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Knight at Lion's Hollow

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Come one - come all to The 18th King and Queen’s Horrorween! 

Join us in Lion’s Arch, on the 28th of October, starting at 6pm CEST.

Tyria's oldest community event returns to the Guild Wars franchise with a journey into Kryta’s spooky past!

The Snowman King on behalf of her majesty Mad Queen Malafide cordially invites you all to attend this knightly Halloween adventure.
Featuring the famous costume contest, live in-game bands, coconuts, a dedicated Discord channel where you can interact with our courtiers and listen to Halloween music, and fan favourite activities you have all come to know and love! It is not to be missed!

Visit the official website TheHorrorween.com for more information!


ūü¶īPLOT FOR 2023

An ancient menace is stirring once again in the port-city of Lion's Arch . A tale long forgotten.
The Wickerman, guardian of the Horrorween, has fallen - resulting in an unwilling oath.
One of Mad King Thorn’s knightly minions, a high ranking member of the Lunatic Court, has been set loose upon Lion’s Hollow, to remind Tyrians why they fear what lurks in the Labyrinth. 
Royal affairs do not come to Tyria unchallenged however, prepare for a night of medievil mayhem!
As the 13th hour draws near, join forces with Daniel Frozenwind, King of the Snowmen, and Mad Queen Malafide, to drive back this ancient terror from antiquity.
Steel yourself, ready your armour and coconuts! Rise to the courtly challenge!



Once upon a Halloween spooky, while I wandered, sly and kooky,

Over many a Candycorn and Arcanus Obscurus of forgotten lore‚ÄĒ

While I plotted, nearly cackling, suddenly there came a scratching,

As of some Skyscale gently scratching, scratching at the Mad King’s Door.

‚Äú‚ÄôTis some Choya or Quaggan,‚ÄĚ I muttered, ‚ÄúCooing at His Realm‚Äôs door‚ÄĒ
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† A mesmer illusion and nothing more.‚ÄĚ

I remember, though not entirely sober, it was in the trick or treating of October;

And each separate dying ember infusion, wrought Gnashblade’s gold upon the floor.

Eagerly I wished to follow;‚ÄĒvainly I had sought Lion‚Äôs Hollow.

From Malafide‚Äôs unholy books came much sorrow‚ÄĒsorrow for the lost Grim Fright of yore.

For the rare and radiant Knight whom the Bloody Prince names Sir Steve the Grim, an evil I abhor‚ÄĒ
            Nameless In the Labyrinth for evermore.

And the skeletal, sad, uncertain roaring of each chainsaw sawing,

Thrilled me‚ÄĒfilled me with fantastic horrors never felt before;

With my Heart of the Obscure whirring, I felt an evil stirring.

Evil stirring in the Labyrinth, eager for some gore.

So that now, to still the itching of my carrot, I stood repeating,

‚Äú‚ÄôTis some Knightly Visitor entreating, entrance from The Mad Realms door‚ÄĒ

Some Grim Fright entreating, entrance to the Lion‚Äôs Arch floor;‚ÄĒ

¬†A mesmer illusion and nothing more.‚ÄĚ



    17:30 | Tale of the Grim Fright / Grand Banquette
    18:00 | Duel of the Cakes 
    18:30 | Joust About
    19:00 | Ramming Speed / Fountain Photos
    19:30 | Knightly Costume Contest 
    20:00 | 
    20:30 | Ghost Stalk
    21:00 | -Redacted- (Dwayna’s Boom) 
    21:30 | Ghostly Quartet (CMAJ) 
    22:00 | 
    22:30 | Ridiculous Riffs 
    23:00 | Beetle-Joust,Beetle-Joust,Beetle-Joust!
    23:30 | Piazza Drift Championship / The Great Batty Beetle Boost
    00:00 | Stone in the Sword / Knightflight/ Last is First / Frozenwind-says
    00:30 | Grand Finale (Horrorween stage)
    01:00 | The After Party / The Community Spirit Award


Sponsored Guild(s)

  • Guardians of the Dutch [GOTD] (For donating the vast majority of event prizes & hosting event Discord)

  • [CMAJ] for providing the famous live band "The Ghostly Quartet‚ÄĚ

  • Golems Walk Among Mere Mortals [MK1] If you know, you know.¬†

  • The Renegades of Ascalon [TDK] For keeping the legacy alive.


Noteworthy In-Game Activities

The Ghostly Quartet

The ghostly band of musicians bring down the house during this incredible live in-game concert. They play all their music live and by hand, bringing us songs of yore! It is an event not to be missed!

The Knightly Costume Contest

Dress your spookiest and most courtly at our annual costume contest. Our judges will judge your attire based on originality, creativity and style (no full gemstore costumes). Best male, female and "Ugly Stick" win special prizes. It will be a knight to remember!

Beetle-Joust, Beetle-Joust, Beetle-Joust!

Prepare to scorch some cobblestones and watch those devious turns! The Beetle-Joust is the fastest Roller Beetle race in Tyria. The winners get to face off in the Piazza Drift Championship!

Grand Finale

Don't miss the spectacular conclusion of the Horrorween; an epic fireworks show!

The Community Spirit Award

Every year we have a special prize from the vast reaches of the Mists, for one very special Tyrian. Simply attend and bring all your festive spirit to have a shot at this prize.


How do I take part?

The event shall be held on EU servers, in Lion’s Arch, on the 28th of October, starting at 6pm CEST! All you have to do is attend, take part in the festivities, and fabulous prizes will be in store for you. Try to avoid the hangman's noose!

Help, I’m not on an EU server, or I can’t make it!

Not to worry! There are many other ways to take part in the spooky festivities. Just grab your noble steed and join the raffle and art contest on the official forums, or join any of several activities on Discord and on Twitch. A work around is to create a free account, if you win anything big at the event we will gladly mail it across far far away to your main account!

Twitch Coverage





This year there will be another extraordinary Halloween Art Contest with spectacular prizes. To enter, post a Halloween art piece that you created, including one of the event's hosts, or both - Knightly / Courtly  themes earns you bonus points! More details will be provided in the Art Contest thread, which you'll find right here!


1st place: ArenaNet Gem Code, Courage, Power Ghostly Infusion and 125 Globs of Ectoplasm.

2nd place: ArenaNet Gem Code, Ambrosia, Power Ghostly Infusion and 100 Globs of Ectoplasm.

3rd place: ArenaNet Community Chest, Power Ghostly Infusion and 75 Globs of Ectoplasm.


Additional prizes may be added to the pot, and there are also surprise prizes for some of the runners up!


Pick a number between 1 and 165, and we’ll randomly draw a winner from that list, during the event. Just pick one number and your character name, and post in this thread which number you’ve chosen. You can’t take a number that has already been picked, and one number per account. Some folks may receive a different number automatically, if they choose a number that is already taken. Without a character name, we can’t send you the prize. Make sure you spell it right. And yes, US players can take part as well! 


The Raffle may be extended in case of overwhelming interest (more numbers means more winners).



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