In a galaxy far, far away, where the forces of good and evil constantly clash, there exists a dark and eerie underbelly. The Star Wars universe, renowned for its epic battles and heroic sagas, also harbors tales of horror and the supernatural that will send shivers down your spine. From relentless zombies to ancient horrors, these narratives offer a glimpse into the darker corners of the Star Wars universe. Join us as we embark on a journey through 13 spooky Star Wars stories for the Halloween season, where the Force takes a chilling twist, and the unknown lurks in the shadows.
1. Death Troopers / Red Harvest
More pertinent than ever, especially following the menacing rise of the Night Trooper in Ahsoka, are the chilling tales of “Death Troopers” and “Red Harvest” by Joe Schreiber. These two interrelated stories intricately weave a chilling narrative around a sinister virus that transforms its victims into relentless zombies. In “Death Troopers,” fans will encounter familiar faces in the form of Han and Chewie, as they attempt to stop the spreading nightmare. The prequel, “Red Harvest,” transports readers back more than three millennia to unveil the origins of this terrifying affliction. While not canon, stand as some of the most explicitly horror-driven narratives in the Star Wars universe.
2. Tales from Vader’s Castle
Penned by Cavan Scott and brought to life by a team of talented artists including Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, Derek Charm, Charlie Kirchoff, and more, this comic miniseries delves into the chilling realm surrounding Darth Vader’s ominous castle on the fiery planet of Mustafar. These tales offer a delightful twist, merging the iconic Star Wars universe with classic horror stories. Here, you’ll find Count Dooku taking on the role of Dracula, Night of the Living Dead reimagined with lava zombies, and a Swamp Thing-inspired monster lurking in the swamps of Dagobah among other spooky Star Wars stories for Halloween. With over 15 stories spread across various series such as “Tales from Vader’s Castle,” “Return to Vader’s Castle,” “Shadow of Vader’s Castle,” and “Ghosts of Vader’s Castle,” the horror-inspired adventures are bound to captivate your imagination.
3. Star Wars Visions: Screecher’s Reach
A more recent addition to Star Wars that is perfect for Halloween comes from Star Wars Visions. The animated anthology series set a new standard for animation within the franchise, and one particular episode pushed the boundaries by infusing horror elements into its storyline. Hailing from the Irish animation studio Cartoon Salon, “Screecher’s Reach” dives deep into the profound lengths individuals in the galaxy are willing to go to break free from oppressive circumstances. By tracing the personal journey of Daal, this episode not only defies the conventional expectations of Star Wars but also weaves in elements from Irish folklore, elevating the horror experience.
4. Darth Vader – Black, White, and Red
Within this series, Vader takes center stage as the embodiment of terror. Through the stark palette of black, white, and red, the comics provide a canvas to depict the unyielding monster that stops at nothing to fulfill his mission. Whether it’s facing a Rebel legion, confronting monstrous foes, or battling mind-controlling pathogens, nothing epitomizes the essence of fear quite like Darth Vader.
Highlights include ‘Inescapable,’ an art-inspired story by Peach Momoko, evoking the spirit of Junji Ito, ‘The Endless Mercy,’ crafted by David Pepose and illustrated by Alessandro Vitti, where doctor undergoes a chilling transformation to combat Vader’s menace, and ‘The Inhabitant,’ penned by Steve Orlando and brought to life by Paul Davidson, unveils a sentient acellular pathogen with the power to control minds, adding to the psychological horror. Collectively, these stories underscore that Vader is a monster not only in physical form but also in the depths of his menacing psyche.
5. The High Republic Phase One Comic
Marvel’s inaugural phase one comic within the High Republic era of the Star Wars universe, a period set 200 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, places a spotlight on the menacing Drengir. These plant-like creatures, with a sentience that transcends traditional boundaries, become carnivorous horrors that infiltrate the unfortunate individuals who cross their path. Crafted by the talented team of writer Cavan Scott and illustrator Ario Anindito, this dynamic duo delivers some of the most spine-chilling panels to grace the pages of Star Wars comics. Within this narrative, Jedi themselves are manipulated into weapons, turning against those they hold dear.
While the entire series is nothing short of exceptional, its primary focus on Jedi Keeve Trennis comes to life in the first eight issues. These initial installments truly underscore the sinister nature of the Drengir, as they emerge as a potent threat within the ‘There is No Fear’ and ‘Heart of the Drengir’ story arcs.
6. The High Republic Trail of Shadow
The Drengir were not the sole source of terror for the Jedi during the High Republic era. A more sinister menace loomed – the Nameless, known as the Shrii-ka-rai or Eaters of the Force. These creatures were employed by the Jedi’s adversaries to sow chaos in the galaxy by draining the Force from Jedi, rendering them mere fragile husks of their former selves.
While these nightmarish entities make appearances throughout both phases of the High Republic, the most vivid depiction of their abilities and the sheer dread they inspire can be found in “Trail of Shadows.” This five-issue comic series, crafted by Daniel Jose Older, David Watcher, Giada Marchisio, Joe Sabino, and David Lopez, delves deep into the heart of the Nameless menace and their power to strike fear into the hearts of the Jedi. The opening pages alone will leave you speechless.
7. The Clone Wars – ‘Brain Invaders’
The Clone Wars has sometimes been dismissed as merely a children’s show, owing to the biases against animated series. However, this did not deter Dave Filoni from delving into darker themes and narratives. On certain occasions, the show delved deep into the realm of horror, as evident in Season 2, Episode 8, titled ‘Brain Invaders.’
In this chilling episode, Geonosian brainworms seize control of a supply ship, thrusting Ahsoka and Barriss into a life-or-death battle to prevent the vessel from releasing a devastating plague upon the entire galaxy. What makes this episode truly spine-tingling is how it plays on the show’s central theme of the bond between the Jedi and their Clone Troopers. Here, young padawans find themselves caught in the nightmarish scenario of a galaxy transformed into a legion of the undead, all while witnessing their loyal troops turning against them.
8. Dark Legends
Much like “Tales of Vader’s Castle,” “Dark Legends,” penned by George Mann, offers a host of eerie tales and ghostly narratives that cross the expanse of the galaxy. In contrast to importing horror myths from our own world, “Dark Legends” aligns more closely with the spirit of “Myths and Fables,” crafting stories that leave readers with meaningful lessons interwoven amid the eerie narratives. What sets “Dark Legends” apart is its unique connection to Galaxy’s Edge’s Den of Antiques, where readers can discover tangible remnants that vividly bring the tales to life, transforming the novel into an experience where seeing is indeed believing.
9. The Screaming Citadel
Next up for a very Star Wars Halloween? The Screaming Citadel. In The Screaming Citadel, vampires make a surprising entrance into the Star Wars canon. Crafted by writers Jason Aaron and Kieron, and brought to life by the artistic talents of Marco Checchetto, Salvador Larroca, and Andrea Broccardo, this five-issue crossover narrative unfolds in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Within its gripping pages, Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra join forces to confront the Queen of Ktath’atn, a vampire-like Force user with a need for devouring life energy. Despite its crossover nature, weaving elements from both “Star Wars (2015)” and “Doctor Aphra (2016),” this tale stands firmly on its own, requiring no prior familiarity with either series. The Screaming Citadel weaves between these two beloved series, offering Star Wars fans an experience unlike any other, one that must be read to be truly believed.
10. Boba Fett And The Ship Of Fear
When Boba Fett stumbles upon a map disclosing the ship’s present location, his focus sharpens on the elusive prize. However, he is not alone in his pursuit—a pair of vengeful bounty-hunting siblings, driven by a grudge against Fett, join the chase, each vying to claim the treasure as their own. Yet, neither Boba nor the determined brothers could have foreseen the eerie and sinister secrets concealed within the shadowy passages of the abandoned vessel, the Reverie. While this tale may not leave a galactic legacy as some of the other spooky Star Wars for Halloween stories on this list do, it is a must-read for those who harbor a fondness for Boba Fett and the thrilling escapades of bounty hunters in the expansive Star Wars universe.
11. Galaxy of Fear
Much like the beloved children’s series of the 1990s, “Galaxy of Fear” is a collection of 12 novels designed for young readers. These tales unfold shortly after the events of A New Hope and represent some of the earliest forays into horror within the Star Wars franchise. At their core, these stories revolve around two force-sensitive survivors from Alderaan as they navigate the vast expanse of the galaxy alongside their enigmatic uncle, who guards a treasury of hidden secrets. Although the novels written by John Whitman have been moved away from the official Star Wars canon, they transport fans back to the Legends era of Star Wars. Here, the narratives are free from the constraints of a rigid overarching canon, allowing them to focus on the stories they wish to weave within the vast Star Wars universe.
12. Tales from the Rancor Pit
Last year, Cavan Scott, along with a team of gifted artists comprising Nick Brokenshire, Juan Samu, Andy Duggan, and Rafael Pérez, conjured up the enchantment and eerie ambiance of the “Tales from Vader’s Castle” series, but this time, they transported it to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine. Just as in the preceding series, “Tales from the Rancor Pit” brings forth tales not only from the era of “Return of the Jedi” but also spans across the expansive Star Wars timeline, including the High Republic era, making it a delightful treat for Star Wars enthusiasts from all backgrounds. Cavan Scott, a maestro in the art of horror storytelling, demonstrates that not every chilling tale needs to feature zombies or vampires to evoke a sense of spookiness.
13. Star Wars Rebels – ‘Out of Darkness’
While it may not reach the same level of spine-tingling terror as some of the other spooky Star Wars stories for Halloween on this list, any discussion of eerie Star Wars tales would be remiss without acknowledging the contribution of Star Wars Rebels, particularly now that Ahsoka has brought a taste of horror to the live-action realm. Although the episode predominantly explores the dynamics of Sabine and Hera’s relationship, it introduces a menacing presence in the form of the fyrnocks. These towering, bat-like creatures are vulnerable to sunlight but thrive in the obscurity of darkness. This turn of events transforms the mission into an intense monster-flick scenario, as our heroes race against time on an asteroid threatened by encroaching darkness.
As we journey through the darkest corners of the Star Wars universe, we find that the Force is not always a source of hope and enlightenment. These 13 spooky Star Wars stories for Halloween demonstrate the versatility of storytelling within the franchise, from chilling comic miniseries to spine-tingling episodes of animated series. Whether it’s facing the relentless pursuit of Death Troopers, uncovering the secrets of Vader’s Castle, or battling unspeakable horrors during the High Republic era, these narratives add a new dimension to the Star Wars mythos. They remind us that even in a galaxy filled with heroes and epic battles, there is always room for fear, dread, and the unknown. So, the next time you find yourself in a galaxy far, far away, be prepared for the unexpected, for the shadows may hold secrets that are best left undisturbed.