Halloween 2008 was a Guild Wars in-game event, to celebrate the annual return of Mad King Thorn.
 Halloween 2008 Event: Join The Mad King's Revel
It’s Halloween in Tyria, and Mad King Thorn is back to spread his own malevolent brand of lunatic fun. The maniacal monarch has come to play, and he’s got a cornucopia of mini-games, jokes, and riddles to delight and dismay his fellow revelers. You can play along if you’ve got the nerve and the know-how, but before you accept his challenges you need to understand the stakes. If you beat the Mad King at his own games, you’ll earn fabulous prizes and special mementos to mark the occasion; if you lose, you get killed.
Fortunately, Mad King Thorn’s idea of fun includes letting the vanquished come back for more, so you’re always encouraged to return from the grave and give it another try. You don’t even have to contend with the Mad King’s tricks to get a treat—there are plenty of other ways to earn prizes, like participating in special events throughout the weekend, or simply exploring in the eerie glow of the King’s flickering firelight smile.
 Mad King Appearances
The Mad King will visit Kamadan and Lion's Arch on October 31, 2008.
PDT UTC / GMT
(24 hr format)
12:01 am 07:01 03:01 am 10:01 06:01 am 13:01 09:01 am 16:01 12:01 pm 19:01 3:01 pm 22:01 6:01 pm 01:01
9:01 pm 04:01
- Other time zones: CST = PST + 2hrs, EST = PST + 3hrs, AEDT = UTC + 11hrs, CET = UTC + 1hr
- Note: PDT is Pacific Daylight Time. The west coast of North America is currently on PDT, or daylight savings, and as such PST (or Pacific Standard Time when daylight savings is not in effect) is not used.
 Event Calendar
|Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Droknar's Forge, and Tomb of the Primeval Kings are decorated in the Halloween spirit.|
|The Costume Brawl opens. Various NPCs and holiday characters begin to appear in Lion's Arch and Kamadan.|
|Mad King Thorn makes appearances every three hours throughout the day in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. His first appearance will take place at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time and his final appearance will begin on November 1 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time.|
|Festivities conclude at the stroke of midnight.|
|Halloween collectors and Costume Brawl return. Mad King Thorn will not make any appearances.|
|Festivities conclude once again at the stroke of midnight.|
 Decorated Towns
|Candy Apple||Squash Serum|
|Candy Corn||Transmogrifier Tonic|
|Ghost-in-the-Box||Vial of Absinthe|
|Pumpkin Cookie||Witch's Brew|
Participation in one of Mad King Thorn's appearances will earn you a festival hat:
| Zombie Face Paint
| Lupine Mask|
 See also
|Canthan New Year||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|April Fools' Day||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Birthday Celebration||2nd • 3rd • 4th • 5th • 6th • 7th • 8th|
|Dragon Festival||2006 • 2007 (Redux) • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday in July||2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Halloween||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 (Redux) • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 (Redux) • 2010 • 2011 • 2012|
|Other annual events||Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Lucky Treats Week • Pirate Week • Special Treats Week • Sweet Treats Week • Wayfarer's Reverie|
|One-time only events||Day of the Tengu • Farewell to Gaile|