Halloween mode

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Halloween mode is a Holiday mode that enables various cosmetic changes when enabled. Halloween mode is automatically enabled in association with yearly Halloween events that takes place within October and early November, as well as during Full Moons.

This mode can manually be enabled by server operators with the server variable tf_forced_holiday 2.

It can also be enabled on a server for two hours by using the Enchantment: Eternaween item, which will start a vote to temporarily enable the spirit of Halloween.


Update history

October 29, 2009 Patch (Haunted Hallowe'en Special)

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • Viaduct has been haunted and is now... Eyeaduct!
  • One full multi-piece costume set has been added for each class
  • Random gifts containing costume pieces drop in Eyeaduct on registered servers
  • 2 new Halloween 2011 achievements
  • Any unusual hats uncrated during the event will be Halloween-themed
  • New Halloween-themed items are available in the Mann Co. store, but only for a limited time!

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress 2013)

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress 2014)

  • Help Merasmus with his carnival on the new map Carnival of Carnage
  • 50 new Halloween-themed cosmetics from the Steam workshop
  • Added 6 new achievements
  • All Unusual hats and taunts that are unboxed during the event will receive Halloween-themed Unusual effects
  • Added Halloween crates to the Mann Co. Store. These crates do not require a key to open
  • Added a new comic to the Team Fortress 2 website

October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress 2015)

October 21, 2016 Patch (Scream Fortress 2016)

October 26, 2017 Patch (Scream Fortress 2017)

October 19, 2018 Patch (Scream Fortress 2018)

October 10, 2019 Patch (Scream Fortress 2019)

  • Featured 2 new community maps: Laughter and Precipice
  • Added the Spooky Spoils Case
  • Added 20 new community-created Unusual effects
  • All players who launch the game will receive a Soul Gargoyle if they don't already have one

October 1, 2020 Patch (Scream Fortress 2020)

October 5, 2021 Patch (Scream Fortress 2021)

October 5, 2022 Patch (Scream Fortress 2022)


  • For the Halloween mode to function in maps other than Halloween-themed ones, the server variable tf_forced_holiday should be set to 2. It is recommended to set the variable before changing to a non-Halloween-themed map, because enabling the mode whilst a map is running may cause the server to crash from a non-preloaded model.



  1. game/server/tf/tf_player.cpp:L18639

See also