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‘Tis the season for fear and fright, and what better way to scare yourself silly than by playing a few games to fuel your nightmares?

There are several critically-acclaimed video games, like Silent Hill and Dead Space, that will fill you with genuine terror 4 Video Games That Will Actually Terrify You [MUO Gaming] 4 Video Games That Will Actually Terrify You [MUO Gaming] Video games are able to capture much of the emotion and feeling that comes with movies and other forms of entertainment. That being said, video games always seem to struggle with making people laugh and... Read More . You’ve also got episodic video games 5 Lesser Known Episodic Games on Steam You Should be Playing 5 Lesser Known Episodic Games on Steam You Should be Playing Don't call it a comeback. Episodic games have been here for years! Read More , like Penumbra, which will scare you more than once. But these games aren’t cheap.

Fortunately, there are lots of lesser-known horror games 4 Bone-Chilling Horror Games From The PlayStation 2 You've Never Heard Of 4 Bone-Chilling Horror Games From The PlayStation 2 You've Never Heard Of Get your Shocktober on with these hidden PS2 horror gems. Read More out there that are free yet horrifying. You just have to know where to find them. Here’s a short list to get you started.

Browser Games

1. Covetous

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Covetous is an old browser game from 2010 that still lives up even now. It’s extremely short — beatable within 5 minutes — and is barely much of a “game” at all, but for the short time that you spend playing this, it’s intensely creepy and disturbing, especially towards the end.

2. Eyes

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Eyes is a simple collect-’em-all game, but don’t let your guard down for even one moment. There are threats lurking around every corner and you must preserve your stamina if you’re going to survive. it’s creepy, atmospheric, and shocking.

3. Dark Deception

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“Three seconds in and I’m terrified.” Take the words of this commenter to heart before playing this game. And not only is it terrifying as a browser experience, but you can play Dark Deception with an Oculus Rift for a more immersive, more pants-crappingly scary time.

4. Hide and Seek

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An innocent name like Hide and Seek is already imaginatively spooky, but if the name doesn’t sell you on this game, then the thumbnails will. This is also a simple collect-’em-all game, but most people who play it quit before finding that last memory. Will you?

5. Free Icecream

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As soon as you load this game, you’re hit by a creepy distortion of the traditional “ice cream truck song” that we’ve all heard at one time or another. This simple puzzle game is horrifying in its narrative, destroying the childhood innocence of a young girl in a way that demands a real emotional response. It’s haunting.

Downloadable Games

1. Vanish (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Vanish is the kind of game that you stop playing because you can’t bear to see what’s around the next corner. It’s eerie and menacing in all the right ways, but best of all, it’s cross-platform! If you want a free horror experience, there’s no reason not to play this one.

2. Slender (Windows, Mac)

By now, everyone has heard of the Slenderman urban legend from one source or another, and it may have worn out its welcome over the past few years — but if you haven’t already, you should really play Slender. You can finish it in less than 30 minutes, but you’ll be frightened senseless before you reach the end.

3. White Day (Windows)

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White Day is a Korean game that was eventually abandoned due to poor sales and made available to download for free with an English patch. It’s an oldie (released in 2000) but is considered by many who’ve played it to be the scariest game ever. It has much in common with Amnesia, so if you liked that, then you’ll love this.

4. SCP Containment Breach (Windows)

“Don’t blink or you die.” SCP Containment Breach is what you get when horror meets procedural generation How Procedural Generation Took Over The Gaming Industry How Procedural Generation Took Over The Gaming Industry Read More . Your goal is to escape the containment site, but the world is randomly generated each time you play, so no two play-throughs are the same. This game is just a glimpse of what might be possible with future advancements in procedural generation No Man's Sky and the Future of Procedural Games No Man's Sky and the Future of Procedural Games If you haven't heard of No Man's Sky yet, you're missing out. This open-world adventure game is set to pioneer a new standard in procedural generation, a topic that's deeply interesting even if you don't... Read More .

5. 7 Days (Windows)

Don’t confuse it with 7 Days To Die. As an experimental indie game Xbox Indie Games: 5 Games You Won't Believe Cost Only A Dollar Xbox Indie Games: 5 Games You Won't Believe Cost Only A Dollar Here are six titles you can spend hours playing for only $1. Read More , you might figure that 7 Days isn’t worth playing, but there’s a bizarrely uncanny atmosphere to this game thanks to its low-poly graphics. It’s a great game packed with emotion and spookiness, and it deserves a chance.

No Better Time to Be Scared Than Now

Keep in mind that the above games might be too scary for children. However, we think kids should be able to join in the on the frightfest that is Halloween, so here are some spooky games suitable for kids 6 Spooky Halloween Games Perfect For Kids 6 Spooky Halloween Games Perfect For Kids Ask any kid. Halloween is more than just an hour spent walking from door to door, collecting enough sugar-laden candy to induce a diabetic coma. It’s an entire day spent celebrating the scary. Read More that you should be able to share with your young ones.

Which games are you playing this Halloween? What’s the scariest game you’ve ever played? It doesn’t have to be free, but if it is, even better! Share with us in the comments below.

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  1. Kelsey Tidwell
    October 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    By the way, you might mention that the first four games won't run in Chrome because they appear to be Java-based...just tried them. The site recommends Firefox, but any Java-enabled browser will do, I'm sure. I'll try them in IE since I'm blech about FF. Kongregate appears to be all Java games.

    • Cutler Cox
      October 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Most games on Kongregate are Flash games, not Java. Java games are few and far between on that site, I don't know how you got that impression.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        October 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

        If they're Flash then okay...I got that impression from the developer page on their site which mentioned programming in Java.

        They STILL won't run in Chrome.

        • Cutler Cox
          October 19, 2015 at 12:30 am

          What OS? I know flash won't always work on Linux, but it works great on my windows 10 machine.

        • Kelsey Tidwell
          October 19, 2015 at 12:34 am

          I'm using the latest Chrome Beta build in Windows 10. The site says that recent versions of Chrome won't run their games, and to download Firefox or some other browser.

          It's no big deal really. I just played the games in IE.

        • Cutler Cox
          October 19, 2015 at 12:40 am

          Ah, it's not flash, it the unity player. So, it's a third plugin, which chrome dropped a few months back. The first game worked for me, but the next three did not.

        • Kelsey Tidwell
          October 19, 2015 at 12:44 am

          Interesting. I'd read something about the unity exclusion a while back but had forgotten about it. Now everyone knows what to expect :)

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    October 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for this list, Joel! Time to get my play on...

    And you get 10,000,000 points for the phrase of the day, "more pants-crappingly". The last time I played a pants-crappingly scary game, I had no idea there was a hole 'nother level...thank you for this new (t)issue to explore, and here goes another day down the toilet. Crap!

    I rectum I'll go now.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      October 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      You know what...you don't have to mention it now :)

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