The Terrifying Team Fortress 2 Haunted Hallowe'en Special

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The Terrifying Team Fortress 2 Haunted Hallowe'en Special is a Team Fortress 2 themed update focusing on Halloween achievements and equipable hats. The hats and achievements were available to get from October 29th through November 2nd, 2009. In typical Valve update fashion, there was no public release that stated this update was coming and also in typical fashion, a single page website was released with the update showcasing the update in full detail with recognizable humor.

All achievements and items received during this period will stay and can be used with the user's account; however, you can no longer gain them. A total of 5 achievements were released in this first-of-a-kind timed update.


As posted on the site:

Welcome, if you dare, to the first ever Team Fortress Haunted Halloween Special! Five new update-specific achievements will unlock the Mildly Disturbing Halloween Hats—moldering, eldritch veils of such manifold depravity, the human eye will not process the sheer enormity of their malevolence, and out of self-preservation will merely show you paper bags with faces on them. These faces are still moderately scary, though, so brace yourselves for mild terror! [sound of bat wings]

Right now you’re doubtlessly thinking, “Please, Team Fortress, stop scaring me!” Okay, we’ll stop righhhhhht … [sound of a skeleton] Ha ha! The scaring will continue! Prepare yourself for a new KOTH map called Harvest—created by Sean "Heyo" Cutino, crammed to bursting with horror by us, and LOOK OUT DRACULA IS BEHIND YOU! [sound of a creaking door] Ha ha ha! If you scare that easily, this map will kill you.

Our legal department tells us we can’t mention this next horrifying feature, because someone read it and got so scared we got in trouble! The entire TF2 team has to go to sensitivity training now because we inadvertently created such a scary work environment. So rest easy, we promise to stop scaring you… right after we ignore our lawyers and tell you about the ghost haunting the Harvest map! [sound of a wolf] That’s right! The restless spirit of Zepheniah Mann will scare senseless any player unlucky enough to cross his spectral path, rendering them temporarily helpless with fear!

There are also pumpkins! That might not sound very scary initially, but get this: they explode! Most terrifying of all, the mangled corpses of the recently deceased will plague the living… with candy! MWAHAHAHAHA! In retrospect we should have put this stuff in the middle and ended with the ghost.

Enjoy the update… if you dare! [sound of reading the name on a tombstone, and oh my god it’s YOURS]


  • Candy Coroner - Collect 20 Halloween pumpkins from dead players to unlock a hat.
  • Scared Stiff - Kill a player scared by the ghost haunting KOTH Harvest.
  • Ghastly Gibus Grab - Dominate a player wearing the Ghastly Gibus to earn your own.
  • Costume Contest - Kill a spy disguised as your current class.
  • Attack o’ Lantern - Cause the deaths of 5 players by exploding nearby pumpkin bombs.

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