Haunt the House: Spooky Fun

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

This article originally appeared on The Daily Worker Placement.

This is easily my favourite time of year. The sticky hot days of summer are past, but the freezing cold tundra that Winter will bring are still a few weeks away. If you live in a part of the world where leafs change colour, then right about now, you’re hitting peak beauty. But what I really love about October is Halloween. It gives you the ability to fully embrace your love of all things dark and macabre. There’s something about dressing up, acquiring candy, and surrendering to our baser fears that brings me back to my youth. It’s the perfect time to take a look at a game that taps into my childhood love of being spooked!

We’ve all seen those ghost hunter shows where various clairvoyants and ‘scientists’ make their way into a supposedly haunted building and attempt to make contact with the dead. Well, imagine it from the ghosts’ point of view. How annoying would it be to constantly be disturbed by a bunch of hunters trying to capture you on film and make a name for themselves. They’re worse than the paparazzi. In Haunt the House, you get to be one of the deceased residents of a creepy old mansion looking to scare away these unwanted visitors.

Haunt the House is one of the new titles from Kids Table Board Gaming. The company has carved out a niche in family games that can actually be enjoyed by both kids and parents alike. Last year, they ran a super successful Kickstarter campaign and I got my hands on a copy just in time for Halloween.

At the start of a game, the mansion is created by shuffling the room tiles and placing out a certain amount depending on the number of players. A deck of Ghost Hunters is created and one is placed in each room. Ghost Hunters all have a certain combination of spooky sounds or events, like door creaks, chills, or moans, that will make them run screaming from the building. Players start with a deck of Scare cards and a hand of three different Scares and they are randomly dealt a red and blue Trophy tile that will come into play during final scoring. Now let’s get those pesky Hunters out of our house!