Five Cheap Games to Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Five Cheap Games to Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Take advantage of the glory of Steam's Halloween sale while you can with these recommendations.

Happy Halloween! 'Tis the season for dressing up as figures in pop culture to get $3 burritos at Chipotle.

Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to assume that most folks don't have particularly spooky plans for this evening. Maybe you'll pop in your Blu-ray of Hocus Pocus or something, or power through more of season two of Stranger Things if you didn't already binge it over the weekend. After all, we all have work in the morning (*yawn*), or we celebrated over the weekend at a number of other costume parties. The fact is: your night is probably (mostly) free. So why not kick back and plug into a creepy game from 2017 for the occasion?

Worry not: none of these games are particularly long, nor are they even that pricey. At the most, they're $15. Plus Steam's having a handy Halloween sale right now that ends on November 1st at 10am PST, which makes some of these even cheaper. If you're on a budget—both of the time sense and monetary sense—then this list will have you covered.


Theoretically, a top-down horror game almost feels like it could be impossible to be unnerving. After all, in a way, you always see what's ahead. In Acid Wizard Studio's Darkwood, that's not the case at all. The developers utilize a puny flashlight, ear-piercing sound design, and a dark, rainy environment to make the most of its unique take on survival horror. By the end of it, you'll never look at dogs the same again.

Get It Here: $11.99 on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, usually $14.99.


Detention, from Taiwanese developers Red Candle Games, has stuck with me ever since I played it in early 2017. While more of an eerie game than outright horror, Detention is a game about the terror of living in Taiwan under martial law in the 1960s. Of course, there's actual ghastly things too. It's an incredibly bleak game overall, as the wheels turn towards its inevitable tragedy, but it's a moving game nonetheless.

Get It Here: $5.99 on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux, usually $11.99.

Haunted Cities Volume 2

Kitty Horrorshow is one of my favorite independent developers. Her games are the type that make me rethink horror's potential, and how we even view "horror" games under a traditional lens. The unpredictable haunted house horror of 2016's Anatomy ended up being one of my absolute favorite games of last year. Her latest project, literally released earlier today, is a short collection of experimental snapshots, each winding down an even creepier road than the last. I can't think of a better way to spend Halloween than with Horrorshow's lo-fi horror's embrace.

Get It Here: free on for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Stories Untold

Most text adventures leave everything to the imagination. But not Stories Untold, the experimental text adventure from developers No Code. Stories Untold is an anthology-like text adventure, careening into different episodes, all with their own deeply unsettling tales to navigate through. It's also far more visual than most text adventures, in itself ushering the genre into new heights; showing that you no longer just need mere words on a screen to frighten players. In the end though, sometimes the words driving the action is what's truly scariest.

Get It Here: $3.39 on Steam for PC and Mac, usually $9.99

Sylvio 2

The first Sylvio, from developer Stroboskop, did something I don't see often in horror games: it took players outside, showing them the true horrors of nature and beyond, and the ghosts that dwell the earth. It also explored the terror that lies in the sounds of such ghoulishness, as the player is outfitted with a ghost recorder. In Sylvio 2, that audio recorder's upgraded to video; the outdoor setting is brought indoors to desolate apartments. But all the same: it's an eerie atmosphere, thus the perfect game to play on ol' Halloween.

Get It Here: $14.99 on Steam for PC and Mac.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

Related articles

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shinji Mikami Could Direct Another Game If It Was Completely His Vision, "Beginning to End"

He could return to the director's seat, given the right conditions.

Devotion Is Not Getting Re-Released on GOG After All [Update]

After the announcement, the PC storefront quickly retracted due to "many messages from gamers."

The Callisto Protocol Could Carry the Spirit of Dead Space, Even Within the PUBG Universe

Striking Distance is bringing sci-fi horror to the PUBG universe.

Need help?

Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough

Here's our complete Resident Evil 2 walkthrough, taking you through the campaign as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield.

Blair Witch Bunker Code: How to Unlock The Bunker and Turn On the Radio

Here’s the code for the bunker in Blair Witch.

Outlast 2 Walkthrough: Document Locations, Recording Locations, Level Guides, Puzzles

Outlast 2 drops protagonist Blake Langermann on the outskirts of the Sonoran Desert, and tasks him with rescuing his wife, Lynn, from a town of murderous lunatics. We've got all you need to get through the game in this Outlast 2 Walkthrough.

Resident Evil 2 Tips - Surviving the Nightmare in Resident Evil 2's Raccoon City

Here's our complete list of tips you need to know going into Resident Evil 2, to help Claire and Leon make it through Raccoon City.