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The Scariest Board Games To Play With Your Friends  

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Get ready for a scream as we rank the scariest, spookiest, and most terrifying board games of all time. Whether you’re playing with a small cadre of close friends or teaming up with a larger group of acquaintances, these games are sure to satisfy your hunger for a good scare.

From classic horror board games like Arkham Horror to newer titles like Gloomhaven and Dead of Winter, these games feature a range of different scenarios, themes, and backdrops. And while some scary games can last up to four or more hours, other games, like One Night: Ultimate Werewolf, can be won in a matter of minutes.

Vote up the scariest board games to see which title is the spookiest of them all.

Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Board Games To Play With Your Friends
Photo: Avalon Hill

Release: 2004

Players: 3 to 6

Average game time: 30 min - 2 hours

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game published by Avalon Hill and designed by Bruce Glassco. Players all begin as allies exploring a haunted house filled with dangers, traps, items and omens. ...more on Wikipedia

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#40 of 224 on The Best Board Games of All Time #2 of 73 on The Best Board Games For 6-8 Players #26 of 41 on The Best Strategy Board Games

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Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Board Games To Play With Your Friends
Photo: Richard Launius/Chaosium

Release: 1987

Players: 1 to 8

Average game time: 2-4 hours

Arkham Horror is an adventure board game designed by Richard Launius, originally published in 1987 by Chaosium and most recently published in 2005 and revised in 2007 by Fantasy Flight Games. Players take on the role of investigators in H. P. Lovecraft's Massachusetts town of Arkham. ...more on Wikipedia

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#30 of 224 on The Best Board Games of All Time #28 of 73 on The Best Board Games For 6-8 Players #3 of 11 on Best Single Player Board Games

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Last Night on Earth: The Zombi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Board Games To Play With Your Friends
Photo: Flying Frog Productions

Release: 2007

Players: 2 to 6

Average game time: 60 - 90 mins

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game is a survival horror board game that was first published in 2007. Players can play on the Hero team or as the Zombies. ...more on Wikipedia

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Mansions of Madness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Board Games To Play With Your Friends
Photo: Fantasy Flight Games

Release: 2011

Players: 2 to 5

Average game time: 2 - 3 hours

Mansions of Madness is a tabletop strategy game designed by Corey Konieczka and published by Fantasy Flight Games in 2011. The players explore a locale filled with Lovecraftian horrors and solve a mystery. ...more on Wikipedia

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