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Kids Halloween Party Games
What's A Party Without Games!?
Are you hosting a Halloween Party for your kids this year? You've thought about the decorations and the food, you've told everyone to wear costumes but have you planned any games? Planning a few party games on a loose schedule will be the thing that ensures your party is a success!
My mom has an in-home daycare and every year she hosts a Halloween party for the kids who range in age from toddlers to 5th graders. I have helped her host her holiday parties for years and would like to share some of the most popular games with you!
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Bobbing For Apples
This is a classic Halloween game that kids really love and it's so easy to do (and practically free!).
Simply fill a large bucket or tub with water and add apples. Let each kid take a turn trying to get an apple out of the tub.
Younger kids will likely need to use their hands after a few attempts while older kids may enjoy the challenge of having their hands secured behind their back!
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Pumpkin Patch Bean Bag Toss
Kids will love this Jack O Lantern Bean Bag Toss Game! It comes with a 23" x 18" toss board and 6 smiling candy corn bean bags.
This is not a great photo because the kids were moving so quickly around the pumpkin on the ground! Musical Pumpkins (as you may have guessed) is just a variation of Musical Chairs. Instead of chairs, the kids will compete for pumpkin spaces.
To prepare for this one all you need to do is print out a pumpkin stencil on heavy paper or cardstock. Then, use the stencil to draw & cut out pumpkins on orange construction paper. If you have 10 kids, you will need 9 pumpkins.
Arrange the pumpkins in a circle on the floor and have the kids stand outside the circle. Start the music so the players can start walking around the pumpkins. When the music stops, the kids must stand on a pumpkin. The last kid without a pumpkin is out of the game. Remove one pumpkin from the circle and begin again. The last kid standing is the winner!
Tip: Have a big bowl full of candy or little Halloween toys and let the kids pick one when they get out - this keeps everyone happy while the rest of the kids keep playing.
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BINGO is a party classic that is always fun for kids and adults.
This version of the Bingo game is perfect for young players! The Halloween theme is great for a Halloween party or to be used all through October. Get it free: Halloween Bingo Cards
I think a Pinata is a perfect game to have for a Halloween Party. Fill it with the bite size candy, spider rings, glow bracelets, Halloween erasers, etc. Let all of the kids have a swing at the pinata and when it finally breaks, they can divide the spoils!
This is another super simple game that can be a lot of fun for kids! All you need is some toilet paper!
Have the kids pair up and decide who will be a mummy and who will be the wrapper. Then, put on some fun music and they can start wrapping. This is the most fun when it's played without a winner but you could also make it a race to see who can wrap their mummy the fastest.
When the mummies are wrapped they can have fun breaking out of the toilet paper. Then the kids can switch places so everyone gets a turn to be a mummy!
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This is a great game for older kids! It's just like Twister but with a Halloween theme. You'll have a heap of kids giggling on your floor in no time!
If you want a loud action game at your Halloween Party, then this is the game for you!
Fill enough orange and black balloons for each kid at the party. Make sure to fill them pretty full - unless you want to make this game super challenging! Separate the balloons into 2 baskets (laundry baskets work great if you're not too fancy) Place the baskets at one end of the room or yard. At the other end (15 - 20 feet away), create a starting line out of masking tape on the floor or ground.
How To Play:
Divide the kids into 2 groups of equal numbers* and line them up behind the starting line. When you say "GO!" the first kids from each team run toward the baskets. Each runner grabs a balloon and does whatever they need to do to pop the balloon. Once their balloon is popped, they can run back and tag the next member of their team. First team to pop all of the balloons wins!
*If you have uneven numbers you can always ask a member of the smaller team to go twice. Or, you can divide into 3 teams.
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Spider Ring Toss
A ring toss game is a great choice for any party. My mom has a generic ring toss board that she decorates in different ways depending on the theme of the party she is hosting. You could also purchase a special Halloween Ring Toss!
Halloween Party Crafts
Halloween parties don't have to be all about the games. Kids love creating things too, especially when they can help make party decorations for special occasions. Here are some fun craft ideas to keep your little guest entertained!
Halloween Paper Plate Crafts (pictured) from Simple as That
Cupcake Paper Owls from parents.com
Halloween Treat Cups - Let each kid make their own cup!
What games do you like to play at parties?