Holiday Events are seasonal events first introduced in 2001. They feature characters that are usually associated in society with the seasonal holiday or event. Most of the events involve the player to interact with these characters and do "chores" or "favours" for them in return for a special 'once-a-year' item, emote, or a combination of both. These events can and have been started all over the RuneScape map and so far have been available for all players.
 Easter Events
During the year of 2002, the Holiday Item Drop (See Holiday Item Drop for reference) was still in effect. Easter eggs would drop, and players would eat these eggs to heal 120 hitpoints. The eggs from since then have become a rare item, almost a symbol of high wealth, running to 120,000,000 coins.
The last year that the Holiday Item Drop was in effect; players could pick up Bunny Ears and equip them, taking up the helmet space. This was also the first year that holiday items became untradeable, leaving players with having the ability to only own one pair of Bunny Ears at a time.
In 2005, the first character of the Easter series appeared: The Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny would hand players a basket of eggs and have them hand out the eggs to other players. When they handed out all of the eggs, players were rewarded with a rubber chicken in which they could whack other players with. When players were handed eggs from a player with a basket, they could eat the egg making them do the chicken dance.
A character did not appear this year, rather a player would need a spade to find eggs that were hidden underground. A player were to walk around Falador and Edgeville and dig the ground with the spade to find an egg. When an egg was found, a player would stand over the spot they just dug, eat the egg and go underground in a network of tunnels. When a player dug up 10 eggs, they were given an Easter Ring and unlocked the emote Bunny-Hop.
The Easter Bunny returned this year along with a new character: Diango. A situational problem was introduced to players as instead of Diango delivering Easter chocolates to the Easter Bunny, the chocolates turned out to be chocolate kebbits.. Turn of luck eh? The players were to catch the kebbits in enough time for the Easter event, returning them to the Easter Bunny in return for the chicken set which was the Easter item for 2007.
The Easter Bunny was starting to make a regular appearance from now on. This year he's come up with an ol' fashioned Easter egg hunt. Players were to find his hole near the Rimmington Mine, investigate it and lead a search for eggs with the clues the Easter Bunny provided. Once the player found all 9 eggs, they were to return to the Easter Bunny to get a chocatrice cape as a reward.
The Easter Bunny is now under investigation this year. "What makes him immortal?" is the golden question. Players are to navigate through the Easter Bunny's factory and for free players the major plus to the whole event was the fact they were able to catch implings for the short event, (which is usually a members' only feature). Once players have gone through the factory, dealt with a whole new row of new characters, and made it back alive, they were given an Easter Carrot (much alike the Rubber Chicken handed to players during the 2005 Easter Event).
Now I've got to admit here. This was the Easter Event that Jagex lacked on a little bit. Here you get the same kind of scenario and character sheet as you got in 2009. You get to see the Easter Bunny Jr. as seen in 2009 and revisit the good ol' factory. Rewards for 2010? - Squirrel Ears, and the unlocking of the Squirrel Juggle Emote.
This event is a bit different. Instead of the Easter Bunny who has been hoppin' through the game for the past few years or so, we get to meet the character Queen of Snow, (if players did the Christmas Event for 2008, they would have already met her in that separate event). Players are supposed to help the Queen transition from winter to spring. The event is also known as the Holly and Hawthorn as there were actually two separate quests, "Holly", and "Hawthorn" which was available to members only after they completed the Holly part of the event. Since there were two different parts to the event, there are two different rewards for completing each quest. The reward for the Holly quest was the unlocking of the Invoke Spring Emote, and the item Sunbeam Crown. Members who went the extra step and completed the Hawthorn quest were given the Icicle Crown.
 Christmas Events
This was where the whole "holding onto your items might be good in the future" thing started. This was actually the second of the beginning of the whole holiday event thing RuneScape had started. Players were given Christmas Crackers which they would then use on another player giving one of the two a random coloured party hat, and the other was given a random item of any sort.
This was the end of the Christmas Holiday item drops. Players would randomly walk across a dropped Santa Hat during this time in which they could pick up and keep. A large outbreak of complaints from players stating they never came across a Santa Hat grew to an extent where Jagex decided to put a stop to all Christmas Item drops at the end of the season.
Jagex lacked a huge amount on this holiday event. Players could visit Father Christmas in major cities and by simply talking to him, he would give players each a yo-yo as their "Christmas Present". The simplicity of this event was blamed on the lack of time Jagex claimed to have.
This year was marked with one of the biggest Christmas Events yet to come. Players were given a range of opportunities to take to fulfill the entire potential of the event. Players could talk to Diango who would tell them about his workshop and teleport them there stating that his elves were slacking on creating toys and if you could help out and pack boxes of toys to give back to him; he'd give you a colored hat in return. Players could then complete up to 8 more boxes and return them to Diango to get more hats in different colors. The same thing could be done once again, but instead given to the pixie supervisor: Rosie. In return for the boxes, Rosie would give players colored scarves, in which they could deliver up to 8 boxes for 8 different colored scarves. If players did not want to deliver their boxes to either Rosie or Diango, they could take the box to the central Christmas tree that was located in the center of Varrock and decorate the tree themselves. Once the tree was decorated with 5 boxes of decorations, players would find colored marionettes under the tree.
In 2006, the event was more directed towards the concept of winter rather than the holiday Christmas. Players were to find the character Shanty Claws who was a werewolf, and who would explain the predicament children living in the Musa Point area were finding themselves in. Creatures called a Gublinch were starting to get irritable at the top of the Musa Point volcano and kidnapping children to tend to furnaces that normally kept them warm. Shanty Claws explains that if you help freeze some Gublinches and return them to him, he will let you pick through an inventory of rewards for your troubles. One of the rewards was a members' only item: the Wintumber tree which could be planted in a player owned house, while the other item was a Reindeer Hat available to all members. So essentially, free players were only given one choice for a reward. If a player chose the Reindeer Hat, they were also given an Emote to use with the Reindeer Hat called "You Act Like a Reindeer".
During the 2007 event, players were presented with a more "social" type of event. Players could talk to the various Snow Imps located around the world of RuneScape who would then teleport players to the Land of Snow. In the Land of Snow, players were presented with a snow covered wasteland with piles of snow which they could stock up on snowballs and pelt the other players with the snowballs who were also in the Land of Snow at the time. Players could also build Snowmen with the snow, putting different hats on them that they obtained from the Snow Imps. Players were given Snowglobes which when shaken would start a shower of snowflakes on top of the player. Also unlocked was the Snowman Dance Emote.
Now the reappearance of Santa is featured this year, and the introduction of the new characters: Jack Frost, and the Queen of Snow whom are related (mother and son). Jack Frost who is a teenage boy has gone on a rebellious streak and escaped from the Land of Snow which only one can assume is the home to him and his mother the Queen of Snow. Along with the MIA of Jack Frost, Santa is also missing, so players had to look for him too. The Queen of Snow has sent Snow Imps looking for Jack Frost, but of course the Imps get terribly distracted and need the help of players to keep them on task on finding the two. For saving Christmas, finding Santa, and returning Jack Frost, players are given a complete Santa Suit which differentiates for each gender. Along with the Santa Suit players are given an Ice Amulet.
This year we got a little taste of the new employee in Jagex and his Christmas project: Mod Edam! (Whoever the hell that is..) Players were to return to the "now getting a little bit repeated Land of Snow" where Scourge has kidnapped Santa, taken everybody's food and he's done this because he hates Christmas. The Queen of Snow has gives the player an Imp who pretty much does all the solving. The player will have to find things in Scourge's past that scares him in order for Santa and the food to be released. Once players have completed the event, they were given a Ghost Costume, a wieldable Candy Cane and three new songs, "Silent Knight", "Ghost of Christmas Presents", and "Smorgasbord".
This event was mostly revolved around the skill and location of the skill Dungeoneering. In Daemonheim players met the character Thorvar Crittersmash who is (spoiler alert) Santa Claus. Players had to navigate through the dungeons doing small tasks for Santa in return for the rewards Salty Claws Hat, Heimland Games Souvenir and the Seal of Approval Emote.
 Halloween Events
Pumpkins were randomly dropped all throughout RuneScape and much alike the Easter eggs were tradeable and edible.
In 2002, the items Halloween Masks were dropped all over RuneScape. Players could pick up as many as they liked, the colors ranging from red, green and blue. These items are now considered "rare".
2003 was not meant for a Halloween event, yet players still urged Jagex to release one. During this time, RuneScape 2 was on it's way for release and Jagex warned that if they were to make a Halloween event, the release date for RuneScape 2 could be pushed back. During the event, untradeable scythes were dropped, serving no purpose other than players obtaining and sustaining only one at a time.
Zombies. Zombies. Lumbridge Swamp was filled with Zombies and players had two options to do on each Zombie. Scare or Insult them. If a player scared a zombie, the zombie's body would fall to pieces causing the player to become "scared" and their unlocking of the emote "Scared". If a player insulted a zombie, it's head would fall off and roll away and if the player could catch it, it'd be theirs to keep and use for an emote. The zombie head could also be talked to by the player who obtained it.
We learn this year that Diango is a bit of a cheapskate and for that matter uses possessed tree for events. Diango didn't want to spend the extra funds for wood so he went along and chopped the trees near Draynor Manor that have a reputation for having a mind of it's own. Diango tells players that if they aren't afraid of undead things, he'd like them to take care of the pest problem in return for some rewards. After the player does Diango's dirty work, they get a Skeleton Set as the first reward, and the Jack Lantern Hat as the second.
This year was more or less a test for players' abilities as a maid. The Grim Reaper is introduced this year and all he has players do is three tasks around his house making it presentable enough for an important VIP he's having over later. For all the hard work, players got a Grim Reaper Hood, unlocked the Zombie Hand Emote, and unlocked the Scared emote if a player hadn't years before.
Pretty much a relaxed kind of event this year. Players had to dress appropriately as this was actually the first event that incorporated some common rituals from the holiday Halloween itself. There was a long list of appropriate attire players could wear, most very cheap and common clothing and as long as they had two of these appropriate clothing equipped, they were acceptable to come in. Players could then walk around the towns Port Sarim, Rimmington, and Draynor Village using the interface "Trick-or-Treat" on various NPCs in the area. Players were given "candies" that healed 30 hitpoints each and crumbled to dust after the event was over. The rewards for the event included a costume designed specifically for a male and female. Females were given a Witch Top, Witch Skirt, and Witch Cloak, and males were given a Warlock Top, Warlock Skirt, and Warlock Cloak.
In this event, the character Grim Reaper returns and so does his house. Players access his house through a portal that is designed quite similar to that of a POH (player owned house). The Grim Reaper tells the player that there's a giant spider in his bathtub and he wants them to remove it immediately. If the player refuses, the Grim Reaper will bring "death" among the player making them start outside the portal with their items still with them. The player must navigate through the house doing things for the spider until the stubborn creature decides to leave the tub. Rewards for this event included a Spider-Web Cloak, and Eek the Spider (who also helps the player a lot during the event and is an actual NPC who will hang with the player if they allow so).
This year event also included the Grim Reaper and a new character: Pumpkin Pete. In this event players simply help Pumpkin Pete throw together the preparations for the Grim Reaper's party in return for a Bone Brooch and the Puppet Master Emote.
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