Scary Pokies for Halloween
It’s the month of October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. In honour of this spooky celebration of candy and creatures, I’ve put together a list of some of the best Halloween-themed online pokies.
It seems appropriate to begin this list with Halloween, the Microgaming adaptation of the 1978 classic from director John Carpenter. Not only is it an excellent film, but it also started the slasher movie craze that dominated the 1980s.
The game screen looks like the front porch of the Strode house. The symbols include many of the main characters, such as Laurie Strode and Dr. Samuel Loomis. These can sometimes become wandering reels, expanding to offer increased payouts.
In all, there are a total of 50 paylines. However, their configuration changes throughout the game.
When three or more scatters turns up, it activates the Trick or Treat Wheel Bonus. Spin the wheel to collect cash rewards. The game changes again when free spins or the Boogeyman Bonus turns up.
The former features either Laurie, Loomis, Lynda, or Annie, and they replace all other characters for increased winnings. In the latter, search through piles of leaves for cash prizes until Michael Myers turns up. That ends the bonus, unless you’re able to drive him off with a butcher knife.
And, yes, it does have the iconic theme music from the movies.
Trick or Spin
This 15-payline pokie from Booming Games has everything you’d want from a Halloween slot machine. Of course, I’m speaking specifically about monsters and candy.
The smallest possible wager is $0.03, while punters can also risk as much as $45 per spin. This should be enough to satisfy everyone, with the possible exception of high rollers.
Game symbols include spiders, black cats, and pumpkins, as well as characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster. The top base payout is valued at $18,750.
The only bonus is the Free Spins round, although it does have a welcome twist. Three or more scatter symbols award 10 free spins and place the player at Level One. If the bonus is re-triggered, the player earns 10 more spins and moves to Level Two. At this point, all winnings are doubled. There’s also a Level Three option, where all winnings are tripled (at least for the duration of the bonus spins).
After a winning spin, the player can use the Gamble option to double their payout. It’s a 50/50 proposition, and you can tempt fate up to 10 consecutive times.
Trick or Treat
This pokie also comes from Microgaming, and it offers a somewhat generic Halloween theme. There are only 3 reels and 3 paylines, and the jackpot it worth 4,000 coins. The posted return-to-player is 95.89%, which is about average for an online pokie.
Unfortunately, there are no wild symbols or bonus features. This might seem lacklustre to some, but it remains an excellent option for those wanting an uncomplicated gambling experience.
If you prefer monsters who are more cartoonish than horrific, give this Spinomenal pokie a try. It has 5 reels and 9 paylines, with betting limits ranging from $0.09 to $90.
There’s one bonus feature available. Get 3 or more slime monster symbols to trigger the Free Spins bonus. This results in the player receiving 10 complimentary games.
My favourite part of this game involves losing. That might sound strange at first, but just hear me out. Each time you lose, your “winning multiplier” increases by one. When you finally get a winning spin, the payout is multiplied by the current level of your multiplier.
Under the Bed
This Betsoft pokie is enhanced with 3D graphics and pays homage to every child’s fear about what lurks beneath their bed. There are 5 reels and 30 paylines. You can play for a minimum of $0.60 or a maximum of $75.
The RTP of the game is listed as 95.5%, which is about average for an online poker machine.
I love sticky wilds, and this game has plenty of them. When a sticky wild shows up, it flips over to reveal a number. Then, the symbol stays attached to the reels for that many spins.
Three bed symbols trigger a bonus round where a brother and sister fight against monsters under their beds. You’ll get to battle creatures and earn credits, at least until their mom shows up and turns on the light.
Three scatter symbols result in the player receiving up to 12 free spins. There’s nothing special about them, but they’re still a welcome addition.
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