9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

9 Movies TV Episodes and Videogames to Get You In the Halloween Spirit 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Halloween means different things to different people. First and foremost, it’s about dressing up in ways you’d never dress normally – in ways your imagination can barely grasp. It’s about trick-or-treating, Pagan-style. It’s about eating potentially poisonous candies that strangers just give to you for free. Or, if you’re too old for all that, it’s about buying whole bags at the grocery store and eating them under your bed where no one can see you.

Halloween is about the crispness of the moist, autumn air counter-balanced by the way-too-hot apple cider with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s about the smell of Fall, of late October – sort of like a cross between pumpkin bread and burning leaves. It’s about playing cruel tricks on timid little children, scaring the dickens out of them to the point that they never want to leave the house again. At least, not until next Halloween.

Last, but not least, Halloween is about the movies, the TV shows, and the videogames you experience in the weeks and days leading up to the big event. The ones that make you love Halloween all the more, if that’s even possible.

But all of this is just another way of saying: Halloween is about the atmosphere. Not literally, of course, although a thick, gray fog never hurt anybody – but in terms of the sounds, the smells, the colors, and the noises prior to, and on the day of – as well as how all of that combines to make you feel incredibly on edge.

As such, we’ve constructed the perfect combination of videogames, television episodes/specials, and movies to help make this Halloween the most atmospherically-charged of your life.



Costume Quest

Costume Quest Halloween Videogame 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Costume Quest is the third videogame (after Psychonauts and Brutal Legend) to be produced by the great Tim Schafer’s award-winning Double Fine Productions, and it encapsulates every fantastic Halloween memory you’ve ever had inside of a single $15 download. Trick or treating! Hide and go seek! Bobbing for apples! Costume competitions! Fighting the bloodthirsty goblins and witches who kidnapped your sister! Wait – scratch that last part.

You play as a brother (Reynold) or sister (Wren) – depending on your choice of gender – on a particularly peculiar Halloween night. After your sibling gets kidnapped by candy-stealing Goblins from an alternate dimension, you and your neighborhood buddies chase them down across all manner of suburbia: from your neighborhood to the nearby mall to the countryside and beyond – and, thanks to the power of imagination, every costume you wear (ten in all) gives you special powers in battle.

For example, if you’re dressed as a cardboard robot, in battle, you’ll be an actual giant robot with missile launchers and rocket boots and the like. The same goes for the ninja costume, the Statue of Liberty costume (my favorite), the vampire costume, and so forth. Haven’t you always wanted to be a gigantic Statue of Liberty with healing powers? Haven’t we all?

Check out the trailer below:

Costume Quest combines grade-A hilarity (there’s even an Arrested Development joke in there), classic LucasArts adventure elements, and fun (albeit easy) RPG gameplay to become the epitome of Halloween-themed gaming. Admittedly, there aren’t a whole lot of contenders to challenge its supremacy in that regard, but even if there were, they’d have their work cut out for them.

Truly, if there’s one game in existence that will fill you to the brim with Halloween magic, this is it.


Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 Survival Horror Videogame 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Personally, Silent Hill 2 is not my favorite of the Silent Hills – that honor belongs now and forever to the original – but its intensely creepy atmosphere is practically unparalleled in the realm of survival horror. Which is why it’s perfectly suited for contributing to your general enjoyment of All Hallow’s Eve.

You’re James Sunderland, a widower who receives a letter from his dearly departed wife, Mary, to meet him at their “special place” in Silent Hill. How is a dead lady sending letters to her very much alive husband, you might ask? Well, that’s just one of the many fun-loving mysteries of the second Silent Hill! Also, because James is a glutton for punishment – and not in the eats-too-many-delicious-hamburgers sort of way – he travels to Silent Hill to find the answers.

Hands down one of the most dread-inducing scenes comes early on, when Pyramid Head, a rusted blade-wielding monster-man with a giant pyramid for a head (see, it’s not just a clever name!) chases you down a hallway and kills your companion, Maria, who just happens to look exactly like your dead wife.

Check it out:

Admittedly, it’s more dread-inducing when you’re actually playing it.


Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Zombies Ate My Neighbors for SNES 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Like most great videogames of the early 1990s, Zombies Ate My Neighbors was produced by the version of LucasArts that dared to make more than just Star Wars videogames. Utilizing a Bart Simpson-esque brand of humor and the overhead run-and-gun gameplay of Metal Gear, Zombies is at best when you have a friend to join and play the two-player mode.

Together with your pal or loved one, you navigate stereotypically suburban neighborhoods (followed by slightly less suburban locales like castles and pyramids) as you destroy zombies, vampires, giant ants, giant worms, giant demon babies (pictured above), werewolves, aliens, and so on – with common everyday items for weapons like super-soakers, soda-can-grenades, weed-whackers, and silverware, all while attempting to save at least ONE innocent civilian per level. Pretty complex stuff, huh?

Check out the gameplay below:

While Zombies Ate Your Neighbors wasn’t exceptionally successful upon release, it developed a substantial cult following soon after and is revered to this day. In fact, it’s so well-remembered that it was released on the Wii Virtual Console just prior to Halloween 2009. So if you’ve never had the pleasure of playing this game – and if you have a Wii with a classic controller – get to downloading this thing A.S.A.P. There are only so many days left until October 31st, people.


Honorable mentions:

  • Alone in the Dark (1992)
  • Silent Hill 1 and 3
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Gabriel Knight

Continue reading for our TV Episode choices to put you in the Halloween spirit…


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  1. Halloween… Love that movie so much!

  2. I fully agree with you on the Silent Hill franchise. Even with its pixelated PS1 graphics, the first Silent Hill is and will forever be my favorite one.

    But, for people who didn’t play the first one, SH2 is a very good game, and it has the updated PS2 graphics.

    After that intensely sad and extremely gripping scene with Mary, I had to pause the game and reflect. I never felt such sadness while playing a game… and I don’t think I will again. It felt like much more than a game at that point.

    Walking out of the building, alone, only magnified how powerful and sad that scene was.

    • Correction: I meant Maria.

  3. My Halloween can’t start without a little Nightmare Before Christmas and Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  4. Great write-up and awesome ideas for the rest of the month.

  5. Trick R Treat is a great Halloween movie, I always pop in House of 1,000 Corpses and Dead Set as well.

  6. My favorite Halloween episode for a TV series is and always will be the ‘Boy Meets World’ episode!

  7. No Walking Dead? Kind of surprised.

    • What would the Halloween episode be? All of them?

  8. Nightmare before christmas doesn’t even get an honorable mention WTF?!?!?

    • It’s a Christmas movie…

    • It’s difficult because Halloween ends in the beginning, and the rest builds up to Christmas…

      • That’s a pretty valid point. But I think it should of atleast gotten an honorable mention since the atmosphere is mainly Halloween

  9. No Dead Space on the video game list? Are you kidding?!?!?!???

    • I like it, but sci-fi horror akin to Event Horizon doesn’t really scream “Halloween” to me. But then, that’s just me.

  10. No “The Fog”!!!!!! It was all Irish tv would show on Halloween besides ‘Halloween’ for a good portion of my childhood!

  11. For television right now the Walking Dead and American Horror Story work pretty well. As for movies I always remember the original Night of the Living Dead playing somewhere on TV every Halloween. The Exorcist or Poltergeist are also great classics that can get you in the spirit of Halloween, no pun intended….

  12. I’m a huge Halloween enthusiast and love all the TV specials. In fact, my wife and I were married on Oct. 30 (mainly because the 31st would have been on Sunday). I didn’t even have to watch the Simpson’s clip to know what it was. That is a sign of a great Halloween TV special. I agree with your Treehouse of Horror choice and the Great Pumpkin. I enjoy a good horror movie, but I like comedy more. Therefore, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, and Evil Dead 2 would have topped my movie list. The only horror themed video games that I can think of are Castlevania on Ninetendo, Resident Evil on Playstation, and Left 4 Dead on Xbox360. Each of those is from a different decade of my life.

  13. Simpsons halloween episodes are the best!!

  14. I loved this article…great idea! As far as movies go i always will watch halloween when one of the networks eventually put it on but more recently ive found myself watching the first paranormal activity around the day…but its not halloween without a costume party with friends and a simpsons treehouse of horror, which were almost always my favorite episodes of there respective seasons growing up….even now when i dont watch the show as often as i used to, i still ALWAYS dvr the treehouse of horror episode.

    • Thanks, Kyak!

  15. Im glad zombies ate my neighbors made the list. Stil have it for SNES

  16. I used to love when Halloween fell on a weekend. Especially Saturdays. We would spend then day watching Halloween, Friday the 13th and Elm Street then go trick or treating and come home and watch the various sequels. And I love how you talk about the atmosphere of Halloween in the article. The falling and changing leaves, a fire burning off in the distance and the crisp air always get me in the spirit. It’s a big reason why I love living in New England this time of year.

    • Totally agreed. It’s actually kind of depressing when Halloween falls on, say, a Monday, like this year.

  17. I’m pretty sure silent hill 2 will forever be on these types of list, and for good reason. i don’t think I’ve ever played a game that does such a disturbingly good job and not only screwing with your mind, but your heart as well.

  18. No Amnesia: The Dark Descent for the video game list?

    • I’ve heard it’s good, but haven’t played it. Keep in mind — this is a list of 9 videogames, movies, tv shows to get you in the mood for Halloween. That doesn’t mean they’re the ONLY videogames, movies, shows, and that doesn’t mean there aren’t equally good videogames, movies, shows out there as well. This is NOT a best list.

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