How Animal Crossing: New Horizons is celebrating Halloween

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Halloween isn’t canceled in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

While families and local neighborhoods struggle with what to do for Halloween with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Nintendo is offering an alternative — trick or treating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

A Fall update is coming to the game this September 30 and with it comes some “spooky touches” just in time for Halloween.  Costumes, character customization options, DIY projects and other festivities are planned for the month.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ Fall update will deliver all the tricks and treats one can hope for, allowing you to celebrate the season in the safety of your digital village. You’ll be able to grow pumpkins and harvest them for use in new DIY projects.

The Able Sisters will also be selling costumes all month long. You can purchase outfits like a mage’s dress to wear on Halloween. Using your NOok Miles, you can also obtain body paint and colored eye contacts to customize your character with special spooky makeup.

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Then, on Halloween, from 5pm to midnight, you can trick or treat around the village. Jack, the czar of Halloween, will make an appearance and you’ll be able to give out candy and see the various costumes worn by villagers. Giving Jack lollipops and candy will get you spooky in-game rewards, while your neighbor residents will give you special DIY projects or tricks/pranks!

With everyone on edge this season, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween from the safety of your home. If anything, the update will at least help you get in the festive mood.

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The next major update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is planned for November and will probably celebrate the winter holidays. Novmeber typically brings the Harvest Festival, which is a stand in for Thanksgiving, while December has the Winter Solstice and Toy Day.