The best spooky board games for late night gaming

Here are some great, haunting board games that horror fans and true crime junkies will love.

The best spooky board games for late night gaming
Scary fun all year round.
Scary fun all year round. (Alex Chambers via Unsplash/)

Traversing lands of candy, buying real estate, and spelling lengthy words are all fine board game premises. But where are the ghosts and gore for horror fans and thrill-seekers? Gather your friends and family to explore haunted houses, solve murders, and escape deadly rooms with these terrifying and tantalizing board games.

Most game scenarios: Betrayal At House On The Hill

Entertainment with strategy and horror.
Entertainment with strategy and horror. (Amazon/)

The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul, and the feel of something crawling down your back are just some terrifying features in the new edition of the award-winning game Betrayal at House on the Hill. The game is designed for three to six aged 12 and up, and comes with two haunt books, 44 room tiles, a grand staircase tile, six explorer figures and character cards, and more. Brave your way through each unique room, relying only on each other to survive...until the house turns one of you against the rest. With 50 blood-curdling scenarios, each trip to the house on the hill promises fresh horrors almost every time you play.

Perfect for puzzlers: Escape Room The Game

Can you keep your cool under pressure?
Can you keep your cool under pressure? (Amazon/)

Bring the thrill and mystery of an escape room to your home with Escape Room The Game. There’s a way out of each seemingly impossible scenario, but it’s up to you and your team of three to five players to figure it out in time. Solve puzzles, find clues, and work together to find a way out of the room before the clock runs out. The Chrono Decoder counts down from 60 minutes and creates a real escape room atmosphere. Play one of three different exciting escape room adventures with varying levels of difficulty: Secret Agent, The Dentist, and Space Station.

For true crime fans: Hunt A Killer Death at The Dive Bar

DIY detective work from the comfort of your home.
DIY detective work from the comfort of your home. (Amazon/)

Channel your inner detective with Hunt A Killer: Death at the Dive Bar. One to five players ages 14 and up must investigate a murder at the Old Scratch Tavern and uncover the motives of each suspect through ciphers, clues, and puzzles that progress the story to its thrilling conclusion. Realistic evidence and documents guide players through a challenging and immersive experience with tons of twists and turns. This game is great for date night, game night, teaming up with friends and family, or just playing on your own.

Best for kids: Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion

Search for ghosts in the attic, graveyard, and beyond...
Search for ghosts in the attic, graveyard, and beyond... (Amazon/)

Disney’s beloved Haunted Mansion comes to life—um, death—in this ghostly game of spooky spirits. Two to four players ages nine or older can explore all the classic rooms of the ghost-filled manor by roaming the Endless Hallway around Madame Leota’s Séance Room and socialize with the Happy Haunts by collecting matching sets of ghost cards. But beware of the Hitchhiking Ghosts who follow you home and may very well spell your ultimate doom.