Halloween Slot Machines
Written 1st November 2019
Here at Slotto we would like to wish all our fellow online slots players a Happy Halloween! For all of you who don’t know how it all started and how Halloween came about, we have put together a bit of information with everything you need to know from trick or treating to pumpkin carving. Have a read and impress your friends and family with your new found knowledge, or scroll down the page to see our recommendations of the 4 best Halloween themed slot games on Slotto.
Halloween has a long history that began in Europe around 2,000 years ago. In the beginning this holiday was about honouring the souls of people who had passed and to scare away ghosts with unfriendly intentions.
Festive, or Not So Festive, Halloween Traditions
Trick or Treat
In the olden days trick or treat used to be called ‘guising’ in Europe or ‘souling’ in America. This meant that people went door to door disguised in costumes asking for food or money, and in return they would pray for the souls of their neighbour’s recently departed loved ones. In 1950 a group went out guising in Scotland and after having knocked on all doors in the neighbourhood they had received 12 shillings and 6 pence. In the 1960’s, people who went guising used to say, ‘any nuts or apples?’ when the homeowners opened the door.
Fast forward 50-60 years and the Halloween tradition, trick or treat, is more about fun and celebrations. It’s an activity that brings the community together. But did you know, the word ‘trick’ in trick or treating is something to watch out for. This actually means that the trick or treaters might perform some mischief on the homeowner’s house if they’re not given any sweets or treats. So if you are keen on keeping your house intact it might be a good idea to stash some treats at home for potential Halloween visitors.
Did you know? One quarter of all the sweets sold annually in the U.S. are purchased for Halloween.
From turnip to pumpkins, the tradition has its origin in Ireland where carving turnips was associated with the harvest time, but when Irish immigrants arrived in America in the 1840’s they couldn’t find any turnips to carve, so instead they used pumpkins which were much softer and easier to find. This is what history says about carving pumpkins as a Halloween tradition:
“En route home after a night's drinking, Jack encounters the Devil and tricks him into climbing a tree. A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark, thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul. After a life of sin, drink, and mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies. Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.”
Dressing up for Halloween began hundreds of years ago when people used to dress up in white and black faces to trick the evil spirits they believed would arrive to earth before All Saint’s Day on November 1st. Years later, this tradition was adopted by the church and turned into the tradition they called souling which we mentioned earlier in this post.
In the 1950’s, Halloween parties became popular and with them came a larger variety of costumes. First the costumes were inspired by gothic themes found in literature, people were dressed as bats, ghosts, witches or vampires. In the 1970’s, costumes took inspiration from pop culture and people would dress up as their favourite celebrity or even president! After that came superheroes, princesses and popular characters from fictional movies and books. At present day, nothing is too wicked or bonkers for a Halloween costume.
Best Halloween Themed Slots at Slotto
So we have talked a bit about the history behind Halloween and the different traditions people choose to celebrate with, now it's time to look at the absolute best Halloween themed slots available here at Slotto. This is our top 4 list that we at Slotto have chosen to celebrate this spooky holiday!
If you read last week’s blog post you will know all there is to know about this crazy slot game! If you haven't read it, check out Lucky Halloween review or here’s a recap: The host in Lucky Halloween slot is The Pumpkin Rider (basically a man with a pumpkin head driving a motorcycle). The game is stuffed with random modifiers and bonus rounds; Mega Wilds, Special Reels, Random Wilds and Free Spins to name a few! The game is played on a 5x3 slot reel with 20 active paylines and you can win up to 800x your stake.
Trick O Treat
Trick O Treat is a game we don’t recommend to the faint hearted, prepare for Fright Night! This is a spooky game with a mysterious witch, black cats and scary owls. The game is played with 20 active paylines and has got bonus features such as Unlimited Wild Free Spins, Big Mystery Card Symbol, Wild Symbols and a Trick O’ Treat Bonus.
Ooh Aah Dracula
Get the blood pumping in Ooh Aah Dracula which is a 10 line slots game with bonus features such as Free Spins, Graveyard Bonus, Super Graveyard Bonus and the scariest of them all the Heart Attack Bonus! This online casino game also has a Big Bet Feature which, if used, can create some spooktacular wins!
Visit the creepy library and get spooked when you play [Devil’s Number](/games/devils-number], an online slot game where you need to find the Devil's number, 666, to trigger the Free Spins Bonus. Please the Devil and you will receive 12 Free Spins to play with. In this dark and delicious game, the Mark of the Beast may burn and upgrade winning symbols to pay more than their current value, or the burning beast may trigger cascading tiles.
That’s all from us this week guys, hope we didn’t scare you too much with this spooky Halloween post. Next week we are going to talk about live casino games, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our great range of UK online slots!