Oct 15, 2012

Countdown to Halloween Day 15 - Go Batty Card Game

One thing that's really been lacking on the market until recently is Halloween themed games. You'd think it would be a no brainer, right? Sure there have been a few games with Nightmare Before Christmas versions. And even Disney's Haunted Mansion versions of Clue and The Game of Life. There's even a Halloween themed Monopoly knock off called Boo-Opoly, which I have yet to get.


It's only in the past few years that I started to see Halloween themed games, mostly at Target. For the most part, they're classic games like Bingo, Twister, and Ring Toss with Halloween graphics. They're cute but usually don't appeal to my Halloween collecting need because they're not Halloween-y enough.

When I visited Micheal's craft store last week, I found this cute kids card game for $2.

Go Batty card game

As you can see, it's called Go Batty! and it plays just like Go Fish. Instead of a normal deck of cards with numbered suits, there are 13 sets of four cartoony creatures. For the price, the cards are made from surprisingly good stock. However, the big problem with them for me is the box.

The box is mounted to the backing card and I don't think there's any way of removing it without destroying the box short of cutting the card away with scissors. Also because of the way the interior tabs are placed in the box, it's impossible to close the top flap with the cards in there unless you remove the two foreign language rules cards. Even when I manage to get it closed, it's just as difficult to open because in order to get your fingertip on the flap you have to bend the backing card.

Despite all my whining about the box, you can't do much better for only two bucks, especially if you're not a stickler for keeping the packaging intact.

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  1. Spooky-themed games were my absolute favourite board games as a kid. I only had two: Haunted House/Which Witch? and The Addams Family game. My mother gave them away when we moved house (cue the violins) and I wish I still had them!!!

    1. I have one called Ghost Castle which I think is the same as Which Witch? In fact a new version was released just within the past few months called Ghost Castle. I'm dying to get it but at $35, it's a bit expensive for something that's supposed to be a kids board game.

      I love board games with interactive elements like this. Have you heard of the game Superstition? That was one of my favorites as a kid.

    2. I just looked up Superstition. I'd never even heard of it before. *hyperventilating* It looks awesome! Love the box art. The little plastic "walking" boy and girl counters look identical to the Which Witch? ones. I'll have to google Ghost Castle next.

    3. Have a search for Superstition on Flickr. I know I've seen hi-res images of the board there which is a work of art unto itself.

      The Ghost Castle I have was released in the UK as an updated version of Which Witch? The new version might be a little hard to google. I forget the company that makes it here.

  2. I picked this up from Michael's a few weeks ago too...it was totally worth it for $2 and so creepy-cute! I didn't have as many issues with the box as you did...I managed to keep the box intact after removing it from the cardboard backing. It is still a bit flimsy, but for $2 it works!

    1. How did you manage that? It looks like the back of the box is scored to detach from the backing but mine seems like it will tear if I try it.