Halloween is almost here, and that means plenty of video games will be celebrating the spooky holiday with special in-game events. Among them is Pokémon Go, which will be using the holiday as an excuse to host its first global event.
The Pokémon Go Halloween event just might encourage players who have stopped booting up the mobile game to do so once again while they are out trick-or-treating. From October 26 through November 1, all candy rewards in Pokémon Go will be increased. Catching a pocket monster will now reward six candies (up from three), while transferring an unwanted Pokémon to Professor Willow will now reward two candies (up from one).
Niantic is also encouraging players to get walking with an update to the game's recently added Buddy system. Normally the buddy system rewards a single candy for a specific Pokémon after walking a certain distance with that creature. During the Halloween event, that number will go from one candy awarded to four, so it's a great time to get some exercise and farm some candy for those harder to find Pokémon.
Speaking of harder to find Pokémon, Pokémon Go's Halloween event doesn't end there. Specific "spooky" pocket monsters will also be more common during the event dates. A video explaining the event shows Pokémon like Zubat, Golbat, Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, Drowzee and Hypno will all be more readily available, so if you haven't yet caught one of the creatures listed above and added them to your Pokedex, this Halloween might be the time to do so.
It looks to be a fun and fitting event, but it remains to be seen if the event's limited duration will actually bring players back to the game. Pokémon Go has been rapidly losing players in recent months, and updates to encourage players to keep playing are few and far between. For example, many players are still waiting on some kind of event for the legendary bird Pokémon to be added, while Niantic has still largely been silent on when fans can expect a new Pokémon tracking system to be implemented. The tracking system the game originally shipped with was of little help and eventually removed from the game entirely.
Will Pokémon Go's Halloween update encourage you to "get up and go" this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.