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Are you ready for the holiday season to overtake the MMORPG world? Halloween is right around the corner, which means that you’ll be seeing a lot of holiday-related antics in the months to come, ramping up to a crescendo in December with Christmas. But for now, log into these MMORPGs and get your spook on with these fun events.
Halloween is my favorite seasonal MMORPG holiday because it’s so atmospheric. Sure, Thanksgiving is nice with its turkey and cornucopia, and Christmas is wonderful with all the snow and candy canes, but Halloween is on another level with cobwebs, pumpkins, and zombies. Here’s how you can join in on the fun with your favorite MMORPGs. And the best part? Most of these MMORPGs are now free to play!
World of Warcraft
How could we start this list without addressing the mammoth first? World of Warcraft has been running Hallow’s End, their version of Halloween, annually since 2005, and it’s been a blast every year. This year, it started back on October 18 and ends on November 1, so you still have a few days left to enjoy it.
Visit any of the large cities to get started. By completing quests and participating in events, you’ll earn Tricky Treats, which is the Halloween currency used to purchase rewards. Events include battling the Headless Horseman, searching for Candy Buckets, bobbing for apples, and dropping stink bombs on the opposite faction.
Event Ends: November 1.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 received a lot of hype before it was released, and it received plenty of praise since. As with all good things, the game’s flaws did show themselves in time, but it’s still a good game – just not as revolutionary as expected. However, ArenaNet has proven themselves competent with regular updates, including fun seasonal events that offer more than just cosmetic goodies.
Back on October 15, the Mad King’s influence stretched over Tyria and the Bloody Prince arrived, ushering in this year’s Halloween event: Blood and Madness. Players can wander the world and examine haunted doors to trick-or-treat, explore the Mad King’s Labyrinth, challenge themselves on the Mad King’s Clocktower jumping puzzle, or play in the Lunatic Inquisition PvP game.
Event Ends: November 11.
Lord of the Rings Online
This year, the Harvest Festival returns to Lord of the Rings Online with more fun than ever before. It began back on October 22, and there’s still plenty of time to hop in on the action, so what’s keeping you? There are many quests, deeds, and rewards waiting for you to log on.
All you have to do is go to Ered Luin, Bree-land, or The Shire. From there you can play in a bunch of mini-games, including: festival dancing, apple bobbing, pumpkin picking, horse racing, and the best event of all, the Haunted Burrow, which is like a spooky house full of surprises. You’ll have oodles of fun, guaranteed.
Event Ends: November 4.
Since October 15, EverQuest 2 has been running their annual Halloween event, Nights of the Dead. While certain specifics of the event change from year to year, the general gist is the same: haunted fun for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t logged onto EverQuest 2 in a while, jump on in and tag along for the holiday season.
Rush across the lands of Norrath and capture ghosts in exchange for rewards. Monsters will drop candy when killed, which can be used for crafting. The Marketplace contains a lot of seasonal items that you can purchase as well. And, of course, you’ll find holiday-related quests to complete and holiday-related achievements to earn.
Event Ends: November 11.
Final Fantasy XIV
Despite Final Fantasy XIV being one of the newer MMORPGs to hit the scene (if we only consider the revamped version), the developers have been gracious enough to release a Halloween event for the players. Unfortunately, don’t expect too much out of it.
The crux of the event is a series of quests that involve some holiday-related items, such as pumpkin deliveries and lantern lighting, and you can purchase some items from a holiday vendor. All in all, All Saints Wake is not as pervasive or festive as some of the other MMORPG Halloween events, but you can earn some experience, items, and ghost costumes if you participate.
Event Ends: November 1.
If you have no plans to go out and knock door to door in pursuit of free candy, these MMORPG events are a great way for you to still be involved in the holiday spirit. Complement the night with some of the best horror films to really spook yourself silly this Halloween season.
What have been some of your favorite MMORPG Halloween events in the past? Which other MMORPGs are running awesome events this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!