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The Steam Halloween Sale begins with the Steam store going down (Update: It's back!)

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The Steam Halloween Sale for 2019 is alive! The spooky savings event features deals on horror and horror-adjacent games, and also provides a handy rundown on games that are running Halloween-themed events. The Steam store went down for a couple of hours right after the sale first appeared, but now it's back, so have at it. 

This isn't one of the big seasonal Steam sales, so you're not going to find the cavalcade of extreme savings that you might expect from, say, the Holiday Sale, but when the store comes back there are still some deals to be had. Observer for 75 percent off is a solid pick if you missed it going free on the Epic Games Store a couple of weeks ago, Little Nightmares is down to $5—also 75 percent off—as is Dead Space 2, which despite not being as horrific as the original is still a fun, very splattery shooter. And if you're a point-and-click fan (and I am, which is why I bring it up), the excellent supernatural story Unavowed is 30 percent off, taking it to just over a tenner. 

A few more suggestions, because that's what I do:

The Halloween Events rosters might be handy if you're wondering, for instance, whether F1 2019 is doing something to celebrate Halloween this year. (It is.) There's also an interesting little widget thing in the sale logo that you can twist and rotate in what I assume are meaningless ways. But maybe there's a secret? (I doubt it, but you never know—keep spinning and clicking, and let us know if something falls out.)

The Steam Halloween 2019 Sale will be live whenever the store starts working again and runs until 10 am PT/1 pm ET on November 1. In case you hadn't heard, GOG is also having a Halloween sale.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.