more halloween games and prizes for kids
more halloween games for kids
Who's the Ghost?
Large white sheet
This game is best for grades kindergarten through two. Divide the group into boys and girls. Take one group into the hall and place the sheet over one of the kids. Help the ghost back into the room with the rest of his or her group. The other group must guess who is the ghost. (No Prizes)
- Large pumpkin
- Mini-packages of candy bars (enough for each child to have 3-5 tosses)
Cut a large hole in the top of the pumpkin. Scrape and clean the pumpkin. This is best done the day of the party for a fresh pumpkin.
Line up the children to take turns tossing candy bars into the pumpkin. Kids keep the candy bars that they get in the pumpkin. Give consolation prizes!
Build the Skeleton Race
Paper skeleton parts (1 set for each child, or let children work in pairs)
Brads or glue
Cut out skeleton parts. Punch out holes for children to use brads to connect the bones. Place skeleton sets in sacks for each team.
Give each team a sack. When you say 'Go', the children take out the skeleton parts and construct the skeletons. Award prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fastest times. Give additional prizes for kookiest skeleton, scariest skeleton, etc.
- 1 big pumpkin
Decide how many teams you will make based on the number of children (2 teams for a small number of children, 4 teams for a classroom.) Have enough stickers for the team members to have one each of the same sticker.
Choose a child to be in the center of the circle of children. Divide the rest of the children into teams of ghosts, for example Red Ghosts, Blue Ghosts. Place the pumpkin in the middle of the circle and blindfold the Ghostcatcher.
Ghosts crawl around the circle on their knees and try to sneak to the middle to put their stickers on the pumpkin. If the Ghostcatcher hears a sound, he points in that direction and says, 'Ghost!' If the Ghostcatcher catches a Ghost before he places his sticker, that child must start over again.
Time the game for 5-8 minutes. The team that has placed the most stickers wins prizes.
- Construction Paper
- Markers or Crayons
Seat children in teams of two at tables or on the floor. Distribute art supplies.
Instruct teams to use their imagination to create a monster with the art supplies. Award a variety of prizes for the monster creations - scariest, friendliest, prettiest, most creative, trendiest, silliest.
Let the children work on their monsters while parents prepare the snacks. Display the monsters and give awards at the end of the party.
- Bags of small plastic bones. (Find these at a discount store with Halloween supplies and get enough for kids to find several each.)
- Sack for each child
Put a sticker or draw a symbol on some of the bones to make prize bones. Before the party, hide the bones on the playground.
Play this game outside. When you say 'Go', children run around hunting for the bones (as in an Easter egg hunt.) Give prizes for the most bones collected and for 'prize bones.'
- A variety of small objects such as plastic spider, pumpkin, candy bar, popcorn, small apple, skeleton mini-toy, acorn, carrot, plastic teeth
- Large sack or bag to hold objects
- Answer sheets, pencils (Give each child a Halloween pencil or pen to keep.)
Place objects in sack.
Print answer sheets for each child, or use plain paper.
Go around the room, letting each child reach into the sack to feel the objects. Make sure they don't peek.
Kids write as many objects as they can recognize and recall on their answer sheets. The child with the most correct answers on his sheet wins the prize. (Bring enough prizes for ties.)
Guess the Pumpkin's Weight
- Large pumpkin
- Bathroom or science class scale
- slips of paper
Let children write their estimates of the pumpkin's weight on slip of paper. Kids write their names on the paper, fold them, and place in a box. At the end of the party, weigh the pumpkin and award a prize to the child with the closest guess. (Bring enough prizes for ties.)
- Orange posterboard
- Inexpensive Bingo game (You should be able to find one for under $6.00 at a discount store)
- Black Marker, Scissors, and Ruler
- Candy corn
Cut out as many Bingo cards as you will need from the orange posterboard. Use a black marker to draw the grids and numbers. Use the Bingo cards from the game you bought as your guide. Instead of BINGO, print GHOST at the top. Draw a simple pumpkin for the Free Space.
Call the game using the balls from the Bingo game you bought. Don't forget to substitute the GHOST letters for the BINGO ones. You'll get the hang of it quickly!
Children use candy corn to mark their cards. When a child fills a row, he yells, 'Boo!' Play several games and give prizes to the winners. (Throw candy corn away after the game!)
Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
- 1 regular sheet of foamboard
- Acrylic paints - orange, black, green
- Wide permanent marker
- Black construction paper
- Small white stickers
- Roll of narrow tape
- Black scarf for blindfolding
- Small Halloween prizes
Draw a large pumpkin shape on the foamboard. Paint it orange. Paint a green stem. Paint black pumpkin eyes and mouth. Outline the pumpkin with the black marker.
Cut out pumpkin noses from the black construction paper. Place a white sticker on one side. (This will also be the side that you use to place the rolled-up tape so that it will stick to the poster. Before the child takes a turn, a helper should write the child's initials on the sticker and place the tape on the nose.)
Play just as you would play Pin the Tail on the Donkey of course! When the noses are all placed, remove the closest one(s) and see whose initials are on the back. Or, play in groups of 5 and award a winner before removing those from the pumpkin and going to the next group.
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