‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: A Complete Guide to the 2021 Halloween Event

With Halloween at the end of the month, October heralds the start of Spooky Season — not just in real life, but also in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Nintendo game is approaching its annual holiday celebration, and that means players can look forward to new Halloween offerings this month. Here’s a guide to what you can expect from Animal Crossing: New Horizons ahead of Halloween 2021.

Spooky items and Halloween costumes are available to buy

Halloween artwork for 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons.' It shows Jack with his pumpkin head at the front and several villagers dressed in Halloween costumes behind him.
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Celebrating Halloween means looking the part, and players can dress their characters and islands in preparation for the holiday. Animal Crossing: New Horizons made Spooky Set items like Spooky Treats Baskets and Spooky Trees available in July, but players needed to travel through time to snag those Halloween items.

Those decorations will be available in Nook’s Cranny throughout October, so they’ll officially be easier to get your hands on. If previous years are anything to judge by, Nook’s Cranny should stock Halloween-themed items daily leading up to Halloween.

Players can also purchase Halloween costumes in the Able Sisters shop. They’ve got everything from witch costumes to devil’s horns to animal suits to enjoy. Players can dress their characters up every day, not just for Halloween! Plus, they can complete their costumes with body paint and new eye colors from the Nook Stop Terminal.

‘Animal Crossing’ is celebrating Day of the Dead

Although it’s not quite Halloween, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is celebrating another holiday intended to honor the dead this October: Day of the Dead.

According to Animal Crossing World, the Nintendo game will roll out a special item in honor of the Mexican holiday. The Marigold Decoration will be available from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 in Nook Shopping’s Special Goods. Day of the Dead takes place from Nov. 1-2, so players have a few days to pick it up beforehand.

They can also receive a Candy-Skull Mask from helping Gulliver. Per Nookipedia, there are three variations of this item.

Candy and pumpkins are making a comeback

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is sticking with its Halloween content from 2020, bringing pumpkins and Halloween candy back for the occasion. This October, players will be able to purchase Pumpkin Starts from Nook’s Cranny and plant them all over their islands. Those hoping to keep pumpkin patches beyond October will want to stock up.

Halloween Candy will also be available through Nook’s Cranny this month. By purchasing candy each day, players can prepare for Animal Crossing‘s event on Halloween night.

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Finally, after a month’s worth of spooky shenanigans, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is bringing back its Halloween night event. That means Jack will return to players’ islands with fun tasks to unlock Candy, Lollipops, and Halloween items. Players can also discover two Halloween-inspired reactions: Haunt and Scare.

The villagers on your island will greet the Pumpkin Czar by dressing up in costumes and celebrating. Those who find themselves at home on Halloween can observe the holiday on Animal Crossing.

The Halloween event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons begins on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. local time and runs until midnight.