It’s finally that time of year again: the leaves are changing, the pumpkins are out, we’re wearing our sweaters and the veil is at its thinnest. If you’re still feeling like yesterday was New Year’s Eve, we’ve got a list of the perfect Nintendo Switch games to get you in that spooky Halloween mood.
So grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up under a warm blanket and get ready to celebrate the spooky season with your Nintendo Switch.
1. Pumpkin Jack
There’s no other game that screams Halloween like Pumpkin Jack. This game strikes that perfect balance between creepy but not so scary that you run the risk of peeing your pants a bit. Regardless of the spooky atmosphere, Pumpkin Jack is a family-friendly 3D platformer that evokes joy rather than screams.
Pumpkin Jack is best described as a cross between PlayStation’s Medieval and The Nightmare Before Christmas. So if you’re a fan of any of those franchises, then you’re a fan of Pumpkin Jack.
Pumpkin Jack is the perfect Switch game to play with your family during Halloween. But if you don’t want to trigger nightmares, there are plenty of non-scary Nintendo Switch exclusive games to choose from too.
to download: Pumpkin Jack ($29.99)
2. Little Nightmares I & II
The Little Nightmares franchise may look cute at first glance, but don’t let that cute yellow rain jacket fool you! Little Nightmares is deceptively terrifying. Rather than focusing on jumpscares like most horror games, Little Nightmares relies on disturbing, towering, and spine-chilling character designs to scare its victims.
Little Nightmares uses puzzle solving, stealth elements, and expert storytelling to weave a perfectly haunted adventure that is sure to raise your neck hairs this Halloween.
to download: Little Nightmares I & II Bundle ($49.99)
3. Luigi’s Mansion 3
If you really want to get some sleep on Halloween, you might be tempted to reach for Luigi’s Mansion 3. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a charming game that, despite all the ghosts, is a hilarious and light-hearted adventure.
It’s also incredibly unique, with combat mechanics where you throw ghosts across the room with a vacuum cleaner and spawn a jello-esque body double called Gooigi to help you solve puzzles.
Gooigi can be controlled by a second player. So if you were looking for a spooky game to play with your kids this Halloween, Luigi’s Mansion 3 would be a perfect fit for you.
to download: Luigi’s Mansion 3 ($59.99)
Limbo is an artistic first title from indie developers, Playdead, that is guaranteed to keep you hooked for the entire six hours of playtime. Limbo is an expertly minimalist puzzle platformer adventure. There is no background music in Limbo, which is an interesting feature that amplifies the tension and loneliness you feel as you wander through the monochromatic forest.
There is also no story or cutscenes to pull you out of the experience. You wake up like a child lost in a dangerous forest with an incredibly simple goal that doesn’t need to be explained in words: get out of here!
to download: limbo ($9.99)
5. Dead in Daylight
Dead by Daylight is an online multiplayer horror game that takes place like all your favorite slasher movies. There are four players who take on a vicious and unhinged killer. The gameplay of Dead by Daylight changes drastically depending on the role you choose. You can play as a survivor or the killer.
The survivor’s role is to repair some generators on the map, open the gates and escape from a maniacal monster that wants to hang you from a hook to sacrifice to an unknown entity. The role of the killer is simpler, kill everyone.
Dead by Daylight is an incredibly addictive gameplay loop that will keep you hooked for hours (pun intended).
to download: Dead in daylight ($29.99)
6. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater is another of the popular Wii U titles that has now made its way to the Nintendo Switch. The Fatal Frame franchise is a long-running series of horror games where you are armed with a unique weapon: the Camera Obscura, a camera imbued with powers that send ghosts to the afterlife.
Taking photos of ghosts and unraveling the mysteries of a curse in the haunted setting of Japanese temples make Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater an incredibly unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
to download: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater ($39.99)
7. Dying Light: Definitive Edition
There are few things scarier in this world than the threat of a zombie outbreak, and few Switch games do zombie outbreaks better than Dying Light. This is a first-person survival game that uses a proven horror game formula.
Looting, sneaking or simply blasting your way through hordes of zombies is very satisfying in Dying Light, especially equipped with the Gold-tier electric guitar weapon. If you’re more into traditional horror games, Dying Light won’t leave you disappointed.
to download: Extinguishing light ($49.99)
8. Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls is definitely not for the faint of heart. This cult classic RPG has solidified itself as an almost universally known title and has even become the namesake of an entirely new game genre. The brooding world is filled to the brim with disturbing and harrowing enemies that can easily creep into your nightmares.
But perhaps the scariest thing about Dark Souls is the difficulty. Dark Souls is an unforgiving experience, but its difficulty makes it all the more rewarding once you get the hang of it. It’s a title that will scare you during Halloween in more ways than one.
to download: Dark Souls Remastered ($39.99)
9. Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition
If you’re a fan of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th movies, this game pretty much has it. It plays out as you would expect. Seven camp councilors try to escape the murderous Jason Voorhees. Friday the 13th plays similarly to Dead by Daylight, pitting players against each other in a seven-on-one carnage in online multiplayer.
While it shares similarities with Dead by Daylight, Friday the 13th is still a unique experience with much more variety in terms of escaping and even killing your victims. It’s also one of the few Nintendo Switch games to feature native voice chat, making planning your escape a much more intuitive and comprehensive experience.
to download: Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition ($19.99)
10.Resident Evil 4
It would be blasphemous to list horror games and not include at least one Resident Evil title. Resident Evil has been a leading force in the survival horror genre, and the fourth entry in the series is arguably one of the most popular in the franchise.
Resident Evil games skillfully create the intense sense of suspense and dread that keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat waiting for the next jump scare. Resident Evil 4 has been remade, remastered, and re-released almost too many times to count, cementing itself as a cult classic and a great place to dive into the series for the first time.
Did you know that you can upgrade some of your older Resident Evil remake titles to the current generation versions for free? Check out our guide to upgrading Resident Evil 2, 3, and 7 to find out how.
to download: Resident Evil 4 ($19.99)
Have a terrifying Halloween with these awesome Switch games
The human desire to torture ourselves with horror movies and games is a mystery. But if that’s what you’re looking for, these games will definitely make you sleep with the lights on.
If none of these titles were enough to give you the Halloween shivers, the only other suggestion we have is to seek help.