Halloween event

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Halloween event
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Terrorizing RED and BLU alike, the Horseless Headless Horsemann was the first Team Fortress 2 Boss monster introduced in a Halloween event.

The Halloween event is that time of the year when enchantments, hauntings, and family curses fall upon the world-wide facilities of Mann Co., and, for several days in October and November, Team Fortress 2 is transformed into Scream Fortress! First introduced in the The Terrifying Team Fortress Haunted Hallowe'en Special of 2009, Halloween events feature activation of Halloween-themed start screens, spooky sound cues, haunted maps, soul-harvesting contract campaigns, scary or ridiculous Halloween cosmetics, Ghosts, and monsters, with Scream Fortress Patches adding new Halloween content.

Halloween events have typically opened with a Major Update content patch and concluded with removal of Halloween effects 10 or more days later. With the 2019 event, an in-game announcement was made signaling the beginning of Halloween celebrations on October 2nd with a promise of new Halloween content, which was released in a Patch eight days later.

Most of the individual Halloween Updates introduced new features of the Halloween event celebration, whether new maps, monsters, or mechanics, like magic spells or the Soul Gargoyle. Valve treated the first seven Halloween events as "major updates", each with an update page on the official Team Fortress website and a comic of some form. However, from the 8th annual event onward, no update pages or comics were published. From the beginning, Halloween events have been linked with continuations of the Team Fortress 2 Storyline, with the release of Zephaniah Mann's last will and testament and family portrait and the coupling of the Halloween comics with closely released main Storyline comics, notably the murders of Blutarch and Redmond and the crossovers of Merasmus.

While the first six events released seven haunted maps (all but two developed by Valve) the next three events released 12 quality Community haunted maps. Another consideration is that the Halloween events of 2016, 2017, and 2018 released far fewer cosmetic items. The 2017 Halloween event was so minimal as to have no maps, no comic, and only one cosmetic item; however, it can be noted that that particular 2017 Halloween event (and that event's single item) was integrated with the then ongoing massive Jungle Inferno Campaign that introduced a new Contract system, with coordinated new Halloween Contracts. Later events resumed introduction of new haunted maps and cosmetics, with the Halloween cosmetics distributed through the now unfarmable Contracts.

List of Halloween events

Note: Clicking on the image opens the event's Update page on teamfortress.com, if available. Community maps are identified in italics.
Event Title
* Haunted
* Introductions
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The Terrifying Team Fortress
Haunted Hallowe'en Special

(October 29 - November 9, 2009)
2009-10-29October 29, 2009 Patch
Last Will and Testament
Ghost (Zepheniah Mann)
Second Annu-hell Screm Fortress.png
The Second Annu-Hell Scream Fortress
Hauntdead Halloween Special

(October 27 - November 8, 2010)
2010-10-27October 27, 2010 Patch
Family Portrait with Silas
Horseless Headless Horsemann
(Silas Mann)
Scream Fortress Very Scary Halloween Special.jpg
Third Annual Scream Fortress
Very Scary Halloween Special

(October 27 - November 6, 2011)
2011-10-27October 27, 2011 Patch
Fourth Annual Scream Fortress.jpg
The Fourth Annual Spectral Halloween Special
(October 26 - November 8, 2012)
2012-10-26October 26, 2012 Patch
Fifth Annual Scream Fortress Special.jpg
The Fifth Annual Helloween Special
(October 29 - November 11, 2013)
2013-10-29October 29, 2013 Patch
Grave Matters
Sixth Annual Scream Fortress Special.jpg
The Sixth Annual Halloween Special
(October 29 - November 12, 2014)
2014-10-29October 29, 2014 Patch
Blood Money
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The Seventh Annual Halloween Special
(October 28 - November 12, 2015)
2015-10-28October 28, 2015 Patch
Gargoyles & Gravel
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The Eight Annual Halloween Special
(October 21 - November 16, 2016)
2016-10-21October 21, 2016 Patch
Scream Fortress 2017.png
Scream Fortress IX
(October 26 - November 8, 2017)
2017-10-26October 26, 2017 Patch
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Scream Fortress X
(October 19 - November 14, 2018)
2018-10-19October 19, 2018 Patch
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Scream Fortress XI
(October 1 - November 7, 2019)
2019-10-10October 10, 2019 Patch
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Scream Fortress XII
(October 1 - November 7 2020)
2020-10-01October 1, 2020 Patch