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Pokémon Go Halloween event doubles candy rewards to entice you back

Niantic, the developers of augmented reality summer-hit app, Pokémon Go, is hoping to entice the millions who have stopped playing to once again whip out their phones and wander the neighbourhood in search of digital monsters. To encourage you to head out into the cold, there are now higher chances of finding certain Pokémon and candy multipliers in play.

Running from 26th October to 1st November, the Halloween update for Pokémon Go makes the spawns for Drowsee, Hypno, Zubat, Golbat, Ghastly, Haunter and Gengar more common. While that's neat for anyone who hasn't caught all of those – not that uncommon – Pokémon yet, the change to candy earning will be much more useful. [yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An2Dq6FcMjU']

All Pokémon, regardless of type, will earn double candies when caught, transferred or hatched over the next few days, but even more importantly, Buddy Pokémon candies earned will be quadrupled, making it much easier for you to earn those extras that you need for that Dragonite or similarly hard to find pocket monster.

Presumably the idea is that kids will play the game while they Trick or Treat, but Niantic seemed to suggest it would be holding bigger events than this post launch. Really we've yet to see much materialise.

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KitGuru Says: I'm not sure more Drowzees and Zubats are something anyone needs, but the theme makes sense. I don't know if this is really the kind of big content update the game needs to encourage people to keep playing though. There needs to be something more to do than just catch Pokémon.

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