Stages, levels, or locations with a haunted theme are stages usually associated with an eerie atmosphere and is one of the reoccurring themes of the series.
Traits and features
One of the main traits of haunted stages is that the area takes place at night and often takes place inside of an old mansion. However, in several games, haunted stages take place in a creepy forest (Forever Forest from Paper Mario for example) or in an old ship or sunken ship (Deep Dark Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy for example).
As for the enemies, Boos are, by far, the most common and reoccurring enemies of haunted-themed stages. They often infest a mansion forcing the player to avoid the ghostly beings. Other enemies and hazards of haunted-themed stages include man-eating pianos, flying books and silverwear, and numerous of bottomless pits. The Boos and ghosts themselves will often mess with the stage trying to hinder the player's progress. In some cases, the player must find a way to stop the enemy from doing what it is doing in order to proceed through the game. This is very common in the Luigi's Mansion games where Luigi must vacuum up certain ghosts in order to proceed through the game.
- Big Boo's Haunt - Super Mario 64, Super Mario 64 DS
- Ghost House - Super Mario World
- Forever Forest - Paper Mario (also forest theme)
- Boo's Mansion - Paper Mario
- Twilight Trail - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (also forest theme)
- Creepy Steeple - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
- Luigi's Mansion - Luigi's Mansion
- Evershade Valley - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (also forest theme)
- Gloomy Manor - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
- Haunted Towers - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (also forest theme)
- Old Clockworks - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (also desert theme)
- Secret Mine - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (also winter theme)
- Treacherous Mansion - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
- Ghostly Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy
- Deep Dark Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy (also coastal theme and underwater theme)
- Mirage Mansion - Mario Tennis Aces
|Castle theme • Coastal theme • Desert theme • Fire theme • Forest theme • Haunted theme • Industrial theme • Mountain theme • Plains theme • Sky theme • Underground theme • Underwater theme • Winter theme|
|Amusement theme • Ancient ruins theme • Dark theme • Dessert theme • Space theme • Urban theme|