No children’s party is complete without a few games to play, and Halloween is certainly no exception. Whether you’re throwing your kids a Halloween party at home or helping with a school party, including some of these spooktacular games will insure your party is a success! So break out the prizes and get ready to watch your kids and their friends have a blast as they celebrate this fun holiday. Here are sixteen fun Halloween party games to get you started.
1. How Many? — This is a great game to start the party off! As guests begin to arrive, have a large clear jar filled with candy corn placed in a prominent spot. Let the children guess how many candy corn are in the jar and write down their guess and their name on a piece of paper. They can ponder their guesses throughout the party but make sure all guesses are in the by the end of the party. Then, whoever has guessed the closest number of candy corn without going over wins a prize (a great prize is the jar of candy corn!)
2. Doughnut String Game — Using string, hang mini or regular-sized doughnuts from the ceiling. Children must then try to be the first to eat the doughnut without using their hands. This classic game is sure to elicit lots of giggles as partygoers try to finish first. Make sure you have the video camera out for this one!
3. Pass the Pumpkin — This variation of “Hot Potato” is sure to be a hit! Have children sit in a circle and give one child a mini pumpkin. Then it’s time to crank up the spooky music and have the children pass the pumpkin around the circle. Stop the music at varying intervals and whoever is holding the pumpkin when the music stops is out. Continue this until only one child is left. They are the winner!
4. Trick or Treat — To prepare for this game you must cut several strips of paper before the party, about twice as many strips as there are children. On half of the strips write the word “Treat” and on the other half write the word “Trick” with various tricks such as hop on one foot, spin in a circle, etc. Then put all of the strips into a Halloween bag or witches hat and have the children stand in a circle. Next you will walk around the circle and have each child draw a strip out of the bag. They will either get “Treat” and will receive a small token prize such as a sticker or candy or they will get “Trick” and have to perform the trick written on the strip.
5. Mummy Relay — To start this game, divide children into groups of three or four and give each group a roll of toilet paper. In each group there will be one “mummy” and the rest are “wrappers”. The object of this game is for the children to be the first group to wrap their mummy in a full roll of toilet paper. First group to finish the roll of toilet paper wins!
6. Bobbing for Apples — This Halloween classic is fun for young and old and has stood the test of time. To play, fill a large tub with water and several apples. Make sure to have plenty of towels handy! Players must then hold their hands behind their backs and try to bite into and catch an apple.
7. Eyeball Bounce — This simple but fun game works for all ages. Using a marker, decorate several ping pong balls to look like eyeballs. Then get a large plastic pumpkin for younger kids or smaller cups for older kids. Place the pumpkin or cups on the floor and mark a line either closer for younger kids or farther away for older kids. Have children try to sink the eyeballs in the pumpkin/cups. Whoever gets the most in wins!
8. The Spooky Walk — To prepare for this game you must create one Halloween picture/shape cutout for each child. To do this easily, cut out pumpkins, witches, cats, etc. from construction paper. Then you must write down the name of each cutout and put them into a hat. You then line up the cutout’s in a circle and have the children walk around the circle stepping on each cutout. Play some haunting music, turning it off at random intervals. When the music stops make sure that each child freezes on a cutout. You then draw a paper from the hat and whoever is on the corresponding picture is out. Repeat until there is only one child left and they are the winner.
9. Find the Worms — This is a totally messy but totally fun game that your guests will love! To play this game you will need lots of whipped cream and lots of gummy worms. Give each player a bowl filled with 6-8 gummy worms covered with whipped cream. Then have the players put their hands behind their back and dig through the whipped cream with their mouths to find the gummy worms. First one to find all the worms wins!
10. Scarecrow Relay — For this game you will need 2 oversized flannel shirts, 2 hats, and 2 poles (broomstick, yardstick, etc). Divide the children into 2 groups placing half the group on one side of the room and the other half of the group on the other side of the room. To start the first player runs from the first group to the second group and puts on the shirt, hat, and places the pole from arm to arm inside the flannel shirt. Once this is complete they now must run back to the first line and remove the articles and the next person in line puts it on. This continues until everyone has put on the clothes and has been the scarecrow. The first team to finish the Scarecrow Relay wins!
11. Monster Freeze Dance — This game has no winner, it’s just plain fun and a great way to burn off all of that candy. Crank up some Halloween tunes and have the children dance their little hearts out. Turn the music off at varying intervals, when the music stops the children must freeze where they are. This game is guaranteed to elicit tons of giggles from your little monsters!
12. Skeleton Scavenger Hunt — To play this game you will need skeleton bones either cut out from paper or plastic ones purchased from a craft or toy store. Hide the skeleton bones throughout your yard or inside the house or classroom. Have the children hunt for the bones, whoever finds the most wins. For an added bonus have the children try to put the bones together to make a skeleton
13. Make the Zombies Laugh — This game is sure to be a hit with your party guests! Tell all of the children to lie still on the floor like a zombie. Then choose one child to be “it”, that child’s job is to make the other children laugh. “It” can make silly faces, dance around, tell jokes, etc. Once a “zombie” laughs they are out and can help “it” try to make the others laugh. Whoever holds out the longest without laughing wins!
14. Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin — This classic party game is always fun, here is a version with a Halloween twist! Hang up a large cardboard or paper pumpkin on one wall. Cut out shapes for the eyes and mouth but leave the nose spot empty. Cut out a black triangle nose and affix double sided tape to it. Blindfold one child at a time and have them try to pin the nose on the pumpkin. Other variations are “Pin the Wart on the Witch” or “Pin the Nose on a Scarecrow”.
15. Pumpkin Seed Search — For this game you will need to divide the children into teams of two or three. Give each team a pumpkin with the top cut off of it and a bowl. The object of the game is to remove as many seeds as possible from the pumpkin minus the pumpkin slime, in a given amount of time. The team that has the most seeds in their bowl at the end wins!
16. Ghost Obstacle Course —To play this game you will need to set up an obstacle course on the floor using masking tape. Then you will divide the children into teams and each team will choose one person to be the ghost. The child chosen to be the ghost will wear a white sheet on their head as a blindfold.
The other children will have to guide their ghost teammate through the obstacle course without touching him or her. If the ghost steps on or outside the line then the other team members will have to bring him or her back to the beginning of the course and begin again. The team whose ghost reaches the end of the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time wins.