Without a doubt, my favorite World of Warcraft in-game event is Hallow’s End. I’ve loved Halloween for most of my life and having a version of it in my favorite game is divine!
I love seeing the jack-o-lanterns and other decorations absolutely everywhere and I love the trick or treating. And of course I can’t forget the Headless Horseman. There’s nothing like hearing his speech for the first time of the season! Although it does get somewhat old fast.
My favorite places to be during Hallow’s End are Stormwind City and Goldshire. Seeing the city decorated with huge jack-o-lanterns and witch hats in the most inappropriate places makes the city feel a bit more down to earth and less stoic. I also enjoy the decorations in the Horde areas, but it doesn’t have quite the same feel.
Goldshire is the place to be during Hallow’s End because that’s one of the Alliance places the Headless Horseman attacks. On most of the servers I play on, Goldshire is always mobbed so putting out the fires is never an issue.
However, this year I have some toons on Emerald Dream US for the first time and not even Hallow’s End can undo the deserted nature of the area.
There are some advantages to being in the deserted areas of Emerald Dream though. Along with never having competition for farming materials or quest objectives, I learned a couple things about Hallow’s End I’d never known before.
When I took my worgen warrior Vyraxus to Goldshire, it was still deserted and when the Headless Horseman attacked, I saw that a random Stormwind guard would try to put out the fires because no one else was around. Mind you, sometimes the guard didn’t actually move and the water just magically went from the barrel to the building, but it’s the thought that counts.
Another thing I discovered is that the Headless Horseman throws flaming jack-o-lanterns at players when he attacks. I’d never been on the receiving end of one before probably because there’s usually so many other players around. But poor Vy got to experience it firsthand. It was sort of funny though because the attack is treated like a normal NPC interaction so Vy looked like he was trying to talk to Headless after receiving the flaming helm.
Since that first evening in Emerald Dream encountering the Headless Horseman solo, my characters have been subjected to his attacks in other more populate realms as well. So perhaps I was just fortunate that I never experienced it before. I also discovered that there are Horde guards that try to put out the fires in Razor Hill if there aren’t many people there. As many years as I’ve been playing Warcraft and participating in Hallow’s End, those are details I hadn’t noticed before.
As the Hallow’s End event quests give some decent experience, I’ve been doing them on my lower level toons mostly, while I run the Headless Horseman dungeon on my 110+ toons in the small hope that I might get his mount eventually. After two days of trying on several toons, no luck yet, but I haven’t given up yet!
One of my lower level toons I’ve played is my Zandalari druid, Tjoko and I use the travel form when putting out the fires. I find it ridiculously adorable that he holds a little bucket in his claws!
While I was playing my Zandalari druid, I also remembers that their travel form now has a unique dance so I decided to try it out. I think his disco like moves nicely sum up my happiness at it being Hallow’s End time once more.