GTA Online players are having a terrifying time trying to collect Halloween pumpkins

An image of a pumpkin in GTA Online.

An image of a pumpkin in GTA Online.

While some GTA Online players are already looking forward to GTA 6, others are still trying to enjoy everything that Los Santos has to offer by getting up to wacky hijinks and spending all of their hard-earned cash.

After all, if you don’t enjoy trying to predict what the next game’s map will look like, lack any hot takes regarding what or who it should include, and have given up agonising over how you’ll earn back your current fortune if the new game includes tax mechanics, why not just try to appreciate the final stretch of GTA Online?

In the case of some GTA players, this enjoyment is coming from a spot of hardcore roleplaying or nailing a sick stunt, others are trying to have some fun completing the Halloween events currently taking place in the game, only to find their pursuit of pumpkins a little more stressful than they’d hoped.

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Their pain is the subject of a recent thread on the GTA Online subreddit, which began with a post from user ClassiqueGTA, who shared a clip of their character being relentlessly blown up, electrocuted and up-n-atomised, captioning it: “I collected all (of the) pumpkins in GTA Online, and all I unlocked was a new phobia.”

One of their fellow GTA stans was quick to point out that being terrified of pumpkins is an actual phobia, with the incredibly concise name of cucurbitophobia, a fact which ClassiqueGTA seemed pretty stoked to have learned.

The rest of the thread confirmed that they weren’t alone in having had a rather torrid time completing the challenge, with user SirBeardwood saying: “I think I exploded about eight times, (was) shocked 20+ (times) and (got) atomised about 20+ times too.” and Togger_The_Cat adding: “I was definitely tricked more than I was treated.”

User seltro1 suggested that their character’s medical bills had skyrocketed thanks to their pursuit of the pumpkin prize, lamenting: “(There’s) nothing more irritating than being sent halfway across the map to the hospital each time (you get caught by a trap).”

On the other hand, some players admitted that they’d found getting caught in the more surreal peyote plant traps pretty fun, with user peepers63 musing: “I kinda liked turning into a dog (then attacking NPCs) or turning into a bird (with digestive problems).”

Regardless of whether you’re enjoying the game’s current slew of spooky activities, make sure to follow us for more GTA 6 and GTA Online updates as new vehicles and more arrive.

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