Scary PC games to play on the spookiest day of the year

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Concept art from Guild Wars 2's Halloween event, Shadow of the Mad King. (Image credit: ArenaNet)

It's Friday the 13th. It's also a full moon. That makes today double spooky

According to our friends at Space.com (opens in new tab), this full moon will be exceptionally small, which doesn't really add to the spookiness, but doesn't detract from it. A full moon is a full moon. Also, this full moon is known as the 'Harvest Moon,' which in my opinion slightly adds to its spookiness.

It isn't October yet, but we all know Halloween lasts for over a month, so I'm counting this as a Halloween-adjacent Friday the 13th Harvest Moon, which makes today the spookiest day of the year, if you ask me.

I'm going to push back on anyone who says that Halloween itself is the de facto spookiest day of the year. A day when people dress up like The Joker is definitely not spooky, unless you consider the frequency of Joker-centric movies to be spooky. (He's not that good of a character and yet he keeps showing up for some reason. I believe that it's a conspiracy to sell clown makeup to adults who would otherwise not purchase any clown makeup—that is, non-clowns.)

My point is that if you've been thinking you have to wait until the middle of October to break out the spooky game you've been meaning to play, that is absolutely not the case. Today marks the beginning of spooky season.

A game I recommend every year is Lone Survivor (opens in new tab), a rare horror game where the payoff at the end is one of the best parts. For something newer, Andy C tells me that Darkwood (opens in new tab) is a "hell of a thing." Tim, who will probably spend the evening playing Destiny 2 or Hearthstone, neither of which are spooky, has thrown out Limbo (opens in new tab) and Inside (opens in new tab) as good candidates for tonight. Dusk (opens in new tab) also feels appropriate.

Technically, if you live on the east coast of the US or in the UK or Australia, the moon won't turn full until sometime after midnight, on the 14th, but technicalities aren't spooky, so let's not make a big deal about it. 

Space.com has an up-to-date full moon calendar (opens in new tab) if, like me, you're interested in the moon, and how much of it we'll be seeing at any given time. The next full moon lands on October 13—not a Friday, sadly, but a Sunday—and is called the Hunter's Moon. I'll mark that down now as a good day to play The Hunter: Call of the Wild. 

Have a spooky game recommendation for today, the spookiest day? Share it in the comments if you like.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.