board games

Ghosts! and Boooo-opoly are full of Halloween fun

Most gamers seek their action on a computer or flatscreen TV, but there’s something to be said for spending hours actually touching pieces, shuffling “monster money” and seeing images glow in the dark. Two of my favorite Halloween-themed board games are Ghosts! and Boooo-opoly.

Ghosts! was always fun to play as a child, and it hasn’t lost it’s allure today. The 1982 Milton Bradley game is billed as “a very creepy, sneaky, guess-who game,” and it is that, especially when played at night, where rows of ghosts emit a soft green glow among the bed sheets.

Each player is given eight ghosts, four of which are bad with a yellow sticker affixed to the backs, and four good, blue-sticker spooks. The object is to capture bad ghosts by moving horizontally or vertically next to their square to capture them, or move the good ghosts through exits at either end of the board, which is designed as a creepy castle interior.


Ghosts stand guard

The fun is in knowing whether the ghost is good or evil only after it has been captured. If a player captures all their opponent’s bad ghosts, then they lose the game. Or if you capture all four of the good ghosts, then you win the game. Good ghosts may also float out the exits to win.

Although the game is designed for ages 6 to 14, it remains one that adults will enjoy, because of its clean design and the guessing factor of determining which ghosts to trust.

Availability: I believe you can still find these on eBay. Prices range from $8 to $40, depending on quality.


Monopoly is given a Halloween Twist

If you like Monopoly, then you will love Boooo-opoly by Late for the Sky, especially if you also are a Halloween fanatic. The same premise applies as in the original game, but with a monstrous twist! The money features a witch, Dracula, Frankenstein, skull, mummy, cauldron, jack-o-lantern and frightened person for the $500 bill.

Properties have appropriately haunting names such as Mummy Manor, Caramel Apple Corner  or Dreadful Drive. Six player pieces come with the game. They are adorable and detailed. You can be a caramel apple, bat, witch hat, pumpkin, cat or ghost as you make your way around the game board.

Positive cards include money won for winning a jack-o-lantern carving contest, for example, and negative would be getting caught soaping windows, which requires a penalty fee. Players receive $200 every time they run through the graveyard, and whatever money is on the board from player fees if they land on free candy. Just don’t get sent to scared stiff too often, which may make you lose three turns and pay up $100 to get out of “jail.”

Houses are black, and it takes purchasing four before you can replace them with a full moon, allowing you to charge exorbitant prices to anyone unlucky enough to land on your property.

spooky hollow

Spooky Hollow is an expensive place to visit

Part of the fun is saying the names, like landing on Bats in Your Belfry. The Halloween catchphrases are enough just to get me in the mood for all things October.

Availability: Prices are about $24.95.

free candy

This caramel apple is lucky to land on free candy