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Halloween Party Pranks and Games

Updated on September 21, 2015
Halloween is one of the most fun holidays for the young and young-at-heart
Halloween is one of the most fun holidays for the young and young-at-heart | Source

Halloween Party Games: Introduction

Thiese games are tagged for Halloween, but could be played most any time. But for a fun-filled evening full of pranks, Halloween is the best occasion. The games use common household items, and avoid the mess of such well-known Halloween games as bobbing for apples.

The games are suitable for either children or adults, and can be easily modified as needed for either age group, including quite young children. (However, I don't recommend them for really young kids like toddlers, because of the need for fine motor skills and their low frustration tolerance.)

Halloween Party Game: Number 1

The weightless lift game

You'll need the following:

  • a small table, such as a card table (if you don't have one, the dining or kitchen table will do)
  • a blindfold
  • an unbreakable bowl of about 2 quart capacity
  • a bag of cotton balls
  • a soup spoon
  • a kitchen timer

To play:

Place the bowl on the table surrounded by scattered cotton balls. Each player, by turns, is blindfolded, given the spoon, led to the table, and allowed to feel where the bowl is, and then must put his or her free hand behind their back and keep it there!

Set the timer for 1 minute. The object of the game is to spoon up as many cotton balls as possible and dump them into the bowl. At the end of the minute, the number of pieces are counted and recorded as the player's score.

After each player, dump the collected cotton (if any--hee hee) back onto the table. When all have played their turns, the winner is the player who got the most cotton balls into the bowl.

This game is hilarious for the onlookers, as it is nearly impossible for the player to know whether or not they have actually scooped up anything, given the near weightlessness of cotton balls. Naturally, there will be all sorts of good-natured "helpful" comments shouted out, and much laughter.

The expression on the player's face when the blindfold is removed is usually photo-worthy as well, when they realize their careful efforts may have amounted to squat, or a mere one or two successful scoops.

The Weightless Lift Setup

This is the size matchbox you need
This is the size matchbox you need
This is about how far you open it to play
This is about how far you open it to play

Halloween Party Game: Number 2

The "don't fall on your nose" game

This game uses an empty small slide-out matchbox of the type that used to be found in some restaurants and hotels. (They measured about 2" long and a little over 1/4" tall and about an inch wide). and held small wooden matches, and I'm not actually sure whether or not they are still sold in the miniature version. The large 'standard' matchboxes will not work--it makes the game too easy, and there is no challenge.

However, if you can find one of the little boxes, this is a fun game for active people.

Open the matchbox about 1/2"

To play:

  • Each player in turn gets down on all fours, places their elbows tight against their knees, palms flat out in front.
  • At the very tip of their longest finger, the open matchbox is stood on end, open-end up.
  • Now, the player sits up, and clasps both hands behind his or her back, where they must stay.

The object:

The player must lean forward, balancing their weight until they can grasp the box with their teeth and pick it up without falling over. Fall, and you're out! (Only if falling may the hands come out from behind the back.)

Hint: Men will have a great deal more trouble with this than women, as their center of gravity is higher on the body. It is loads of fun to watch them try. Some will succeed, many will not.

Don't Fall on Your Nose Setup

And this is how you place the matchbox at the perfect distance for each person.
And this is how you place the matchbox at the perfect distance for each person. | Source

Halloween Prank

Here it is: the grand finale you've all been waiting for! This one is for adults or older kids, and everyone must be a really good sport, and willing to take certain....."risks."

To pull off this prank requires some advance prep, and possibly a minor shopping trip. You also need a good-sized open area with a hard-surfaced floor. It can be a family room, garage, patio, etc. (Fair warning: do not play this prank on carpeting!)

The rest of the equipment is as follows:

  • a music-playing device of some sort--it does not matter, as long as it can be heard by all, without earbuds or earphones.
  • a single selection of slow-paced music
  • A covered can in which are several live garden snails (some brave soul will have to have collected these earlier in the day and hidden the stash)
  • several blindfolds (this is a multi-player-at-once prank)
  • a package of miniature marshmallows
  • a box of corn flakes

First, ask for volunteers to perform an interpretive dance: make up any excuse that may be believed by your group. Collect them in a group, and tell them they will be blindfolded and stocking-footed to better "feel" the music without distractions.

Just before you lead them to be blindfolded and remove their shoes, make sure the accomplice is seen opening the can and placing the snails here and there on the floor. No doubt the volunteers will shriek or cringe or have some such reaction--but, there is no backing out now!

As soon as they are out of the room, the accomplice picks up the snails and returns them to the can, later to be put back from whence they were collected.

The last thing to do is scatter the marshmallows and corn flakes about the "dance floor." At this point, the remaining guests should not laugh--they should start making comments such as "Ewwww!"" or "Oh, they're crawling!!"

Now, start the music, and lead in the victims---errrrr---volunteers, and watch the fun as they "dance" their way through this "minefield." The surrogate 'snails' will get stepped upon, so be sure you have the video camera running to captue the real dance!

After a few moments of this torture, thank the dancers, switch off the music and tell them they may remove their blindfolds. ...I hope you didn't shut off the camera sure and get their faces in the shot!


Whether or not to award prizes is totally up to you, and dependent in part on the ages of the players. For kids, you probably want prizes; for adults, perhaps a glass of wine would suffice.

In any case, the point is fun and laughter. For the prank, no prizes are required, as they are not competing. On the other hand--since they have been such good sports--surely a consolation prize is in order.

Have a very safe, happy and fun Halloween, and/or a peaceful and bright Samhain, one and all!

© 2011 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Om Paramapoonya--

    Glad you liked the article. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Fun ideas! The "don't fall on your nose" game sounds a little challenging, especially when people are a little tipsy. Rated up and interesting!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, wavegirl22--

    A Halloween birthday! Cool! Your daughter has that in common with Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, who said that she loved her birthday being on Halloween because it meant girls would always have fun on her birthday. ;-)

    I'm glad you liked the games--have fun with it!

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    Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

    My daughters birthday is Halloween and I really thought I have heard about all the tricks one can play on this holiday, but the The weightless lift game is one I have never tried. You can be sure we will be trying this one out come October 31st!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Habee!

    Thanks much for the vote!

    I'm sure the kids will love the games...the cotton balls especially are fun for most everyone. The matchbox game takes a fair amount of bodily coordination...I'll have to see if my 9-year-old granddaughter can do it--she's in gymnastics. ;-)

    That snail prank is hilarious...would you believe, I got it many, many years back...many, many years, (did I say many years ago?), from a group of nuns??!!

    Yeah..I said no one would believe the source... ;-)

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    Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

    Great ideas! I'll have to try the games with the grands. I love the snail prank, too. Rated up!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Green Lotus--

    You may well be right about who would have the advantage in that game... ;-)

    And as for the snails--nothing happens to them. They are merely a psych-out on a visual level only. They get put back where they came from, unharmed, while the marshmallows and cornflakes stand in for them. Can you imagine stepping on those, in stocking feet and blindfolded when you clearly SAW snails???

    As for PETA--they don't scare me--I've learned in recent years that they are hypocrites, and operate some of the highest-kill shelters in the nation, averaging only about 6% adoptions--the rest are killed!!

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    Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Theses are new to me too Lizzy. I wonder if flat chested hippy women have an advantage with the matchbox test? As for the snail prank, I have to admit I feel sorry for the snails. Don't let PETA catch you with that one :)

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there Sunshine625!

    Thank you so much. Have fun with the prank..let me know how it goes! :-)

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    Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Spooktacular hub!!! I so plan on doing that prank! Great idea! Thank you :)

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, WillStarr--

    Thanks very much. Have fun with it! :-D

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    WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I love the 'snail dance'! That one I will have to try!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, PenMePretty..

    Let's play, indeed! Halloween is my favorite holiday! Thanks for stopping by.

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    PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

    Wow! Let's play!!! New tips are great. Halloween is so fun!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Mrs. Menagerie!

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm happy to be able to provide new and different ideas. ;-)

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    Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

    Thank you! I'm always looking for something new, I just LOVE halloween!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ FloraBreenRobison--Thanks very much for stopping by! I didn't actually think I was first, as I'd seen a couple of other posts in the thread...what a surprise!

    @ Lucky Cats--Oh, that party sounds like a lot of fun. The 2 games are actually quite old--my mother taught them to me from her childhood. I guess it goes to show that 'what's old is new again.' ;-) Thanks for the votes, and have a blast at your party.

    @Simone Smith--Thank you very much for the nice comment; I'm pleased I was able to provide some amusement and inspiration. ;-)

    @K9keystrokes--Hi there--thanks so very much. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. If I told anyone the source of that prank, no one would believe me for a second. :-D Have fun pranking your family & friends!

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    What a great first Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub! Nothing says I love you more than a good Halloween prank! And the games look so fun! Thanks for giving us a little amo to spring our famiy and friends this year!

    Top Knotch DzyMsLzzy!



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    Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

    These games and pranks are entirely new to me, DzyMsLizzy! I love them! Can't wait to give them a go. Thanks so much for the fun photos, great descriptions and instructions, and awesome ideas!

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    Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    MzLizzy..this is just perfect and just in time. Every year, a friend has a huge Halloween SE Kansas (actually; I don't know if I'll even be here then but...still...I MUST share these )..and these games and pranks will be perfect entertainment. We all dress up (of course) and have such a great time...this will add greatly. HOW FUN!!!! UP useful interesting and awesome.

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    FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

    I've never heard of any of these before. looks like you came up with the first hub of the week. :)

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Lisa--

    Thanks so much for your kind comment. Who knew, indeed. I once mentioned gophers to a former pen-pal, and she had no idea what they were--apparently they are only in North America... You never know what may turn up in your own backyard. ;-)

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    Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Nice ideas for games (and the prank is one I haven't heard of. I can see how prank-lovers might like this one. :) I think people are always looking for new party games (especially, maybe, for Halloween parties).

    (I don't know if this is odd or not, but I've never seen a snail. I just went to see if they even have them where I live - and apparently, they do. Who knew?? :) )