Since time immemorial, man has wanted to know what it would be like to be a guy with a pumpkin for a head. And so, it was fated that video games would explore this most compelling of fantasies, alongside other deeply-ingrained dreams like dating pigeons and making a gorilla drive a go kart. Numerous games have put players in the squishy, orange head of a pumpkin person — here are ten of the best.
Fortnite features a number of pumpkin head skins, most notably the devilish Hallowhead and the not-at-all-David-Pumpkins Jack Gourdon. Is the latter’s name a reference to La Toya Jackson’s manager Jack Gordon? Because if so, that’s really scary.
9. Costume Quest
One of Costume Quest‘s many titular costumes is the Pumpkin. When donned, it allows the wearer to initiate the All Hallows’ Eve ability, a devastating tornado that cuts foes’ health in half — much like the monster Pumpkinhead cuts down so many teens in the films bearing his name.
8. Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World‘s Autumn Harvest Festival lets players craft the Harvest Armor, which appears as a kind of floral witch look for female characters but a classic pumpkin head outfit for the boys that resembles a fantasy Green Goblin. As a bonus, you can also dress up your cat companion as a pumpkin-headed ghost.
Overwatch‘s resident edgelord Reaper gets the pumpkin head treatment with his Pumpkin skin, first introduced back in the game’s 2017 Halloween event.
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5. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
Beat Castlevania: Lament of Innocence as Joachim and you’ll unlock Pumpkin, a little burlap sackboy with a pumpkin for a head. Pumpkin can’t take much punishment, being a little fella, but he can unleash devastating attacks, including throwing bouncing pumpkins. Wouldn’t that be like a normal dude throwing human heads?
A play on Ichabod Crane, ClayFighter‘s Ickybod Clay is, according to the ClayFighter wiki, “a being of the Ethereal Plane… a headless poltergeist” who was turned into clay by the “Claterian Meteor.” His likes include “night,” “scaring,” and “Halloween,” while his dislikes are “day” and “exilation.” We wish him the best.
3. Pumpkin Jack
Drawing on the Irish myth of Stingy Jack that went on to inspire Jack-o’-Lanterns, Pumpkin Jack positions players as a reincarnated soul with a fiery pumpkin head fighting monsters, riding ghost horses, and hanging out with a weird owl, a talking crow, and a haunted sword. That is to say that it’s very good.
2. Destiny 2
In Destiny 2‘s Festival of the Lost event, Guardians can collect candy by wearing various crudely-assembled papercraft masks. One of these appears as a distinctive three-eyed pumpkin head, letting players channel their inner space zombie to the fullest possible extent. As the Drifter always says, “Let’s be pumpkin guys.”
1. Halloween Forever
In this retro 2D platformer, you play as a pumpkin-headed guy who attacks by vomiting up candy corn at spiders, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and sleepy frogs. If that’s not enough, you can unlock a Santa Pumpkin Man character who pukes presents. Truly, the meaning of the season.