Pokémon Go Halloween Event: What to do before it ends!

What do you need to do for the Pokémon Go Halloween event? Here’s your list!

Update: The Pokémon Go Halloween event ENDS TODAY! Probably at 4pm PT, 7pm ET. So, make sure you transfer any unwanted/needed Pokémon before then so you can get your 2x candy (keep as many as you need to evolve, though!), and walk off any remaining eggs you have, also for 2x candy. Then let me know how the event did for you!

Pokémon Go is having its first mega-event, and it’s themed for Halloween. Starting October 26 and running through November 1, catchers will be in for a few tricks but mostly a lot of treats. Here’s the breakdown!

Basically, its going to be candypalooza all week!

  • Every Pokémon you catch will award six candies. That’s twice the normal 3 candies per catch.
  • Every Pokémon you trade into the Professor will give you two candies. That’s also twice the normal 1 candy per trade. (It also means if you trade in your catches, you’ll get a total of 8 candies!)
  • Buddy Pokémon will award candy four times faster than normal.
    • 1 km Buddies will award candy every 0.25 km.
    • 3 km Buddies will award candy every 0.75 km.
    • 5 km Buddies will award candy every 1.25 km.
  • Every egg you hatch will give you twice as many candies as usual as well.

There’ll also be an extra abundance of spooky Pokémon throughout the event, including:

  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Gengar
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno

Meowth, Cubone, and Marowak are also appearing in record numbers.

So what do you need to do to prepare?

Maximize your storage

Trade in your excess Pokémon. Seriously, you’ll get the 2x trade in bonus for each one. If you have any beloved — or simply amazing — Pokémon you don’t want to risk trading in by accident when the binge begins, star them now to avoid mistakes later. Then, as you catch, do all your trades and clear out as much storage as you can so you can go catch more Pokémon, get the 2x catch bonus, and not have to worry about any annoying “storage full” errors when you’re in the think of things. (You can also buy extra Pokémon storage in the Shop if you really want to stock up.)

So, make sure you’re ready to clear and/or add space! Then, make sure you keep trading in during the week to maintain that space!

Read: How to track Pokémon using Sightings and Nearby

Maximize your bag

You’re going to want max PokéBalls to catch max Pokémon during 2x candy time. That means you’ll need to either buy bag upgrades if you have the cash, or go on a Gym train-up/take-down spree before the event. That way you can use your best attackers, position your best defenders, and revive and heal everyone up to reduce your potion count, freeing up more space for balls and incubators. (Better to use them then ditch them, right?) Plus, it’ll get Gyms out of your system for a while so you can concentrate on candy during the event.

So, if you’re going to go for catches, make sure you have room for all the tools you’ll need to catch ’em!

Read: How to beat high level Gyms in Pokémon Go

Stock up on incubators

Yeah, they cost money and disappear after three uses, but with eggs offering 2x candies as well, if you were ever going to splurge, now’s the time. You’ll want to hit up as many Pokéstops as possible to stock up on as many eggs as possible, of course, but then you’ll want to make your walking work for you double time. And why hatch two 2x eggs when you can hatch 9x at the same time?

So, if you have any extra cash to spend, spend it on incubators and reap the candy whirlwind.

Read: Top tips and tricks for hatching eggs

Figure out your Buddies

Normally, walking a Dratini isn’t very efficient. That’s because you need 5 km for every candy, making it a long, long road to the 100 candies you need to evolve a Dragonite. For the event, though, you’ll get 4 candies every 5 km. It’s still not speedy, but it’s much speedier than usual, and depending how far you travel every day, you could make a dent during the course of the week.

So, figure out what you want to evolve and get ready to make that Pokémon your Buddy! Then top up your current Buddy, so you don’t waste your progress, and make the switch!

Read: How to add a buddy Pokémon to get more candy in Pokémon Go

Go for medals

There are medals for each type of Pokémon, and as you work your way to silver and gold, you get catch bonuses for those types. If you don’t already have one for any of the types of Pokémon that have suddenly become more common during the Halloween event, now’s your time to get them.

So, for example, catch all the Ghastly you can to get your Ghost-type gold!

Get a power pack

iPhones were designed to last roughly 8-10 hours while browsing the web or checking email. They weren’t designed to last that long while keeping the screen on constantly with GPS and data running. And who wants to run out of juice when 2x candy bonuses are falling out of the clouds?

So, if you’re going to be out long, and you’re going to be out late, you’re going to want a battery case or, better still, a portable power pack. That way you can stay charged while you go, twice, three times, even four times longer than normal!

My current favorite is the mophie Power station, because it has two charging ports and tons of capacity.

Read: Best pocketable power banks to charge your iPhone on-the-go


Lastly, get your family and friends together! Halloween especially is a time to trick or treat in groups, and that’s a perfect fit for Pokémon Go. Not only is it safer, especially at night, it’s considerably more fun.

So, get in touch with your team, figure out times that work for everyone, and then go out and claim all the candy! And if you need to recruit new friends, send them here:

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