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The Best Family Halloween Board Games
Fun Halloween Board Games For You And Your Children
Halloween board games are a wonderful way to stretch out the excitement of the Halloween season with and for your children. My family really enjoyed The Haunted Clock Tower but there are many traditional and non-traditional board games available with a Halloween theme, like Monopoly, Yahtzee and Clue plus there are many games available that are unique to Halloween.
On this page you will find the best Halloween board games as determined by Amazon customer reviews. I really do think that those reviews are a wonderful starting point when you are considering purchasing any game.
Some of these games are award-winning children's games and, where I have the information, I have indicated nominations and awards.
I have also chosen to include in a second section a number of games that sound interesting but that do not have any Amazon customer reviews yet. For instance, there are two collectible Goosebumps board games. I think they sound perfect for Halloween. Goosebumps was the perfect franchise for boys who wanted to be scared...scary but not too scary. If you can vouch for or against any of the games that have no reviews, be sure to let us all know.
Now, let's get on with the games...they're boo-rrific.
Boo Who by Mega Brands
A preschooler's game, Boo Who is ghostly and involves rolling the dice, climbing the stairs and watching ghosts appear. When you roll a ghost you might just become a ghost. Roll a ghost again and switch spots with another ghost. Before long, no one will know who owns which ghost...and the winner might not be exactly who you think the winner is!
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:
"I bought this game for a seven year old, who loved it. It's great fun for adults, too! Everyone starts out as a colored pawn but soon all players are covered with a ghost pawn. All players look the same and get switched around so that soon no one knows for sure whose pawn is whose. Highly recommended for the whole family!" ~~ Zippy
The Halloween Version of America's Favorite Game, Monopoly
You guessed correctly. Booo-opoly is just like Monopoly but in this version you buy Halloween property like haunted houses and you trade them in for full moons. Doesn't sound difficult but you haven't accounted for the fright fees, bats in your belfry or getting caught soaping windows! There's a pumpkin carving contest and an opportunity to eat slimy spider tacos. Doesn't that sound like fun?
This game is recommended for between two and six players and for children aged eight and up.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:
"The Boo-opoly game is one our grandkids love to play...They like creeping around the board trying to collect enough Haunted Houses to be able to trade them for a Full Moon Hotel. Winning a pumpkin carving contest is a treat while having to pay Fright Fees and having Bats in your Belfry are tricks nobody wants to win...definitely and, surprisingly, 'monstrously entertaining' for all ages." ~ Mrs. B
Disney's Clue Haunted Mansion Board Game
An increasingly rare game.
Not dark like the original Clue game, Disney's Haunted Mansion Clue has you setting out to solve a mystery when a Disney friend is haunted in a room by a specter. The basic game is the same as clue but this version has a really nice Victorian theme. If you solve the mystery, you get to leave the haunted mansion.
Recommended for children eight years old and up.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:
"Excellent spin on the traditional Clue game with Disney's Haunted Mansion and characters replacing the originals. No murders here, just "haunts" by fun-loving spirits...most will enjoy the game in the "spirit" in which it was intended. Good, clean, engaging fun for the whole family." ~~ Mariah Monokee
Halloween Jenga Stacking Game
Just like the original Jenga with a fun Halloween twist.
Halloween Jenga consists of 54 orange and black Jenga blocks that are decorated with Trick or Treat, Boo and Jenga and a glowing die. The game is played by building a tower. Naturally as the tower grows so does the level of difficulty of building it. This Halloween version of Jenga comes with special Halloween rules. When you roll the die you either roll a Haunted House, Spider or a bat each of which tells you how to proceed. The last individual to take out a block without causing the tower to fall wins.
Halloween Jenga is recommended for individuals 6 years of age and up.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:
"This game is simple, durable (you could probably back your car over it and it would still work), and helps develop coordination and intuition about how blocks balance. The die has Halloween icons that correspond to special instructions not found in standard Jenga. This adds a twist to games with three or more players." ~~ Al Gorp
Ravensburger's The Haunted Clock Tower Board Game - This was a favorite game of my two boys...
Recommended for ages 5 and up, this game was a favourite with my boys when they were younger. It is a quality Ravensburger product and a cooperative game.
The box description reads as follows:
"At midnight, the clock in the haunted tower rings out twelve times. At this signal the young ghosts take over the tower. Once in the tower, the ghosts begin their party. They sneak up and down the spiraling staircase and through the many rooms, using the trapdoors and hidden entrances to secret passages. They hide in old closets and dark corners. If you enter the tower after midnight you can get quite a scare -- but the ghosts are really friendly creatures who are just having fun! When playing The Haunted Clock Tower, players do not compete to win, but work together to help the ghosts reach the clock tower by midnight. If all the ghosts get there in time, the party can begin and the game is won."
I Spy Spooky Night DVD Game
Not actually a board game, this is a fun DVD game that received two excellent customer reviews. In this game you find a group of picture riddles and games inside a haunted house. You will find three different ways out, discovering hidden objects and secrets as you go. You can also decode a message, create ghosts, reveal a secret room and more.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW
"My 7 year old daughter loved playing this game. It was hard to get her to turn it off when her time limit was up. I played with her some & enjoyed it also. We have several I Spy products & like them all." ~~ ruckerlady
Nightmare Before Christmas Scrabble
Combine The Nightmare Before Christmas and Scrabble and you have this game, a game packed with spooky imagery from the hit movie of the same name. Play and discover what happens when the King of Halloween finds Christmas town.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:
"We absolutely love both Scrabble & Nightmare before Christmas! This is a really neat game with several specific rules for the Nightmare Before Christmas edition. Lots of fun!" ~~ R. Kilgore
Tricky Town Game
Tricky Town was created by Fernado Cipullo and features ghostly creatures and critters trick or treating and looking out for each other. It is a fun skill-building strategy board game for children and has won the following prestigious toy awards:
- Best Family Game 2007 by Games Magazine
- Dr. Toy Smart Play/Smart Toy Award winner 2006
- iParenting Media Award winner 2006
- Preferred Choice Award winner Creative Child Magazine
- The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2006.
I think these awards, and the video which follows, are high recommendations, indeed.
The following games sound like fun but have no or few Amazon Customer Reviews, yet. If you are familiar with one and can review it for us, make sure to leave your comments in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
Bump in the Night Board Game
Bump in the Night is recommended for two to six players who are 12 years of age and up. In this game, the players each play six monsters and try to scare people in a haunted house. If they are scary enough and force the person to leave the haunted house, they get a point. Points can also be earned through bonus cards and the player to have five or more points first, wins.
Goosebumps Board Games
Shrieks and Spiders and Terror in the Graveyard
Goosebumps books are a series of books that were definitely popular with young boys when my own two were younger. Mine did not read many of that series. However, when they started wanting to watch scary movies, we started with the Goosebumps shows. They were perfect. I cannot help think that the Goosebumps games would also be a good choice for boys in that age range. There are two board games available through Amazon: Terror in the Graveyard and Shrieks and Spiders. Make sure to let us know if you have any experience with them.
I Spy Spooky Night
This game, I Spy Spooky Night by Briarpatch, is a matching and memory game. After the matches have been made the cards are turned face-up in order to find the pictures to solve the riddles. No age range is given.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Great Pumpkin Card Games
Fans of Charlie Brown and Peanuts ought to enjoy these games. However, they are at this moment unrated on Amazon.
Vampire Board Game
In this Ravensburger game, Count Dracula sends out invitations to a vampire dance...and some vampire slayers are only too glad to accept the invitation. This game was nominated for the GAMES Magazine Family Game in 2005. It is recommended for two to four players aged eight and up. It has no Amazon reviews yet so if you have played it and can vouch for it (or against it,) please be sure to let us know.
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