Everyone’s entitled to one good scare, but we’re forfeiting that right this year – far too many ghoulish goings on in the real world to relax by being chased by an evil clown-spider train. See, we love Halloween here at PCGamesN – pumpkins, low-budget costumes, homemade snacks that are made to look like eyeballs – but we’re not all fans of horror games. Jumpscares? Needles in the eye? Spiders with upside-down baby faces? None for us, thanks. To make matters worse, there are plenty of non-horror games with terrifying moments in them, so finding totally scare-free, fright night appropriate games is no mean feat.
If you want to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve without having to sleep through November with the lights on, then we’ve prepared a list of Halloween-adjacent games that provide all the schlocky, tropey goodness of the holiday without even the slightest risk of getting spooked.
You can find our roundups of the best zombie games, vampire games, and ghost games if you’re looking for a more specific brand of Halloween critter, or – if you start to feel brave halfway through this list – you can check out our main selection of actually scary horror games.