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I Vant to Bite Your Finger and Other Classic Horror Board Games

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It's OK if you never grew out of your love of playing board games because you're in really good company here. And if you're a monster kid, we're specifically talking about your love of playing horror themed board games. Horror board games are still alive and well with titles like the Scooby-Doo! Haunted House Game (pictured above) and The Walking Dead Board Game. However, the now classic horror board games of the 60's through 80's had a certain something that seems to be missing from today's crop. Original box art and bizarre consequences for a kid (like a vampire that 'vants' to bite your finger) are just a few of the reasons we still love these classic games. We know there are a ton of them out there, but here are 5 that make the top of our list. Don't forget to let us know which are your favorites in the comments below. Let's play!

Game:
I Vant to Bite Your Finger

Publisher:
Hasbro

Year of release:
1979

# of players:
2-4

Play by the rules:
The only game I can think of in which kids are encouraged to stick their finger in a vampire's mouth. Players set the clock and advance around the board, but if Dracula wakes up and swings open his cape you must stick your finger in his mouth allowing Dracula the opportunity to 'bite' you. His teeth are two red felt markers, but lucky for you he doesn't bite every time.

Don't forget:
'It's a Dracula game!
 



Game:
Nightmare

Publisher:
A Couple of Cowboys

Year of Release:
1991

# of players
2-6

Play by the rules:
This is one of the earliest 'interactive' board games I can remember, hosted by a harbinger of doom known only as The Gatekeeper. Players pop in a VHS tape and advance around the game board while The Gatekeeper interrupts game play from time to time to taunt, challenge and even engage you in conversation.

Don't forget:
You must reply 'Yes, my Gatekeeper' when you are addressed.



Game:
Bats in Your Belfry

Publisher:
Mattel

Year of Release:
1964

# of players
2

Play by the rules:
Players drop a marble in one of the openings at the top of the 3D castle and try to catch the bats in their 'monster claws' as they are released into the air.

Don't forget:
It's an 'action toy' game.



Game:
Haunted House

Publisher:
Ideal Year of Release: 1962

# of players:
2-4

Play by the rules:
Easily the granddaddy of vintage haunted house horror games, this 3D haunted house board game is MASSIVE. There's a 'hooting' owl spinner (in an earlier version of the game) and secret doors that are only opened by inserting a peg. You never know who is gonna pop out or what they are going to make you do...although we can guess it might set you back 5 spaces.

Don't forget:
Keep an eye out for 'spooks behind doors'.



Game:
The Monster Squad

Publisher:
Milton Bradley

Year of release:
1977

# of players
2-4

Play by the rules:
Nope, not based on Fred Dekker's 1987 flick of the same name, this one is based on a late 70's Saturday morning live action kids show in which wax figures of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and Dracula are brought to life and become...crime fighters? Yup, we love this one primarily for the title, box art and cheese factor.

Don't forget:
'Wolfman's got nards!'



What are some of your favorite horror themed board games?

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