Thanks to films like Beyond the Gates and horror-themed board games like Mixtape Massacre, The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, and more, the horror board game is stepping out of the shadows. It probably helps that studios seem to be turning to retro properties more and more to create film adaptations, like Hasbro’s Ouija Board game-turned-Blumhouse film series and the upcoming adaptation of JAKKS Pacific toy brand Creepy Crawlers. This means that a pastime often associated with childhood is growing in popularity, so there’s no better time than now to revive some long-discontinued board games from the ‘60s and ‘70s, a time when it was commonplace for board games to be associated with monsters, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night.
Here are 5 horror-themed vintage board games that should be brought back from the dead:
Haunted House (1962)
I can see why this one fell into obscurity; the game is massive. Completely opposite to what the name “board game” implies, this game is played not on a board but on a huge three-dimensional plastic haunted house. Produced by Ideal Toy Company, players moved through the standing haunted house using a spinner to direct movement. The spinner was an owl that made hooting sounds. There were secret doors and passageways to navigate as players made their way to the Jewel. The first player to obtain the jewel escaped the haunted house and won the game. While this one is much more geared toward a younger demographic, subverting what a board game is by implementing a 3D playing field is ingenious. More haunted house themed board games are a plus.