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Great Halloween Game Ideas

Pets and Halloween Halloween Tailgating Halloween Fun Halloween Tradition - Ghosting or Booing
Review of Arasapha Haunted Hayride and Bates Motel A soldier's Halloween treat  Halloween Games Halloween Recipes 

As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many Halloween Parties.  You will find some great Halloween game ideas for kids parties listed below.


Build A Scarecrow
Form groups and have a variety of old clothes, pillowcases for heads, markers and newspaper. Groups have 20 minutes to create their scarecrow. Give prizes to the scariest or funniest, then place outside to decorate.

Pumpkin Penny Pitch
Use several small plastic pumpkins or one large plastic pumpkin
Place the pumpkins a couple feet away.
Give each player ten pennies.
Every time a penny goes into the pumpkin, a piece of candy is won.

Donut Bite
Wrap an old mop handle up in orange and black crepe paper with matching ribbon.

Purchase enough donuts for each child.

Loop ribbon through the donut hole.  Tie the other end of the ribbon to the decorated mop handle.  Hold mop so that children have to kneel to reach the donut.  The object is to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands! Don't let kids use masks here. For older kids you may want to cover their eyes with a bandana.  Hang a new donut for each player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it takes. Shortest time wins.

Musical Tombstones
Give each child one or two sheets of large gray construction paper based on the number of kids in the group and the way you plan to play the game (see below).   Have them cut it into the shape of a tombstone and using markers, glue sticks, sparkles, scissors, construction paper etc… decorate their stones with creepy drawings and silly epitaphs “Here Lies Ray He Died In The Bay

 For smaller groups use two sheets and staple together to form a tombstone that is large enough to fit over the back of a folding chair.  Or if you have a large group use one sheet of paper and it can be placed like stepping stones rather than using chairs.

 Follow the usual rules for musical chairs, except have your players carry their tombstones as they circle around the seats. When you stop the music, everyone rushes to find a chair. The player left without one is out of the game; he starts the graveyard, putting his tombstone in a designated spot and sitting down. The game continues, with you removing a chair at the start of each round, until one child is left sitting with her unused tombstone and everyone else is in the graveyard.
As a prize give the cassette of creepy music to the winner and the tombstones to all the players.


Skeleton Race

Items Needed
Paper skeleton parts (1 set for each child, or let children work in pairs), Printable skeleton parts for a team (from Northwest Territories & Nunavut Girl Guides), Brads or glue.

Cut out skeleton parts and punch out holes for children to use brads to connect the bones. Place a full skeleton set in a bag for each team. Give each child/team a bag. When you say 'Go', the children take out the skeleton parts and construct the skeletons (in any way they choose). Award prizes for the best time, and kookiest skeleton.  You may want to set a timer to keep things on schedule.

Balloon Bust

Divide the group into two teams.  Blow up black or orange balloons and tie one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the game.

Halloween Air Balloons

Keep the balloons floating in the air while thinking and saying words from a chosen category. 

To begin get everyone into a circle and start the balloon going around from player to player keeping the balloon in the air at all times. The catch however is before he can bat the balloon each player must call out a word (no repetitions, please) to fit an agreed upon theme. The theme could be Halloween words, kinds of Halloween treats, Halloween costumes, and Halloween monsters.


Start with cutting out footprints from construction paper.  Be sure to use colors that fit with your theme.  Label each footprint numerically.

Select goodie items like raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate chips, bite size pretzels, and anything else that you think the kids would like.  Set each item out in a separate bowl.  Strategically place the bowls around the room.  Place the footprints in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to the next.

Give each child a plastic spoon and a Ziploc bag.  Have them follow the footprint "trail" to make their own trail mix.  Remind them only one spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.

Candy Ring

Drop a plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably orange or black).  Cover it with candy and Halloween trinkets such as toys, plastic bugs, pencils etc.   Have the children stand a distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.  Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep.  Be sure to have goodie bags available.  This game has always been a great hit with the kids.


A Mummified Gift

Before the party, tape a small, lightweight prize ( erasers,  tootsie rolls, plastic bugs)  to the end of a roll of toilet tissue. Wrap up the prize in the toilet tissue and continue taping prizes and wrapping them until you have formed a ball. Have the kids sit in a circle, play monster music,  when the music stops whoever has the paper ball should  wrap the end of the toilet tissue around a body part (an arm, forehead, waist, ankle and so on) until she finds a prize. She then tears the paper, passes the roll to the next player and slides back (she is not longer in play). Play continues until all the prizes have been unrolled.

Eyeball Relay
1 Ping pong ball for each team (painted like an eyeball)
1 spoon for each team

Divide children into teams. Give the first child on each team a spoon and a ping pong ball. Set up the course to where they have to carry the "EYE" on the spoon to the end of the course and come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all children have played on the team. First team done wins.

Halloween Balloon Charades

Write clues for Halloween characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, bat, witch, zombie etc,,, on small slips of paper and place inside white "ghost" balloons, blow up the balloons and set them aside.

Gather the kids into two teams and have each kid pick a player to go first. The player has exactly three minutes to choose a balloon, pop it (by any means necessary), read the clue inside and act it out until her team guesses the clue. The child from each team to guess correctly picks the next balloon

Halloween Face Paint
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
2 drops food coloring

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, mix well.

Realistic Blood Recipe
2/3 c. Corn Syrup
1/3 c. Warm Water
5 Tbsp Corn Starch
4 tsp red food coloring
1 Tbsp Powdered Cocoa
2 drops of green or yellow food coloring

Mix the corn starch with the water in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the corn syrup. Add the food coloring slowly, checking for color.

Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is probably one of the most popular party games and I have done them many times with my kids.  A few pointers to help you to get starated:

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “ghostly” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Zombies, Pumpkins,  Monsters, Vampires, Mummies, Gravediggers
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is dim but adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
  • Flashlights And Bags Are Required
    Flashlights and Halloween decorated  bags should be give to each child.
      This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. Vampire lives – Vampire dies what do I use to cause his demise?
      A stake
    2. Chains rattle, floors creek – I hear a ghost –EEK.
      Paper with the word BOOOOOOOOO  
    3. Round and orange and great for pie.  
      Tiny pumpkins 
    4. I am tiny and black with many legs --  find my home.
      Fake Spider Webs
    5. I fall in Autumn and grow in Spring.
      A leaf
    6. I am stuffed with something that makes me look real in my old clothes standing by the field?
    7. Sweet and sugary, loved by all, makes Halloween fun.
    8. I can see you but you can’t see me – why is that?
    9. Bobbing for me will set me free.
    10. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation


Pumpkin Bowling

Things you will need...

  • Six rolls toilet paper

  • Black cardstock or foam paper

  • One perfectly round pumpkin

  • Roll of Electrical tape

Take the pumpkin, remove the stem and bore holes in it like a bowling ball

Cut eyes and a nose out of card stock for each roll of toilet paper.  Attach eyes and nose to each roll of  toilet paper to make them look like ghosts.

Stack toilet paper in a tower (3 on bottom,  2 in the middle, and then 1 on the top)

Create an alley using the electrical tape.

Object of the game...  

Roll the pumpkin down the alley to knock down the toilet paper rolls.

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