If you just can’t get enough of the spooky festivities this Halloween, then there is plenty of contemporary racing game content themed for the event. Better yet, could you play the Halloween content, while in a zombie costume, eating some pumpkin carvings and then watch our Halloween-special video. That would be pro-level Halloweening.
Anyway, got myself carried away by publicly revealing my weekend plans, there…
If you’re slightly less deranged, however, and are just looking for some simple video gaming fun for Halloween, then here are some of our suggestions.
F1 2021’s Halloween liveries and outfits
While these aren’t used in real-life races, with good reason, you can add alternative liveries to your own custom car for online competition within F1 2021.
Recently, spooky liveries have been added for a limited time to the in-game Item Shop. This started with a blue and black Phantom design that highlighted an x-ray of the driver, with matching overalls, helmet and gloves too.
This is currently the featured shop item, but there’s another white Halloween design entitled ‘Scribbling’ available for 3,750 Pitcoin, plus optional driver wear, until 3rd November 2021.
DIRT 5’s Halloween Playgrounds levels
The Playgrounds mode within DIRT 5 allows you to create and share your own levels, plus you can play other people’s designs too.
On 1st October, a new update added a suite of scary items that can be used in Playgrounds. The Tricks N Treats pack added spooky start and finish gates, scary items and checkpoints featuring flickering flames and scary signage. Plus, a curated area has the best ghoulish creations for you to drive.
A timely reminder that some of the user-generated levels in DIRT 5 are extremely creative, mad, and hilarious. Get back on it!
Forza Horizon 4’s current Festival Playlist
Yes, yes, we know, Forza Horizon 5 is released in just a few days. But, before then, the current Festival Playlist in Forza Horizon 4 will allow you to unlock some Halloween-related trinkets and some of the driving challenges have timely names.
The open-world racer includes a slew of cosmetic items for your character, including a skeleton morph suit and a pumpkin hat, the latter can be unlocked at the time of writing for completing the Captain Jack autumn event.
The FH4 cognoscenti will have seen all of this before, but if you’ve recently picked up the game or have Game Pass, now is the time to have a fang-tastic time. Sorry. Not sorry.
Hot Wheels Unleashed’s vehicles and liveries
We’re big fans of the latest Hot Wheels game series entry, with Unleashed captivating us thanks to accessible handling, shiny visuals and considered career.
While strictly not created just for Halloween, you can pick up the Bone Shaker Unleashed Edition as DLC for all platforms for £0.79/$0.99. Bones, Halloween, there’s a connection in there somewhere.
Less tenuous is the Livery Editor where there are thousands of Halloween designs to choose from thanks to the community. Simply search the events name, and et voila, you’ll be treated to a deluge of scary designs. Genius.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Twisted Mansion
Stretching the ‘contemporary’ brief a little bit here, after all, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released in 2017 and is a re-hash of the Wii U’s MK8 from 2014.
Buuut, this Switch version of the superlative kart racer still sells. It was the third-best-selling game in the UK for the week ending 23rd October 2021. Third! That’s ahead of Metroid Dread, Back 4 Blood, Hot Wheels Unleashed and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. This is without a discount too – shocking.
Equally surprising is the Twisted Mansion track, a venue filled with ghosts, ghouls and scary faces. The music too is suitable haunting. It didn’t make our best tracks list, but it does make for some family-friendly Halloween fun, especially when raced as King Boo.
That wraps up our Halloween racing game guide, all that remains now is for us to wish you Happy Haunting!