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Blizzard previews Hallow's End in new community post

Headless Horseman gestures over eery pumpkin.
Hallow's End has a tall order to fill this October. With BlizzCon just three days away and likely to steal the spotlight from the holiday, Blizzard has made some dramatic changes to Hallow's End. These changes are highlighted in the new community blog post This is Hallow's End on Battle.net, where Community Manager Daxxarri assists in setting the mood for this frightening festival.

If you're interested in finding out what effect these changes will have on you getting your Hallowed Be Thy Name achievement (and the What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been meta-achievement), be sure to check out Allison Robert's updated Guide to Hallow's End some time over the next few days.

For the full text of the blog post, check after the break.


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Once again Hallow's End approaches, promising tricks, treats, and triumphs for boys and ghouls (heh) all across Azeroth! This year, starting on October 18, you'll find a special Hallow's End Wickerman set up and ready to burn in Stormwind and near the Undercity within the Ruins of Lordaeron. Every four hours, Genn Greymane and Lady Sylvanas will arrive to light each faction's respective Wickerman in celebration of Hallow's End. Of course, it wouldn't be Hallow's End without a little mischief...

Light My Fire

To get into the spirit of the holiday, players can visit the Wickerman celebration just outside the city gates of Undercity and Stormwind to obtain quests. One quest tasks players with lighting their faction's Wickerman (earning a nice buff for doing so), or to travel to the opposing faction's city to put a damper on the holiday by dousing their Wickerman!

This Year, It's Your Turn to Take the Kids Out

The Hallow's End celebration is a favorite time for many children in Azeroth, and heroes can make sure that their faction's orphans aren't left out of the fun. Jesper and Spoops, orphaned children of the Horde and Alliance, will be attending the Wickerman celebration. Players who want to make the orphans' holiday a little more special can perform quests which will make sure that this is a Hallow's End the kids won't soon forget!

Complete these quests and you'll come away with a handful of Tricky Treats -- once consumable candy, these sugary delights now act as a new currency which you can earn in a variety of ways over the course of Hallow's End, and which you can spend on special holiday rewards! That's not the only way to earn Tricky Treats though.

Ride With the Moon in the Dead of Night

If dousing Wickermen and corralling orphans isn't enough chaos for you, you can perpetrate some stench from above with the help of your faction's disgruntled senior citizens. Crones and Hags are willing to fly you over the opposite faction's Hallow's End celebrations to drop a smelly surprise on their heads -- in the form of stink bombs. Naturally, the denizens of those cities won't take such an outrage lying down, so players can volunteer to help clean up the mess.

Trick or Treat

Long a staple of Hallow's End are the colorful orange candy buckets that can be found in capital cities throughout Azeroth and beyond. Reach in and grab a handful of candy which can contain Tricky Treats and more -- but beware! Sometimes you'll get a trick as well as a treat.

Prepare Yourselves, the Bells Have Tolled!

The Headless Horseman's shade returns! His fiendish laughter will ring out over the countryside as he descends to set fire to Brill and Goldshire. Valiant and civic-minded players can acquire quests to put out the fires that he so delights in setting, earning some Tricky Treats in the process. Higher-level players can use the Dungeon Finder to queue up and face the Headless Horseman directly in an effort to win macabre prizes from his corpse and finally put him to rest... for now!

Hallow's End Treats!

Unlike previous Hallow's End celebrations where many rewards were earned in a somewhat random fashion, starting this year, players will be able to visit special vendors at their city's Hallow's End quest hub. There, players can spend their Tricky Treats to purchase the rewards they want most, including such in-demand items as the Sinister Squashling. So get out there to quest and Trick or Treat, because your rewards await, but don't delay. The holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 31.


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