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Board games are an easy way to add some excitement to your Halloween party. No matter what the atmosphere looks like, a fun board game can act as an ice breaker that brings guests closer — as long as things don’t get too competitive. Whether you’re planning a party or attending one, Halloween gives you the perfect excuse to step up your board game collection. For horror lovers, fright fans, and experts of spooky season, we collected a list of awesome Halloween board games for adults, and a few options for a family-friendly game night. From ghost hunting to witch hunts, werewolves, and murder mysteries, game night will never be the same.

Most of the games listed require at least two players, others are for larger groups, and all of them are available on Amazon — which offers free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members (click here for a free 30-day trial). If you’re looking for additional gaming options, check out our roundup of trivia games for movie lovers. Below, see our picks for nearly a dozen of the spookiest, ghoulish, and ghostly board games that will deliver hours of laughter and fun.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Board Game

Werewolves and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly. And this year, Halloween falls about a week after the full moon so the timing couldn’t be better to give this board game a try. The object of One Night Ultimate Werewolf is simply to expose the werewolves. Each player gets a card that secretly assigns them a special role with special abilities (Werewolf, Seer, Troublemaker, etc.) that will help either find the werewolves or keep them hidden. The game moves pretty fast — the whole thing takes place in about 10 minutes, meaning you can play multiple rounds back to back. There are no eliminations in the game but players have just 5 minutes to figure out who the werewolves are. The game is designed for three to 10 players, ages eight and up.

Salem 1692 Witch Hunt Board Game

We’ve covered Werewolves, now on to witches. If accusing friends of witchcraft sounds like a fun pastime, you might just fall in love with Salem 1962. The object of this addictive game is to hunt down the witches in Salem, or risk becoming the hunted. Players gather cards to accuse (or defend) other players/potential witches. Each player starts the game with five Tryal cards, one of which will be revealed if they receive enough witch accusations. To survive: Play your cards right, be strategic, and figure out who to trust. The villagers of Salem win the game once all the Tryal cards are found. The game is for 4-12 players (ages 13+), and lasts 20-40 minutes.

Mysterium Board Game

Mysterium comes highly recommended with a near-perfect customer rating on Amazon. The board game is set at Warwick Manor in 1920s Scotland where the ghost of a murdered servant haunts the grounds. But it’s up to psychic investigators to solve the crime so that the ghost can rest in peace. One player takes on the ghostly role and tries to lead investigators to their culprit. The other players are psychic investigators tasked with deciphering messages (left by the ghost through nightly vision cards) to determine the weapon, location, and most importantly: The killer. This game is recommended for ages 10 and up, and is designed for two to seven players.

Monopoly “It” Board Game

You can’t really go wrong with Monopoly. It’s been around for ages, and magically brings out the competitive side in just about everyone. With MONOPOLY: IT, players buy, sell, and trade real estate in the town of Derry, Maine. The game features special pieces inspired by the 2017 horror film such as an Inhaler, Paper Boat, Richie’s Glasses, Eddie’s Cast, and a Bicycle. The board also includes horrifying locations from the film.

Nightmare Horror Adventures

Do you like murder mysteries? Nightmare Horror Adventures is an immersive game that lasts for up to two hours, and is designed for four to five players (ages 16+). In the game, one player returns home to the family mansion where their parents were brutally murdered 15 years earlier. Players work as a team to solve the cold case murder mystery but nothing is as it seems in this game so you’ll have to watch your back. While you’re investigating these gruesome slayings, another player is secretly sabotaging the investigation. In order to win the game, you must prevent your own death while attempting to solve the murder mystery. If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, check out this frightful subscription boxes.

The Haunted Mansion Board Game

Disney-up your game night with this two-to-four player game inspired by the beloved Haunted Mansion ride. Roam the Endless Hallway to contact the Happy Haunts living in the house (of course, you’ll still have to beware of hitchhiking ghosts so they don’t follow you home). You’ll be able to explore all the manor’s many rooms, including the Ballroom, Attic, Graveyard, and beyond — even Madame Leota’s Séance Room. Collect Ghost cards in sets — each set is worth a different point value — in this game suitable for players aged nine and up. Each game should take around 30 minutes to play.

Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar

Another board game that puts your sleuthing skills to the test. In “Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar,” players decode ciphers, piece together clues, pay attention to details, and consider all of the evidence to solve the murder of a local dive bar owner. The game comes with a box of props that includes an autopsy report, witness testimonials, and items collected at the “crime scene.” The game lasts for up to an hour, and can accommodate up to five players ages 14 and older.

Horror Trivia Card Game

Put your knowledge of horror movies to the test, and test your friends, with the Horror Trivia Card Game. It’s a pretty straight forward game that comprises a variety of questions covering classic and modern horror, with a mixture of easy and challenging questions for the horror novice and die-hard fans. Players must survive the night by answering at least two ghoulish questions correctly to collect weapon cards. The first player (or team) to collect three different weapons cards wins. Playing time is around 20 minutes. The game is for adults and teens (ages 13 and older,) and includes 150 cards with 300 questions and answers.

Don’t Get Stabbed! Card Game

The name says it all. Don’t Get Stabbed is a card game that lets you kill your friends and family (for pretend, of course). The premise sounds gory but multiple customer reviews noted that the game is easy to learn and fun to play. Inspired by horror flicks from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, this light-hearted card game is perfect for a Halloween party. To play, one person gets elected as the killer, while the remaining players are “victims.” The killer wins by slaying all the victims, but the victims win by escaping. Victims can decide to team up and play together, or go at it alone. Each player takes turns drawing a card from the deck, which are separated into four categories (if a player draws three “stab” cards, they die). Action cards in the deck can be used to avoid stabbings, and players can trade two matching cards for a vehicle card — but if the killer draws a stab card they’re allowed to put it back in the deck wherever they want. The killer can also use combine the cards to stop victims from escaping.

Eldritch Horror Board Game

Eldritch Horror is a fantasy adventure board game based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft. In the game, players will travel the globe, defeat foul monsters, transport to other worlds, and unravel mysteries before the clock runs out (and the world ends). On average, the Eldritch Horror Board Game can last anywhere from two to four hours. The game is for ages 14 and up, and designed for up to eight players.

Greater than Games Medium Mind-Reading Party Game

It’s time to harness your intuition! Are you up for the challenge? The focus of Medium-Mind Reading Party Game is for players to work in pairs, act as “psychic mediums,” and read each other’s minds. To start, one player selects a card featuring a specific word. After the second player pulls their own card, both players must meld minds and attempt to find the “Medium,” which is the word that connects the two cards. The goal is to say the same word at the same time. This 30-45 minute card game includes over 270 Medium cards, 54 Mind Meld tokens, 16 ESP cards, 16 Divide cards, and three Crystal Ball cards. The game is designed for two to eight players, ages 14+ and older.

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