Though the "big two" holidays are coming in November and December, the end of October is always a fun time for kids and adults. Though Halloween is generally associated with trick-or-treating, costume parties, and haunted houses, there is a fourth option you can enjoy on All Hallow's Eve: playing video games. It may not be the most popular option, but there are plenty of reasons why you should put away the candy bowl and pull out the controller this Halloween.
It'll Keep You Off the Roads
The unfortunate reality is that the scariest place to be on Halloween is not inside a haunted house, but on a public road. Just like New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day, Halloween is one of the biggest "drinking" holidays on the calendar, and the amount of drunk driving accidents that occur on this day is quite high as a result. The good news? Staying home and playing games is a safe way to both enjoy the holiday and avoid any potentially dangerous situations on the roads. Though this point is a bit of a downer, safety is something we should all think about on Halloween.
You've Got a Lot to Choose From
The horror genre definitely isn't short on content. No matter what kind of gamer you are, there is a horror game that will suit your needs. Like atmosphere and creepy settings? Try a game from the Dead Space series. Love cooperative multiplayer? Left 4 Dead has got you covered. Looking for something with some RPG flair? Dead Island will satisfy your fix. Even if you don't want something too scary, you can check out something like Plants vs. Zombies, which features the undead but is far from scary.
It's an Excuse to Turn out the Lights
Keeping the lights on during Halloween can attract hungry trick-or-treaters from all over the neighborhood. However, the built-in deterrent to avoid this madness is to turn out the lights. And rather than sitting in the dark reading your favorite ghost story with a flashlight, you can play a spooky game. Not only will you be entertained, but you won't hear that dreadful knocking every few minutes.
It's Not a Bad Group Activity
Horror games certainly won't replace the likes of Dance Central or Mario Kart any time soon as great party games. However, they can still be surprisingly fun to play in groups, especially on Halloween. Only one person will have the controller, but your friends can help you look for lurking creepers, solve puzzles, and navigate complicated areas. And if that doesn't sound like a good time to you, there are plenty of multiplayer horror games, like Resident Evil 5, House of the Dead: Overkill, and Left 4 Dead that can get everyone involved. Even if you don't have friends close by, games like Dead Rising 2 and Dead Space 2 have online modes that you can play with other gamers celebrating Halloween across the globe.
Horror Games are Most Effective on Spooky Nights
Horror games come out all year round, but there's one night we can appreciate them the most: Halloween. No matter what your personal beliefs are about the supernatural, I don't think anyone can help feeling just a little bit spooky when Halloween rolls around. And what better way is there to capitalize on that feeling than by playing a scary video game? Even if you don't find zombies all that scary or Necromorphs all that gross, you might change your mind when the lights are turned off, the sound is cranked up, and the moon is high on Halloween night.
If you don't have any Halloween plans already, why not pop in a scary game and celebrate the holiday a new way? You never know, it might become a new tradition in your home. Just make sure to wash your hands before taking that controller. Candy corn sure is sticky!
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*