Although World of Warcraft Classic may be a reincarnation of a fifteen-year-old game, Blizzard is still keeping it up to date with seasonal events, including Hallow's End, the Halloween event currently taking place within Azeroth. On the surface, it might just look like the game's map added a bunch of pumpkins to celebrate the season, but there's actually much more to it.
Hallow's End Celebration
According to Warcraft's lore, Hallow's End is meant to celebrate the day when the Undead race broke away from the oppressive leadership of the Lich King. They celebrate by burning a giant wicker man, which was followed by a speech from their queen, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner. Afterward, the undead smeared the ashes from the burnt wicker man onto their faces. It's unclear why other races celebrate the event, especially those belonging to the Alliance, but it's most likely because Blizzard wanted to give every race a Halloween-themed event to celebrate.
Tricked Or Treated
Now, there are the many jack-o-lanterns added to the various towns and cities throughout the game, as well as a couple of candy vendors, but there's much more to it than that. Within each city and town, you can visit the innkeeper once per hour, where you'll either be "tricked" or "treated."
If you're tricked, you'll be transformed into either a frog, human ghost, kitten, min-diablo, skeleton, or snake for a couple of minutes, or you'll be given a costume that you can wear. These include costumes of bats, leper gnomes, assassins, pirates, skeletons, or wisps, and last for one hour. If you have better luck, you'll be treated and receive a treat bag containing various consumable candy items, a flimsy mask, or a wand that will allow you to transform friendly players for a limited amount of time.
Apple-Bobbing And The Pumpkin Bag
You can also participate in an apple-bobbing game within each inn, which can give you five special apples that can restore health and even an additional buff if you eat them for longer than 10 seconds. Additionally, Undead mobs level 50 and higher have a chance to drop a 16-slot bag called the Pumpkin Bag, which can certainly come in handy.
Hallow's End also introduces special quests for both the Horde and Alliance, which will involve running around the map in order to entertain an orphan. For Alliance, you can pick this quest up at the orphanage located in Cathedral Square of Stormwind City. It'll ask you to flex (by typing /flex) in front of Stormwind's innkeeper, then make a train noise (/train) and do a chicken dance (/chicken) in front of Ironforge's innkeepers. Finally, you'll travel to Darnassus where you'll dance for the Night Elf innkeeper. You must do the same if you're playing a Horde character, but instead, you'll have to travel to Orgrimmar, Durotar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff in order to complete the quest.
There are also a few more quests that come with the event, including Wickerman quests, which can be obtained by Horde players near the Wickerman statue and by Alliance players in the town of Southshore, located in the Hillsbrad Foothills. Both quests involve playing various pranks on the other faction. However, they aren't overly difficult and the rewards aren't very impressive.
WoW Classic's Hallow's End event actually has a lot to offer, so be sure to take advantage of it before it ends. The game's Halloween event is officially live now and will continue until November 1, so get out there, play some tricks, and get some treats!