Grow Pumpkins During the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween Event

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Even living on a tropical island can’t stop the festive fall season from arriving in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A free update is available now, adding pumpkin crops and Halloween costumes to prepare for October 31.

Pumpkin seeds can be purchased from Leif year-round or in Nook’s Cranny during the month of October. Grown pumpkins can be harvested to create new pumpkin-based DIY recipes. You can learn the new recipes from fellow island residents.

At the Able Sisters hop you’ll be able to purchase Halloween costumes, like a mage’s dress, throughout the month. Body paint, colored contacts, and other accessories can be acquired by redeeming Nook Miles.

“For players that have yet to create their personal island paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, now is a great time to get started,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP. “Players who enjoyed their islands during the spring and summer will find new ways to play when they experience the new festive activities that fall has to offer.”

After 5 pm on October 31, the Halloween night event begins. Neighbors will gather in the plaza, which will be decorated for Halloween. The czar of Halloween, the mysterious Jack, will also be there. By giving Jack candy you can earn in-game rewards, but you’ll need to share with your neighbors as well.

The Halloween event lasts throughout the month of October. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon GO Halloween Event Begins this Week

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Can you guess which kind of Pokémon will more frequently appear during Pokémon GO’s seasonal Halloween event? We’ve had three years of Halloween events and by now you know the drill: more Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon will be found in the wild, hatched from eggs, and appear in raids starting this Thursday, October 17 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.

The big difference this year is that a new generation of Pokémon has been added since last year, with the Spirit Pokémon Yamask making its debut during the Halloween event. Darkrai can be found elusively in five-star raid battles.

Another new addition are Pokémon wearing costumes. During the Halloween event you can find Bulbasaur wearing Shedinja costumes, Charmander wearing Cubone costumes, and Squirtle wearing Yamask costumes. These costume-wearing Pokémon can be found in raid battles, but a Mimikyu-wearing Pikachu can be found in the wild, and all of them have a rare chance of appearing as shiny versions.

New Shadow Pokémon from Team Rocket have also been added, including Weedle, Beedril, Lapras, Sableye, and Duskull. Shadow Pokémon can be fought and rescued from Team GO Rocket Grunts at PokéStops.

The Halloween event also features new dress-up avatar items, new Field Research tasks, and double the candy bonuses for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon.

The Pokémon GO Halloween event begins Oct. 17 and ends Friday, Nov. 1. It’s available on iOS and Android mobile devices and rated E for Everyone.