This Halloween, not only the nine Atlantic City casinos but also many NJ online casinos have gone all out to make sure — whatever your tolerance for frightfully over-the-top fun and thrills might be — that you have the time of your life. That includes venturing out of your comfort zone and playing some super-scary Halloween slots.
In other words, this is no time of year to turn into a couch pumpkin doing nothing but watching TV and munching on candy while your friends and kids are out having fun. Even if attending a wild costume party is not your thing, if you enjoy online slots, high up on your list of must things to do this Halloween weekend is to take a break from your usual favorites and try something completely different.
I’m talking about games that many of you wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance touching any other time of year. But this is Halloween, and anything goes.
Barb’s top picks for Halloween online slot play
The NJ gambling websites are filled with scary Halloween slots. Here are four of the best to get you started.
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, so nothing is new in that respect. You need three, four, or five matching symbols to line up horizontally or diagonally on consecutive reels across a payline from left to right starting with reel 1.
However, I chose these particular Halloween slots for several reasons. First, the creepy symbols and eerie sound effects truly capture the essence of Halloween, Secondly, the games are highly entertaining. Thirdly, as the icing on the cake, after one look at their RTP (return-to-player), how could you not want to play?
But if you would rather tread slowly and play for free in demo mode first to test the waters, that’s fine. Each of these slots is available on multiple NJ gambling websites, and you can access them either online or on your mobile device.
Scary Halloween slot No. 1: Book of Halloween
This slot by Inspired Gaming consists of five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. It’s a good choice for small to medium-size players, with a minimum bet of only 10 cents and a maximum bet of $50. The game also includes an optional Gamble Feature offering you a chance to double or triple your winnings.
While $50 might not seem like a big bet to some players, in this game, it is due to the small number of paylines and medium-high volatility.
It has an RTP of 96.21 percent.
Book of Halloween symbols
Book of Halloween contains nine regular symbols plus one additional symbol that does double duty as both a wild symbol and a scatter symbol. The four higher paying symbols (in descending order of value) include a glowing pumpkin, cauldron, tombstone, and zombie’s hand. The playing cards 10-A comprise the five low paying symbols.
The Book of Spells serves as both the wild symbol and the scatter symbol. As the wild symbol, on its own, it has no monetary value. However, it can substitute for any other symbol to help form winning combinations.
Three or more Book of Spells symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus round consisting of 10 Free Spins. Depending on how many scatter symbols show up, the Free Spins will come with a 2x, 20x, or 200x bet win multiplier.
Halloween scary slot #2: Halloween Cashpots
Halloween Cashpots is another Halloween slot by Inspired Gaming consisting of five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. The minimum bet is only 10 cents, while the maximum is $80.
This game has an exceptionally high RTP of 96.50 percent but like Book of Halloween, has medium-high volatility.
The setting for the action is what looks like a gravestone with a full moon and a bunch of gnarled trees in the background.
Halloween Cashpots symbols
There’s not a playing card in sight to divert your attention from the following macabre symbols in this slot:
- Cashpot logo
- Black cat
- Golden cauldron
Cash Collector Bonus
If six or more golden cauldron symbols land anywhere on reels 1-4 simultaneously, along with the pumpkin bonus symbol on reel 5, that will trigger the potentially highly lucrative Cash Collector Bonus.
Scary Halloween slot No. 3: Halloween Jack
This slot by NetEnt consists of five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines. The setting is a frameless window in front of a cemetery. But that’s nothing compared to some other spooky sightings like skulls on top of the spin button, black crows, flying over the reels, and skeletons rising from their graves. I almost forgot to mention that there’s also thunder and lightning. But you’re safe and snug indoors, so do you really care?
The minimum bet per spin is 20 cents, but the maximum is a hefty $200, making Halloween Jack an excellent choice for any level of player.
Halloween Jack is a medium-volatility game with an RTP of 96.28 percent.
Halloween Jack symbols
The highest paying regular symbol is a female vampire. It is followed, in descending order of value, by a horse, bat, raven, and horseshoe. The five low paying symbols include the playing cards 10-A.
The wild symbol is a pumpkin. But when it does what you’re hoping it will do — create new winning combinations — it turns into a walking jack-o’lantern! It also multiplies any win by 3.
The scatter symbol is a treasure chest. Three or more anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus round.
Special features galore
This super-scary but highly entertaining Halloween slot is packed with enough special features to make your head spin. NetEnt wasn’t content simply to offer stacked wilds and expanding wilds like many other slots.
Instead, it reached deep into its bag of magic to create Walking Wilds, Stacked Hell Hound Wilds (two symbols high), and even ginormous Expanding Death Reaper Wilds that are the height of an entire reel!
You might shudder at the sight of these monstrous-looking symbols, but you will also howl with delight at the sight of the rising win meter!
Scary Halloween Slot #4: The Haunted Horseman
Be sure to include this relatively new online slot on your Halloween slot playlist, too. It’s my latest Best Bet, and because this slot is fun any day of the year, I’ll tell you all about it in an article coming soon.
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