Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been our salve during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s more than just a game; it’s something that keeps us connected to the friends we aren’t allowed to see. It brings us joy in these troubled times. Animal Crossing is always there to lift our spirits and let us enter a magical, fairy tale world full of cute animals and bright colors. We wish we could actually go to there.

And now, Animal Crossing will also save Halloween. On September 30, the game gets pumpkin patches, Halloween costumes, and other fun additions to celebrate the spooky holiday. Want to fill your personal island with jack-o-lanterns and graveyards? The free update will let you do just that.

You can grow your own pumpkins for DIY recipes. Want spooky-themed clothes? The store will be stocked with Halloween-inspired dresses and more. You can even trick-or-treat on Halloween night, from 5pm to midnight. You might get to see Jack, the czar of Halloween, or at least your island friends in Halloween costumes. Get ready to get in the spooky spirit when the update drops later this week.

Halloween is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons!Nintendo

Halloween in 2020 just doesn’t feel the same. Trick-or-treating is canceled in many places. Halloween parties and other giant gatherings are a no-no during a pandemic. It even feels weird to walk the aisles of Target or Michael’s looking for in-house decorations that won’t really get seen. That’s why we’re especially grateful for things like this. They’re a reminder that we can make Halloween memories in our own way. We can buy those decorations, we can rent enough scary movies for a whole marathon, and we can dress up even if it’s just for the people of our household. And we can fire up Animal Crossing: New Horizons and live vicariously through our avatars for the entire month of October. It’s what we deserve.

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