Though this is technically my second Halloween in Japan, it is my first in a decade and my first in Tokyo. Halloween is not a big holiday here–it is probably better known as a day when foreign students get drunk and cause trouble than as a day related to pumpkins, trick or treating, or things lurking under the stairs. This year there is actually quite a bit of Halloween cheer (paper pumpkins in store windows and black and orange color themes are abundant), which I am told is a recent development, but otherwise October 31 is pretty much the same as October 30.
But that does not mean that there is a lack of horror media for us to enjoy. With seven titles released so far 2008 has been great year for horror games. Here’s hoping that you are enjoying this year’s celebration of ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night.