Happy Halloween everyone!
Last night was the Shaolin Halloween Party! It was a LOT of fun, with plenty of unexpected guests, spare furniture items and Pumpkinheads galore! Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the festivities!
For those of you who haven’t yet played Halloween (for whatever reason, I don’t judge TT’ers! lol) I thought I would write a little guide to how Halloween works in Animal Crossing. It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t just a little confused before I started. The Wiki page helped a bit but nothing beats actual gameplay experience! So here’s how it goes:
6 PM: The sun starts going down, and that means it’s time for Halloween! Make sure you’re wearing a MATCHING COSTUME if you want to collect all the items in the Spooky series!
Suddenly, all the neighbors (who are outside their homes) are now running around in Pumpkinhead costumes.
Basically, the game of Halloween is that you have to find Jack, the Czar of Halloween. He looks exactly like the other Pumpkinheads running around your town. The only difference is, he doesn’t accost you the way your neighbors will. If a neighbor spots you, they will begin to chase you! And then they will initiate a Trick or Treat dialog, from which you CAN’T escape!
Trick or Treat?
If a Pumpkinhead neighbor manages to ask you to Trick or Treat, you only have two options. Give candy, or get tricked. (By getting tricked, you risk losing an item in your pocket, which suddenly gets turned into a Jack in a Box! Squirt lost his beloved bubble wand in one of these pranks. Luckily he’s got a spare in his closet. XP) The Pumpkinhead townies will ask repeatedly for candy, and you could end up giving all your candy away before even finding Jack! That wouldn’t be good, so here’s the plan:
TRAP THE TOWNIES! Go around town, talk to each of them once (tricking or treating is up to you) and then grab your shovel to start digging holes around the townie so they will not be able to chase you again. Be careful, they could start asking you for more candy if you walk away before trapping the Pumpkinhead neighbor!
Once all of your neighbors have been corralled, it will be a lot easier to find Jack. (Keep in mind there will be 5 townies dressed up as Pumpkinheads.) Why is this easier? Because once you know that the fake Pumpkinheads are trapped, then when you see a Pumpkinhead walking around freely, then it MUST be Jack! This Czar of Halloween is also different because he does not chase you, nor does he force you into a conversation.
Once the real Jack is found, you must give him a piece of candy to exchange for a piece of furniture from the Spooky series. (aka Halloween swag! lol) Don’t get all excited that this is going to be easy, because once you find him and get your Spooky item…
Jack disappears after every conversation! You can’t trap him like the townie Pumpkinheads. You are going to have to search your town every time, to find Jack and get another piece of furniture. And Jack likes to give out plenty of repeats, which means you should plan on doing TONS of laps around your town!
Considering the amount of repeat items you’ll be getting, you might not have enough candy (even if you stocked up all month with candy from Tom Nook). Unless you want to get tricked by Jack (I’ll get into that later) you are going to need plenty of candy! Don’t worry, your character can go trick or treating just like everybody else! Since half of the townies are out dressed as Pumpkinheads, that means the other 5 townies will be in their houses, cowering in fear of being pranked. Or just being ‘too grown up’ to dress up.
Trick or Treating
If you go to a house that has lights on inside, you will get candy. You can go back and get more candy as often as you want. Your neighbors seem to have an endless supply in their houses. So don’t worry if you’re running low on sweets, you can always get more from trick or treating!
If however, you don’t have any candy and run into Jack, he will prank you. It’s basically the same as when the townies prank you, only he tells you a long poem before leaving you with a Jack in a Box. Now, getting a ton of Jack in a Boxes is fun and all, but what about the other Halloween items – the Pumpkinhead, the Moldy Shirt and the Patched Shirt? It’s very easy to get them too! Here’s what you’ll do:
Wear mis-matched clothing! Put on a hat and a shirt that don’t normally go together. Make sure it’s something that you won’t care about losing, because you WILL lose it if you want the special clothes. Once you are fully mis-matched, talk to a Pumpkinhead in your town. It can be a townie or Jack. When they ask you for candy, you must refuse! Then, as their prank, they will transform whatever hat you had on into a Pumpkinhead! (You won’t get your old headgear back, that’s why I said make sure it’s something you don’t mind losing!) While wearing the Pumpkinhead and a random shirt, talk to a different Pumpkinhead outside, and again refuse to give them candy. They will transform your shirt into a Moldy or Patched shirt! Rinse and repeat to get all the special Halloween clothes! (Somehow I forgot to take pictures of all this happening. I was a little over-stimulated at the party! lol)
I would recommend obtaining all the Spooky furniture items before attempting to collect the Halloween clothes. Jack will only give you Spooky items if you are wearing a matching costume. Otherwise, you’ll be yelled at for not wearing a costume on Halloween!
Well, I think that’s about all you need to know about Halloween! The furniture items sell for over 10K bells, so sell any spares to make some quick cash!
- Note: I still have a BUNCH of spare items at the Town Hall. I’ll probably sell them tomorrow, but I figured I’d leave them for a day in case any of my loyal readers out there weren’t able to find a particular item. Let me know what you’re missing and I’ll check to see if I have it. If I do, I’ll be happy to ship it over to your town!
And just for fun, here’s a few of my favorite photos from HALLOWEEN:
Jack doing a Back-Flip!
Giving Jack candy while an impersonator watches nearby.
Party guests checking out the Spooky Room.
Of course, as always, there are more photos on my Flickr page. Click on the pics in the Flickr widget on the right side bar! –>
Thanks to all my guests who made this party possible: Bella, ちょこまる, オレンジ, Hery, Miao, Subi, and Ifetayo! 😀
And don’t forget folks, now that it’s November, you will start to see mushrooms popping up all around your town! Start collecting as many mushrooms as you can find. Some of them are worth a ton of bells, and others are actually pieces of the Mush furniture series! Plus Thanksgiving will be upon us sooner than you think, so keep playing Animal Crossing!