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Scream and Donnie Darko come to Call of Duty for Halloween

The Haunting event stars in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Oct. 19

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Call of Duty’s annual Halloween event, The Haunting, returns this week in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone, bringing Ghostface from Screamthere’s a new one coming out — and Frank the Rabbit from Donnie Darko to the battlefield. And, yes, it appears that Frank can indeed drop a jet engine on his enemies with a new Donnie Darko-inspired finishing move.

There’s a lot of spooky content coming to Call of Duty’s The Haunting event, which runs from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2. In addition to the Ghostface operator and Frank the Rabbit skin for Baker, there are new cosmetics: the Necro Queen operator skin for Portnova, Disciple of Mayhem skin for Weaver, and Lumens skin for Maxis.

Verdansk is also going dark (literally) as nightfall comes to the Warzone map, which is also being infested by g-g-ghosts for a limited-time event. The Ghosts of Verdansk, Call of Duty developers says, is a “spiritual successor” to the Zombie Royale mode that debuted in last year’s iteration of The Haunting. The limited-time mode has players “fighting threats both human and unhuman” and playing as ghosts.

In Ghosts of Verdansk, “death won’t send you to the Gulag,” according to the Call of Duty blog. Operators become ghosts after being eliminated for the first time, and while they won’t have weapons to fight with upon their return, they can leap, teleport, and stun flesh-and-blood operators, and claw at them until they die.

Scary game variations are also coming to Call of Duty as limited-time modes: Infected, in which operators battle a team of player-controlled zombies; Prop Hunt Halloween, in which player-controlled skulls, jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, bats, and skeletons try to hide from other players on a Halloween-themed Nuketown map; and Scream Deathmatch, in which two operators become Ghostface and try to eliminate a group of survivors — who don’t have any weapons.

There’s a lot more to digest at the official Call of Duty blog for season six’s Halloween event.