(Pocket-lint) - Every month, Xbox One gamers can download and play a selection of free games as part of an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Xbox Live Gold is more than just free games though. It also gives Xbox One X, Xbox One S or even original Xbox One owners the chance to play their games online and discounts on many digital games on the Xbox Store.

Membership in the UK usually costs £17.99 for three-months or £49.99 for a whole year's membership when paid up front. Alternatively, you can choose to pay monthly for £6.99 a month.

In our opinion though, the best way to subscribe is through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For just £10.99 per month, you get Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox Game Pass with access to over 200 games to download and play, Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC with more than 100 Windows 10 titles.

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Here is the free Halloween-themed Xbox Games with Gold list for October 2020:

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

  • Available 1 to 31 October 2020

A Halloween special Games with Gold collection kicks off with the crazy, comical puzzler Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut. You play a deranged killer in this fun homage to 80s horror movies, who must dispatch a myriad of annoying teens across multiple levels.

Maid of Sker

  • Available 16 October to 15 November 2020

Maid of Sker is a reasonably new game, having only been released in August. It a stealth horror adventure from developer Wales Interactive, which also gives you an idea of where it is based.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy

  • Available 1 to 15 October 2020

Having been remastered and rereleased for Switch last year, this is the Xbox original of the action-adventure and still represents a decent jaunt. It was truly underated on its first release, so well worth a look now - especially for free.

Costume Quest

  • Available 16 to 31 October 2020

Double Fine's role-player is a fun and friendly game that not only spawned a sequel, but a cartoon series on Amazon Prime Video.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy and Costume Quest are orginal Xbox and Xbox 360 games respectively, available through backward compatibility. They are also available to Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold.

Of last month's free games, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 will still be available for download until 15 October 2020.

Writing by Rik Henderson.