October is personally my favorite month of the year with it ending with a huge celebration of everything spooky and haunted, Halloween! Every year I play a mix of games from truly scary to more childish and fun to get my Halloween fill. Here are our 15 best Halloween games 2022 you should play in October and Halloween this year! (I’m cheating a bit with adding franchises since there are just so many great games to highlight.)
1. Resident Evil (Franchise)
We first start off with a real doozy with the Resident Evil Franchise. One of the biggest reasons I’m counting Franchises as just one spot is Resident Evil. With the first game coming out all the way back in 1996 and the latest Resident Evil Village coming out just last year you really do have plenty to choose from. If you’re interested in some of the older games but don’t have access to the older consoles they also have some great remakes available with updated graphics!
Some of my favorites from the series are Resident Evil Village and the Resident Evil 2 Remake! If you want even more fun you can watch the Resident Evil movies alongside playing the games as well!
2. Alien: Isolation
Coming out all the way back in 2014 Alien: Isolation is still one of the best Halloween games 2022. A survival horror game that truly makes you feel like you’re constantly in mortal danger and never have a chance to feel safe. The atmosphere can’t be beaten, this game will keep you on your toes and still manage to be so much fun!
3. Dead By Daylight
A great way to play a horror-based multiplayer game with friends! Dead by Daylight is a 4 (survivors) against 1 (killer) game. With Killers of both unique designs and designs based directly on some of our favorite horror movie killers such as Ghostface, Micheal Myers, and Freddy Krueger. With plenty of different perks to unlock and maps to play on the fun can go on for quite some time. If you don’t have 4 other friends to play with fear not you can play with strangers and still have just as much fun!
4. The Evil Within (Franchise)
Two of my personal favorite games of all time, both The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2 are incredibly fun to play with interesting stories and great mechanics to enjoy. If you’ve played any of the Resident Evil games and like them, The Evil Within franchise will probably be a fun one for you too. Being directed by Resident Evil series creator Shinji Mikami the games definitely share similarities but have just enough differences to still greatly enjoy. There is also possibly a third game to come in the future!
5. Layers Of Fear (Franchise)
Layers of Fear 1 and 2 are both first-person psychedelic horror games with a heavy focus on story and exploration. The first especially an being indie darling in the horror game world. Most if not all fans of the genre have at least heard of Layers Of Fear. The game itself is almost fully story-based as you go through the linear gameplay. If you want a great atmosphere and story this may be one of the best Halloween games 2022.
6. Amnesia (Franchise)
Some other great atmospheric gems, the Amnesia games can be quite spooky. The first game in the series Amnesia: The Darkest Descent is a true classic in the horror genre and is by far my favorite of the series. A game about immersion, discovery, and living through a nightmare that holds up even after 12 years. The other two games just add even more to the spooky fun.
7. Little Nightmares (Franchise)
We finally got a second Little Nightmares game in 2021 and it did not disappoint. Both games are puzzle-platformer horror adventure games and are beloved by their respective communities. Both being very suspenseful and enjoyable to play the Little Nightmares franchise offers some fun horror that isn’t too terrifying.
8. Ghostwire: Tokyo
Ghostwire: Tokyo is one of the newest horror games out there and is a unique blend of FPS, RPG, and horror. While %99 of Tokyo’s population has vanished you must use your array of spectral abilities to fight the paranormal threat and solve the mystery behind the mass disappearance of all the people. A gorgeous game with unique horror aspects, what more could you ask for?
9. Outlast (Franchise)
With another game in the works, it’s a great time to revisit the amazing games in which are Outlast and Outlast 2. Both are first-person horror games in which you must run for your life. With some great scares and only your wits to keep you safe both Outlast games are wonderful to play multiple times over. From an Asylum to an entire town filled with crazed lunatics you will always be on the edge of your seat as you try to escape.
10. Costume Quest (Franchise)
Far from a lot of the other games already on this list Costume Quest 1 and 2 are both very kid-friendly games. They’re both action role-playing games with a turn-based combat system. The fun comes in the different abilities that are useable with each different costume you put on. The complete love for Halloween both games clearly has and just the innocent fun they bring is just two of the reasons the Costume Quest games are always on my best Halloween games 2022.
11. Dying Light (Franchise)
A franchise that brings one of the newest games on this list is Dying Light. The survival horror games have a fun aspect of free running (platforming) as well as action adventure. You fight to survive in a post-apocalyptic open world filled with zombies and a ton of fun. With Dying Light 2 Stay Human coming out only in February there are hopefully still many more updates and expansions to come to keep your zombie-killing urge fed.
12. Martha Is Dead
While maybe not the fastest-paced game Martha Is Dead is a very intriguing story that is both dark and gruesome. The slow psychological horror the game features may not be for everyone but if you want an unsettling atmosphere set in 1944 Italy this is the game for you. Marth Is Dead will blur the lines between reality and superstition and that’s why it’s on our best Halloween games 2022 list.
13. Silent Hill (Franchise)
For lucky number 13, we have none other than the Silent Hill franchise. Silent Hill like Resident Evil is a franchise that introduced so many of us to horror. With games coming out from 1999-2014 there are plenty to choose from. P.T. or playable teaser was the last thing we received for Silent Hill however it was pulled from the PlayStation game store. While it was up it was on everyone’s mind. While we are sad the full game was canceled it does still give us hope for another Silent Hill game possibly in the future. Silent Hill 2 was also previously featured in our Top 5 Horror Games you should revisit!
Maybe a lesser-known game to many still Darkwood is an amazing top-down survival horror game that I personally love! With approximately 51 hours needed to fully complete the game, you won’t run out of things to do anytime soon. No “cheap” jump scares to hide behind on top of being truly challenging ensures that this game will be on my best Halloween games 2022 list and any list in the future for sure!
15. Dead Space (Franchise)
Dead Space is a science fiction/horror shooter franchise and one that has been around since 2008. There is also a Dead Space remake set to come out in 2023! With enemies that can grow and change around you, you always have to be on your toes. Add in the minimal resources at your disposal and you’ve got a great creepy game making it perfect for our best Halloween Games 2022! Like Silent Hill 2 Dead Space was also already previously featured in our Top 5 Horror Games you should revisit.