elcome to our Halloween reading suggestions. We've collected a wide range of Halloween VNs, from those who will make you laugh to those who will keep you up all night. Many of the VNs are free and are just an hour or two long, so we hope you get chance to enjoy them~ Our recommendations are sorted into categories, starting with fairly light hearted content before delving into deeper, darker, and more violent stories.

Special thanks to Lunaterra, 8cccc9, Maggie, and Part-time Storier who all put so much work into this, we wouldn't have finished without you. Thank you also to everyone in the VN community who gave us suggestions and took part in our poll.

The results of our community poll on the spookiest VNs went well! Thank you to everyone who voted, the results are as follows...

Spookiest VN poll results
1Higurashi When They Cry
2Soundless -A Modern Salem in Remote Area-
3The Song of Saya ~ Saya no Uta
4Kara no Shoujo
5Lake of Voices
6Phenomeno
7Lynne
8Corpse Party BloodCovered
9The House in Fata Morgana
10Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni - The First Night

Comedy/light hearted stories

Monster Prom
Romance, Comedy, Girls' Love, Boys' Love, LGBT+, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
There are only 3 weeks left until monster prom! Go through all kinds of absurd and funny situations to raise your stats and seduce one of your classmates.
VNDB score: 7.5/10
Halloween Otome
Romance, Comedy, Otome, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
You are cordially invited to the Annual Valdemar Halloween Extravaganza. Two weeks of luxury await you. Let's see if you can keep up the masquerade.
VNDB score: 7.3/10
The Knife of the Traitor
Romance, Mystery, Comedy, Otome
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Lady Os has awaken from her cursed slumber--with a knife in her neck. Search the tower to find the culprit!
VNDB score: 6.9/10

Halloween vibes

Speed Dating for Ghosts
Fantasy
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
As a lonely specter looking for love in the afterlife, you attend a speed dating event and chat up a cemetery's worth of phantoms, wraiths, and poltergeists.
VNDB score: 6.7/10
Brilliant Shadows
Fantasy, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
Tradition dictates that upon graduation, necromancers and paladins are to perform the pairing ritual. Binding together one of each type of mage, entwining their lives and powers with another and sealing their fates together with a matching mark upon their primary hands. Those that succeed and become paired go on as full mages.
VNDB score: 6.8/10
The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car
Horror, Drama
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
The road is long. Two strangers sit side by side as night falls over. The car speeds down the open highway. Without a soul around them, everything seems to slip away. On a journey to no one knows where, all they have is words and time. And that time is dwindling fast. The shadows are chasing.
VNDB score: 6.5/10
Romance is Dead
Romance, Otome
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Madelaine 'Maddie' Washington is an ordinary biology student living in New Orleans. Her life revolves mostly around studying, and she recently broke up with her boyfriend. She has never been able to find her idea of romance fulfilled, and she's starting to think that romance - the good, old, classic type of romance - may be dead.
VNDB score: 6.1/10

Suspicious investigation

SHINRAI - Broken Beyond Despair
Horror, Mystery, Drama
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
What was originally intended to be a fun little Halloween party quickly turns into an actual night of horrors. When one of the attendees is found dead, fear and uncertainty spread among the group as the friends realize they are trapped with a murderer.
VNDB score: 7.2/10
Vicarwissen
Horror, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Maggie and Stella are the Legend Hunters, a team of amateur paranormal investigators with a popular vlog channel. They've traveled all the way to the town of Brunwal, in the small country of Sovinia, in the hopes of finding the legendary Vicarwissen, a monster said to be made from the flesh of its prey.
VNDB score: 6.3/10
Y;N
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
Desperately protesting against her execution, Yin wakes up in a prison cell and a male voice starts to talk to her. Introducing himself as Keith Amon McInnes, he tells Yin that the world around them is called the Void and that every person who ends up there deserves it. Yin claims her innocence. All she wants is to wake up from this nightmare.
VNDB score: 7/10
Snatcher
Mystery, Sci-fi, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
VN has gameplay.
Handheld version available.
As Gillian Seed, an amnesiac working for J.U.N.K.E.R., the player's goal is to track down the source of the Snatchers and discover Gillian's mysterious connections with them.
VNDB score: 8.1/10

Mysterious stories

Kara no Shoujo
Romance, Horror, Mystery, Drama, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
The year is 1956; a series of bizarre murders rocks the city of Tokyo. Tokisaka Reiji, an ex-cop turned private eye, joins the investigation.
VNDB score: 8.1/10
Sound of Drop - fall into poison -
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mayumi Nakanobe and Himeno Tamagawa investigate a urban legend whispered about back in middle school. How much of the urban legend was based in truth?
VNDB score: 6.6/10
Root Double -Before Crime * After Days-
Mystery, Sci-fi, Drama
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
At "LABO", a giant scientific research facility built by a lake on the outskirts of "Rokumei City", an "incident" occurs...! And thus, nine souls are trapped in LABO's basement.
VNDB score: 8/10
Umineko When They Cry
Romance, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Drama, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
On a secluded island named Rokkenjima, the head of a wealthy family named is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how his assets will be divided once he is dead. A typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.
VNDB score: 8.8/10

Atmospheric stories

Lake of Voices
Horror, Mystery, Drama, Otome, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Kikka and Bemelle find themselves on the shore of Sinnlos, a cursed lake of black water that is home to the Nixi; twisted creatures who take joy in drowning humans. But they are not the only ones seeking passage that night. The guide agrees to lead them all, whilst also giving a warning that a group this large has no chance of making it across whole.
VNDB score: 7.1/10
The House in Fata Morgana
Romance, Horror, Mystery, Drama, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
A woman with eyes of jade stands before You, informing You that You are the Master of the house, and she Your Maid. However, You have no memories, no concept of self, or indeed, any certainty that You are even alive.
VNDB score: 8.9/10
The Dreaming
Horror
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
You take the part of Gabrielle, a young psychiatrist during her first weeks at a mental institution. One of her early jobs is to complete the diagnosis of Julius, a young man hospitalized at the clinic with an unusual case of schizophrenia: not only has he vivid hallucinations - the whole world seems like one big hallucination to him.
VNDB score: 7.1/10
Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni - The First Night
Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Marie is trapped in a horrible situation. She's being tormented by her classmates and molested by her teacher. With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself asking for supernatural help from one of the seven demons of the seven mysteries of her school.
VNDB score: 7.4/10

Haunted house scenarios

Phenomeno
Horror, Mystery
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
Yamada Nagito, a university student living away from home, needs a cheap place to live. He finds out about a mysterious House that grants wishes on the market for a ridiculously low rent; he snaps up the house and starts living there. A few nights in he starts hearing strange creaking noises.
VNDB score: 7.5/10
[redacted] Life
Horror, Mystery, Comedy, Sci-fi, Otome
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Adrian has just moved into an old mansion with his girlfriend, Rebecca. After another couple hurriedly leave the mansion, a spooky backstory about the house is revealed, and some seemingly unexplainable events occur, Adrian comes to a conclusion...
VNDB score: 5.5/10
The Letter
Romance, Horror, Mystery, Drama, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
In a 17th-century English mansion, rumored to be haunted by vengeful spirits, seven people find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of madness.
VNDB score: 7.4/10
Silenced: The House
Horror
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
The old house is hiding something. Dark empty rooms are full of secrets. Blind windows are staring at you from the deep darkness. Do you hear them? Are you ready to talk to them?
VNDB score: 3.6/10
Grotesque Beauty
Horror
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Anita has been experiencing bad dreams each night. Her friend, Rachel, agrees to come over to keep her company and allay her dark premonition. However, their night gets a whole lot bizarre from there, when Rachel discovers a haunting painting that adorns her friend's living room.
VNDB score: 5/10
Corpse Party BloodCovered
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Drama, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
A group of high school students stayed after school to tell ghost stories and fell asleep. When they wake up they find some of them are missing and the school became a ruin that they couldn't get out of. Is this even the same school anymore? There is something lurking in the dark that doesn't want them to leave...
VNDB score: 7.7/10

Battle Royale/trapped scenarios

Fatal Twelve
Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
Shishimai Rinka was a highschooler who ran a small cafe. She somehow became a participant in Divine Selection, a ritual carried out over twelve weeks by twelve people, which allowed them to compete in order to undo their deaths.
VNDB score: 7.8/10
SoulSet
Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Otome, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
SoulSet is a Mystery/Romance Visual Novel, in which you can try to avoid death and pursue a relationship with both male and female characters. You play as Mariko, who finds herself trapped in an eerie mansion with 5 other people who claim to have no recollection of their past. Who will you trust?
VNDB score: 7/10
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly
Romance, Horror, Drama, Otome
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Handheld version available.
As she fell deeper and deeper into the darkness, she could hear the sound of rainfall. When she woke up, the young girl found herself in a Western-style mansion. An unknown, terrible monster rushes to attack the confused girl. As the young girl ran away from the monster, she thought: "Where is this place?" and "who am I, anyway?"
VNDB score: 7.8/10
9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
Nine people have been kidnapped by a mysterious person called Zero and are forced to participate in a survival game called the 'Nonary Game'.
VNDB score: 8.4/10
Death Rule: lost code
Sci-fi
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
12 people have been taken into the forest with a PDA containing an objective, and a brace keeping a bomb implanted within them neutralized. Should they fail to complete the given objective, the bomb within them will detonate. Along with their objective, a special clause has been placed on each person; a Death Rule.
VNDB score: 6.5/10
Killer Queen
Horror, Mystery, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
13 players are locked inside an abandoned building, each with a PDA representing a playing card from A to K and a collar device set around their necks. Each of the 13 PDAs correspond to a different set of objectives, and if a player doesn't fulfill their PDA's objectives in 72 hours, their collar will explode.
VNDB score: 6.3/10
Win The Game
Drama, Gameplay
Available in English.
VN has gameplay.
Desktop version available.
As the character Shinobu, put yourself into your very own Battle Royale-inspired murder game.
VNDB score: 6.6/10
Her Lullaby
Horror, Mystery
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Her Lullaby is a story of two people who are total strangers to one another waking up in the same place and wanting nothing more than to kill one another. If the noise and headaches would stop for only a few moments... maybe some kind of understanding can be reached.
VNDB score: 5.7/10
Dies irae
Action, Romance, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
Night after night, the same dream of a guillotine. A headhunting serial killer. And the "knights" in black who follow soon after. Irrationality that defies the realm of common sense begins to assault and devour the city.
VNDB score: 8.4/10

Surreal horror

We Know the Devil
Horror, LGBT+
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Meangirl Neptune, tomboy Jupiter, and shy shy Venus have to endure one more week of summer camp and each other, singing boring songs about jesus, doing busywork for adults, and hoping god's radio can't hear them.
VNDB score: 7/10
Us Lovely Corpses
Romance, Horror, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Marisol Flores is a girl with a curse. A bizarre and incredibly powerful monster has taken a liking to her, and is now obsessed with kidnapping her. Every so often it appears, takes over the Flores household, and holds her hostage in the attic. To be frank, it's all gotten a little old. Alejandra de Rosa is the girl with a cure.
VNDB score: 5.9/10

Psychological horror

Soundless -A Modern Salem in Remote Area-
Horror, Drama, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Mercy is subject to constant religious abuse due to her 'cursed' hallucinations, which cause her to see a corrupted world filled with red and black beetles.
VNDB score: 7.4/10
Lynne
Horror, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
Desktop version available.
Lynne is about the scariest thing in the world - being a teenager. Watch, with no way to change or alter the events, as she gets steadily more and more stressed in the lead-up to her exams, and eventually falls apart.
VNDB score: 6.2/10
Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~
Romance, Mystery, Girls' Love
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Several Tokyo high school students hear of a prophecy about the end of the world on July 20th as well as the events that are following before the said date.
VNDB score: 8.7/10
Chaos;Head
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Drama
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Takumi is a high school student not interested in 3D things. A mysterious serial murder case happens and people get panicked. A man contacts him online and gives him a URL. He goes to the website and finds a blog image that suggests a next murder case... On the next day, it really happens...
VNDB score: 7.4/10
Who is Mike?
Horror, Mystery
Available in English.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
You wake up with an aching head and the world out of focus. In front of you is a man accusing you of being "fake".
VNDB score: 6.4/10
Sweetest Monster
Horror, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
Stuck in an unsatisfying and draining job, Robin's life is one long, monotonous slog... until he meets the mysterious girl of his dreams in the middle of the night, Bell.
VNDB score: 7/10

Yandere (obsessive heroine) stories

Crimson Gray
Horror
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Mobile version available.
John is a young man suffering from severe depression. As he loses his sense of purpose in life, he begins to see the world in unfocused gray. Just when he begins to lose all hope, John meets a girl... a very special girl.
VNDB score: 7.2/10
The Way We All Go
Romance, Horror, Drama
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
It's been two years since Atcchan left his hometown; a small, sleepy village with a tiny population. Now, he is finally able to return - but only for three days. How will his old friends react to him, and how will their relationships changeā€¦?
VNDB score: 6.4/10

Violent/gore stories

The Song of Saya ~ Saya no Uta
Horror, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
Fuminori has a traffic accident and when he wakes up next his perception of the world changes: everything became blood and guts, except for a beautiful little girl...
VNDB score: 8.2/10
Higurashi When They Cry
Horror, Mystery, Comedy, Slice of life
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.
In what it seems to be a peaceful rural village, every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Festival...
VNDB score: 8.5/10
Tsukihime
Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama
Available in English.
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Shiki gains the power to see "the death of all things" in his childhood years. What is the meaning of this power, and what can he do with it?
VNDB score: 8.3/10
Apathy - Midnight Collection -Vol. 1-
Horror, Mystery
Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Emi's Murder Club Observation Diary chronicles the adventures of a psychopathic schoolgirl and her attempts not to be assassinated by the school's Murder Club.
VNDB score: 6.7/10

Untranslated VNs

Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Drama, Girls' Love, LGBT+
Desktop version available.
After a haunting dream, an amnesiac Kurenai Akina wakes up in hospital to see a girl staring straight into her eyes. The girl's very presence repulses and frightens her, and yet her sweet perfume brings back a strange, contradictory affection.
VNDB score: 5.4/10
Sweet Pool
Horror, Mystery, Drama, Boys' Love, LGBT+
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Yoji is a little bit nervous because he goes to school for the first time in several months. From that day, his surroundings gradually change....
VNDB score: 8/10
Shingakkou -Noli me tangere-
Horror, Mystery, Boys' Love, LGBT+
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
After the brutal murder of his parents, Michael turns his back on God and goes back to his seminary to seek revenge and to find a cult that may had something to do with the case.
VNDB score: 8.9/10
Sayonara o Oshiete -Comment te Dire Adieu-
Horror, Mystery
VN has adult content.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
The protagonist is a trainee teacher who commutes to a certain girls' school. Uneasiness and nightmares come in sudden attacks, causing a strain, and a social phobia begins to grow more and more every day. Slowly a fear of the girls he meets with after school begins to emerge, yet at the same time, a desire and passion.
VNDB score: 8.1/10

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