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Xbox Games With Gold free games for October include Costume Quest

Subscribers get a Halloween-themed collection of bargain-bin games

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The Xbox Games With Gold titles for October certainly are Halloween-themed, but most Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscribers will probably have heard of one, maybe two of them, tops.

The one you know — 2010’s Costume Quest for Xbox 360, is available free from Oct. 16-31. And it’s a sensible choice, given its trick-or-treating premise and the fact that Microsoft now owns Double Fine Productions.

The others you don’t start with Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, which is evidently the Xbox version of the 2003 THQ kids game. THQ Nordic resurrected that from the back catalog in 2017 for Windows PC, and last year for Nintendo Switch. Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is available free Oct. 1-15.

For the Xbox One, sit down to two titles we have never written about. Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is available all month. Maid of Sker is available Oct. 16 to Nov. 15. Both are video games.

Three games from September’s Games with Gold haul are still available until Wednesday: Tom Clancy’s The Division (Xbox One), The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Xbox One), and Armed and Dangerous (Xbox One and Xbox 360).

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