On Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, Jagex would drop a certain item. For example, in December 2001 during Christmas, Jagex dropped Christmas Crackers. These Christmas crackers could only be obtained during a certain day during December. When a player walked around RuneScape, they may have seen a Christmas Cracker pop up out of nowhere on the ground nearby. This was how the items were dropped.
Originally dropped for fun, Jagex kept this going on for a few more years. Every Christmas, Halloween, and Easter, an item would be dropped. Unfortunately, players began to notice that these items could not be obtained any more unless they were bought from other players. Seeing this, players began to buy the holiday items low, and then sell them at an incredibly high price. This started the rise in the prices for holiday items. Players were also angry that they missed the drops. Players would complain to Jagex demanding that they redo the drop. Jagex decided to make the next few drops nontradeable. However, this only enraged players even more.
Jagex, realising what was happening, decided to stop holiday drops, as players were becoming too greedy. On 22 December 2003, Jagex put an announcement on RuneScape's main page, saying that they were ceasing holiday drops. From then on, items were not dropped on holidays, but rather a player would have to do a holiday themed task for a NPC to obtain the holiday items.
|“|| As for bringing back old rewards; I can confirm that this is NOT going to happen. I can understand how much you want them (I've got most of the non-tradeable rewards but missed out on the Snow Globe which I think is a great reward) - but if I were to give these rewards to everyone they would lose their sparkle. Also it just wouldn't be fair to those who got them originally.
I can also confirm that the Christmas event's reward will NOT be tradeable. This would give players a notable in-game advantage - as eventually they'd be worth a lot of cash.
— Mod Edam on holiday items 
Around 2011, a recent outbreak of Members Only holiday items began appearing (the first members only holiday item was the Wintumber tree in the 2006 Christmas Event, nearly five years ago) such as the Icicle crown from the 2011 Easter Event, the Hourglass from the 2011 Hallowe'en event,the Turkey Pet from the 2011 Thanksgiving Event, Sparkles the Tinsel Snake from the 2011 Christmas event, and the (permanent) Eggsterminator from the 2012 Easter event. There are rumours that holiday events may possibly become members only in the near future, though this only remain in rumour.
On Easter 2002, easter eggs were dropped. They heal 120 life points (at the time 12 hp) and are eaten in a single bite. The easter eggs are considered rare because they were only dropped on Easter day. Also, some people ate them because they healed a fair amount of life points, for something that did not have a price at the time.
In 2003, Jagex still had holiday drops, but they were much more different. Players could only get one of the holiday items and all the items were untradeable. The Easter Drop was a set of Bunny Ears which players could wear on your head. If they are lost, players can go to Diango or Thessalia for a replacement.
Rubber chickens were a holiday item available on the 21 March 2005 for only two weeks. During this time, Jagex placed an Easter bunny in Falador as a non-player character. Players could talk to the bunny and ask for a task, with as a reward a Rubber chicken. The rubber chicken can be equipped as a fun item rather than a real weapon as it has negative bonuses. When equipped, players can "whack" other players with it. Sometimes the Rubber Chicken could slip out from your hands before whacking another player.
Players needed to dig up Easter eggs, which were buried by bunnies.. When they found a blue magic egg with a bunny print on it, and ate it, they would temporarily turn into a bunny. If they ate the egg over a hole, they would be able to enter the rabbits' warren. In the middle you could find the Easter bunny. After the player had given 10 eggs to the nearby children, the bunny would give him an Easter ring. When worn, this ring turns the wearer into an egg.
The Chicken Set was a holiday item received from the 2007 Easter event. If the "Flap" emote has been unlocked from the Stronghold of Security, when wearing all the pieces of the set, players can do an improved Flap emote, where their avatar lifts off the ground slightly as if flying. The Bunny-hop emote is also unlocked if it has not been unlocked in a previous Easter event.
The Chocatrice cape is the reward for completing the 2008 Easter event. When operated, the player performs an emote in which a giant Easter egg forms around the player then followed by the player bursting out from the top. Note that in the event if you get 10 chocolate chunks after you get the chocatrice cape you unlock the Bunny-hop emote. It can be stored in the Toy Box in the Costume room of a Player-owned house.
The Easter Carrot is the reward for completing the 2009 Easter Event. The carrot can be equipped/wielded as a fun weapon. When you have the Carrot wielded, you will be able to "Whack" another player, for this, the player has to right-click another player and there will be a "Whack" option. It has the same uses as a Rubber chicken.
The squirrel ears are the reward for completing the 2010 Easter Event. The ears are equipped/wielded as a hat. When wearing the squirrel ears the player can summon the squirrel minions and perform the Squirrel juggle emote.
The Crowns were rewarded for completing the 2011 Easter event quests, Holly and Hawthorn. The Icicle crown was rewarded for destroying a Evil Hawthorn Tree. The Sunbeam crown was rewarded for destroying a Evil Holly Tree, and then receiving the Year and giving it to the Spring Queen.
The egg on face mask was awarded to players who gave 3 Evil Drumsticks to the Evil chicken, while the Chocolate egg of face mask was awarded to players who gave 3 chocotreats to the Chocatrice. The permanent version of the Eggsterminator was given to members who found all 5 eggs on 3 different hunts.
Pumpkins were among the first holiday items that were dropped by Jagex on Halloween of 31 October 2001. They heal a total of 140 Life points in one bite. It is strongly recommended that a player notes the item as it may be accidentally consumed, especially since they are rare and extremely valuable.
The Halloween mask appeared in three colours: green, blue, and red. A Halloween mask covers the entire head of the wearer, similar to a full helmet. Historically, the green Halloween mask has been the least expensive of the set. The red Halloween mask is the most expensive in recent history, although for many years after they dropped, blue was the most expensive.
Scythes were the last holiday items to be dropped in RuneScape Classic, and the last piece of content that was added to RuneScape Classic before RuneScape 2 was released. When they were dropped, players were only allowed to pick up one each. If a player tried to grab another one, their message box would show the message" "You already have a scythe, you don't need another one." Players can wield a scythe as a two-handed weapon. Scythes have the ability to crush, stab, and slash.
In 2005, players had to scare zombie found in the Lumbridge Swamp. If they did it correctly, the head of the zombie would fall off. Players can right-click the head and talk with it or select actions which other players can see. The head cannot be equipped. If the player got the head via the Hallowe'en event, if they lost the zombie head, they have the ability to go to the Lumbridge Swamp and find another one. Players could scare the 'trick or treating' kids in Lumbridge with the zombie head, making them drop some sweets.
The Spooky set, also known as Skeleton Costume, gives no bonus in any stats. Players had to banish different coloured ghosts in order to receive the costume. The costume consists of a mask, shirt, leggings, boots, and gloves. The outfit can be reclaimed from Diango in Draynor Village if lost or destroyed, and items may be stored in the costume room of your house.
In 2007, players had to do a few favours for the Grim Reaper, which included; Finding his previous servant's skull in the garden, Clean up his lounge, and going through a little course that involved going on a slide, jumping on springboards, wading through a pool of slime and avoiding pitfall traps. After players complete those tasks, they would go downstairs and talk to the Grim Reaper and receive his hood, the Zombie Hand, and the Scared emote.
After giving Maggie 4 Chocolate drops, 6 Popcorn balls, and 5 wrapped candies, a male player will be given a warlock set and a female player will be given a witch set. This set will change into a witch set if the player changes into a female or attempts to wear the warlock set as a female. The set gives NO stat bonuses; it is only for display.
After putting cobwebs into the Grim Reaper's house, the Spider Queen will give you a Web Cloak and Eek the Spider. Eek can be equipped taking the weapon slot and like the cloak gives no bonuses. with Eek equipped, players have the option to "Play with" Eek, in doing so an animation will play where Eek spins a web in between the players hands and hangs down from it.
After completing little tasks around the Grim Reaper's house for the party being held you will be rewarded with a bone brooch, ( When used will morph you into a pile of bones) and the puppet master emote.(You are pulled into the air by strings connected to a wooden cross)
After completing a few tasks in DeathCon's Clan Citadel, you will be awarded with a deathcon t-shirt, as well as an hourglass, which is held in the offhand. The hourglass is a members-only item. A Deathcon lanyard is received at the start of the event. You also get an emote called Living on Borrowed Time.
A continuation of this event was on October 29 2011, in conjunction with the second RuneFest event. Speaking to Fame in the theatre of the Horsemen's citadel got players in game a Runefest puzzle book, with puzzles that they had to solve. The numerical answers in-game were then matched to alphabetical answers found by RuneFest attendees to get the numbers that matched to the letters for PASSWORD. Players were rewarded with a Sock/Buskin mask, and the first 25 RuneFest attendees to solve their puzzle got a Golden scythe.
Partyhats came from opening Christmas crackers. There are six differently coloured partyhats that all have the same shape. They can be worn on a player's head and resemble a crown. They give no stat enhancements. Because they are discontinued and are only obtainable from Christmas crackers which were dropped on Christmas of 2001, they are some of the rarest of items, and change the RuneScape economy greatly. This has made them very expensive items for years. They can usually cost over one billion coins in the market depending on colour.
A Santa hat is an item that was the final tradeable holiday drop, as part of the 2002 Christmas event. They were dropped only on 25 December 2002. All day they appeared randomly on the ground all over RuneScape, in batches about every six minutes. A player could pick up as many as they wanted. Although Jagex at the time described them as "just a bit of fun", they have since become an expensive and much-coveted item amongst players. Even if a player does not own a Santa hat, they can borrow one from a player via the Item Lending.
Yo-yos were available on 21 December 2004, for about two weeks. During this time, Santa was placed as an NPC in Varrock, Falador, Ardougne, Catherby, and Yanille. Players could talk to him and ask for a present. The present he gave was a yo-yo. Santa would only give one yo-yo to each player. Players can right click on the yo-yo and select tricks that other players can see.
Hats and scarves were given out as part of the 2005 Christmas holiday event. They are non-tradeable and come in four different varieties. If a player destroys or loses their hats and scarves, they can get replacements from Diango in Draynor Village. After obtaining the various Christmas hats and scarves from Diango's workshop, players could take five boxes of baubles to a huge tree in the centre of Varrock. The reward for this was getting one of the marionettes.
The Reindeer hat and the Wintumber tree are rewarded for completing the 2006 Christmas event. The hat has no bonuses and is untradeable. The tree is untradeable and can be planted on any free space in the Garden or on any free outdoor space of a player-owned house. If lost or destroyed the player can obtain another from Diango in Draynor village.
The Snow globe is an item obtained during the 2007 Christmas event. Players must talk to the Queen of Snow in the Land of Snow, who will give them a snow globe as a gift. The snow globe contains a "snow"-covered model of Lumbridge Castle. Since the end of the event, Jagex has removed the snow globe's ability to produce snow around the player. The snow globe will continue to generate snowballs after the 2007 Christmas event, unlike the snowballs from the previous event, which melted a short while after.
The Santa suit is the reward for the 2008 Christmas Event. Players were rewarded this from Santa Claus himself after freeing him from Jack Frost's ice sculpture. The set contains a Santa costume top, Santa costume legs, Santa costume gloves and Santa costume boots. Also, during this event the Head snow imp would give the player an Ice amulet to call a snow imp, which could help you find Jack Frost.
These were obtained by search in the cupboards of Ebenezer Scourge's house to make with bedsheets, chains, a needle and thread. These were then worn to frighten Ebenezer into releasing Santa from the cage he was locked up in and giving back the food and presents to the feast. The candy cane was later obtained by unwrapping the present Santa had given you, along with a scarf for your imp.
The Salty claws hat is a hat that enables the wearer to perform the Dance Emote.
The Christmas wand can be used to cast pieces of food at other players, similar to the rubber chicken, easter carrot and snowballs. Sparkles is a pet which can follow you and which can be talked to, and is members only.
Jagex occasionally releases events for additional holidays. These events generally do not produce discontinued items and do not last as long.
This was the first Thanksgiving event ever. Players were awarded with a Cornucopia, which is used to store food. It may only store up to 140 life points worth of food. One click will replenish the amount of health lost depending on what the food was stored. It was dropped by Turkeys all around RuneScape, which also dropped the discontinued raw turkey and raw turkey drumstick.players can still obtain the cornucopias by killing chickens
The 2011 Thanksgiving event (also known as Turkey Protest) was released on 22 November. The event was first mentioned in the November 2011 Behind the Scenes. The event is now closed to all players, however non-members will not receive Mackers the cake eating turkey as a pet. There were also a large amount of level 5 Angry Turkeys gathered outside the north-west entrance of Falador. The turkeys drop bones and either a Raw turkey or a Raw turkey drumstick. They also drop Cornucopias as rare drop.
Start of May
Lilies of the valley were released on 28 April, to mark the beginning of May, despite being released two days before the first of May. They can be found all around RuneScape. As the examine text implies, they are only available for a limited amount of time. If he or she operates the lily or chooses the "Smell" option, the player will perform an emote where they will smell the lily.
A Toy horsey is an item made as a joke by Jagex, poking fun at the requests made by players to have horses. It was released 1 April as part of the 2004 April Fools joke. It is the only sense in which horses exist in RuneScape, though unicorns are similar. Toy horseys are obtainable from Diango for 150 coins, and come in four different colours: white, black, grey, and brown. In addition players can make toy horses in the workshop of player owned houses.
The Spinning plate is a toy bought from Diango in Draynor village. However, it cannot be sold back to him, and was released as a joke by Jagex in reply to the constant demand of "Dragon plate" (Dragon platebody armour). On the spinning plate, there is a picture of a dragon. As the Dragon platebody has now been released, the value of the plate as a joke item is now obsolete. Diango says that the shipment of spinning plates were delayed by thieves, who apparently wanted "dragon plates" as well.
The Toy kite is obtainable by talking to Diango in Draynor Village, for 100 coins. The Dragon kite was released as an April Fools jokes by Jagex on 1 April 2008 as for the high demand for Dragon Kiteshields (similar to the dragon plate joke). If the 'Wield' option is chosen, the kite will float along side of a player. If the 'Fly' option is chosen the player will appear, for a short time, to be flying the kite in a strong wind. The 'Fly' option will only be available if the kite is in your inventory instead of being equipped. Players can also click 'Operate' for the same purpose if the item is being worn.
Cabbages began exhibiting odd behaviour; such as bouncing up and down, and moving away and shouting catch phrases when a player attempted to pick them up. People would try to pick them up and they would bounce off saying phrases, and if the players caught them, they would have a wieldable cabbage, which could be thrown over by players.
Jagex dropped green p-hats in the major cities of RuneScape. These were not of course party hats, but peahats (a pea attached to string on the top of your head).
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Tradeable Holiday Items
Even though some items, such as the esteemed Partyhats, can fetch up into the billions of coins street-wise, they are near worthless when alchemised or sold to General stores buying prices, which also coincidentally used to determine which items are kept on Death. Tradeable Holiday rewards are usually sold at 1 to 2 coins to a general store. This means that a player who died while holding 3 near-worthless items (say, three trout) would lose the partyhat despite its much higher street and player value due to its lower store price (unless they used item protect to keep 4 items). This is no longer the case due to the item kept on death update on the 19th of April, 2011.
Untradeable Holiday Items
- Ask Thessalia in the Varrock clothing store that is south-west of the main fountain for your Bunny ears or Scythe back and she will happily oblige.
- Diango is found in Draynor Marketplace. He will return your holiday items if you lose them, as shown on the image above. He also sells Toy kites, Spinning plates, Toy horseys, fireworks, firecrackers, souvenir mugs, bubble makers, and confetti
.*Members can retrieve all untradeable holiday items from their Toy box, provided they completed the event and the item is not in their bank or inventory, or being worn.
Since the release of the Rubber chicken, Jagex also began to give a new emote with Holiday events. Some emotes can be found at the emote screen, while others can be done by operating a Holiday reward. Emotes related to holiday events are usually unlockable every year during the respective holiday events.
Icon Name Unlocking method Scared This emote was released with the 2005 Hallowe'en event. Players hide their head in their arms, shaking with their whole body. Bunny-hop This emote was released with the 2006 Easter event. Players simply jump up and down like a bunny, scratching their nose a bit in the end of the emote. Zombie Hand This emote was released with the 2007 Hallowe'en event. The character hops backwards, avoiding a huge Zombie-like hand grabbing for it, making temporary scars in the ground. Snowman Dance This emote was released with the 2007 Christmas event. Players jump from side to side in a happy Christmas-musical-way. Trick This emote was released with the 2008 Hallowe'en event. To unlock, peer into Maggie's cauldron. The player lifts his arms and bats appear. Give Thanks This emote was released with the 2008 Thanksgiving event. Players act like a turkey, then change into one. In turkey-form, the player will do a weird dance. Freeze Unlocked by completing the 2008 Christmas event. Players received it by talking to Jack Frost, which had to be found with the help of a Snow imp. The player freezes, melts, and gets back again. Around the World in Eggty Days This emote was released with the 2009 Easter event. Your player leaves dust in the air, and then returns from behind, and eats an easter egg. Dramatic Point This emote was released with the 2009 Christmas event. Your player points directly forward while snow floats around them for a few seconds. Puppet Master This emote was released with the 2010 Hallowe'en event. The player is pulled into the air by strings connected to a wooden cross then released. Seal of Approval This emote was released with the 2010 Christmas event. The player claps like a seal, then turns into one, and returns to normal. Invoke Spring This emote was released with the 2011 Easter event. The player throws the arms above itself, invoking a cloud that makes grass and flowers grow around players' feet, of which one is picked then. Living on Borrowed Time This emote was released with the 2011 Hallowe'en event. An hourglass appears above the player's head, and the grim reaper appears. As the grim reaper goes to slash his scythe at the player, the hourglass rotates and flashes. The grim reapers scythe stops just short of the player as the reaper and hourglass fade away, to which the player remarks "Phew! Close call." Chaotic Cookery This emote was released with the 2011 Christmas event. The player puts different ingredients in a cannon and the cannon will fire. A Christmas cake will fall out of the sky, the player catches it and eats it.
Icon Item Name Operating method Rubber chicken Chicken Dance This emote is only usable by those with a Rubber chicken, rewarded from the 2005 Easter event. This emote is used by either right-clicking a Rubber chicken or clicking dance. Reindeer hat Reindeer This emote is only usable by those with a Reindeer hat, rewarded from the 2006 Christmas event. To activate the emote, players must operate their hat while wearing it. It will make them act like a reindeer. Chocatrice cape Giant Easter Egg This emote is only usable by those with a Chocatrice cape, rewarded from the 2008 Easter event. Players must operate the chocatrice cape to use this emote. It will make players pop out of a giant, yellow egg. Lily of the valley Smelling of a lily
This emote was usable by the players with a Lily of the valley, rewarded from 2009 Start of May event. The player must click smell to perform emote. At the beginning of May, 2010 they again were released and could be picked up almost everywhere. (This leads to the assumption that Jagex will release these every year at the start of May.)
This emote is usable by the players with Eek, rewarded from 2009 Hallowe'en event. The player can right click on eek to perform emote. Eek will appear in the players hands and form a web between them.
Magnifying glass Sleuth This emote is usable by the players with a Magnifying glass, rewarded from the Cryptic Clue Fest event which was released in conjunction with the 2009 Thanksgiving Event. When on the equipped, players can right click and press 'Sleuth'. Candy Cane Spin This emote is usable by the players with a Candy Cane rewarded in the 2009 Christmas event. When equipped, players may go to the equipped screen and choose 'Spin' from the right-click menu. Squirrel ears Juggle This emote is usable by the players with a Squirrel ears rewarded in the 2010 Easter Event. When equipped, players may go to the equipped screen and choose 'Juggle' from the right-click menu. File:Golden hammer inv.png Golden hammer Brandish, spin This emote is usable by the players with a Golden hammer rewarded to celebrate Jagex winning the Golden Joystick awards 2 years running. When equipped, players may go to the equipped screen and choose 'Brandish' or 'Spin' from the right-click menu. Heimland games souvenir Snowsplosion This emote is usable by players with a Heimland games souvenir rewarded in the 2010 Christmas event. Once in the inventory, players may right click this item and choose 'Snowsplosion' from the right click menu. Salty claws hat Crab dance This emote is usable by players with a Salty claws hat rewarded in the 2010 Christmas event. When equipped, players may go to the equipped screen and choose 'Crab dance' from the right click menu.
- Non-tradeable Holiday rewards are notorious for being capable of many exploits upon their initial release.
- Newer holiday items are yet to be lendable; this is synonymous with the fact that they can't be traded (you can't lend an item unless it can be put up in the trade menu). This has led to some dissent among the forums.
- Many players have tendencies to criticise the newest holiday rewards saying they are being depreciated in quality and effort. Other players sometimes disagree and it usually results in notorious "flame wars" via the official forums or other Runescape-related websites.
- The Cornucopia from the 2008 Thanksgiving event and the Peahat from the 2012 April Fools event are the only holiday rewards that are still obtainable even after the event. This was seen as a relief to some players that missed the event and has caused some requests to Jagex for other non-tradeable rewards from the past events to be obtainable in some way similar to the Cornucopia.