Escape From Tarkov 2022 Halloween Event is now Live

Battlestate Games has stealthily installed a new Halloween Event in Escape From Tarkov. The event is already live, and we’re trying to find all the changes included in it. This Halloween event is slightly different and much bigger than the others, and it doesn’t evolve around the cultists only, as other bosses are now available on other maps.

The event startup was escorted with a new message from Escape From Tarkov’s official Twitter profile. The letter in the image is apparently sent by Killa. The translated contents can be found below:

Youngster, I found your sledgehammer, is everything okay with you? What are you walking around with? Plus I’ve heard that you have been seen as very angry and not only on the factory. Tbh I don’t like that some kind of madness is happening with the weather. Sometimes I feel sickness, sometimes blood from the nose, always hungry, gun is jamming, scavs like crazy start to disturb intruders. Also I heard that signal (rocket?) got into the wrong hands. But most importantly, do you know what is going on on tarkov’s resource /halloween? – Killa

Remember that we’re still trying to find what’s new, as official patch notes are missing. You can find more on our patch notes page, where things are updated frequently.

What we know so far

Basically, it’s a Halloween update, which contents we do not like to reveal. Instead, you need to check for yourself. Just a heads-up, check the traders and the hideout before jumping in a raid. There’s speculation of a possible Halloween event. It’s time to go nighttime and experience the changes. Hopefully, we get to see what the cultists are all about now. Maybe we get to experience some demons?

    • Update size: 35 MB

Halloween Debuff

Once you enter a Raid, you will have a random Halloween health effect. Some may be greeted with small bleeding too.



New Pumpkin With Sweets

It seems that there are new types of pumpkin heads with a description saying:

  • Looks like someone in Tarkov decided to have some fun and scattered these pumpkins all over the place. There could definitely be something inside them.

These items can be looted and held in your inventory until extracted. They can be unpacked only in inventory.

Boss spawns – Tagilla Rework

There are multiple reports that Tagilla can spawn on all maps. It’s Halloween time, so jump-scares are more than welcomed, I guess. Tagilla has a new sexy-looking SCYTHE weapon running around with. Witchery fulfilled.

Consumable rework – Sweets and Juices

All the sweets in the game are changed and grant additional buffs upon usage. Slickers, Alyonka, Juice, etc… Check them before using.

Escape From Tarkov Website Halloween Page

The developer has added a new page on their website related to Halloween. It might represent a number of players that have lost their lives during the event. Check for more info.

Increased chance of gun jams

Based on the letter posted by Escape From Tarkov’s official Twitter profile, it seems that not only are players getting zombified by random debuffs, but weapon jams are about to become more frequent. The letter specifies weird health issues, and gun jams specifically.

New Signal Flare

As instructed by the letter, there’s a POISON GREEN signal flare that apparently can spawn on Tagilla. The flare can be shot by a flare gun. The item and its description can be found below:

The distress signal flare can turn the most hostile enemies into your best friends. Once shot in the air, it stuns AI in the vicinity. It’s almost like you become invisible to them. There are some other reports that you can summon Tagilla with it. While you’re immune to them, other players are going to be engaged.

Pumpkin mask – tagged and cursed?

There are reports that the Pumpkin Head cosmetic that can be equipped adds “tagged and cursed,” which basically makes the AI attracted to your appearance.


Cultists now have increased spawn rates on all maps except for Labs.

Pitch black raids

When the counter on reaches 666,666, the live raids are plagued by a dense-dark fog, becoming extremely dark and gloomy. You can also witness the transition while being in-raid.

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  1. I’ve run interchange twice at night and noticed scavs spawning in groups of 3. So far, 3 continue to spawn at bottom of main entrance to the mall. Killa spawned there with the 3 one of the time. 3 scavs also spawned straight out of the mall entrance in the median before you get to Scav Camp. This is neat but the odd part that I can’t get past is when I try to breach into the mall from the bottom main entrance. Something blacks my arm out immediately. I healed then tried again and my other arm blacked out. No gun shot, no cultist poison… I went up through the hole in the ground and made my back to entrance from inside the mall and something hit me in the chest 3 times while I was walking the main hall to the front. No gun shot, no cultist, no sound. 3 scavs spawned behind general just off the main hall. I was able to kill them and a couple others. Something is odd on interchange and I don’t really like it if I can’t kill it.

      1. I have minimal experience with cultists. I’ve killed a couple on woods (then immediately head-tapped LOL). But on Woods I was able to hear an odd bush sound, which sounded like someone shuffling thin paper… Anyway, I thought if it was a cultist then I would be poisoned along with the busted wing, right? Can they stab/damage me without poisoning me? I don’t think it was a hacker because it happened in the exact same entrance across multiple raids.

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