Halloween means different things to different people. For some, it means taking the kids out trick-or-treating; others use it as an excuse to dress like Lion-O and Cheetara and drink excessive amounts of alcohol. This gallery isn’t for them. No, this gallery is for you, our fellow PC gamers, for whom Halloween is the perfect reason to turn off the lights, jack up the volume, and try not to pee your pants as angry demons, hungry aliens and the troubled ghosts of psychic children try to turn your virtual character’s insides into your virtual character’s outsides.
Below you’ll find 15 of the scariest, spookiest, downright most horrifying games we’ve ever played, ranging from first person shooters filled with cheap scares to scripted adventures that include some of the most intensely troubling scenes we’ve ever seen. Sorry, Eternal Darkness and Clock Tower fans; this article’s PC only. No doubt we’ve missed a hidden gem or two – including Dead Space, which narrowly missed the cut – so be sure to share your favorite scary games in the comments.
The game might have been remade recently, but our hearts lie with the original Alone in the Dark, which for all intents and purposes started the survival horror genre. It may be dated now, but there was nothing like it at the time. Edward Carnby, we salute you! (And yes, the screenshot is from Alone in the Dark 2.)