbors in a race against time before the story’s climax.

This game is quite similar to Mysterium, but a bit more streamlined in terms of gameplay. If your a big fan of classic horror films though, this might be the better of the two for you.


Game Details

  • Players: 3-5
  • Playtime: 45
  • Complexity: Low
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • A very social game requiring a lot of communication and discussion
  • Very streamlined and easy and quick to play.
  • Portrays the theme well with all aspects making sense

The Thing Infection at Outpost 31

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is a board game based on John Carpenter’s classic movie. Players work together to identify the alien imitators among them while managing limited resources and facing intense paranoia and distrust in an atmospheric and suspenseful game of survival.

This game provides excellent tension and captures the feeling of the classic horror film very well. This is a game that is definitely best enjoyed with as many players as possible to get the most out of each round.


Game Details

  • Players: 4-8
  • Playtime: 60-120 Minutes
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Co-op: Yes

The Good

  • Excellent ever-rising tension due to a hidden traitor mechanic
  • A fun social deduction game
  • Very thematic and captures the feeling of the film quite well
  • Very replayable with each game feeling different from the last

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *