Hallow's End

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Hallow's End
Banner Holiday HallowsEnd.png
Duration October 18 - November 1
Boss Mob Headless Horseman
Highlights Burning the Wickerman
Headless Horseman
Trick or Treating
The Bonefleet
Other events
Preceded by Brewfest, Peon Day (EU only), Harvest Festival
Followed by Day of the Dead
Hallow's End

Hallow's End is an annual Halloween-inspired seasonal event that takes place during the latter half of October.

"When the decorations of Hallow's End light up Azeroth's cities, you know there's mischief afoot! Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats! Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Darkcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken's Wickerman Festival, and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs - are you up to the challenge?"[1]

New in 2023

The Isle of Shadows during the holiday


Hallow's End decorations in Undercity

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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Hallow's End was celebrated in Lordaeron. There were several smaller festivals leading up to Hallow's End. One was somber, one was celebratory, and this one was a bit of both. It was believed to be a time when the barrier between the living and the dead was thin, and those who had passed on could be sensed by those still alive. Tradition had it that at the end of the harvest season, before the winds of winter began to blow, that a straw effigy would be erected right outside the palace. At sunset on the night of the ceremony, it would be lit on fire. It was an awesome sight—a giant flaming wicker man, burning bright against the encroaching night. Anyone who wished could approach the fiery effigy, toss a branch into the cracking flames, and in so doing metaphorically “burn away” anything he did not wish to carry into the quiet, deep reflection time provided by winter's enforced inactivity, such as emotions (fears, sorrows, old loves, new hates).[2] It was a peasant ritual, sprung up from time immemorial. Once, the effigy was burned by Jaina Proudmoore.[3]

During the Hallow's End in Year 24, the Headless Horseman was created in the Scarlet Monastery by Balnazzar using fel energies over the dead body of Thomas Thomson.[4]

World of Warcraft

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Hallow's End marks the day the group of undead, who would later be known as the Forsaken, broke free of the Lich King's dominance and once again regained their free will.[5] They celebrate this occasion by setting fire to a wickerman after a short speech from Sylvanas herself and smearing the ashes across their faces.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

The humans of the Alliance have continued their traditional Hallow's End celebrations, even though they didn't quite understand the reasons for doing so, in the hopes of a brighter future despite the losses of the three great wars against the Scourge and Horde. Since the Cataclysm, the worgen of Gilneas have brought with them a deeper understanding of the origins of Hallow's End back to their old and new allies in the Alliance, and in particular, reintroduced the practice of burning a wickerman. Genn Greymane was invited to speak for the length of Hallow's End to celebrants just outside Stormwind's city gates, just as Sylvanas now does near the inner entrance to the Undercity.

Warlords of Draenor

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Coincidentally, at this same time of year on Draenor there is a strange surge of spiritual energy. Beckoned by this phenomenon, a ghastly fleet of undead orc pirates called the Bonefleet emerges from the mist. The Bonefleet is led by a savage pirate known as Captain Bonerender. He seeks nothing more than the complete destruction of all of the living of Draenor.[6]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

An adventurer by the name of Duroc Ironjaw travelled through Val'sharah and came across the Crooked Tree of Bradensbrook. Fearing that it was of evil nature, he warned people not to approach it.

The story behind the tree is linked to four sisters who had been accused of many crimes. As punishment, they were sentenced to death by hanging at the Crooked Tree. The youngest managed to escape when the noose around her neck loosened. She returned many years later, to put her sisters' souls at peace.

Battle for Azeroth

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A strange occurrence is happening in Dalaran. The adventurer sends his troops to see what can be done. The soldiers encounter a crone and her broom.[7]

Holiday boss: Headless Horseman

Art of the Headless Horseman

Available in the Dungeon Finder like other holiday bosses, the Headless Horseman can be queued for players from levels 10-70.

Once per day, he drops the  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin] for characters level 60 and above, which can contain:

 [Loot-Filled Pumpkin]
Item Type
 [The Horseman's Reins] Mount
 [The Horseman's Sinister Slicer] One-hand sword
 [The Horseman's Horrific Hood] Plate helm
 [Magic Broom] Temporary mount
 [Sinister Squashling] Pet
 [Arfus] Pet
 [Windborne Velocidrake: Hallow's End Armor] Drakewatcher manuscript
 [The Scarlet Key] Scarlet Monastery of Old

He always directly drops a piece or two of loot, which scales the ilvl appropriate for the player's level when it dropped:

For levels 59 and below, he drops the  [Loot-Stuffed Pumpkin], which contains most of the Loot-Filled loot pool, but not the mount.


Hallow's End offers a decent amount of toys, companions, and other holiday-themed consumables.


Toys are available for purchase with Tricky Treats for 150 Tricky Treat each:

One toy is a drop from holiday-themed mobs on the Isle of Shadows [40, 81] on Draenor's Shadowmoon Valley:

One toy is a drop from a mob spawned in the player's level 3 mine in their garrison after purchasing and using  [Creepy Crawlers]:

Companion pets

Most pets are available for purchase with Tricky Treats for 150 Tricky Treat each:

One pet has a chance of dropping from the  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin]:

One pet is a quest reward from an eight-step quest chain:

Other pets can be captured in the player's Garrison after purchasing and using  [Creepy Crawlers]:

Mounts and mount appearances

One permanent mount rarely is found inside the  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin]:

A holiday-limited mount is available for purchase for 150 Tricky Treat:

A drakewatcher manuscript is found inside the  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin]:

Cosmetic armor, costume sets, and pet disguises

Two cosmetic armor pieces cost 150 Tricky Treat each:

Four cosmetic helms can be found inside the  [Hag's Belongings] from the daily quest N [40-70 Daily] Under the Crooked Tree in Val'sharah:

Costume sets cost 200 Tricky Treat each:

Pet disguises cost 5 Tricky Treat each except for the Yipp-Saron costume, which requires 150 Tricky Treat:

Garrison decorations

Special vendors in Lunarfall and Frostwall sell various garrison decorations for 5 Spooky Supplies each:

Other consumables


Intro and emotes

This one-time quest awards 10 Tricky Treat and involves emoting to innkeepers in various capital cities. Level 45-and-above players will need to speak to Zidormi in Darkshore and outside the Ruins of Lordaeron to change to the old phase in order to complete these quests.

Shade of the Headless Horseman

At the low-level quest hubs outside most capital cities, the Shade of the Horseman attacks with some frequency. The daily quests award several  [Tricky Treat]. Level 45-and-above players will need to speak to Zidormi outside the Ruins of Lordaeron to change to the old phase in order to complete these quests in Brill.

  1. A [10-70] Costumed Orphan Matron / H [10-70] Masked Orphan Matron - breadcrumb from capital cities to first quest hubs (Goldshire, Kharanos, Azure Watch, Razor Hill, Brill, or Falconwing Square)
  2. Fire Brigade Practice / Fire Training
  3. Dailies:

Attacking Stormwind/Undercity dailies

These dailies are required for the  [Rotten Hallow] achievement and award 1−3 Tricky Treat each for a total of 9 per day. Level 45-and-above players will need to speak to Zidormi outside the Ruins of Lordaeron to change to the old phase in order to complete the quests in Tirisfal Glades.

Candy buckets

Creepy Crate

This one-time quest chain awards the  [Creepy Crate] combat pet, which cannot be crated and traded.


At Lunarfall or Frostwall on Draenor, quest givers tell of rumors that the ghostly Bonefleet has returned to the Isle of Shadows in southern Shadowmoon Valley. Each quest rewards one or two  [Spooky Supplies], which can be converted into  [Tricky Treat] at an even conversion rate.

Under the Crooked Tree

In Val'sharah, a daily quest was added outside Bradensbrook [35, 56] that rewards 4−6 Tricky Treat and a chance at one of four cosmetic helms.

  1. N [40-70] Beware of the Crooked Tree (optional)
  2. N [40-70 Daily] Under the Crooked Tree

The Headless Horseman, Returned

Starting from the orphan matrons in Stormwind and Orgrimmar, a small quest chain was added in 2023 with the rest of the holiday refresh:

  1. N [10-70] A Ghostly Message
  2. N [10-70] Shades of Scarlet
  3. N [10-70] No Laughing Matter
  4. N [10-70] The Headless Horseman, Returned
  5. N [10-70] The Tale of Sir Thomas

Earning Tricky Treats

There are a few sources to earn Tricky Treats each day:

10 Tricky Treat are awarded from the one-time quest A [1-70] Hallow's End Treats for Jesper! / H [1-70] Hallow's End Treats for Spoops!.

The biggest source is  [Handful of Treats] from Candy Buckets at many inns. There are 133 buckets available to the Alliance, and 138 available to the Horde. Each Handful of Treats contains 0−3 Tricky Treat. The full list is on the Candy Bucket article.

Tricky Treat vendors

In 2011, vendors who use a  [Tricky Treat] as currency were added. These children found a better way to get candy, and rather than trick or treating they plan to trade items to adventurers for candy.

Candy & Toy Vendor
Alliance Dorothy / Horde Chub
Item Cost Type
5x  [Chewy Fel Taffy] 2 Tricky Treat Snack
5x  [Pyroblast Cinnamon Ball] 2 Tricky Treat Snack
5x  [Soothing Spearmint Candy] 2 Tricky Treat Snack
5x  [G.N.E.R.D.S.] 2 Tricky Treat Snack
10x  [Tooth Pick] 2 Tricky Treat Cosmetic
 [Magic Broom] 150 Tricky Treat Mount (holiday only)
 [Little Wickerman] 150 Tricky Treat Cooking fire (Toy)
 [Horse Head Costume] 150 Tricky Treat Toy
 [Horse Tail Costume] 150 Tricky Treat Toy
 [Sinister Squashling] 150 Tricky Treat Companion
 [Feline Familiar] 150 Tricky Treat Companion
 [Widget the Departed] 150 Tricky Treat Companion
 [Cursed Birman] 150 Tricky Treat Companion
5x  ["Mad Alchemist" Costume] 5 Tricky Treat Pug costume
5x  ["Lil' Starlet" Costume] 5 Tricky Treat Pug costume
5x  ["Yipp-Saron" Costume] 150 Tricky Treat Pug costume
 [Hallowed Helm] 150 Tricky Treat Cloth helm
 [Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King"] 200 Tricky Treat Costume
 [Exquisite Costume Set: "Deathwing"] 200 Tricky Treat Costume
 [Exquisite Costume Set: "Xavius"] 200 Tricky Treat Costume
 [Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing] 250 Tricky Treat Heirloom upgrade
 [Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing] 450 Tricky Treat Heirloom upgrade
Mask Vendor
For 2 Tricky Treat
For 5 Tricky Treat
Wand Vendor

These children sell Hallowed Wands for 2 Tricky Treat:


Note: This list is up to date as of Patch 10.2.7



At 4:10pm, 8:10pm, and midnight in the Ruins of Lordaeron, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner makes an appearance and gives the following speech:

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Children of the grave, heed my call!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: In life, we suffered unspeakable tragedies.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We watched as our homes were razed to the ground.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We cried out in agony as our families were cut down before our eyes.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Finally, in the face of such atrocities, we were denied even the release of death.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Now, we burn this wickerman as a symbol of our victory against old enemies!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We paint our faces with the ash to send a message to new enemies - a declaration to those who fear and revile us as monsters.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: To those who would question our place in this world...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are NOT monsters! We are NOT the mindless wretches of a ghoul army!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: No... we are a force even more terrifying...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are the chill in a coward's spine...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are the instruments of an unyielding ire...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: WE ARE THE FORSAKEN!!!

Stormwind City

At 4:10pm, 8:10pm, and midnight outside Stormwind City, King Genn Greymane makes an appearance to give a speech.

Ten minutes before Genn's speech:
Celestine of the Harvest yells: The Wickerman festivities will begin in ten minutes! Please join us just outside the gates of Stormwind City and celebrate Hallow's End!
Genn Greymane yells: Sons and daughters of Gilneas! Friends and allies old and new! Please, come close!
Genn Greymane yells: As you know, Hallow's End is a celebration of transition... of change.
Genn Greymane yells: The people of Gilneas understand the gravity of change all too well.
Genn Greymane yells: For we have endured much... far beyond what any of us could have imagined.
Genn Greymane yells: However, this is a time of neither mourning nor grief.
Genn Greymane yells: It is an opportunity to mock the fearsome - to gaze boldly into the grim unknown and laugh!
Genn Greymane yells: It is a time to celebrate new friends and the future we may forge together.
Genn Greymane yells: New struggles await us with each dawn, and uncertainty weighs upon us all.
Genn Greymane yells: As you stand before me, I pray you cast your burdens behind me.
Genn Greymane yells: Let this wickerman embody any unrest within us.
Genn Greymane yells: With turmoil as tinder, let it blaze; may it temper us against what tomorrow may bring.
Genn Greymane yells: Torches ready!
Genn Greymane yells: Let the flames fly! Hallow's End is upon us!


A card back themed after Hallow's End in Hearthstone.
  • In Hearthstone, the Hallow's End card back was rewarded for achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 7, which took place during October 2014. The flavor text reads: "The Hallow’s End candy bucket! Or the Headless Horseman’s spare head! Stick your hand in and find out."

Previous additions by year


  • The Headless Horseman loot is now ilvl 184.
  •  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin] requires level 50 or higher
  • Venthyr players participating in the Ember Court will have their guests scared by a Vision of Sire Denathrius, resulting in bonus Happiness.


  • The Headless Horseman loot is now ilvl 82 (at level 50).
  •  [Loot-Filled Pumpkin] requires level 45 or higher






 [Spooky Supplies] items
Item Cost Type
 [Creepy Crawlers] 5 Spooky Supplies Summons three holiday pets to battle, plus Arachnis, a rare mob who drops  [Sack of Spectral Spiders]
 [Ghoulish Guises] 5 Spooky Supplies Transforms the garrison's guards into festive appearances matching humanoid Hallowed Wands
 [Hallow's Glow] 5 Spooky Supplies Summons pumpkins, lanterns and other appropriate decorations for your garrison
 [Seer's Invitation] 5 Spooky Supplies Invites an arakkoan seer to your garrison, who in turn brings along some Ghastly Guests
 [Witch's Brew] 5 Spooky Supplies A pandaren brew witch sets up outside the Town Hall, offering a special brew that transforms players into Alementals
 [Tricky Treat] 1 Spooky Supplies Currency conversion


Being a cat during Hallow's End isn't so bad...

In the RPG

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The day was once used for a festival near the end of harvest for humans of Lordaeron and Stormwind. The Humans would throw branches onto the Wickerman in symbolism of their past regrets and failures, in the hopes that the fire of the Wickerman would burn them away to allow for a better future. The Forsaken later bastardized this practice, and now use the evening for their mysterious "Wickerman" rituals.[8]

See also

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • New items added for purchase, candy buckets updated with new model.
    • Fires caused by the Headless Horseman's town attacks are now completely doused by water instead of just growing smaller.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Overhauled with new daily quests and an Alliance Wickerman.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.2 (2007-10-02): Headless Horseman holiday boss added.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Added.


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