Card Games for Halloween
Alex J Coyne © Gifts for Card Players 2021
Halloween is almost here!
The 31st of October marks the start of Old Hallows Eve, Halloween, or Sahmain – depending on what you prefer to call it. It’s the time of year when people dress up, exchange treats, or play tricks. It’s the perfect time of year for a horror movie marathon. It’s also the perfect time of year for spooky, creepy, or horror-themed card games.
Here’s a look at some of the best card games, card decks, and trading card games for Halloween 2021.
Halloween Playing Cards
Playing cards can change your game from five-card stud poker to contract bridge in seconds. Play snap, play Go Fish, or play Blackjack. If you want to freak out your friends and family this year, here are some of the best spooky, creepy, and weird Halloween-themed card decks:
Bicycle Ouija Playing Cards
Bicycle (USPCC) is one of the world’s most popular card manufacturers. Speak to the spirits or deal out the Dead Man’s Hand with these great Bicycle Ouija Playing Cards. Each card is designed to match the traditional Ouija theme, adding to a great game atmosphere.
Peanuts Great Pumpkin Playing Cards
What do you celebrate right before A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well, how about an appropriate Halloween? Here’s a card deck made by Aquarius with a Great Pumpkin theme throughout 52 illustrated cards. Lifelong Peanuts fans will love this special deck!
Disney Parks The Haunted Mansion Playing Cards
The Haunted Mansion is an iconic Disney ride with a long history for spook-seekers and funhouse-freaks. The movie left much to be desired for some viewers, but the magic of the original ride can be recaptured with this Haunted Mansion card deck. Cards are loyal to the story, and make an excellent companion for any Halloween card game.
Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas Playing Cards
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton classic, and it’s always felt like a blend between two holidays. Yes, it’s about Christmas – but it’s just as perfect for Halloween. It’s one of my favourite movies to watch around the holiday season. These playing cards bring the magic of TIm Burton right to your card table.
IT: Chapter 2 Playing Cards
If you became a horror movie fan after the release of the original miniseries for Stephen King’s IT, you might be more familiar with the recent remake. Evil clowns can be a scary concept anywhere – and for any generation! Here’s a great card deck based around IT: Chapter 2 from Aquarius.
Halloween Trading Card Games
Trading card games are perfect for movie nights, theme nights, game nights… Well, pretty much any night when people get together. Here’s a selection of great Halloween trading card games that’ll get you right in the mood for ghouls and ghosts.
Spot It! Halloween
Spot It! is a game that’s similar to snap, and it’s excellent for a variety of ages. Each card has eight different symbols, and the goal is to spot the difference between the cards before anyone else: it’s harder than it sounds!
The Halloween edition goes with the theme, with images of a cartoon eyeball and bubbling flask on the cards.
Other versions of Spot It! include Finding Dory, Camping, and Junior Animals if you would like to continue playing it minus the Halloween angle.
Quick Play Trivial Pursuit: Horror Trivia
Halloween is the perfect time for a trivia game!
Quick Play Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition has more than 600 questions from classic horror movies like Jaws, The Exorcist, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you think you can tell the difference between Jason and Krueger in the dark, here’s your game.
Questions range from easy to obscure. For some, you really have to know the movie or characters well. It’s the ideal game for serious movie buffs, although casual movie fans won’t feel left out.
After Halloween is over, there are many more editions of Quick Play Trivial Pursuit to challenge your friends and family, each with a different theme.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a geared-up variety of snap with 64 cards. Imagine snap, but with cats, goats, cheeze, pizza, and the ability to power up.
Special cards change the aspects of the game, and can bestow special powers to the player who finds them. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
The Halloween Edition of regular Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza features appropriate costumes for characters, including a cat dressed up as a Halloween pumpkin.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a horror-themed TCG that’s especially great for Halloween. It’s so much fun that you might even enjoy it for the rest of the year!
Each player gets a role at the start, like Werewolf, Seer or Troublemaker. Players switch their cards around, and the subsequent goal is to seek out the game’s active werewolf via turns.
Playability is almost endless, and a lengthier board game version of Ultimate Werewolf exists.
What are your favourite games to get out of the shelf around Halloween time?