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GTA Online Halloween Surprise Event 2021: Start Date, Face Paints, Cars & More

GTA Online's Halloween Event has come early. Reports of Phantom Vehicles and Wild-eyed Slashers Stalking Victims, Plus, the Return of Classic Halloween Modes, Alien Survivals, and More

It's a big year for GTA 5 and by extension GTA Online. Whilst another year has passed and there's still plenty of GTA 6 Leaks to keep fans excited, an official GTA 6 Release Date still feels fairly far off.

Thankfully, the GTA 5 Expanded & Enhanced edition should give fans (old & new) further reason to play the existing game when it arrives. Plus if Rockstar keeps pumping out great content like the GTA Online Summer Update, who are we to complain?

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game are set to launch next March, and that means the last in-game event before that next-gen switch gets turned on, will be the customary Halloween Event Week - fondly referred to as Halloween Surprise.

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Ironically, Halloween Surprise originally launched as a content DLC for the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto Online. With October starting this week, will Rockstar have something special planned? When will it launch? Read on, we'll tell you everything you need to know.

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22 October 2021

Halloween appears to have started a whole week early. Here's a quick rundown of what activities Rockstar has added in 2021:

  • Another week of UFO Sightings over Los Santos
  • A phantom car with no driver is following folks around and attacking them without warning.
  • A crop of copycat killers are running amok. Watch out for psychotic Slasher killers - with seemingly superhuman strength - praying on people who are otherwise going about their business.
  • Slasher, Come Out to Play, and Condemned Halloween modes return to GTA Online for a limited time, all paying out Double Rewards.
  • Arcade owners can add the new Camhedz cabinet to their Arcade this week and try their hand at a fast-paced two-player shoot-‘em-up.
  • 2X GTA$ and RP on Alien Survivals
  • Play this week before October 27 to receive the Republican Space Ranger Livery for the Pfister Comet S2
  • If a Slasher attacks you on the streets this week and you manage to kill your assailant in self-defense, you’ll receive the rare Twilight Knife T-shirt, free of charge, delivered within 72 hours of login after November 1.
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15 October 2021

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As some players may know, GTA Online likes to mix things up during Halloween. It's not always about the Horror, sometimes it's more about aliens, and that's exactly what it appears Rockstar Games are planning for 2021.

Earlier today a new UFO event went live in the game, complete with various locations you can spot the unidentifed flying saucers. Follow the link above and we'll explain all.

13 October 2021

There's a new GTA Online Weekly Update due to arrive tomorrow starting a new event week in the game. Whilst not confirmed by any means, Rockstar does have a habit of pushing small background updates on a Thursday so stay tuned as they might tweak a few things in the lead up to their Halloween event later in the month.

11 October 2021

Need something to watch whilst you wait for the next Halloween 2021 event to begin in GTA Online? Well here you go. MrBossFTW takes you through some changes to the game as Rockstar begins to lay the groundwork for their next spooky event, coming later this month.

1 October 2021

It's now officially October and the spooky season is nearly here. Stand by for any leaks in the coming weeks leading up to the release of the next GTA Online Halloween event.

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When Does GTA Online Halloween Event Start In 2021?

The GTA Online Halloween event first began in 2015 and in the six years which have followed since, the start date and end date have more or less remained the same. Namely, it all kicks off on the last week of October.

Here are the dates for when the GTA Online Halloween Event started and ended in previous years:

  • 2015: 29 October to 16 November
  • 2016: 28 October to 15 November
  • 2017: 27 October to 6 November
  • 2018: 30 October to 5 November
  • 2019: 31 October to 6 November
  • 2020: 29 October to 4 November
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Based on what they've previously done, we suspect that the next Halloween event for 2021 will start on Thursday, 28 November and end on Thursday, 4 November.

GTA Online Halloween Event Cars

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The Albany Lurcher

As is customary Rockstar likes to roll out its collection of spooky vehicles for the event. Normally we might see some of these available at discount prices or potentially available for anyone who swings by the lobby of The Diamond Casino & Resort to give the Lucky Wheel a spin.

So expect to pick up some of the below vehicles on the cheap in 2021:

  • Albany Fränken Stange
  • Albany Lurcher
  • Chariot Romero Hearse
  • LCC Sanctus
  • MTL Nightmare Cerberus
  • Declasse Nightmare Brutus
  • HVY Nightmare Scarab
  • Vapid Nightmare Imperator
  • Annis Nightmare ZR380
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More GTA$ & RP

Again, Rockstar are nothing if not consistant and we suspect that this years Halloween even will once more give players double or potentially triple GTA$ & RP in some of the games Adversary Modes.

In the past this is normally focussed on the games more elaborate horror or alien-themed modes, such as:

  • Lost vs Damned
  • Slasher
  • Beast vs Slasher
  • Come Out to Play
  • Alien Survival
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Halloween Face Paints, Masks, Clothes, Weapons And More

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Traditionally the event, Rockstar will roll out GTA Online's cosmetic items and weapons; and with six years of content, there's plenty to go around. You can likely expect the games 39 masks and 30 face paints will once again be added for a limited time.

Likewise, the Halloween-themed sculptures and wall art will probably be made available at the Casino Store again.

No doubt some of the more gruesome clothes will return too, such as the Butchery And Other Hobbies Tee, and the Knife After Dark Tee.

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Also because the Halloween event likes to lean into Aliens as much as horror, we're willing to be there will once again be discounts on the likes of the Unholy Hellbringer, Up-n-Atomizer and Widowmaker weapons.

Just remember though, for now, this is all unconfirmed and we should learn more when the event week actually begins.

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Peyote Plants To Return

Another Halloween staple is the reintroduction of the games popular Peyote Plants.

For those who don't know, there are 76 Peyote Plants locations dotted across Los Santos and consuming them allows you to change into animals for a limited time. This also includes the Sasquatch and Chop the dog.