Halloween 2019: All The Biggest Game Updates And Events (UPDATED)
Halloween is that weird time of the year when the trickiest of treats and creepiest of crawlies emerge to the most welcoming of arms. Also, there’s an absurd amount of pumpkin spice and candy corn. That being said, the month-long season of spooky also gives gamers a bevy of new updates and downloadable content inspired by the haunted holiday ahead. We’ve compiled many of the biggest and most goosebump-inspiring additions the gaming medium has to offer in October–all of which can be viewed in the list below.
Anthem – ‘Season of the Skulls’
Surprise! Anthem is getting an update for its first-ever Halloween proceedings and Fort Tarsis is getting a welcome overhaul while officially kick off the chilling Halloween ceremonies. The big feature of this event is the availability of skins themed around BioWare’s Mass Effect, giving players the ability to dress-up their armor with Krogan, Turan, Asari, and Quarian races from the intergalactic saga. Sure, there’s the return of The Cataclysm, new Freeplay events, and a heft of lore, but, you know… Mass Effect stuff.
Anthem’s Season of the Skulls event is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Apex Legends – ‘Fight or Fright’
Apex Legends has been releasing content left and right as of late, though Respawn appears to have another drop on their hands–albeit with a much more nightmarish inclination. Following weeks of leaks, an event called Fight or Fright promises to bing a host of neat treats to the battle royale shooter in the form of some haunting cosmetic content, the new Shadowfall LTM, as well as a hair-raising version of the Kings Canyon map.
Apex Legends’ Fight or Fright event begins October 15th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Borderlands 3 – ‘Bloody Harvest’
The last month may have only recently seen the debut of Borderlands 3, but the epic looter-shooter has already mounted plans to celebrate the spooky season with a new version of the series’ Bloody Harvest event. As per our coverage, the traditional trappings of fresh Halloween skins, bizarre-themed enemies, and ghoulish new environments are indeed set to return in October, including the introduction of a “Haunted” force headed by the dreadful (and skeletal) Captain Haunt.
Borderlands 3’s Bloody Harvest event is live from October 24th to December 5th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Mobile – Halloween Event (UPDATED)
Sp👀ky Standoff 👻
— Call of Duty: Mobile (@PlayCODMobile) October 21, 2019
Fresh from the game’s debut, Call of Duty: Mobile is keeping up its constant stream of updates with a celebration of all things creepy for Halloween. For the limited-time occasion, players will have access to a number of treats such as bone-chilling customization skins, the new Sparrow Operator Skill, and a pumpkin-packed version of the classic Black Ops 2 map Standoff. As a bonus, anyone who logs into the game during the Halloween event will receive a bat-decal Artic.50 sniper rifle for the unbeatable price of free.
The Halloween event for Call of Duty: Mobile lasts until November 25th for Android and iOS devices.
Code Vein – October Update (UPDATED)
The vampiric and apocalyptic premise of Code Vein already places it pretty high on the spooky-meter, but as it tends to happen in the season of Halloween, an all-new update is taking the blood-curdling haunts up a notch. Slated to arrive in October (available now), the upcoming v1.04 patch will add several cosmetic items and accessories themed around this hallowed holiday; including an update to the character creator that introduces fresh color pallets and face paints to better trick players out as the afterlife of the party.
Code Vein is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled – ‘Spooky Grand Prix’
Offering quite the fun array of add-on content, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is much more than a simple remake in many regards. After last month’s addition of Spyro the Dragon, the Crash N-sanity continues with a new ‘Spooky Grand Prix’ event which doles out some welcome trick-or-treat tidings to the cartooney kart racer. Alongside a frightful new track (‘Nina’s Nightmare’), new challenges, ghostly car cosmetics, and fan-favorite characters such as Nina Cortex and N. Brio look to bring new frights to the high-speed proceedings. Of course, the event also includes oodles of skins in the like of Dark Coco, Pirate Papu Papu, and Monster Fake Crash.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled’s Spooky Grand Prix event is now live until November 3rd for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Dead By Daylight – ‘Withering Blight’
— Dead by Daylight (@DeadByBHVR) October 8, 2019
Even horror games like Dead By Daylight are stepping up their scary for the holidays! Behaviour Interactive has confirmed another edition of their Withering Blight Halloween event, promising all sorts of new content to keep players awake at night. Themed items like the Will O’ Wisp Flashlight, the All Hallows’ Eve Lunchbox, and the Pustula Petals Offering will be returning for the occasion, as will new Hallowed Blight and Hallowed Catalyst cosmetics as unlockables in The Rift. Of course, a new lore story is also being put forward for those willing to complete challenges, it continuing the narrative from last year’s Halloween event.
Dead By Daylight’s Withering Blight goes live from October 22nd to November 1st on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Destiny 2 – ‘Festival Of The Lost’ (UPDATED)
If things weren’t scary-good for Bungie’s online shooter already, Destiny 2 has even more frights in store following its grand re-debut earlier this month. For the game’s Halloween-focused Festival Of The Lost event, the space-faring festivities add a number of new quests and season items to the proceedings, including a ghoulish stroll through in the Haunted Forest, a nifty array of spooky cosmetics available in the “Terror-verse,” as well as bags of sweet, holiday-appropriate candy. Cue drooling.
Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost lasts from October 29th until November 19th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Fallout 76 – ‘Mischief Night’
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) October 10, 2019
Those irradiated from the usual Fallout 76 proceedings can check out Whitespring this coming Halloween, as the West Virginian locale will soon sport some decidedly spooky festivities. Hosted by a kooky eyebot by the name of JES-2R, players will have the chance to engage in tricks and seek out some treats in a troublemaking new event called Mischief Night. Causing mayhem will not only fulfill one’s soul but will also yield rewards like XP, loot, and some appropriately-themed items. As one might expect, all this fun is bound to have it’s nay-sayers, as Whitespring’s Elite Security Force will also be periodically patrolling to ensure they adequately rain on players’ parade.
Fallout 76’s Mischief Night event kicks off on October 29th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
FIFA 20 – ‘Ultimate Scream’
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 18, 2019
Celebrating the season of spooky comes in many forms over the month of October, apparently including the likes of sports-related fare like FIFA 20. For the next few weeks, the game’s Ultimate Team mode is offering the chance to land ‘Scream’ player cards with “supernatural” stat boosts in addition to special limited-time challenges to help players assemble “a squad to strike fear.”
FIFA 20 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
For Honor – ‘Fangs of the Otherworld’
The culture clash of Ubisoft’s For Honor is stepping into the land of candy corn as part of its latest Fangs of the Otherworld event, presenting a “fang-tastic adventure” that brings a new heft of scary new items like wolfman Battle Outfits, pumpkin-colored shields, and weapons such as a vampire-stopping crucifix dagger. The proceedings also ring in the new Spooky Slashers mode, which tasks players with capturing zones in order to take down shadowy demons lurking across the map.
For Honor’s Fangs of the Otherworld lasts from now until November 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy XIV – ‘All Saint’s Wake’ (UPDATED)
Evil’s in the 👁️ of the beholder – Join us for All Saints’ Wake and receive spook-tacular items! Event ends Friday November 1, so don’t miss out! #FFXIV
— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) October 23, 2019
While there’s already plenty on the way for Final Fantasy XIV in the form of a NieR Automata raid and live-action TV show, one can’t forget about the online game’s holiday-focused All Saint’s Wake proceedings. The Continental Circus has indeed seen its return, bringing with it various limited-time goodies like the Pumpkin Carriage furnishing item and Circus Resonator Circus Ahriman mount in exchange for a handful of new quests placed around the Old Gridania region. In addition, past furnishings from previous All Saint’s Wakes have been made available for purchase, for those feeling extra-connected to the haunted holiday season.
Final Fantasy XIV’s All Saint’s Wake lasts from now until November 1st for PC and PlayStation 4.
Fortnite: Chapter 2 – ‘Fortnitemares’ (UPDATED)
Feel it in your bones 💀
The Skull Squad Set is available now with an additional Style for Skull Trooper and the new Grinning Ghoul Back Bling! pic.twitter.com/916ZIoJeJH
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 22, 2019
Since making its universe-hopping jump from oblivion earlier this month, Fortnite Chapter 2 has poured out content like no other to follow up the game’s epic relaunch. For Halloween, the spooky Fortnitemares event makes its grand yearly return, featuring the comeback of the fan-favorite Skull Trooper skin and granting access to quite a few other cosmetics that players have the chance of earning.
Fortnite is out now for Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Gears 5 – ‘All Hallows Eve’ (UPDATED)
As Halloween approaches, the dead won’t stay dead long.
— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) October 22, 2019
Gears 5 has placed players up against waves of terrifying monsters, but the shooter has yet to face up with anything from the pumpkin family. Well, that all changes for the new ‘All Hallows Eve‘ event, which introduces The Mad Man’s Monsters horde event and the return of a killer dodgeball mode called Pumpkin Ball. On top of that, new skins themed around Hallow-rific event will become available, most prominently a ‘Frankenstein Imago’ look unlocking after lasting 13 rounds in Pumpkin Ball.
All Hallows Eve is currently live in Gears 5 until November 5th on PC and Xbox One.
Hearthstone – ‘Doom in the Tomb’
Blizzard’s immensely popular card game Hearthstone is set to add a layer of creepiness to its proceedings, announcing a fear-inducing new event dubbed Doom in the Tomb; these spine-chilling proceedings featuring fresh rewards, Tavern Brawls, and game modes. Among them are a total of 23 Wild Cards descending back into Standard Play, with each potentially cursing players’ decks with some pretty formidable cards while the frightful fun lasts.
Hearthstone’s Doom in the Tomb event lasts from now until October 30th for Android, iOS, Mac, and PC.
Hitman 2 – October Roadmap (UPDATED)
While many games might hold a singular celebration to mark the haunted holiday, murder simulator Hitman 2 is gearing up for a whole month of Halloween-themed killing sprees. The game’s October roadmap is peppered with several elusive and escalation contracts leaning toward the spooky side of the spectrum, all culminating in the challenge-based Halloween Escalation Contract. The month also brings back a few costumed Challenge Packs to keep players in the midst of suspense all month long.
Hitman 2 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Killing Floor 2 – ‘Grim Treatments’
Tripwire Interactive is known to go all out for the yearly eerie holiday, Halloween 2019 being no different by the looks of the latest event revealed for Killing Floor 2. ‘Grim Treatments,’ as the fatal fun is called, plays host to a terrifying hospital map called Ashwood Asylum and a premiering Objective Mode called ‘Nuked,’ placing players on a story-based journey through an overrun city. The event also grants access to a variety of blast-happy weapons such as the handy HRG Nailgun as well as the festive Witch Hunter costume.
Killing Floor 2’s Grim Treatments event is currently live until November 5th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Mario Kart Tour – ‘Luigi’s Mansion’ Event (UPDATED)
Mario Kart Tour may tout a giant banana peel’s worth of microtransactions, but there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had when placing the “gacha” aside. For example, the game is debuting a spiffy Luigi’s Mansion event in honor of our current trick-or-treating season. Not only will the classic Mario Kart DS track make its way to the mobile title, but a new driver is also landing in the form of the villainous King Boo. Doing what Super Smash Bros. Ultimate couldn’t, Waluigi is also set to join the game, with fans likely placing this feature squarely in the “treat” department.
Mortal Kombat 11 – ‘Double Feature Skin Pack’ & ‘Cassie Quinn’
— Mortal Kombat 11 (@MortalKombat) October 4, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 has put out no shortage of characters during the game’s current run of post-launch content, having made debuts as recently as The Terminator to the deadly fighting tournament. In addition to the murderous machine, October also sees two MK characters don costumes in-time for Halloween, with Sonya Blade as Terminator’s Sarah Connor and Cassie Cage as DC’s Harley Quinn. The new looks are available as part of The Double Feature Pack and a standalone DLC–both currently exclusive to Kombat Pass owners on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Mortal Kombat 11 – ‘Masquerade Skin Pack’
As for something available for non-Kombat Pass subscribers as well, a new costumed-themed skin pack has now also gone live, undoubtedly conjuring the haunted spirit of Halloween. Dubbed the Masquerade Skin Pack, Jade receives a spellbinding Wicked Witch costume, Liu Kang is decked out in Calavera makeup, and Killer Kabal fittingly sports a Friday the 13th-like disguise. The pack goes live just before the advent of a special-themed event, debuting a collection of new boss fights with Halloween-appropriate modifiers such as bats, Jack-o-lanterns, and gravestones.
Mortal Kombat 11’s Masquerade Skin Pack is out now, while the Halloween event is set to go live between October 25th and November 1st for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Overwatch – ‘Halloween Terror 2019’
As with every year for Blizzard’s hero shooter, the next few weeks are set to provide numerous devious tidings before the Halloween festivities are up. Dubbed ‘Halloween Terror’ the 2019 edition of the yearly proceedings grant access to an abundance of creepy character skins, icons, sprays as well as an array of new challenges to get players on track to earn them. The event also includes a new PvE mode dubbed Junkenstein’s Revenge, putting players against a mad Junkenstein and an army of his twisted creations.
Overwatch’s Halloween Terror 2019 event lasts from now until November 4th for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Pokémon GO – Halloween Event
Taking a stroll around the neighborhood gets a whole lot spookier with the advent of the latest Halloween happenings for Pokémon GO. Also for the occasion, players can encounter costumed Pocket Monsters in the wild, scare up some new avatar items, and take part in new fright-filled Field Research tasks. Alongside all this, more ghost and dark types will be available in the world, among them the harbinger of darkness Darkrai in the form of limited-time 5-star raids.
Pokémon GO’s Halloween event runs from now until November 1st for Android and iOS devices.
Rainbow Six Siege – ‘Doktor’s Curse’ (UPDATED)
Halloween feels an embrace from all corners of the gaming medium, especially the likes of Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege. The game’s limited-time Doktor’s Curse event features a frightening new 5v5 mode, which places a slew of monsters against a team of hunters under the premise that the creatures are either slain or survive the night. The battle takes place on an eerie iteration of the Theme Park map and features a batch of new skins for select Operators (Smoke, Kapkan, Frost, Lesion, and Ela) under the name of the Doktor’s Curse Collection.
Rainbow Six Siege: Doktor’s Curse lasts from now until November 6th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Red Dead Online – ‘Slaughter Mask’
Unlock the terrifying Slaughter Mask in Red Dead Online free by playing GTA Online anytime from now and December 12th
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 11, 2019
Being a fan of Rockstar Games looks to have its perks. Those who own both Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 currently have the chance to give their cowpoke a frightening facelift in Red Dead Online. Through a new Halloween-timed promotion, players who log in to GTA Online anytime between now and December 12th will have the gruesome cosmetic Slaughter Mask added to one’s Red Dead Online inventory. Obtaining the freebie is as easy at that and is awarded within a 24-hour period.
Red Dead Online and GTA Online are available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Rocket League – ‘Stranger Things’ Haunted Hollows
Stranger Things is a literal subscription seller over at Netflix and that idea has seemingly been applied to the gaming realm by the looks of the show’s various recent collaborations. Rocket League appears to be the latest game to utilize assets from Season 3 of the suspense-centered series, the game’s annual Haunted Hallows event including several recognizable car skins and an unsettling new arena themed around Stranger Things–complete with a cameo appearance from the show’s towering Mind Flayer.
Rocket League’s Haunted Hallows event is now live until November 11th for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Sea of Thieves – ‘Fort of the Damned’
October not only gives Sea of Thieves fans a hefty content update, but also some nightmarish nautical fun for players to fill their sails with. The undead addition is centered around the newly-spookified Old Boot Fort, now called the ‘Fort of the Damned,’ the locale offering a set of challenges venturing from shore to sea in the name of collecting event-specific Ritual Skulls as well as some of that lovely Halloween plunder. A ghostly set of ‘Damned’ Commendations and Ferryman-themed cosmetics have also gone live in addition to new Xbox achievements for those piratey completionists out there. The full update is honestly massive and can be viewed in full right here.
Sea of Thieves’ Fort of the Damned update is now live and is a permanent addition to the game available for PC and Xbox One.
Team Fortress 2 – ‘Scream Fortress XI’
Even after 12 years, Team Fortress 2 has become a proven avenue for updates, this October being no different with the start of the game’s new Scream Fortress event. Two new maps have become available for play alongside the introduction of 22 community-created cosmetic items and Unusual effects. Also, all Halloween Contracts have been reset, letting players redo challenges from past Scream Fortress events.
Team Fortress 2’s Scream Fortress XI event is officially live until November 7th for PC players.
World of Warcraft: Classic – ‘Hallow’s End’
— Wowhead (@Wowhead) October 18, 2019
Hallow’s End is a World of Warcraft staple going back several Halloweens at this point, but this year marks the in-game festival’s commencement since WoW: Classic made its grand resurgence. All the usual stuff is available such as frightening decorations, bobbing for apples, visiting the trick/treat-inclined Innkeeper, as well as the Wickerman Festival and Orphan Treats questlines, which often dole out the event’s signature confection, the Hallow’s End Pumpkin Treat. Of course, that’s not to mention all the delicious loot to be scored before Hallow’s End 2019 concludes on November 1st.
WWE 2K20 – ‘Bump in the Night’
WWE 2K20 is suplexing to launch later this month and bringing some of the brand’s supernatural personas along for the ride. Going live as the Bump in the Night DLC pack, the wrestling-themed title introduces nine monstrous versions of several prominent superstars such as Demon King Fin Balor, FrankenStrowman, as well as “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt–arguably the most popular/terrifying gimmick in WWE at the moment. The pack will additionally include a collection of new story towers, arenas, and a “spooky” 2K Showcase set at the ominous Wyatt Compound.
Bump in the Night releases alongside WWE 2K20 on October 22nd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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