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Sophie Kruse

Gamer Girl: Halloween celebration can extend to video games and novels

I’ve always loved Halloween. The decorations! The candy! The costumes! The scary movies! The delicious smelling candles! It’s a great holiday.

Even though the block party is over, we still have a whole week to experience Halloween to its fullest. Here are a few recommendations for entertainment this week to keep the spooky theme going.

If you’re looking for a video game, try Outlast — my favorite horror game. It’s a spooky, first-person survival game where you must investigate an old psychiatric hospital. Like most horror games, you play without any weapons or means to defend yourself.

Another great choice is Amnesia: The Dark Descent, where you similarly try to explore a castle while attempting to avoid the monsters inside. My favorite part of this game is that you don’t only have to monitor your main character’s health, but also their sanity. You also have no weapons in this game, which is part of what makes it so scary.

You also can’t go wrong with the OG’s of horror games — the Resident Evil and the Silent Hill series.

I love reading a good spooky tale during the Halloween season. The current master of horror is, of course, Stephen King. I’m in amazement about the variety of tales he has crafted. A few of my favorites include Carrie, centered around a girl who has had it with the bullying at school, and The Shining, about a family who lives at a hotel for the winter while it’s closed down.

For a book that isn’t scary but features some interesting characters, check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I recently read this for the first time and was captivated. During the the main character’s childhood, he heard about a strange orphanage that his grandfather lived in, and one day seeks it out. The story is also paired with some old, vintage photographs that give the spooky vibe. The story is being made into a movie by Tim Burton, which I’m sure will be equally as interesting.

Sophie Kruse is a junior studying journalism. What is your favorite horror game? Email her at or tweet her @kruseco

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