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Far before the first leaf falls each autumn, I'm already counting down the days to Halloween. When the haunting day arrives, I love nothing more than to curl up on the couch clutching my controller and eating candy. Whether you're looking for something to play by yourself or for a spooky game to play with friends, here are the best Nintendo Switch games to celebrate All Hallows Eve this year. We've listed them from kid-friendly to terrifying.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3Source: iMore

For lighthearted spooks, you really can't go wrong with Luigi's Mansion 3. It stars our favorite cowardly plumber and his gooey doppelganger as they capture ghosts in a haunted hotel while trying to find Luigi's lost friends from the Mushroom Kingdom. Each floor has its own haunted theme, and this game even has multiplayer games for up to eight players. Once you unlock Gooigi you and a friend can play through the main story in 2-player co-op mode. If you're hosting a spooky party, this is one of the best Halloween Switch games to have.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch

Run around a silly haunted hotel while trying to rescue Mario, Peach, and your friendly Toads. Several silly moments will make you laugh.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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It might seem strange to have Animal Crossing on this list, but the game highlights real-world holidays and brings them to your virtual island. During October, you can collect spooky furniture and decorate your island. Then on Halloween, you can go trick or treating and can even meet a pumpkin-headed ghost named Jack.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch

During October, this island-life simulator takes on a haunted theme. Spooky decorations and clothing appear in the stores, and a special Halloween event brings a specter to the island.

Hello Neighbor

Hello NeighborSource: Nintendo

Nothing's creepier than suburbia, especially when your neighbor is out to get you. This family-friendly game has you working to outwit an AI who learns tactics and evolves his strategies based on your actions. You'll employ stealth and interact with your environment to get away safely.

Hello Neighbor - neighbor standing on the lawn

Hello Neighbor for Nintendo Switch

Use stealth to hide from your creepy neighbor. He's clever and learns from your past tricks.

Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek

Hello Neighbor Hide And SeekSource: tinyBuild Games

This prequel to the original title has you trying to complete goals while playing hide and seek with your in-game brother. You'll need to move stealthily and collect items, all the while being hunted down. If you get caught, you'll lose everything you've acquired and have to start all over again. It's a fun stealth horror game for teens.

Hello Neighbor Hide And Seek

Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek for Nintendo Switch

Can you avoid being found by your sibling? He's going to use several tricks to try and find you.

Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure

Gibbous A Cthulthu AdventureSource: Stuck In Attic

This hand-drawn animated adventure stars a cynical talking cat, a gumshoe detective, and a librarian. During your play-through, the characters will discover crazy cultists, uncover conspiracies, and stumble into a dark overarching plot.

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Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure for Nintendo Switch

Things are about to get crazy when a talking cat and a private eye get together. See if you can work out the mystery in this spooky game.

Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin JackSource: Headup Games

Take on the role of the mythical Pumpkin Jack as you platform your way through various levels to annihilate Good and perform the devil's work. Along the way, you'll solve puzzles, explore new locations, fight enemies, and find animal companions to battle at your side. This spooky game is rated Teen due to some language and fantasy violence.

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Pumpkin Jack for Nintendo Switch

Platform your way around spooky settings and spectral enemies while playing as Pumpkin Jack.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods a Cat, fox, bear, and alligator sitting in a restaurantSource: Infinite Fall

This isn't a horror game, per se, but you'll find plenty of dark elements throughout the story. An essential part of the plot even takes place on Halloween. Mae is a college dropout with a dark past. She returns home to her depressing hometown to rekindle the friendships she left behind. Though it's full of cute creatures, this game is oddly realistic, hilarious, sarcastic, and more relatable than most other games out there. See where your decisions lead you.

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Night in the Woods for Nintendo Switch

Mae returns from college to her hometown and reconnects with her friends and family she left behind. But this isn't a happy tale. It's about the pain of growing up, dealing with change, and the creepy people in your neighborhood.

Along the Edge

Along The EdgeSource: Nova-box

This visual novel centers around a young woman in a European countryside. She's fed up with where her life is going, and it's up to you to help her make new choices. The decisions you make affect her personality and appearance, plus there are some supernatural, witchy vibes making it a great fit this Halloween.

Along The Edge

Along the Edge for Nintendo Switch

This visual novel brings a spooky tale to your fingertips. Read it in bed at night and see if it spooks you out.

Inside

InsideSource: Playdead

You play as a little boy who's just escaped capture and is being hunted by the thing that you escaped from. To get away, you'll need to solve puzzles and dive deeper into the story. With its minimalist design, dark imagery, and ominous music, this game is a great single-player for Halloween.

Inside a boy hiding from a robot

Inside for Nintendo Switch

With its unique art style, challenging puzzles, and dark story, Inside is a compelling game. It's rated M for blood, gore, and violence.

Among the Sleep

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You play as a little boy trying to figure out what's happened to your mother. Your only companion is your stuffed teddy bear as you wander around your dark house or the forest outside. This game has a lot of symbolic references and employs psychological tactics to try and scare you.

Among The Sleep Enhanced Edition

Among the Sleep for Nintendo Switch

This enhanced edition includes new dialogue, upgraded imagery, among other things. Unravel the mystery of what happened to your mother.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Little NightmaresSource: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment

What could be creepier than being stuck in an oversized dollhouse? Oh, I know, being forced to find your way out before any of the monstrous residents can get a hold of you. This is a delightfully chilling puzzle platformer that will put you in scenarios that you could only find in your worse dreams. It's perfect for Halloween.

Little Nightmares screenshot

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition for Nintendo Switch

Play as a young child who must brave the terrifying creatures of The Maw while solving puzzles and exploring a creepy world.

Little Nightmares 2

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Little Nightmares 2 is a direct sequel to the previous game and follows a young boy named Mono and the girl in the raincoat named Six as they investigate a strange hum coming from a tower. Several creepy enemies are lurking in the dark, along with references to classic horror movies. See if you can solve the puzzles, beat the bosses, and unravel the mystery.

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Little Nightmares 2 for Nintendo Switch

Make your way through horrible enemies and creepy locations as you investigate a strange humming coming from a distant tower.

Detention

Detention - a large statue surrounded by candlesSource: Coconut Island Games

This game employs beautifully chilling artwork in a 2D side-scrolling horror game that takes place during 1960s Taiwan. Your school is host to several hostile, supernatural forces, and you're trapped inside. It's up to you to uncover the haunting story behind what happened as you solve puzzles and come across evil beings.

Detention

Detention for Nintendo Switch

Trapped students, 2D sidescrolling, and a haunted school. What more could you want on Halloween?

LIMBO

LimboSource: Playdead

This creepy masterpiece employs ominous music and simple silhouettes to invoke fear and uncertainty. You play as a little boy who's chosen to enter LIMBO to find out what happened to his sister. You'll solve puzzles and escape evil creatures on your journey. It's not the scariest game out there, but it does a great job making you feel uneasy as you play.

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LIMBO for Nintendo Switch

In addition to being a haunting tale, this is a visual masterpiece. See why it's won over 100 awards.

Layers of Fear

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A painter has succumbed to madness, and it's up to you to investigate and figure out his past. You'll encounter supernatural entities, psychedelic sequences, and psychological symbolism. As you navigate, your environment can change simply by shifting the camera. You never know what you might find in the room with you.

Layers of Fear: Legacy

Layers of Fear: Legacy for Nintendo Switch

Explore an artist's workshop while encountering supernatural foes in this psychological thriller.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Dark Souls SwitchSource: Bandai Namco

Looking for a single-player game to meet your horror needs? Dark Souls is an RPG that has you wandering around a cursed fantasy world, exploring dungeons, fighting menacing foes, and discovering hidden passageways. If you do want to play with others, you can play with up to six people online.

Dark Souls knight standing over a fire

Dark Souls: Remastered for Nintendo Switch

Take on this challenging RPG while exploring a world filled with terrifying enemies and the undead.

Vampyr

VampyrSource: DONTNOD Entertainment

This action RPG has you playing as Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor from 1918 who just got turned into a vampire. Your insatiable need for blood forces you to stalk and kill innocent victims around London. You'll engage in combat and have the opportunity to improve your abilities in the skill tree.

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Vampyr for Nintendo Switch

You're a doctor in the 1900s who has just been turned into a vampire. Can you control your bloodlust and fight off supernatural enemies?

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark

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This is a visual novel where you play as a young man cursed by an evil spirit. The deranged being will eat your memories and kill you unless you can solve its puzzles and pacify its thirst for revenge. There's a mystery to solve, dreadful curses to come across, and alternate endings depending on your choices.

Spirit Hunter Death Mark

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark for Nintendo Switch

The countdown to your death has begun. Can you make your way through a creepy mansion and learn about your forgotten past?

Perception

PerceptionSource: Nintendo

You play the role of a blind woman trying to uncover the mystery of a recurring nightmare by exploring a haunted mansion. Through echolocation, you're able to see glimpses of your surroundings. Tapping your cane on the ground as you walk reveals outlines of objects. This creepy mansion also has a horrifying presence that will kill you if you make a sound when it's nearby.

Perception

Perception for Nintendo Switch

You're a blind woman who can sense the dead. Can you figure out the mystery surrounding a creepy mansion?

Remothered: Broken Porcelain

Remothered Broken PorcelainSource: Stormind Games

Jen is sent to work as a maid at Ashmann Inn after getting expelled from the Flemington Girls' Institute. Shortly after arriving, she discovers something isn't quite right here. You'll spend the majority of the game stealthily evading a creepy figure who wants to do you harm and searching rooms for useful items.

Remothered Broken Porcelain

Remothered: Broken Porcelain for Nintendo Switch

You're a child getting stalked in a haunted Inn. There are dark secrets hidden here, and it's up to you to uncover them.

Dead by Daylight

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Dead by Daylight lets up to five players play together in the ultimate multiplayer horror game. One takes the role of the killer while the rest works together to survive. Or, you can depend on your skills to pull through the night. It's one of the best Halloween Switch games, especially if you're hosting a party.

Dead By Daylight

Dead by Daylight for Nintendo Switch

Relive the horrors of classic slashers in this multiplayer game. Up to five people can play at once, and it makes for a great Halloween party game.

Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition

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Play with up to seven others as one of you takes on the role of Jason Voorhees and attempts to take the rest of you all out. This special edition includes all previously released DLC. As you play, you'll unlock additional playable characters or versions of the infamous killer. See if you can survive the night.

Friday The 13th

Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition for Nintendo Switch

It's time for you and your friends to play killer tag. Ready or not, here I kill.

Deadly Premonition Origins

Deadly Premonition OriginsSource: Toybox

A young woman has been murdered by the Raincoat Killer in a rural American town, and it's up to FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan to investigate. You'll spend your time encountering supernatural enemies, gathering evidence, chasing down perpetrators, and escaping murderers in this open-world horror game.

Deadly Premonition Origins

Deadly Premonition Origins

As a detective, it's up to you to figure out who the serial killer is in a small town. But you're going to encounter the supernatural as well as the locals.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise

Deadly PremonitionSource: Toybox

If you loved the first game's experience, then you really ought to check out this sequel/prequel. Agent York is back, this time tracking down details of a brand new murder in New Orleans. You'll again need to survive encounters with supernatural entities as you deduce what happened to the victim.

Deadly Premonition

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise for Nintendo Switch

The FBI have yet another supernatural murder to solve in this sequel. Can you figure out who's killing everyone?

Amensia: Collection

Amnesia CollectionSource: Frictional Games

The Amnesia: Collection comes with three horror classics: The Dark Descent, A Machine for Pigs, and Justine. These first-person action games require you to solve puzzles and interact with machinery while dangerous monsters are out to get you. There's a lot of low lighting and creepy imagery to get your blood pumping.

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Amnesia: Collection for Nintendo Switch

Run around haunting locations solving nightmarish puzzles in this collection of games.

Resident Evil Triple Pack

This collection comes with Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6, which are some of the best games in the series. You can even play local or online multiplayer with Resident Evil 5 and 6. Each has you fighting creepy foes and blasting your way to safety, making it one of the best Halloween Switch games of the season.

Resident Evil Triple Pack

Resident Evil Triple Pack for Nintendo Switch

Experience three classics from the Resident Evil series while taking on creepy enemies.

Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil RevelationsSource: Capcom

You follow two teams, one comprised of Chris Redfield and Jessica, and the other made up of Parker Luciani and Jill Valentine, as they make their way through the Queen Zenobia, a supposedly abandoned cruise ship. Ammo is limited, and enemies are many. You'll have to evade, explore, and gather to survive this game.

Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations for Nintendo Switch

You're exploring a haunted cruise ship with limited amounts of ammo and an unrelenting onslaught of nasty foes.

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Resident Evil  Revelations 2Source: Capcom

Claire Redfield returns in another horror classic. This time, she's been abducted and left in an abandoned detention facility on a remote island with Moira Burton. You'll have plenty of abominations jumping out and trying to get you as you make your way through the prison. During the story, you'll learn who brought you here and why they did it.

Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations 2 for Nintendo Switch

You're stuck on an abandoned island prison by a sadistic woman out to cause you pain. How well can you survive?

Outlast: Bundle of Terror

Outlast Bundle of TerrorSource: Red Barrels

You play as Miles Upshur, a journalist who breaks into Mount Massive Asylum after getting a tip about strange goings-on. What you didn't realize was that this facility is filled with horrors beyond your imagination. So what makes this game so scary? You don't have a weapon. The only thing you can do is run and hide to avoid certain death. What's more, the only way to escape is to go further into the asylum.

Outlast Bundle Of Terror

Outlast: Bundle of Terror for Nintendo Switch

You're in a creepy asylum filled with abominations out to kill you. Can you survive without any access to weapons?

Outlast 2

Outlast image of a man running down a mine tunnel towards the viewerSource: Red Barrels

In this sequel, you play as Blake Langermann, a cameraman who works alongside his wife Lynn as investigative journalists. The suspicious murder of a pregnant woman leads you both to a bizarre wilderness town in Arizona known as Temple Gate, where a demonic group of people lives. As with the first game, you don't have a weapon, so your only option is to run and hide when an abomination is chasing you.

Outlast

Outlast 2 for Nintendo Switch

You're being hunted by a wicked cult in a desert Arizona town.

The best Halloween Switch games

Halloween is the best time of year—there's candy, you get to dress up, and there are no obligations to see family. There's no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by playing your favorite video games. We've gathered up a range of spookers, from child-friendly games to terrifying horrors. That way, you can find the right amount of scariness for you or your loved one.

The game I recommend most is Luigi's Mansion 3. This is a great game for all ages as it has you running around a haunted hotel that pays homage to several different spooky themes. You can play on your own or pass a Joy-Con to a friend for two-player co-op. If you have more people coming over, choose from one of the many multiplayer party games. Eight people can play together, either locally or online.

Looking for something a little more creepy? You should consider playing Little Nightmares: Complete Edition. You play as a child named Six who has been sucked into the Maw, a horrifying vessel controlled by evil creatures. To escape, you need to solve puzzles and avoid getting caught. It's like something out of a Grimm brothers' nightmare. If you want something downright horrifying, you'll want to get your hands on Outlast: Bundle of Horror. This is the kind of game that will keep you up at night. You play as a journalist who's gotten himself into a supernatural asylum. Demonic beings try to attack you, and your only defense is running away and hiding before they get to you.

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