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Fun Halloween Party Games
Make your Halloween Party a Success with these exciting Games
There are lots of fun, interesting Halloween Party Games that will appeal to a range of age groups, from toddlers to adults. I've chosen 10 of the best games on this site that area easy to organize, don't require that much equipment and are simple to execute during the party time. The games range from the traditional Halloween activities like bobbing for apples, to adapted games such as "eye on a spoon" to some new, just for Halloween specials. Enjoy!
Equipment: 2 small pumpkins, about 15, 2L soda cans, some sand and spray paint.
Preparation: Spray paint the soda bottles and make designs on them. A couple ideas would be faces, or ghosts. Add some sand in the bottom of the soda bottles so that they stand upright easily.
Execution: Set up 10 bottles in a triangle shape, like at a bowling alley. Have your party guests stand behind a line and roll the pumpkin to try to knock down the bottles. They get "2 balls." It's hilarious because the pumpkins roll in such unpredictable ways. Keep score and find your winner! Teams, or funny rounds, such as backwards, or with a blindfold on make it more interesting.
Spider, Pumpkin or Witch Hunt
Equipment: paper cut outs of spiders, pumpkins or witches (or store-bought ones). Prizes for the winners.
Preparation: Make your cuts out (20-100), and include 1-5 oddly colored ones for the "bonus-prizes." The number will depend on how many guests come to your party. Hide them around your house, or wherever you're playing the game.
Execution: send your party guests out to search for the spiders, pumpkins or witches. The top people get a prize of some sort, as well as the ones finding the bonus cutouts.
Halloween Musical Chairs
Equipment: 2 sets of cutouts of various Halloween-Themed pictures, such as pumpkins, scarecrows and spiders. You'll need something different for each person playing the game. Halloween Music. Prizes.
Setup: Arrange the cut-outs on the floor.
Execution: Play the music and have your guests walk around the room, making sure they are next to a cutout. When you stop the music, draw a cutout from your pile. The person standing next to the cutout that you draw is out of the game. Remove that one from the floor and continue playing until you have a winner.
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Equipment: Lots of caramels. Prizes
Execution: divide the group up into teams of 2. Give them a caramel for each team. They start by tossing it back and forth. For each catch they make, have one person take a step backwards (the other one remains on the line). They keep going until they drop the caramel. The winner is the group who ends up furthest apart. You can give them all the caramels, or another prize.
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The Eyeball Race
Equipment Needed: one Soup Spoon for each participant, eggs painted like eyeballs, a start and finish line.
Preparation: paint eggs like eyeballs.
Execution: divide your group up into 2 or more teams. Each team should have 3-6 players. They have to pass the egg from spoon to spoon until they reach the finish. If they drop the egg, they are out. The catch is that they can't walk when they have the egg on their spoon. The last person runs to the front of the line and so on.
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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contests
A classic favorite for Halloween!
Equipment: a pumpkin and set of carving equipment for each team. Fun extras such as string for hair, spray paint, funny eyeballs, etc. Candles to light your pumpkins. Prizes for the winning team.
Preparation: either do it outside, or protect an area inside your house well. Set up an individual area for each team.
Execution: form teams of 3-5 people. Give them a time limit (90 minutes works well) to carve their pumpkin. Offer prizes for the top teams, based on whatever criteria you choose (scariest, best Halloween themed, etc).
The Mummy Game
Equipment: a few rolls of cheap toilet paper
Execution: Divide the group up into teams of 3-5 people. Give them 2 or 3 rolls of cheap toilet paper. They have to choose a team member to turn into a mummy. The first team to use up all their toilet paper wins.
Only for the very brave!
This is like a haunted house for the hands!
Equipment: jello, spaghetti, peeled grapes, whip cream with pieces of candy inside, ketchup, etc. Use your imagination. You also need a blindfold.
Preparation: prepare all your gross ingredients and put into bowls in a separate room.
Execution: One by one, have the guests put on the blindfold and come with you to another room. Lead them on a touching tour of all your gross things! Creepy!!!
More Fun Halloween Party Games
- Party Game Ideas for Halloween
Lots of simple games that are easy to plan and execute
- Holidays at Kaboose.com
A nice site with activities and games for all the major holidays
- Primary Games.com
Perfect for elementary school teachers.
- Halloween Games 101
A nice site with party games, as well as printable Halloween games for teachers.
Bobbing for Apples
The sanitary way
Everyone digging around for apples in the same tub is quite gross. There's an alternative way that's just as fun. Hang apples on strings from a high place, such as door frame or laundry line outside. The party-goers have to eat the apple (to your specification) without using their hands. The fastest one wins. For little kids, use marshmallows instead.
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Pumpkin Penny Toss
Equipment: 2 or 3 plastic pumpkins, lots of pennies, candy for prizes
Execution: set the plastic pumpkins 10m or so from your line, depending on the age of the participants. Give them 10 or 20 pennies and they try to toss them into the pumpkins. Each hit gets a candy as a prize.