It is officially autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Nintendo is celebrating the change in seasons in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The popular Nintendo Switch game will soon have Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and a trick-or-treat event. The festivities begin on September 30, so you’ll get at least a full month of Halloween goodness within the game.
Here’s more from our friends at Kotaku:
The free update adds new DIY recipes, costumes, and character customization options to make your island extra spooky in time for Halloween, Nintendo announced via a new trailer. Do you like pumpkins? I hope you like pumpkins, because every island you visit is about to be overrun with them. I’ve never had the money nor the will to deck my house out with festive fall decorations like my favorite weirdos on Instagram, but with Animal Crossing’s Halloween update it looks like I’ll finally be able to cross that one off my bucket list.
All of the spookiness leads up to a trick-or-treating event on October 31 starting at 5 p.m. in-game where you can check out neighbors’ costumes, share candy, and give lollipops to the pumpkin-headed “czar of Halloween” Jack in exchange for “spooky in-game rewards.” Nintendo also says that if you don’t give your neighbors candy you’ll get pranked. I’d like to see them try.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched on Switch earlier this year and sold more than 3.6 million copies in Japan alone. The game also provided a much-needed, pleasant distraction during the lockdowns earlier this spring.
Nintendo has been releasing regular content updates for Animal Crossing, including Summer Update Wave 2, which was released in July. The new update brought weekly fireworks shows throughout the month of August. It also added the ability to visit other players’ islands in a dream. Lastly, the update included island backups and restorations.