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Pokémon Go celebrates Halloween with its first in-game event

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If you’re going trick-or-treating, don’t forget to bring Pikachu along. Starting October 26th through to November 1st, Pokémon Go will be running its first in-game event, which will offer special rewards during Halloween.

For starters, you’ll encounter more of what developer Niantic calls the "spookiest pokémon," which includes ghosts like Gastly, Gengar, and Haunter, and also Drowzee and Zubat for some reason. In keeping with the holiday, you’ll also earn more candy during the event, with double the rewards for catching new pokémon and transferring them to the professor. You’ll also receive increased rewards if you have a buddy pokémon setup.

With the playerbase of Pokémon Go steadily shrinking over the months since it launched, limited time events like this week’s Halloween-themed excursion could be a good way to lure people back to the experience. There’s no word on what other events Niantic might be planning for the future.

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