10 spooky table top games to play with friends this Halloween


1. Mysterium 

The Game: Mysterium is a ghostly co-op game which takes place in the 1920s. The game sees an amnesic ghost try and communicate how they died to mediums through visions (illustrated cards).

Publisher Description:

A horrible crime was committed on the grounds of Warwick Manor, thirty years ago. Now, the mansion is haunted by the ghost of the murdered servant, and it’s up to a group of psychic investigators to get to the bottom of the mystery. Mysterium is a cooperative game of deduction and teamwork for two to seven players. Over the course of the game, one player takes on the role of the ghost and over the course of a few scant hours, tries to lead the psychics to the correct culprit. Every member of the team will receive numerous visions, but what is the ghost trying to tell you exactly? Can the psychics determine the weapon, location, and killer, or will a violent criminal pull off the perfect murder?

Players: 2–7

Playing Time: 42 Min

Age: 10+

Amazon Rating4.6 out of 5 stars

2. Mansion of Madness: Second Edition

The Game: Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, Mansions of Madness is a co-op app driven board game which sees eight investigators confront four nightmarish scenarios, collecting tools and weapons to fight monsters.

Publisher description:

Let the immersive app guide you through the veiled streets of Innsmouth and the haunted corridors of Arkham’s cursed mansions as you search for answers and respite. Eight brave investigators stand ready to confront four scenarios of fear and mystery, collecting weapons, tools, and information, solving complex puzzles, and fighting monsters, insanity, and death. Open the door and step inside these hair-raising Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. It will take more than just survival to conquer the evils terrorizing this town.

Players: 1–5 

Playing Time: 120–180 Min

Age: 14+

Amazon Rating4.4 out of 5 stars

3. Eldritch Horror 

The Game: In another H.P. Lovecraft inspired game, Eldritch Horror,  players must travel around the world, coming face to face with monsters, and mysteries.

Publisher Description:

Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal encounters, and obscure mysteries will take you to your limit and beyond. Eldritch Horror is a cooperative game of terror and adventure in which one to eight players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to solve mysteries, gather clues, and protect the world from an Ancient One – that is, an elder being intent on destroying our world. Each Ancient One comes with its own unique decks of Mystery and Research cards, which draw you deeper into the lore surrounding each loathsome creature. Discover the true name of Azathoth or battle Cthulhu on the high seas.

Players: 1–5 

Playing Time: 120–180 Min

Age: 14+ 

Amazon Rating4.7 out of 5 stars

4. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

The Game: This Lovecraftian mystery combines a traditional card game with roleplaying. Arkham Horror: The Card Game’s basic mode of gameplay is a campaign, where your choices and actions have consequences.

Publisher description:

Something evil stirs in Arkham, and only you can stop it. Blurring the traditional lines between roleplaying and card game experiences, Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game of Lovecraftian mystery, monsters, and madness!

In the game, you and your friend (or up to three friends with two Core Sets) become characters within the quiet New England town of Arkham. You have your talents, sure, but you also have your flaws. Perhaps you’ve dabbled a little too much in the writings of the Necronomicon, and its words continue to haunt you. Perhaps you feel compelled to cover up any signs of otherworldly evils, hampering your own investigations in order to protect the quiet confidence of the greater population. Perhaps you’ll be scarred by your encounters with a ghoulish cult.

Players: 1–2

Playing Time: 60–120 Min

Age: 14+

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

5. Letters from Whitechapel

The Game: In Letters from Whitechapel one player plays Jack the Ripper with a goal of taking out five victims before being caught. The remaining players take on the persona of police detectives out to catch Jack the Ripper before the game is over.

Publisher description:

Get ready to enter the poor and dreary Whitechapel district in London 1888 – the scene of the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders – with its crowded and smelly alleys, hawkers, shouting merchants, dirty children covered in rags who run through the crowd and beg for money, and prostitutes – called “the wretched” – on every street corner.

Players: 2–6

Playing Time: 120 Min

Age: 13+

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

6. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

The Game: 

This psychological survival game has players work together toward their common victory – but before they win they must also achieve their own personal objective.

Publisher description:

Dead of Winter is an experience that can be accomplished only through the medium of tabletop games. It’s a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives, but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.

Players: 2–5

Playing Time: 45–210 Min

Age: 14+

Amazon Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

7. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game 

The Game: This one is for fans of the Alien movie franchise. Legendary Encounters sees players cooperate to survive hordes of aliens. Players take on the role of movie protagonists such as Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Corporal Hicks as they attempt to defeat the Xenomorph.

Publisher description:

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game, based on the four movies of the Alien series, is a fully cooperative game with original art. While based on the Marvel superheroes version of Legendary, the two games will be compatible but cannot be fully integrated.

Players: 1–5

Playing Time: 45 Min

Age: 17+

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

8. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

The Game: This game takes you to the streets of Victorian London as you try to track down Professor Moriarty. In Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, players must trace leads of evidence, interview suspects, search through ancient looking newspapers for clues and put together facts in order to discover who is responsible for a crime.

Publisher description:

Have you ever had the desire to walk the streets of Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes in search of Professor Moriarty? To search the docks for the giant rat of Sumatra? To walk up Baker Street as the fog is rolling in and hear Holmes cry out, “Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!”? Now you can! You can enter the opium den beneath the Bar of Gold, but beware, that may be Colonel Sebastian Moran lurking around the corner. You can capture the mystery and excitement of Holmes’ London in this challenging and informative game. You, the player, will match your deductive abilities against your opponents and the master sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes.

Players: 1–8

Playing Time: 60–120 Min

Age: 10+

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

9. Fury of Dracula (third edition)






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