Which MMORPG Halloween event will win 2022’s battle of the spooky?
The Best MMORPG Halloween Events You Can Enjoy Right Now
MMORPG Halloween events are currently taking place across all of our favourite games. Nearly all of them have already begun and most run into November. We've taken the time to run through 15 different MMORPG Halloween events (and an MMOFPS event), tried a good handful of them ourselves, and now we're bringing you a breakdown of the best of them. This year, we'll try to keep the spooktacular Halloween puns to a minimum...we promise.
Destiny 2 -- Festival of the Lost
MMOFPS Destiny 2 has brought back its longstanding community-led Halloween event Festival of the Lost. After voting on the "Mech-abre" theme earlier in the year, players can unlock new mech-style guardian armour for each class. They do this by leading fireteams through "Haunted Sectors" and overcoming the ghoulish Cabal. Expect challenges, rewards, eery playlists, t-shirt competitions, and unique items for sale.
Festival of the Lost has already begun and will run until November 8th.
World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic -- Hallow's End
It wouldn't be Halloween in WoW without Hallow's End celebrations and the annual sprint to acquire the Headless Horseman mount. Though the festivities include plenty more, from "Tricky Treats" to apple bobbing. One of the nice parts of Hallow's End is that (unlike most MMOs where a bunch of pumpkin-headed ghouls arrive for no reason) it ties in with World of Warcraft lore - as it is the holiday that commemorates the historical bifurcation of the Forsaken and the Scourge.
Hallow's End has already begun and will last until November 1st.
Elder Scrolls Online -- Witches Festival
Why didn't the skeleton go to the Witches Festival? Because he had no body to go with. Sorrynotsorry. Elder Scrolls Online' is getting its horror fix through the poorly punctuated "Witches Festival" this year. After collecting cauldron mementos, players can be (temporarily) transformed into a skeleton -- granting them a XP boost. Completing delves, dungeons, and bosses (including the horrific Crowborne Horror) will unlock exclusive emotes, armour, and recipes.
Witches Festival has already begun and lasts until November 2nd.
EverQuest & EverQuest 2
We're grouping these two classics together. EverQuest has introduced an array of special spooky quests to celebrate the Nights of the Dead, with its highlight being the Mask of Horror. Just as in ESO, it will transform players into skeletons. EverQuest 2 has already introduced a range of activities, quests, instances, and spooky masks and is being particularly generous with its holiday housing rewards.
Both MMORPG Halloween events have already begun and will last until November 8th.
Final Fantasy XIV -- All Saints' Wake
In another totally-not-Halloween spooky festival, FFXIV players can kickstart their "All Saints' Wake" celebrations by visiting the Adventurers' Guild in Old Gridania wherein they find the quest "Mad Masquerade". Strangely, it's the second time that All Saints' Wake has been celebrated his year, but we're glad it's returned to its normal slot. Players must collect pumpkin cookies which can be exchanged for housing items and glamours, they can take photos with giant jack-o'-lanterns (how has Instagram culture snuck into our MMOs?), or they can embark on a reskinned dungeon adventure which will require them to banish ghosts aplenty.
All Saints' Wake has already begun and lasts until November 1st.
Lord of the Rings Online -- Harvestmath
In this edition of Halloween-but-not-Halloween, LOTRO's Middle Earth experiences its annual festival and genuinely scary Haunted Burrow -- a haunted house to explore and conquer. It's an atmospheric event full of moody lighting and music. And much like the other events, a temporary reward currency is available which can be spent on a veritable cauldron-load of Halloween items.
Harvestmath has already begun and lasts until November 2nd
New World -- Nightveil Hallow
Talking of cauldrons, you won't find a town square in Aeternum without one right now. We've been playing New World again while we're putting together a Brimstone Sands review; and we must say, we do love this event. Players collect cauldrons by defeating creepy monsters -- nothing particularly original there, right? Well, that's because you haven't seen the world boss Baalphazu yet -- a truly horrific and gigantic woodland creature that gives any horror movie monstrosity a run for its money. Once you've killed it, return to one of the Nightveil Cauldrons, heave the beast's gross guts into the green bubbling waters, and swap the tokens for skins and more.
Nightveil Hallow has already begun and lasts until November 1st.
Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King
Guild Wars 2 is also hosting a returning event -- once more players will have to brave The Mad King's Labyrinth. With a new race starting every twenty minutes, players will be challenged in both brain and brawn. Outside every major city, players will find festival merchants and portals to the Mad Realm. From there, the chaos begins.
Shadow of the Mad King has already begun and will last until November 9th.
Which other Halloween events are worth enjoying in MMO-adjacent games?
Fallout 76 wins the "How do we call it Halloween without calling it Halloween?" award with a trick-or-treat event named Hallowe'en which takes place throughout Appalachia -- lasting until November 8^th^.
GTA Online was once famous for its Halloween extravaganzas, though they've been steadily declining over the years. Since 2021, there's been a bit of a resurgence, Games Radar published a good breakdown of what's going on this year.
Sea of Thieves is celebrating the Festival of the Damned with awesome skeleton forts, creepy theremin shanties in the taverns, Bilge Rat rewards, and web-based cosmetics. And that's not to mention the Tricksters and Treaters event on October 28^th^. Now you can see why we've just reviewed Sea of Thieves so highly!
Aura Kingdom isn't a game usually associated with horror, but it's celebrating appropriately via the Festival of Frights by making players get lost in the darkness of Oblitus Wood.
Star Stable is the only MMO to actually just call their Halloween event Halloween. For you online horse lovers out there, there is a brand new storyline, a unique festival hub, Galloper's Keep, a potion brewery, and more.
Thanks for reading our breakdown of the best MMORPG Halloween events. Enjoy the spooky season and see you next year!