Halloween may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. These board games will help keep the spirit alive during the spooky season. Grab your favorite treats and plan a screaming good time with your family.

Hocus Pocus Game

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Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game

Stop the Sanderson sisters before the sun rises! Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game is a quick-to-play, cooperative game that includes your favorite spells and quotes from the film, as well as a special appearance from Binx the cat. Players work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from draining the lives of Salem’s children by ruining their potion before the sun rises. 

(Ages 8+ / $19.99 / Available on Amazon)

Haunted Mansion Game

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Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion – Call of The Spirits Board Game

Disney’s beloved The Haunted Mansion comes to life—err, death—in this hauntingly fun family board game! Explore all the classic rooms of the ghost-infested manor, from the festivities-filled Ballroom to the Attic and out to the Graveyard and beyond in search of spirits. Beware, though, of the Hitchhiking Ghosts, who are notorious for “following you home” as that may spell your doom in the end!

(Ages 8+ / $24.97 / Available on Amazon)

Clue Liars Edition

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Clue Liars Edition

Sometimes you have to lie to get to the truth in the Clue Liars Edition board game where players use Investigation cards to help them figure out who killed Mr. Boddy in the mansion. Players pick a card and read it out loud, trying to play it cool and convince other players that they’re telling the truth…even if they’re not. If a player suspects they’re lying they can call that player out by hitting the “Liar Button.” Were they caught lying or were they telling the truth? Either way, an Evidence card is revealed and players move one step closer to cracking the case. When a player is ready to make an accusation, they secretly look at the cards placed inside the case file envelope to reveal “Who, What, and Where.” A correct accusation wins the game! 

(Ages 8+ / $19.99 / Available on Amazon)

Monopoly Villians

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Monopoly Disney Villains

Imagine classic Disney villains stealing, scheming, and competing to see who is the most evil of all! In this Monopoly Board Game: Disney Villains Edition, players travel around the board using a villain token and play as Cruella, Jafar, Scar, Evil Queen, Maleficent, or Hook. The more villains a player hires, the more rent they’ll be able to collect. Activate a character’s special ability by acquiring the Flames of Power ring, change gameplay with Poison Apple cards, and advance on the board by landing on a Vehicle space. The last player with money when all other players have gone bankrupt wins! 

(Ages 8+ / $29.99 / Available on Amazon)

Last Defense

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Last Defense

This exciting, easy-to-learn cooperative game plays in 20 minutes every time! Team up to save the city from monstrous threats—from space aliens and spider robots to an oozing building-sized blob! As you race around the city rescuing scientists and collecting tools, the app audio track provides urgent news bulletins announcing where the latest threats are attacking. You are the city’s last defense!

(Ages 8+ / $19.99 / Available on Amazon)

Monopoly Ghostbusters

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Monopoly Ghostbusters

In this Monopoly: Ghostbusters Edition Game, players travel around the board buying up Ghostbusting contracts. The game features scenes, characters, tokens, and artwork inspired by the original Ghostbusters movie. Landing on a Supernatural Entity space has players teaming up to battle Slimer, Stay Puft, Library Ghost, or Vinz Clortho to save the city! The last player with petty cash when all other players have gone bankrupt wins! Includes gameboard, 6 tokens, Ghost Trap card holder, 22 Contract cards, 32 Roaming Vapor cards, 32 Ghost Traps, 12 Containment Units, 2 dice, pack of petty cash, and game guide. Requires 2x 1.5V AAA Alkaline Batteries.

(Ages 8+ / $25.00 / Available on Amazon)

Horrified

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Horrified: Universal Monsters

Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man and others have thrilled and terrified horror fans for almost 100 years, and this Halloween they are bringing spine-chilling fun to your table with Horrified: Universal Monsters. Fans of classic horror movies or clever strategy tabletop games will all enjoy a chance to play the heroes against some of the biggest monsters of all time. PLUS, for the collector or hobby crowd, the player pieces are high-quality crafted miniatures that can be painted and treasured.

(Ages 10+ / $34.99/ Available on Amazon)

Funkoverse Nightmare Before Christmas

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Funkoverse: Nightmare Before Christmas 

In the Funkoverse Strategy Game, combine favorite characters and go head-to-head in a race for points! This edition includes unique playable characters, including Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and Dr. Finkelstein from the beloved Disney classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

(Ages 10+ / $39.99 MSRP / Available on Amazon)

Adventure Begins

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Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins Game

The Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins cooperative board game is a fun, fast entry into the world of D&D. Players choose their characters and journey as they travel through the lands of Neverwinter, and work together to overcome fantastic obstacles, battle monsters, and defeat the Boss monster terrorizing the realm. The role of Dungeon Master passes from player to player with each turn, so everyone gets to be part of the storytelling. This fantasy game makes a great gift for the emerging D&D fan. Game includes 4 mini-figures, 4 Boss tiles, 4 20-sided dice, 10-sided Dungeon Master die, damage clip, 4 health trackers, plastic deck holder, 20 character tiles, 4 dungeon boards, 24 gold, 4 adventure decks, item deck, 4 reference cards, 8 backpack cards, 12 gatekeeper cards, part stand, and game rules.

(Ages 10+ / $25.00 MSRP / Available on Amazon)

Marvel Villianous

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Marvel Villainous

Dominate the Marvel Universe as an iconic comic book villain in this new extension of the Villainous franchise. In Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power, each villain follows a unique path to victory and uses different abilities to face other villains and mighty heroes from across the universe. Choose to embody Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Killmonger or Taskmaster and then move to different locations within your domain – all while dealing twists of fate to your opponents from a shared fate deck.

(Ages 12+ / $34.99 MSRP / Available on Amazon)

Scary Bingo

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Scary Bingo

Don’t be fooled by the name, this monster-themed bingo game is full of quirky creatures that are way more Monsters Inc. than Creepshow and it’s easy-peasy to play. Instead of calling out “B-34!” or “N-22!” you’ll be shouting out “Hairy Jim!” and “Booboo!” much to the delight of your kids. Because the images are so distinct, reading is not necessary to be able to play the game. For 3-7 players, so perfect for an easy Halloween party activity. Includes a “monster box” that you build to pull the calling cards out of.

(Ages 3+ / $19.99 / Available on Amazon)

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Ghost Story Dice

Want to get a little literate with your gaming? Try out these Ghost Story Dice, a perfect family game for any dark and stormy night. Just roll the dice to determine your story: you’ll see story elements like characters (vampires, headless horseman) settings (long dark coordinator) and special powers (invisibility). Once you’ve got your dice, you can draw or write your masterpiece. Each player can do their own, or each family member can contribute to the greater story. Recommended for ages 3 and up because of the choking hazard of the dice, but we think toddlers can get in on this game with supervision. This is also a great travel game because the dice will fit easily in a Ziplock baggie.

(Ages 3+ / $14.95 / Available on Amazon)

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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