With Halloween a few months away, certain studios are already making plans for seasonally appropriate products and content. Resident Evil Village is getting a major paid expansion. The Netflix supernatural sensation, Stranger Things, is getting not one, but two different board games. Now, The Pokemon Company has announced Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOsters, a new set of cards designed as a unique alternative for trick-or-treaters.
What Are Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOsters?
According to an official post on The Pokemon Company’s website, Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOsters are mini booster packs. Each one contains three cards and are themed around various spooky Pokemon. These Pokemon include various ghosts like Gengar, Pumpkaboo, Polteageist, and Mimikyu, as well as other Halloween-themed characters like Zubat. These packs will be sold in bundles of forty and will feature a unique stamp of a jack-o-lantern in the shape of Pikachu on every card.
This is the first year that Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOsters will be available. As for why they chose this particular approach to celebrating the spooky season, The Pokemon Company International’s senior director of merchandise and retail marketing, Tim Moore stated the following:
With the incredible popularity of the Pokémon TCG, this will be a uniquely welcomed candy-alternative in trick-or-treaters’ bags by both kids and parents. We look forward to working with grocery- and mass-retail partners to deliver this enjoyable product that lets kids discover the magic of the Pokémon TCG this Halloween season.
Moore’s reasoning is not without merit. Pokemon is one of the most beloved multimedia franchises in the world with almost 30 years worth of fans. There aren’t just children being entertained by this series, there are parents of children as well. The idea of families bonding over Pokemon cards, whether it be the artwork or learning to play the game, does hold a certain appeal next to the usual treats of spook houses and bags of candy.
Image Credit: The Pokemon Company When Will Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOsters Be Available?
According to The Pokemon Company’s post, the Pokemon Trick or Trade BOOster bundles will be available at participating grocery stores and mass retailers on September 1. While there was no MSRP listed, it might be wise to plan ahead, certain card game fans can go to extreme lengths for products like these.
Pokémon TCG Welcomes Halloween Early With Trick Or Trade BOOster Packs
The Pokémon Company has showed off new TCG booster packs called Trick or Trade in celebration of Halloween.
According to Pokémon authority Serebii, Trick or Trade and its associated “BOOster packs” are likely the first part of the Pokémon Company’s upcoming Halloween campaign. The cards will be available starting Sept. 1, closer to the start of Halloween. Each pack contains three cards of spooky or Halloween-themed Pokémon like Zubat, Gengar, Pumpkaboo, Mimikyu, and Polteageist.
Serebii Update: The Pokémon Company has announced the first of their Halloween campaign with the Pokémon TCG Trick or Trade BOOster Packs. Each pack contains prints of cards with a Pikachu Pumpkin stamp. Available from September 1st 2022https://t.Co/gDbXkHSvkT pic.Twitter.Com/IsrIVQH0Re
— Serebii.Net (@SerebiiNet) July 26, 2022
Each card has a Pikachu Pumpkin stamp on it, marking it as part of the unique seasonal collection. Fans can find Trick or Trade packs in bagged BOOster bundles, which contain a whopping 40 packs each, granting players 120 cards in total. According to a follow-up tweet from Serebii, the cards are intended to be given out to kids on Halloween as an alternative to candy.
Alongside the introduction of new cards, the Pokémon Company has also shared that new Halloween merchandise will be coming to the Pokémon Center website later on in the year, presumably closer to Halloween. The Pokémon Company isn’t the only company to start its Halloween promotions in the middle of July; other retail organizations across the U.S. Have already begun pushing fall items and spooky collectibles.
Pokémon TCG fans will have a lot to choose from this fall. Besides Trick or Trade, two TCG Premium Collections will be arriving on Oct. 7: Origin Forme Dialga and Origin Forme Palkia, the Hisuian versions of Sinnoh’s classic legendary Pokémon. Fans will need to purchase the full VSTAR Premium collection in order to get either Pokémon.