5 Halloween immersive VR games to put the fear in you without going outside

by Dror Denishman

Halloween might be thought of as strictly an American holiday, but it takes place in other countries with a host of different traditions, showing up as Dia de los Muertos in Latin American countries, and also getting recognition in Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and Germany.
With COVID-19 still weighing heavily on many people’s minds, some will shy away from trick-or-treating this year and look for their scares to come from other sources.
Fortunately, Oculus Quest 2 has the perfect recipe for people who still want their frights without going outside with a quintet of virtual reality (VR) games sure to get you sleeping with the lights on this October 31.

#1 Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition

Few movies freaked people out like 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project”, which started off a wave of “found footage” films. Oculus recreates the shaky camera feel of the movie that has been out for more than two decades’ now and has you using a camcorder to wander through the Black Hills Forest of Maryland from the original movie with your only source of comfort being your pet dog Bullet.

#2 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners - Aftershocks Update

That’s a whole lot of titles, but you have to expect a few expansion packs in an entertainment property that has lasted this long. Saints & Sinners is an appropriate name for the game that takes place in post-apocalyptic New Orleans, which can be a scary town after dark even without all the zombies. This game has it all - weapon stockpiles, rival factions of humans, and places where you can use anything you can get your hands on, including tailpipes and broken bottles, to fend off attacks from those who wouldn't mind having you for dinner.

#3 Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

If this title sounds familiar, it’s because it’s part of a long series of point-and-click horror games dating back to its 2014 series origin that is an iconic moment in horror shoot em ups. There are lots of minigames in this one to keep it fresh, and if you just want to scare yourself to death, definitely explore the Vent Repair, Dark Rooms, or Night Terrors interactions. You’ll jump every time you hear the slightest noise. 

#4 Lies Beneath

This is a VR survival horror game with its roots in Japanese horror comics, which are really creepy if you have never taken a peek inside. It’s got all of your standard weaponry - axes, knives, guns, and the like, but the thing is that the deeper in the game you go, the more creeped out you’re going to be by the weirdos and depraved creatures that keep popping up. It’s a toss-up of whether you’ll be killed by the armies of demons and zombies or scared to death when they jump out at you first.

#5 Resident Evil 4 VR

Yeah, it’s not actually out yet, but if you’ve seen the trailers, you know it’s going to freak you big time. Your mission is to rescue the daughter of the US President from a cult of serious weirdos in the catacombs of Spain. If you have played a previous Resident Evil on VR you know what to expect, but this one has some handy new features like teleportation between sites you have already visited and being able to access weapons by reaching down as if taking them off your belt.