What Random Tools Help Create Atmosphere in Horror Games?

Generators for Vampires and Ghosts, Witches and Zombies! All you need for Halloween...

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Starting Points with Horror and Halloween

This is a guide to generators you can use for a Horror or Halloween themed evening, adventure, one-shot or campaign.

Horror adventures cover stories of urban fantasy with vampire, investigators of Call of Cthulu, adventurers caught in dark realms such as Ravenloft and classics such as full moons, the evil that comes at night and cheesy horror films.

Related generator guides include dark fantasy and ravenloft & DnD horror

Some themes I'd associate with horror are night, spirits, the undead, fear, the unknown and our inner doubts. Any generator suggestions for these are welcome.

Characters for Horror and Halloween

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Faceless Ghost, Spirit Faun, Monster Golem, Corrupted Harpie, Skeleton Cyborg

...from Halloween Costume ideas at Fantasy Name Generators

There is a selection of B-Movies you can try or write a plot for. And a Horror text generator for general inspiration.

We have some general Evil Name, or try something more Cthulu or Lovecraftian sounding. For truly great evil Evil Clown Names

Maybe you just want a Horror Creep or Monster Person. Both also list many other horror-related generators from springhole.net

Then there are some Harry Potter Characters

Horror Creeps at Springhole

Haunted Places and Ghosts

characters | places | vampires | witches | zombies | other monsters | pdfs

Monsters might linger in a Haunted House or Ghost Town.. And you can generate a model of your perfect mansion

Then we have some Graveyard Names where the vampires might be found. Or creepy places.

The last thing worth checking out is work the Nightmare machine, haunted places and haunted faces from the real world generated by artificial intelligence.

Spirits haunt these places so give them Ghost Names and reasons to haunt a place. Ghosts are often the victims or givers of curses, so here are Curse Names.

There is also a full Ghost generator

Graveyard Names at Fantasy Name Generators

Vampires

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This energetic vampire has narrow blue eyes that are like two sapphires. His fine, wavy, brown hair is worn in a style that reminds you of a lionfish's spines. He is tall and has a graceful build. His skin is pale. He can command his body parts, even if they are severed. He susbists on the blood of other vampires. His outfits are usually gray.

From full vampire description at 7th Sanctum

An alternative has more character-driven vampire

There are also gens for vampire names, clan names and how your character became a vampire.

Alternatively here is a more Goth sounding vampire name generator.

Witches and Mad Scientists

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There are more to witches, than black cats and broomsticks. Start with a Witch Name or maybe a Necromancer Name. Then they might be part of a Coven or Cabal. You might interrupt their Dark Ritual, find them handing out Tarot Cards or selling Charms

For an alternative take try Mad Scientists in their Laboratory performing their experiments.

Zombies

characters | places | vampires | witches | zombies | other monsters | pdfs

Start off your zombie horde with Zombie Descriptions and then add More Zombies. You may wish to classify them by Zombie Type.

And to give them somewhere to roam try a Ruined City Map or try the Apocalypse Generator

Other tools that follow the post-apocalyptic theme are found in the Post Apocalyptic Generators Guide

Werewolves, Demons and Monsters

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For something more of a physical threat try Werewolf Name and Werewolf Packs.

Or how about naming a Demon and having a Demon Description to go with it. For greater danger try one a 100 demons lords</>

Our last monsters are Eldritch Horrors and the star of Haloloween, the Jack O'Lantern

Creepy PDFs

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For PDFs to use there is Ewen's Tables - Horror Stuff or try something from Grinning Skull's Horror Mega-bundle

If you play D&D then you might enjoy my Spooky Encounter Tables

Recommendations Please!

I'll keep this guide updated so please suggest Sci-fi generators in the comments or on my Discord server

Non-Fantasy Gen Guides - Science Fiction | Horror | Post-Apocalypse | Cyberpunk | Star Wars