Best Horror Board Games

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the autumn atmosphere, the colors, the smells, the weather, there is few other times of year that I feel so happy and so inspired. It just so happens that there are also a heap of great scary board games to compliment this oh so scary time of year. These are in my opinion the best horror board games to play with family and friends this Halloween.

Game Players Cost Time Age Spooky
Betrayal at House on the Hill 3-6 High 60 min 12+ High
Clue (Cluedo) 3-6 Med 45 min 8+ Low
One Night Ultimate Warewolf 3-10 Med 10 min 8+ Med
Pandemic 2-4 High 45 min 10+ Med
Gloom the card game 2-4 Med 45 min 10+ High
Arkham Horror 1-8 High 2-3 hr 12+ High
Mysterium 2-7 High 45 min 10+ Med

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill Review

Players: 3-6

Time: 60 minutes

Cost: High

As I have stated before on this website this is one of my favorite board games off all time. The board game is dripping with atmosphere and the 52 horror inspired scenarios are a devilish delight to experience. While not all scenarios are balanced equally, they all have that classic horror movie flair that makes this game such a great experience from a role playing perspective. I would highly recommended Betrayal at house on the hill to play this Halloween.

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Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Players: 3-6

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: Medium

Clue is a great classic board game to play this Halloween. Trying to solve the mystery of Mr. Black’s murder is always a fun puzzle to try and solve before the other players. While less of a horror board game than it is a detective board game, the rich history and themes of the original Clue more than qualify it as a Halloween board game in my books.

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One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf review

Players: 3-10

Time: 10 minutes

Price: Medium

If you are looking for a bluffing horror themed card game to play this Halloween then One night Ultimate Werewolf is the game for you. It’s a game that pits the villagers against an unknown amount of werewolf enemies who are in turn trying to shift the blame from them onto an innocent villager. This is a great quick card game that is great for those larger groups of friends to play together.

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Pandemic Review

Players: 2-4

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: High

It’s you and your team against the game in this epic battle for the survival of humanity. In the game Pandemic there is only one way to win and many ways to lose as you try to work together to cure all the diseases before it’s too late. While not strictly horror in theme Pandemic definitely gives me that apocalyptic/end of the world vibe that I definitely associate with Halloween.

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Gloom Card Game

Gloom card game review

Players: 2-4

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: Medium

Have you ever wanted to play a card game where the entire premise is to make your family as miserable as possible and then kill them? Well if so get some help but in the meantime do I have the game for you! Gloom is a horror card game where the object of the game is to make the members of your respective families as miserable as possible and then kill them for more points while trying to make other players families as happy as they can be. With its classic Tim Burton art style and dark Gothic themes Gloom is the perfect card game to play with the family this Halloween season.

Arkham Horror

arkham horror third edition review

Players: 1-8

Time: 2-3 hours

Cost: High

Arkham horror is a cooperative board game that is set in the 1920s. You play as one of 16 investigators who are trying to work together to stop the gates opening and the rise of a great monster. This is definitely among the more intense board games on this list but it is well worth the time and energy to play as I have never felt so on edge while playing a game of this magnetite. Arkham horror is certainly one of the best horror board games that you can play this Halloween.


mysterium review

Players: 2-7

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: High

Mysterium is a cooperative mystery board game where the players are trying to figure out what happened to a silent ghost before they passed. One player acts as this poor unfortunate soul who can only communicate through sending visions to the other players. These psychic players are trying to form these clues together to help them reconstruct the events that led up to the ghost’s demise. This is a great Halloween board game that places emphasis on the spooky atmosphere and your ability to read and understand clues that the ghost gives. I definitely recommend it this spooky season.

Finding the best Halloween Board Games

And those are my current favorite horror board games to play this Halloween. While there are not all strictly horror in theme they all give me that shot of spooky spirit that I love during the this time of year. Let me know of there are any Halloween board games that I have missed so I can look them up myself and potentially add them to this list! Stay Spooky!

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