The Steam Halloween Sale is live

Halloween is still a week away, but the sweet treats are here already—on Steam, at least, where the Steam Scream Fest is now underway.

Predictably, Steam's big Halloween extravaganza is focused on the spooky and the scary: Horror, survival horror, dark fantasy, Lovecraftian tales, and other forms of supernatural shenanigans. A number of games holding seasonal events will also be spotlighted during the sale.

A few examples to help get you started:

And if you prefer your Halloween horrors with a little bit of a softer edge, there's also a "Silly" category you can dive into, featuring games like Cult of the Lamb, Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp, Plants vs. Zombies, and Ghostbusters Remastered.

That's more than a few recommendations, yes, but in my defense there's a lot of good stuff going on in this sale and it's easy to get carried away. There are also new profile backgrounds, avatars, stickers, and other such digital items available in the Steam Points Shop.  

A number of demos for current and upcoming games are also available during the event. One game that's doing something a little different on that front is the survival horror shooter You Will Die Here Tonight, which is running six different demos over the course of the event, each of them building on the events of the last.

The Steam Scream Fest is live now and runs until 10 am PT/1 pm ET on November 1.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.