Meanwhile, people stay inside watching seasonal movies while eating caramelized apples and planning their Halloween costumes. Others switch from their usual video entertainment and immerse themselves in the world of horror video games.
As a streamer, this is your opportunity to capitalize on the season’s festivities. Even if you don’t usually participate in cosplay, dress up and engage with your audience by playing games they want to enjoy for Halloween.
We have compiled a list of 31 games that you can play or stream over Halloween season. We have included both new and classic games to the list to meet the needs of all broadcasters and their communities. We hope you enjoy.
Whether you stream on Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Facebook Gaming, or another platform, you will find people who will want to play with you and appear on your stream. Here are a few popular games that streamers can play with their fans:
Dead By Daylight
Released in 2016 by Behavior Interactive, Dead by Daylight is available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch gamers. It is a 1vs4 online multiplayer game. One player is designated the killer who actively hunts to kill the other four. The four can’t fight their predator, only hide from them. The game ends when all four hunted killers either escape or are killed.
Streamers can play with select viewers either as the killer in a “Kill Your Friends” game or as a fellow survivor against a random killer in a “Survive with Friends” game.
Don’t Even Think
Don’t Even Think is a 2019 PS4 game brings a new look to the battle royale genre. This free-to-play PvP game pits humans and werewolves against each other. Each game starts with 24 players (separated into groups of three) and three werewolves. In addition to killing each other, players are supposed to be seeking out data spheres. Ultimately, the goal is to escape. Players can also choose to play as a werewolf.
As it stands, it will need a few updates to stand out against other battle royale games, and there is no way to create your own parties. This will hopefully change in the future to allow PS4 streamers to play with their viewers.
Dying Light / Dying Light 2
Dying Light was released in 2015 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Techland Publishing. This parkour-driven, action-packed game follows the player in an urban open-world environment. The game hosts more than 100 weapons with over 1,000 total weapon possibilities.
There is a day and night cycle in the game. Players must scavenge the world for sustenance and materials to repair their weapons. They can visit airdrops and save people reasonably easily during the day. At night, the zombies become more aggressive. There is a good reason to go out at night, as you get bonus experience from completing tasks which help develop your character.
There is a multiplayer aspect of the game where up to 4 players can play cooperatively.
Dying Light 2 was released in early 2020.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th was first released in 2017 by Gun Media. The game is based on the film franchise, Friday the 13th. In this asymmetrical multiplayer game, players can either play Jason Voorhees or camp counselors from Camp Crystal Lake. Up to 8 players can play at the same time. Jason’s goal is to kill the counselors before they can escape or the time runs out.
There are many different scenarios in the game. Some are based on the movies, and others are new. There are also five different semi-open world maps. Each corresponds to the place and time in a film. As you can make private matches, this is an excellent game for streamers to play with their following. The streamer should play the part of Jason; however, as trying to escape from someone watching your stream isn’t ideal entertainment.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan was released in August 2019 by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is available for Xbox One, PS4, and Microsoft Windows users. It is the first of eight games that the developer plans to release in “The Dark Pictures Anthology” franchise. It is a single or multi-player game.
Gamers play from the perspectives of one of five individuals who are trapped on the ghost ship, Ourang Medan, in the South Pacific. It is played in the third-person, and each player must make quick decisions based on their character’s “heart” or “head.” They can also choose to do nothing. The game will change based on the character’s decisions. There are portions of the game that must be done quickly to avoid facing the consequences for the players. There are multiple endings to the game based on the character’s decisions and actions.
Unfortunately, the multiplayer aspect of this game is a coop that requires all players to be using the same device, so streamers can’t play with their viewers. However, if you have one or two close friends in your area, consider dressing up for Halloween and live-streaming with them as your guests at a “mini-party.
Left 4 Dead / Left 4 Dead 2
Valve Corporation released Left 4 Dead in 2008. It is a first-person shooter that has multiplayer options. Players can choose to play cooperatively in a 4-player mode or against each other in an 8-player mode. Extra characters are filled with AI characters if no humans are available.
Left 4 Dead is a first-person shooter game in which characters strive to survive against zombies. Six different campaigns lead gamers through different maps. Each campaign has five chapters with a “safe room” (checkpoint) between them. There are several methods in which the character can go from one checkpoint to the next.
Left 4 Dead 2 was released in 2009 by Valve Corporation. It gave the audience new campaigns that alter slightly as the players make decisions in it. It can also be played in both single-player and multiplayer mode.
Single Player Games
If multi-player games aren’t your thing or you are still growing as a streamer, consider one the the following games:
Outlast / Outlast 2
Outlast is a first-person game that was released in 2013 by Red Barrels. The game is available for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch Players. The gamer plays the role of a journalist who must attempt to escape a psychiatric hospital. He must avoid the attacks of the patients who are trying to kill him. He is unable to fight back and must rely on tactics to stay hidden and safe.
Outlast 2 follows the story of a journalist who survives a helicopter crash and must search for his wife in an Arizona desert. He must travel through a village full of insane cultists. The game was released in 2017 and is available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch players.
Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, the game Conarium allows the player to embody one of four scientists challenging the forces of nature. The game was released in June 2017 by Iceberg Interactive. Gamers play from a first-person perspective as they navigate an Antarctic base, solving puzzles to unlock the mystery of the fates of the other members of the expedition. The game is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One gamers.
7 Days to Die
7 Days to Die is a game that blends several genres. It was released in 2016 by Telltale Publishing and is available for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and Ps4 gamers. The game takes place after WWIII in a fictional county in Arizona. The player must survive by looting, crafting, hunting, and other activities. As their character progresses, they must fight off zombies. The object of the game is to stay alive. It combines elements of RPG, FPS, and tower-defense games.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia was released in 2010 by Frictional Games. It can be played on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Gamers who enjoy interactive puzzles may like this game. Players control a man who must avoid monsters while exploring a dark castle. Both his health and sanity must be carefully watched and managed. Even the darkness can mess with his sanity. Players must learn to balance several things to help the character through the game.
Bioshock / Bioshock 2
The first Bioshock game was released in August 2007 by 2K Boston and 2K Australia. This role-playing-game quickly became very popular because it allowed the player to make moral-based decisions. The game takes place in the underwater city, Rapture. The player inhabits the perspective of the game’s protagonist, Jack, as he moves through the city, completing specific challenges.
Bioshock 2 was released in 2010. In this sequel, players again explore Rapture, this time with the perspective of Subject Delta, a Big Daddy prototype based on the first game. Big daddies are genetically modified humans that have been spliced into heavily armored diving suits. Bioshock 2 also offers a multi-player mode.
Bioshock has been remastered and re-released as late as 2017.
The Forest was released in 2018 by Endnight Games Ltd. It is a survivor-horror game where the player must stay alive in an open-world full of mutants. The clan is full of people who appear to be nearly human, but are cannibalistic. Gamers must gather food, chop wood, and craft weapons made by found materials. The graphics in the world are spectacular and the storyline is dark and intriguing.
SOMA was released on September 22, 2015, by Frictional Games. It is available for PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One users. In the underwater research facility known as PATHOS-II, players must search for clues related to the overall mission. They must traverse the facility with stealth to avoid encountering monsters that will kill them. Players must solve puzzles to stay alive in this psychological thriller!
Resident Evil Franchise
The Resident Evil Franchise was first released in 1996 by Capcom and the franchise has continued to expand ever since. Players must fight against the evil Umbrella corporation as well as characters that can transform into zombies or other monsters. The games build on each other to give more information to the story as the world is developed.
The games have also become stronger as more options and actions have been introduced. The games are playable on a variety of consoles and all offer something different for the gamer. The franchise has also inspired comic books, novels, and movies.
Blair Witch is a physiological horror game that was based on the film The Blair Witch Project. Released in 2019 by Lionsgate Games, Blair Witch can be played by Microsoft Windows and Xbox One users. The game is played from the first-person perspective of a police officer (and his dog, Bullet) who enters the Black Hills Forest to search for a missing boy.
The player must solve puzzles found along the way, presented to them through dolls, found footage, cassettes, and photos. Players can explore the world (semi-open) and locate abandoned structures in the forest. The game can end in four (plus one secret) ways.
Silent Hill Franchise
The Silent Hill Franchise began with the release of the first game in 1999 by Konami Digital Entertainment. The last one was published in 2012 with 12 games in all. Except for two, the games all take place in the fictional town of Silent Hill. Each game follows a different character (in third person view) with a different quest. The characters can sometimes slip into the “Otherworld” where the laws of the universe are changed. They often become delusional and see strange things in the Otherworld.
Players must survive creature evasions with weapons while they seek to solve the puzzles in the games. There are various ways each game can end. The games are filled with strange and terrifying scenes that are perfect for this time of the year.
Evil Within / Evil Within 2
Tango Gameworks developed The Evil Within and released it in 2014. It is available for Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One gamers. It is a survival-horror game that is played in the third-person perspective. Players must gather supplies, learn to avoid traps, and learn to fight to survive in this game. Players can also find collectibles that will be stored in the “safe house,” a place where the gamer can travel to upgrade or save the game.
The game can change depending on the actions of the player, resulting in various outcomes. Players must use the different weapons and find ammunition (if necessary) to down their enemies. Light them on fire to ensure that they don’t revive and come after you again. Character models, weapons, and other features are unlocked after completing the game.
The Evil Within 2 was released in 2017. In this game, players must search the world to rescue the character’s daughter. The game has three levels of difficulty, and the map is larger than the one in the first game. Players must complete objectives while looking for resources and crafting weapons.
Limbo was released in July 2013 by Playdead. It is available on several platforms. The grayscale, two-dimensional game has very few ambient sounds that make for an eerie gaming experience. Gamers operate a little boy through a world that has several hazards while they solve puzzles to reach the next checkpoint. Most players will die multiple times before finally finishing the game.
The game is fun to play and very beautiful to watch. It would make for a stunning stream. Consider filming yourself in grayscale as well for these episodes.
Stela is an Indie horror game that was released in October 2019. It is similar in game-play to Limbo (see above) where the player moved the character in a two-dimensional world to overcome puzzles. If you aren’t into the grayscale look of Limbo, you may enjoy Stela more. It is a shorter game so you can easily finish it within the length of an average broadcast.
Darkness Within / Darkness Within 2
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder is a first-person horror-adventure game developed by Zoetrope Interactive and released in 2007. This psychological thriller takes place in Wellsmorth, a fictional place reminiscent of Lovecraft novels. Players must solve the murder of a wealthy man who was involved with the occult. As things get darker, you must determine what is “real” within the game and what is your character’s fictional imaginings.
Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage was released in 2010. Gamers again play the part of Howard Loreid, the police detective from the first game. In this game, the player must deal with paranormal experiences based on his own past.
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Ghouls and Ghosts was released in 1988 by Capcom. It is a side-scrolling platform game where the character must defeat levels full of zombies and demons. The protagonist, Arthur, can find and equip different weapons and armor along the way to help him in his quest. There are five levels to this game and a final boss level, Lucifer’s Chamber.
Until Dawn is a third-person interactive horror game that was published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2015, it is available to PS4 gamers. The player controls eight characters who need to survive the night on Blackwood Mountain. Every action and decision made can alter the events of the storyline. There is an auto-save feature that disables the ability to load from before a decision is made. Players must live with the outcome of their choices.
There are hundreds of alternate endings that will be generated based on the character’s choices. As there are so many endings, streamers can play this game with their viewers with a small chance of spoilers. You can also include your viewers in the decision making on un-timed decisions.
Dead Island / Dead Island 2
Dead Island is an open-world RPG that was developed by Techland and released in 2011. It is played in the first-person perspective while gamers try to survive a large, zombie-infested island. Players must earn XP by killing zombies and completing tasks. When they level up, they can invest a point into leveling up a skill. The combat is melee-focused, and the weapons can be upgraded to increase power.
Castlevania was first released in 1986 by Konami for the NES. Since then, there have been several spin-offs that are available on most platforms. While the first game was a platform game, many of the spin-offs have used a different format. The games try to recreate the feeling of classic horror movies by introducing genre-typical monsters and storylines. Similarly to Resident Evil, the Franchise has inspired other products, including comic books and a toy line.
On the Brighter Side
If you want to get into the Halloween spirit, but don’t enjoy horror games with a lot of graphics and gore, consider the following:
Jackbox Games (Party Pack 3)
Viewers can play Jackbox Games with phones and tablets are popular pastimes for streamers and their viewers. With Party Pack Three, you get the game Trivia Murder Party. Players get to choose one of many dolls to use as their on-screen character. Players are instructed to draw pictures, answer questions, and more.
Goosebumps: The Game
Goosebumps: The Game was released in 2015 by Wayforward Technologies. The storyline in the game is supposed to have happened before the plot of the Goosebumps movie. The gamer chooses to play either a male or female character and must try to survive monsters as they escape from Goosebumps books. The game is based on the series by R.L. Stine.
LEGO Harry Potter Collection
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection is a LEGO-theme game that follows the plot-lines of the Harry Potter books. Years 1-4 was released in 2010 and Years 5-7 was released in 2011. The game is playable on a variety of devices. Players follow the story of Harry Potter as he goes to wizard school. Players must solve puzzles, sneak past Filch, and do well in classes in order to progress in the game. As players progress, they unlock new content which is available upon replaying earlier levels.
Plants vs. Zombies Franchise
Plants vs. Zombies has become a multi-game phenomenon. The original tower-defense game was released in 2009. Players plant an assortment of plants into gardens, then later on a roof. The plants have individual traits that help the player defend the house from zombies.
The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare games are third-person shooter and tower defense games. These versions allow players to play alone or with others. Players control the plants through waves of zombies. Players also have the chance to play as Dr. Zomboss or Crazy Dave in Boss Mode.
Virtual Reality Games
The rise of VR games has given the horror genre a new way to terrify their players. As you are fully engaged with the world in your game, the jump scares are real. Your viewers will love watching you react to your environment.
Affected The Manor
It has been stated that Affected the Manor is one of the best virtual reality experiences available. It was released in 2017 by Fallen Planet Studios. The goal of the game is to make it through a haunted house. As you experience the game in VR, things seem more real, and your reactions to things that happen in the environment are exaggerated. It makes for a fun viewing experience, especially if it is your first time through. There are four alternate endings and several paths through the home.
Five Nights at Freddies: Help Wanted
Based on the series of the same name, Friday Night at Freddie’s: Help Wanted is a VR game that was released in 2019 by ScottGames. The game has mini-games that are based on the FNAF universe. Since you are playing in a virtual-reality world, the jump-scares seem more real. To beat the game, you must overcome every mini-game in both regular mode and nightmare mode. Are you up for the challenge?
If you like to stream while you’re on the go, these are the games you should play during Halloween season.
Harry Potter Wizards Unite
Similar to Pokemon Go, Harry Potter Wizards Unite encourages people to go out into the real world to fight dark wizards and find magical objects. To make the game interesting for your viewers, dress up as your favorite character from the series and go out with friends near or on Halloween night. Be careful not to give away any personal information that might enable malicious viewers to find out where you live.
Regardless of your usual genre and style, there is a “spooky” version of your favorite game out there waiting for you. What is your favorite Halloween game to play? Leave your answer in the comments below.