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Fun Halloween Games For Kids Parties
Invite your friends to Spooky Manor to meet the Scarecrow Of Oz and other questionable friends
No-one wants their guests sitting around getting bored or children getting fractious because they are unoccupied. With ideas for party games ranging from a black and white colour relay race or the Spooky Manor Detective Game to creative activities such as building the Scarecrow of Oz, you are sure to have heaps of fun! Although the games are designed to keep children spellbound for some time, I don't think many adults will be able to resist the delights of letting their hair down and having a good laugh for an afternoon. It beats staying at home and grieving over the loss of the Summer. Thank goodness we can still celebrate, even if it is indoors. You can make it inviting with lots of Halloween decorations, party balloons and yummy food and no-one will even think about the lack of Summer weather, although of course, if it is warm in your part of the world, there is certainly nothing to stop you from taking the party outdoors.
Allow time to plan and prepare and plenty of warning when inviting guests. Have the resources you need together for each game in an accessible place, so that you don't have to rummage around finding things and losing the children's interest. If you show plenty of party spirit you won't be short of participants, but if they are still reluctant, the rewards of small prizes always works a treat. It doesn't have to cost lots of money either. It's amazing how much can be put together using newspaper, boxes and other bits of rubbish and the guests can be asked to contribute to the party food if you don't want the burden of doing it all yourself. Don't be tempted to invite too many children, especially if space is restricted. Many a party has been spoiled when it became overwhelming with all the noise and activity that children may not be used to if they come from a small family. If necessary recruit extra adult helpers. Provide interludes with quieter games and watch out for any children with special needs.
Only organize as much as you can and want to do. Enjoy the opportunity to be creative, but most of all enjoy the company of the children.
A great aid in participation. Each child who plays the wolf gets to wear the wolf mask for their turn.
What's The Time Mr Wolf? - They will love this game!
One child is Mr Wolf and stands at one end of the room with his back to the others, who are at the opposite end of the room. They call out "What's the time Mr Wolf" and each time he responds with a time (one o'clock, two o'clock etc) whilst the children slowly walk towards him, until he decides to shout "dinner time" instead at which point he turns around and chases the children. If he catches one before they get back, they become the wolf, if not the game continues until a child is caught.
Come adventuring with the Scarecrow and Tin-Man as they cheer up little Dorothy, visit Santa Claus, and come to America for an incredible journey to New York City, New Orleans, Bermuda, and the Wild West! This action-packed volume includes all twelve of W. W. Denslow’s 1904-1905 newspaper stories plus the 1904 SCARECROW AND TIN-MAN picture book!
Build The Scarecrow Of Oz - Who can build the best after re-enacting the story?
Divide the children into teams and give them an assortment of old clothes, newspaper etc. Whoever builds the best one wins a prize and it is placed by the front door to greet the parents at the end when they arrive to collect the children.
You could inspire them first by reading a story, such as this one about the Scarecrow of Oz. Get the children involved in the story by letting them be a different character and when their name is called they have to run to the pile of dressing-up props, put on one item and return to their seat. See who looks most like a scarecrow by the time the story is finished and then let them build them build their own as above.
Catch The Scarecrow
One person is "IT" and has to run around trying to catch someone. When they do so, that person stops and becomes a scarecrow and are only released when a child crawls between their legs. The game is finished when all are scarecrows.
Pass The Parcel With A Trick Or A Treat - Share your ideas for the forfeits for this game
Wrap up a small gift inside several layers of newspaper, into which you insert forfeits. The children sit in a circle and whilst music is played they pass it from one to the other. When the music stops, the child who is holding the parcel removes one layer of paper to reveal a forfeit, which they read out and act upon. When completed, the music restarts and the game continues until the removal of the final layer reveals the gift, which that child has won.
Suggest a forfeit!
A tricky one
Black And White Colour Relay Race
Ready, Steady, Go!
Divide the children into two teams and give each a box of black and white everyday items (about the same number as children in each team). At the other end of the room, each team has one black container and one white. On "Go" the children race one at a time with an item from the box and put it into one of the appropriate boxes at the other end of the room. The next child doesn't go until the first child has returned to the starting line. The first team to place all items correctly wins this relay race.
A Detective Game
Sit everyone quietly in a dimly lit room and make sure they are comfortable. Tell them that you have a spooky story to tell:
Detectives were called to Spooky Manor because of the sad story of Tragic Sam.
It appears that he was murdered, but only certain parts of him have been found. We need you to help identify Tragic Sam.
At this point you pass around the following objects, one at a time in a bag, large enough to conceal the item and so that the children can put their hands inside to feel (no peeping allowed). They need to say what they think each part of Tragic Sam it is.
- A handful of cooked spaghetti or cauliflower (his brain)
- A peeled tomato (heart)
- 2 Peeled grapes (eyes)
- Un-popped popcorn (teeth)
- Baby carrots (fingers)
- Sliced spam in weird shape (liver)
- A rubber glove stuffed with cotton wool and tied with ribbon or a band to secure (hand)
You can help it along by making appropriate suggestions!
The Party Food- A Trick Or Treat? - making food an interesting adventure
Lay out the food on a table that has been decorated and labelled creatively, including any that is still clean and edible from the Spooky Manor detective game. You could provide devilled chicken legs, sausage balls, squidgy tomatoes, soft mushrooms, chocolate marshmallows, snowball cakes, cupcakes topped with scary faces, wobbly jelly etc.. With older children you could provide hot, spicy food to take them unawares!
Don't Forget The Party Prizes
Reward them for their competitive, fun spirit with these great prizes. A half candy and half chocolate assortment.