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Jack NH Character Icon.png Halloween  
NH Jack Fall Update.jpg
October 31st
Music (New Horizons)
Time 6 PM — 1 AM[nb 1]
6 PM — 12 AM[nb 2]
5 PM — 12 AM[nb 3][1]
Host Jack
Visitors Tortimer
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

Halloween is an event in the Animal Crossing series that is celebrated on October 31. During the event, Jack, the self-proclaimed Czar of Halloween, appears at night. During this time, both Jack and villagers around the town will ask the player for Candy. Items from the Spooky Series can be obtained from the event, or items from the Creepy Theme in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Halloween appears in all main series Animal Crossing games except Animal Crossing: Wild World. In the Japanese versions of the games, participants will say "trick or treat" in English and in Japanese. For example, in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the participants (villagers and Jack) say "Trick or treat!" in English, and, with furigana, also in Japanese.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

The player speaking to Jack on Halloween in Animal Crossing

In Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Tom Nook's store sells Candy in preparation for Halloween from October 16 to 30. On Halloween, from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM, the villagers in the players town wear Jack costumes and will chase the player when nearby. If the player is caught, the villager will ask for Candy; if the player does not give them Candy, they will either change their currently worn clothing into a Patched Shirt, or turn an item in their pockets into either a Jack-in-the-Box or Jack-o'-Lantern.

Jack appears in a random acre and will ask the player for Candy when spoken to. If the player gives him Candy, he gives them an item from the Spooky Series in return; if he is not given Candy, he changes the player's clothing or an item in their pockets. Each time he is spoken to, the player must leave the acre and find him again in another acre to receive another item. Jack can be distinguished from villagers in that he does not chase the player.

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Tortimer appears at the wishing well dressed as Jack and will give the player Katrina's Tent when spoken to. In Doubutsu no Mori+, he instead gives the player the Police Model.

In City Folk[edit]

Halloween was absent from Animal Crossing: Wild World, but returns in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Unlike the original Animal Crossing, not all villagers go out on Halloween night - those who remain inside become targets for trick-or-treating. Approaching a villager while indoors will result in the villager giving the player Candy, but only if the player is wearing a costume which makes up a Look in GracieGrace. An example of an appropriate look is the witch's hat and cloak, which are sold throughout August, September, and October, and make up a suitably spooky costume. Costumes do not necessarily have to be spooky, however.

In addition to trick-or-treating indoors, from 6:00 PM until midnight, villagers will chase the player outside upon seeing them, and if the player is caught by villagers outside, they will ask for Candy. If the player does not have any on them, the villager will play a trick on the player, resulting in one of the following:

  • An item in the player's pocket may be turned into a Jack-in-the-Box.
  • Any worn accessory may be turned into a Pumpkin Head.
  • The player's shirt/dress may be transformed into a Moldy or Patched Shirt/Dress.

Unlike villagers, Jack will not chase the player, making him easy to distinguish. If Jack is approached by the player without having any Candy on them, he will give out one of four items: a Pumpkin Head, Moldy Shirt, Patched Shirt, or a Jack-in-the-Box. Refusing to give Candy to Jack four times will result in obtaining all four of those items. Otherwise, if the player gives Jack Candy, he will give the player a piece of furniture from the Spooky Series.

In New Leaf[edit]

Halloween is carried out the same as in City Folk, but with a few extra details. On Halloween night, the player's goal is to scare the villagers in their town. To prepare for this, during the month of October, players should buy masks from the Able Sisters, and Candy from Timmy and Tommy's store. Speaking to villagers during October may reveal to the player what they are scared of. The player may also have the chance to give villagers a piece of Candy in exchange for finding out what costumes scare the other villagers.

On Halloween night (6 PM – 12 AM), the majority of villagers will be in their homes; the rest will be dressed as Jack and will try to trick the player. The player has three tasks they can do:

  • Scare the villagers - The player can scare villagers in their homes by wearing the mask that each villager is scared of. When the player scares a villager for the first time, the villager will give the player a Lollipop. Subsequent scares will net the player a piece of Candy. If the player fails to scare a villager, they will get a chance to play a game with the villager; if the player wins, the villager will give the player a piece of Candy. If the player loses, the villager will do a trick, such as changing the flooring of the main room of the player's home, or changing one of the player's inventory items into a Jack-in-the-box. If the player has nothing on them, they will get old Wallpaper or Flooring instead.
  • Interact with villagers outside - All outdoor villagers will be dressed as Jack. The villager may offer to play a game and will give the player Candy as a prize. Otherwise, the villager may just perform a trick on the player.
  • Find Jack - Jack can be given Lollipops in exchange for pieces of the Creepy Theme. The Pumpkin King can also be given Candy in exchange for Halloween furniture or clothing.

List of villager's fears[edit]

Villager Fear
Admiral Bug mask
Agent S Bug mask
Agnes Skeleton hood
Al Mummy mask
Alfonso Bug mask
Alice Mummy mask
Alli Ghost mask
Amelia Skeleton hood
Anabelle Ghost mask
Anchovy Mummy mask
Angus Mummy mask
Anicotti Monster mask
Ankha Monster mask
Annalisa Skeleton hood
Annalise Mummy mask
Antonio Mummy mask
Apollo Ghost mask
Apple Bug mask
Astrid Skeleton hood
Aurora Skeleton hood
Ava Monster mask
Avery Ghost mask
Axel Monster mask
Baabara Werewolf hood
Bam Mummy mask
Bangle Ghost mask
Barold Ghost mask
Bea Werewolf hood
Beardo Ghost mask
Beau Werewolf hood
Becky Ghost mask
Bella Monster mask
Benedict Skeleton hood
Benjamin Mummy mask
Bertha Bug mask
Bettina Ghost mask
Bianca Ghost mask
Biff Ghost mask
Big Top Bug mask
Bill Werewolf hood
Billy Skeleton hood
Biskit Mummy mask
Bitty Ghost mask
Blaire Werewolf hood
Blanche Mummy mask
Bluebear Mummy mask
Bob Monster mask
Bonbon Monster mask
Bones Mummy mask
Boomer Werewolf hood
Boone Skeleton hood
Boots Monster mask
Boris Ghost mask
Boyd Monster mask
Bree Skeleton hood
Broccolo Werewolf hood
Broffina Ghost mask
Bruce Bug mask
Bubbles Ghost mask
Buck Werewolf hood
Bud Ghost mask
Bunnie Monster mask
Butch Monster mask
Buzz Ghost mask
Cally Skeleton hood
Camofrog Mummy mask
Canberra Werewolf hood
Candi Monster mask
Carmen Monster mask
Caroline Skeleton hood
Carrie Werewolf hood
Cashmere Werewolf hood
Cece Bug mask
Celia Mummy mask
Cesar Monster mask
Chadder Bug mask
Chai Bug mask
Charlise Monster mask
Chelsea Werewolf hood
Cheri Mummy mask
Cherry Ghost mask
Chester Ghost mask
Chevre Ghost mask
Chief Werewolf hood
Chops Werewolf hood
Chow Bug mask
Chrissy Monster mask
Claude Ghost mask
Claudia Monster mask
Clay Mummy mask
Cleo Mummy mask
Clyde Skeleton hood
Coach Monster mask
Cobb Mummy mask
Coco Mummy mask
Cole Ghost mask
Colton Bug mask
Cookie Bug mask
Cousteau Bug mask
Cranston Monster mask
Croque Mummy mask
Cube Werewolf hood
Curlos Werewolf hood
Curly Mummy mask
Curt Bug mask
Cyrano Bug mask
Daisy Werewolf hood
Deena Ghost mask
Deirdre Ghost mask
Del Mummy mask
Deli Monster mask
Derwin Monster mask
Diana Monster mask
Diva Ghost mask
Dizzy Bug mask
Dobie Werewolf hood
Doc Ghost mask
Dora Ghost mask
Dotty Monster mask
Drago Bug mask
Drake Monster mask
Drift Bug mask
Ed Bug mask
Egbert Skeleton hood
Elise Bug mask
Ellie Skeleton hood
Elmer Skeleton hood
Eloise Ghost mask
Elvis Bug mask
Epona Werewolf hood
Erik Werewolf hood
Étoile Werewolf hood
Eugene Monster mask
Eunice Werewolf hood
Fang Werewolf hood
Fauna Werewolf hood
Felicity Werewolf hood
Felyne Monster mask
Filbert Werewolf hood
Flip Ghost mask
Flo Werewolf hood
Flora Werewolf hood
Flurry Bug mask
Francine Skeleton hood
Frank Ghost mask
Freckles Werewolf hood
Freya Bug mask
Friga Mummy mask
Frita Werewolf hood
Frobert Bug mask
Fuchsia Ghost mask
Gabi Monster mask
Gala Monster mask
Ganon Ghost mask
Gaston Werewolf hood
Gayle Werewolf hood
Genji Bug mask
Gigi Werewolf hood
Gladys Bug mask
Gloria Mummy mask
Goldie Werewolf hood
Gonzo Monster mask
Goose Werewolf hood
Graham Werewolf hood
Greta Skeleton hood
Grizzly Bug mask
Groucho Bug mask
Gruff Skeleton hood
Gwen Mummy mask
Hamlet Monster mask
Hamphrey Skeleton hood
Hans Ghost mask
Harry Monster mask
Hazel Monster mask
Henry Werewolf hood
Hippeux Skeleton hood
Hopkins Ghost mask
Hopper Monster mask
Hornsby Monster mask
Huck Werewolf hood
Hugh Bug mask
Iggly Bug mask
Ike Bug mask
Inkwell Mummy mask
Jacob Mummy mask
Jacques Bug mask
Jambette Ghost mask
Jay Skeleton hood
Jeremiah Monster mask
Jitters Skeleton hood
Joey Monster mask
Julia Mummy mask
Julian Bug mask
June Bug mask
Kabuki Skeleton hood
Katt Mummy mask
Keaton Werewolf hood
Ken Monster mask
Ketchup Werewolf hood
Kevin Skeleton hood
Kid Cat Ghost mask
Kidd Monster mask
Kiki Bug mask
Kitt Werewolf hood
Kitty Monster mask
Klaus Ghost mask
Knox Mummy mask
Kody Monster mask
Kyle Skeleton hood
Leonardo Werewolf hood
Leopold Monster mask
Lily Ghost mask
Limberg Mummy mask
Lionel Monster mask
Lobo Werewolf hood
Lolly Bug mask
Lopez Skeleton hood
Louie Skeleton hood
Lucha Bug mask
Lucky Mummy mask
Lucy Monster mask
Lyman Ghost mask
Mac Skeleton hood
Maddie Bug mask
Maelle Mummy mask
Maggie Monster mask
Mallary Mummy mask
Maple Bug mask
Marcel Mummy mask
Marcie Werewolf hood
Margie Skeleton hood
Marina Skeleton hood
Marshal Ghost mask
Marty Ghost mask
Mathilda Skeleton hood
Medli Ghost mask
Melba Mummy mask
Merengue Ghost mask
Merry Werewolf hood
Midge Ghost mask
Mint Werewolf hood
Mira Bug mask
Miranda Mummy mask
Mitzi Bug mask
Moe Monster mask
Molly Ghost mask
Monique Monster mask
Monty Skeleton hood
Moose Bug mask
Mott Ghost mask
Muffy Werewolf hood
Murphy Skeleton hood
Nan Ghost mask
Nana Monster mask
Naomi Ghost mask
Nate Werewolf hood
Nibbles Bug mask
Norma Bug mask
O'Hare Bug mask
Octavian Werewolf hood
Olaf Monster mask
Olive Bug mask
Olivia Monster mask
Opal Ghost mask
Ozzie Bug mask
Pancetti Mummy mask
Pango Ghost mask
Paolo Bug mask
Papi Skeleton hood
Pashmina Mummy mask
Pate Werewolf hood
Patty Werewolf hood
Paula Monster mask
Peaches Monster mask
Peanut Bug mask
Pecan Werewolf hood
Peck Skeleton hood
Peewee Monster mask
Peggy Monster mask
Pekoe Bug mask
Penelope Monster mask
Phil Mummy mask
Phoebe Skeleton hood
Pierce Bug mask
Pietro Werewolf hood
Pinky Skeleton hood
Piper Mummy mask
Pippy Monster mask
Plucky Ghost mask
Pompom Werewolf hood
Poncho Werewolf hood
Poppy Skeleton hood
Portia Monster mask
Prince Monster mask
Puck Werewolf hood
Puddles Skeleton hood
Pudge Ghost mask
Punchy Monster mask
Purrl Monster mask
Queenie Mummy mask
Quillson Bug mask
Raddle Monster mask
Rasher Ghost mask
Renée Mummy mask
Rex Werewolf hood
Rhonda Ghost mask
Ribbot Bug mask
Ricky Skeleton hood
Rilla Skeleton hood
Rizzo Mummy mask
Roald Bug mask
Robin Werewolf hood
Rocco Monster mask
Rocket Bug mask
Rod Bug mask
Rodeo Ghost mask
Rodney Werewolf hood
Rolf Skeleton hood
Rooney Bug mask
Rory Ghost mask
Roscoe Ghost mask
Rosie Werewolf hood
Rowan Werewolf hood
Ruby Monster mask
Rudy Ghost mask
Sally Skeleton hood
Samson Bug mask
Sandy Bug mask
Savannah Monster mask
Scoot Werewolf hood
Shari Ghost mask
Sheldon Mummy mask
Shep Mummy mask
Simon Monster mask
Skye Mummy mask
Sly Monster mask
Snake Bug mask
Snooty Werewolf hood
Soleil Ghost mask
Sparro Skeleton hood
Spike Bug mask
Spork Bug mask
Sprinkle Skeleton hood
Sprocket Ghost mask
Static Skeleton hood
Stella Werewolf hood
Sterling Bug mask
Stinky Ghost mask
Stitches Ghost mask
Stu Ghost mask
Sydney Mummy mask
Sylvana Skeleton hood
Sylvia Mummy mask
T-Bone Mummy mask
Tabby Werewolf hood
Tad Bug mask
Tammi Mummy mask
Tammy Skeleton hood
Tangy Werewolf hood
Tank Skeleton hood
Tasha Werewolf hood
Teddy Mummy mask
Tex Ghost mask
Tia Skeleton hood
Tiffany Skeleton hood
Timbra Werewolf hood
Tipper Ghost mask
Toby Bug mask
Tom Skeleton hood
Truffles Monster mask
Tucker Bug mask
Tutu Mummy mask
Twiggy Mummy mask
Tybalt Werewolf hood
Ursala Monster mask
Velma Bug mask
Vesta Werewolf hood
Vic Mummy mask
Viché Skeleton hood
Victoria Werewolf hood
Violet Werewolf hood
Vivian Bug Mask
Vladimir Skeleton hood
W. Link Skeleton hood
Wade Werewolf hood
Walker Mummy mask
Walt Bug mask
Wart Jr. Mummy mask
Weber Monster mask
Wendy Werewolf hood
Whitney Bug mask
Willow Werewolf hood
Winnie Werewolf hood
Wolfgang Werewolf hood
Yuka Bug mask
Zell Skeleton hood
Zucker Bug mask

In New Horizons[edit]

Jack introducing himself to the player in New Horizons

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Halloween returned in the Fall Update, with Jack reprising his role as host of the event.

On October 1, Jack sends the player a letter informing them about Halloween; attached is Jack's Portrait. Throughout the month, Candy can be purchased from Nook's Cranny for  120 Bells each once a day[1] and Halloween-themed costumes can be purchased from the Able Sisters. Additionally, villagers can teach the player Spooky Series DIY recipes throughout the month, and special body paint and colored eye contacts can be unlocked by spending  2,400 Nook Miles each.[2] When talking to a villager crafting a recipe that the player had already received, there's a 70% chance that the player will receive five Orange Pumpkins and 30% to receive one Candy.[3] From October 28 to October 31, two Spooky Towers appear outside Resident Services, and some special characters wear the following clothing:

From 5 PM to 12 AM on October 31, outdoor villagers, who are dressed in costumes, will ask for Candy from the player. They may also approach the player when nearby, but they cannot initiate a conversation until the player talks to them. If the player gives a villager Candy, they will give them one of the following items in order:

  1. Spooky Garland or Spooky Table Setting
  2. Spooky Rug
  3. Spooky Flooring or Spooky Wall
  4. Spooky Garland DIY recipe, if it has yet to be learned
  5. Spooky Table Setting DIY recipe, if it has yet to be learned
  6. Any unlearned DIY recipe from the Spooky Series

After the villager has given the following items in order, they will have the chance to give the player the following items:

  • 35% chance of a Spooky Candy Set, Spooky Garland, or Spooky Table Setting or an unlearned DIY recipe of a Spooky Candy Set, Spooky Garland, or Spooky Table Setting.
  • 20% chance of a Spooky Flooring, Spooky Wall, or Spooky Rug.
  • 22.5% chance of five non-Orange Pumpkins, or ten Orange Pumpkins if the player hasn't received a non-Orange Pumpkin.
  • 22.5% chance of ten Orange Pumpkins.

In addition, each time the player gives a villager Candy, the player is more likely to receive a Lollipop. This is determined by a hidden counter that calculates the amount of Candy the player has given to a villager. Once the player has receive a Lollipop, the counter resets to zero.

Candy given Item % Lollipop %
0 100% 0%
1 75% 25%
2 60% 40%
3 40% 60%
4+ 0% 100%

If the player gives the villager a Lollipop, they will always receive a Spooky Candy Set. If the player refuses to give them Candy, the villager will "trick" the player by applying body and face paint along with colored eye contacts.

Halloween face paint designs
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Jack will also be seen roaming around near Resident Services, and players can give him Candy or Lollipops. Giving him Candy will cause the player to receive the following items:

  • 30% chance of a Jack's Face or Jack's Robe.
  • 35% chance of five non-Orange Pumpkins, or ten Orange Pumpkins if the player hasn't received a non-Orange Pumpkin.
  • 35% chance of ten Orange Pumpkins.

By giving him a Lollipop, the player is able to receive the following items in order:

  1. Spooky Carriage
  2. Spooky Carriage DIY recipe, if it has yet to be learned
  3. Spooky Wand DIY recipe, if it has yet to be learned

Subsequent rewards will be either Jack's Face or Jack's Robe.

Indoor villagers, also dressed in costumes, will give players Candy every five minutes, but only if the player is wearing Halloween clothing, such as the Raggedy Outfit.

Besides being decorative, Jack's Face and Jack's Robe will trick villagers into thinking the player is Jack if both are worn, and the villager will give the player Candy regardless of whether they have already done so. However, each villager will only be fooled once. The outfit will also allow players to not be chased by villagers.

There are two Reactions that can be learned from the event: Scare and Haunt. The former can be learned by giving Candy to any villager, and the latter by giving Candy to Jack.

In amiibo Festival[edit]

In the Board Game mode in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Jack appears on October 1 and scatters pieces of candy across the town. Throughout the month, players can collect the candy; candy appears floating between spaces in groups of 3 or 5.

At the end of the day on October 31, Jack appears again and depending on how much candy was collected in total, gives all the players Happy Points. If 180 or more pieces of candy were collected throughout the month, Jack gives all players 20 Happy Points. He then gives each player a different amount of bonus Happy Points based on how much candy they collected whether or not the 180 goal was met; first-place receives up to 20 Happy Points, second-place receives up to 15, third-place receives up to 10, and fourth-place receives up to 5.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]



  1. In Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+
  2. In City Folk and New Leaf
  3. In New Horizons


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