Scare up some fun this Halloween with Nintendo Switch (2024)

The season of scares is well and truly here, but there’s no need to hide behind the sofa! Settle down with your Nintendo Switch this Halloween and enjoy a whole (g)host of entertainment with family and friends that’ll put smiles on faces and send shivers down your spine!

Get involved in frightening festivities in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Jack, the czar of Halloween, is coming to your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Preparations for the big night are already underway, with Nook’s Cranny selling candy and the Able Sisters offering up all kinds of terrifying outfits. Try growing some pumpkins and use them to craft creepy items that are sure to frighten up the place.

Then, on Halloween night, drop by the plaza outside Resident Services from 17:00 until midnight (local time) to greet Jack and join the festivities. Why not dress up, invite some friends over to your island and enjoy Halloween together? If you share candy with your island residents, you might get some nice treats…or even a few tricks!

Team Trick takes on Team Treat in Splatoon 2

The Splatoween spirit is in the air with the resurrection of this spook-tacular Splatoon 2 Splatfest!

What will you pick: trick or treat? Choose a side in-game, then jump online* and battle it out between 04:00 (SA time) on Friday October 30th and 00:00 (SA time) on Monday November 2nd. Whoever wins, it’s sure to be a frighteningly fun time for everyone.

You can also grab ghoulish gear to use while you play**! Look for the ‘Free download! Celebrate Splatoween with this spooky in-game gear’ article in the Squid Research Lab Bulletin (Splatoon 2) Switch News Channel through your Nintendo Switch console. Then just launch the game via the button at the bottom of the article to claim the Kyonshi Hat, Li'l Devil Horns, Hockey Mask and Anglerfish Mask.

Be filled with dread by Dynamax Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

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Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are a whole lot creepier right now…

Until 03:00 (SA time) on Sunday November 1st, you’ll find that Ghost-type Pokémon Gengar, Drifblim, Dusknoir, as well as Dark-type Pokémon Hydreigon, Grimmsnarl and Morpeko will appear more frequently in Max Raid Battles.

To get involved, select Mystery Gift in the game menu and choose ‘Get the Wild Area News’*. Then, if you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon den, interact with it for an opportunity to battle one of these creepy Dynamax Pokémon!

Fight to be the ghost course king in Super Mario Bros. 35

You’re in the money this Halloween with Super Mario Bros. 35, a frantic free online* battle for Mario supremacy that’s available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members.

From 10:00 (SA time) on Friday October 30th until 09:59 (SA time) on Monday November 2nd, you can take part in a specially-themed Halloween battle across a variety of tricky ghost courses. The treat? You start with 100 coins each time, no questions asked!

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Have a fright to remember in Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Take a trip to a haunted hotel and join the cowardly hero Luigi on a ghostly – and gooey – quest in Luigi’s Mansion 3.

Brave the Last Resort's otherworldly floors alone or have another player join your ghost hunt as the squishy sidekick, Gooigi. You can even share the scare with some online multiplayer ghost-hunting in the Scarescraper*, or take on up to seven other players on one Nintendo Switch console in the ScreamPark***!

Take the terror even further

Hungry for even more Halloween fun? You’ll find all kinds of creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky limited-time events happening in these games too (check in-game for further details):

  • FortniteNintendo SwitchSquad up for a Battle Royale on Nintendo Switch!
  • Minecraft DungeonsNintendo SwitchExplore treasure-stuffed levels in a quest to take down the evil Arch-Illager!
  • Overwatch: Legendary EditionThe Future Is Now. Are You With Us?
  • Rocket League®Nintendo SwitchPLAY ROCKET LEAGUE FOR FREE!

More Halloween treats

If you’re still on the hunt for some ghoulish fun, try one of these games from Nintendo eShop:

  • Pumpkin JackNintendo SwitchDive into an Epic Adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!
  • HadesNintendo SwitchDefy the god of the dead as you hack and slash out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler.
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Nintendo SwitchKoji Igarashi and Inti Creates are back with more retro sword-and-whip action!
  • Five Nights at Freddy'sNintendo SwitchCan you survive five nights at Freddy's?

* Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership. Find out more about the paid membership subscription.

** Splatoween in-game gear not available to players who have previously claimed the same gear from the Splatoween 2018 event.

*** Multiplayer requires one compatible controller per player. Additional controllers (sold separately) may be required.

Scare up some fun this Halloween with Nintendo Switch (2024)
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