Halloween mode

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Halloween mode is a server mode which enables Full Moon and enables spawning of the Horseless Headless Horsemann, MONOCULUS, and Merasmus. Halloween mode is automatically enabled during yearly Halloween events taking place for roughly 2 weeks at the end of October. It can manually be enabled on servers by using the setting tf_forced_holiday 2 in the server.cfg file.


Update history

October 29, 2009 Patch (Haunted Hallowe'en Special)
  • Added a Halloween edition called Harvest Event
    • Contains a variety of Halloween related features: New hats, achievements, exploding pumpkins, ghosts, and more!

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 VI)

  • 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 VII)

October 21, 2016 Patch (Scream Fortress VIII)

October 26, 2017 Patch (Scream Fortress IX)

  • Free Halloween contracts and rewards added to the ConTracker

October 19, 2018 Patch (Scream Fortress X)

October 10, 2019 Patch (Scream Fortress XI)


  • tf_forced_holiday 2 should be enabled via server.cfg or before changing to a Halloween event map. Enabling Halloween mode whilst the map is running may cause the server to crash from a non-preloaded model.
  • tf_forced_holiday 2 can also be used to enable spawning of the Horseless Headless Horsemann and MONOCULUS in any map with ent_create.


See also