Ghosts and Ghouls Invade Virtual Worlds

Digital realms like Halo and Second Life are getting in the Halloween spirit
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2007 12:26 PM CDT
Ghosts and Ghouls Invade Virtual Worlds
World of Warcraft fans can look forward to bobbing for apples, virtual trick-or-treating and other seasonal activities with a virtual fantasy twist. (AP Photo/Blizzard Entertainment)   (Associated Press)

Take a break from scarfing candy to join in silly spookiness online. Wired gives you the inside scoop on special events and areas in your favorite virtual worlds dedicated to the holiday:

  1. Halo 3: A seasonal addition to the matchmaking playlist should keep players entertained for the 27 hours surrounding Halloween.
  2. Lord of the Rings Online:  Until November 11, you can compete in horseraces, bob for apples, pick geodes, or dance the night away at the Harvest Festival.

  1. City of Heroes/Villains: Put on the guises of citizens, police and villains and go trick or treating until Sunday. Collect enough and you can earn badges.
  2. Lineage II: Until November 6, collect keys to unlock chests that contain ingredients to six different Philosopher's Stones, which can summon items.
  3. Maple Story: Battle the Headless Horseman or get a pet Jr. Reaper in the new Phantom Forest and haunted Prendergast Mansion. 
  4. Tabula Rasa:  The official release isn't until after Halloween, but if you have early access, play tomorrow to collect nine themed masks.
  5. Second Life: Visit October Country Island and tour the cemeteries, listen to 40s and 50s radio shows or a tale from Lovecraft or Stephen King.
  6. World of Warcraft: Throw stink bombs, fight the Headless Horseman, bob for apples, buy candy, and collect treat bags from friendly innkeepers.
  7. Guild Wars: Lion's Arch and Kamadan are decorated for Halloween; until midnight tomorrow, Mad King Thorn roams the land with minigames and jokes.
(More Halloween stories.)

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