5 spooky board games for Halloween

It’s the perfect time of year to release horror movie soundtracks (or Barry Manilow, isn’t it), cosplay, and create a spooky-themed board game or five. Here are 5 board games that haven’t yet made my annual Spooktacular Halloween board game list. You can check out the 2021 spooky roster here.

1) Kill Doctor Lucky (Cheapass games, 3-8 players)

If you’re a fan of CLUE (the game and/or the movie), then Kill Doctor Lucky is a no-brainer. Everybody hates Doctor Lucky. They all have a motive for killing him. But instead of working together, everyone wants to be the ONLY one to kill the “good” doctor. In this quirky game, players move their pawn around the board, gathering weapons in hopes of finding themselves alone in a room with the old bastard so they can assassinate him. Once a murder is attempted, the other players have a chance to choose whether to try to stop the murderer by playing failure cards. If enough are played (which depends on the murder weapon), the murder is foiled and the doctor lives. Eventually someone will become strong enough to complete the task. He always dies! There’s quite a bit of laughs and a bit of strategy, but the game is perfect for spooky season.

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2) Rest In Peace (Blue Cocker Games, 2 players)

This two player game is a bit of a war to control a series of mansions and mansions by unleashing the most powerful ghosts. Sounds heavy, right? It’s not. Basically, players will move through a series of locations in which they will fight, one location at a time. Players each have their own set of 21 cards. Both bridges are identical. They draw a hand of cards and move back and forth playing cards from their hands with numbers ranging from 1 to 6. Once both players pass in succession, whoever has the highest total ghost value wins that slot. Then players move on to the next battle using only their remaining cards. Once a player gains a certain number of slots, they win the game. Rest In Peace provides meaningful decisions regarding hand management and when to concede a battle to win a future one. It also has beautiful Halloween-themed artwork. If you have a playmate who likes to mix it up a bit, this one is worth checking out.

3) My Father’s Job (Renegade Games, 2-4 players)

If you want to guide three generations of mad scientists through performing gruesome experiments, interacting with townsfolk, building your estate, and ultimately trying to complete your great-grandparent’s masterpiece, then the one -this is probably for you. The accompanying app offers tons of flavor in addition to worker placement/set collection/board building mechanics. That, combined with the legacy look, amazing miniatures and components, makes for as immersive a Halloween experience as it gets. This game is overflowing with theme. I played through a gen with a friend recently, and I have to say I’m hooked. It’s expensive, but wow! If you like role-playing games as well as board games, I think you will definitely be blown away by My Father’s Work.

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4) Disney – The Haunted Mansion: Call Of The Spirits (Funko Games, 2-6 players)

I picked this one on a whim, as I love the Disney ride the game is based on. The game is a pretty straightforward scenery collection experience, but it kind of evokes the feel of the ride. The artwork on the cards is fantastic. It’s very accessible if you want to play this one with your family. We recently played a 4 player game with friends and had a great time. There’s a bit of a catch to this, as the hitchhiking ghosts move around and cause havoc. They make you draw haunting cards that can cost you a bunch of points if you have the most late game. And while the gameplay is simple, there are enough decisions to make it worthwhile for any Disney fan who is also a board gamer. A great addition to the Spooktacular roster.

5) Zombie Dice – (Steve Jackson Games, 2+ players)

It’s an all-time classic. Really, I’m embarrassed he didn’t make the list sooner. Players are zombies trying to eat brains. The object of the game is to get to 13 brains as quickly as possible. There are 13 dice in the game, with greens having the best odds, yellows having average, and reds having the worst. On each turn, you draw 3 random dice and roll them. Brains are good, footsteps are a remake, and shotgun blasts are bad. If you didn’t get your third Shotgun Shot, you discard all Shotgun Shots and Brains you’ve gotten so far this turn. Then you roll three dice again. You can repeat this process or choose to end your turn and mark your brain. But if you land your third shotgun blast, you’re dead (again) and all the brains you stored this round are gone. It’s called pressing your luck, and it’s an “explosion.” A quick and fun way to spend part of your game night, especially at Spooktober.

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Good, you have it now. I hope there is at least something on this list that you will check out and enjoy. Have a good Spooktober anyway. Be careful, have fun, subscribe to the Fenirob YouTube channel. and keep freaking out!

Rob Fenimore
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