Halloween is a brilliant time of the year. The best part is eating too many sugary snacks and dressing up as your favorite monster or character.
If you enjoy hosting Halloween parties then you should consider buying some Halloween board games. They are a great addition to any spooky get-together. You could even host a specific Halloween board game party.
If you need some inspiration on which board games to choose, fear not, we have got you covered! In this article, we have chosen five of the best Halloween board games. We included a mixture of games suitable for children and adults.
Hopefully, you will love these spooktastic games just as much as we do. So sink your teeth into our top choices!
Before you purchase a board game for Halloween, there are a few things that you should take into consideration.
The first and most important thing to consider is how much a board game costs. You will want to choose the best board game for you in the price range that you have.
The majority of board games will state on the packing what age rating they have. When it comes to Halloween board games, they may contain graphic or gory content that may not be suitable for younger family members. Given this, you should always stick to the recommended age.
The difficulty level of a board game is important. If you are choosing a board game for younger children, you will want to choose a game that is fairly easy to play and will keep them interested and entertained.
If you are looking for a quick or fun game to play, you may want to opt for an easier game. Often board games can last for quite a long time and usually the difficulty level will reflect this.
If you are looking for a game that is more of a challenge, look for one with a higher difficulty level.
Amount of Players
If you are looking for a game to purchase and play with a big group of people, a team game or one aimed at a group of people is the better option.
If you are looking for a smaller game to play with your family or a smaller group of friends, a game that has around four to eight players would be the best option. These games allow a smaller or larger number of people to play, without the overall game experience being impacted.
Length of Game
The length of the game is important. Before you purchase the game, you will want to roughly estimate how long you will want to spend playing the game. If you, your family and friends prefer to play board games for a long period, then a longer game would be great.
However, if you are hosting a party, perhaps you will not want to spend all evening engrossed in a game. Given this, a shortened game or a game that can be played multiple times would be the better option.
While world-building and intricate games are fantastic, especially when they are horror based, they are not for everyone. Many people may prefer to purchase a quickfire game that can be enjoyed in around 15 to 30 minutes.
The majority of games will have the length of time it takes to play featured on the back of the packaging. We would recommend checking this out before purchasing. In addition, some games offer a shorter and a longer version of the game, which is the best of both worlds.
Type of Game
The type of game that you purchase is important. Before you purchase a game based on its name or packaging, we would recommend reading what the game is about in detail.
Board games are so popular and there are thousands of different options. The most popular types of board games include:
Roll and Move
These board games are particularly popular choices for children’s games as they are fairly easy to follow and play. They usually involve rolling dice and moving forward to win. They can include different cards or actions to take. These are the most traditional games, such as Monopoly.
While they do require some thinking, these games are mainly down to luck and the numbers rolled, rather than strategy.
Cooperative games rely heavily on teamwork and these games are usually aimed at larger groups of people. Often each player will have a different role to play for the team to win.
Some notable cooperative games include Pandemic which has become popular in recent years and Arkham Horror.
Secret Identity Games
These games are particularly fun to play at parties or with larger groups of people. They involve people playing undercover and pretending to be the characters that they do not deceive the other players.
Some of the more popular secret identity games include One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Secret Hitler.
Worker Placement Games
These games can also be called “action drafting” and they are typically quite strategic and they usually can last for a good amount of time. These games include Lords of Waterdeep and A Feast For Odin.
It is important to choose the correct type of board game for the Halloween occasion and then once you have narrowed down the type of board games you want to play your options will become a lot easier. We have included a wide range of different board games in this article to appeal to different types of board gamers.
Can The Game Be Played More Than Once?
The majority of board games can be played many times.
However, there are some limitations to board games. For example, detective and murder mystery games are becoming more popular. While these games are great they often just feature one solution and once you have played it once you cannot play it again. This is important toconsider if you are looking for a game that can be played multiple times.
The interest of a game is important and you should always choose a game that is going to appeal to the interests of the people playing it. This ties in well with the age range as you will want to ensure that the people intended to play it are going to enjoy it.
For example, some people will prefer shorter games and others longer. When purchasing a game for children, typically shorter games are likely to be the better option. Given this, you should consider who is going to play the game before purchasing it.
Are the instructions easy?
In addition to the difficulty level of the game, the instructions are just as important to consider. We would recommend researching the game to see if there is a detailed instruction manual to read with the game.
While the majority of games will include an instruction manual some are easier to understand than others. If the game is fairly easy to play or you have played it before then this may not be so important.
But with a new game easy and clear instructions are essential in helping you to understand how to play the game as a whole.
How well is the game made?
How well the game is made is equally important as you will not want any of the pieces or the board itself to damage quickly. You should always consider the types of pieces and equipment that come with the game to ensure that they are made well.
If the board game comes with spare parts, this is also useful, especially if you lose any of the original pieces.