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Halloween Party Games for All Ages

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Halloween Party Fun for Everyone

Make your Halloween party even more fun with seasonal party games. Plan a scavenger hunt, relay game, costume competition or good old fashioned apple bobbing. Enjoy the wild laughter when you play blindfold games and doughnut eating challenges - games that appeal to all ages.

You don't need to limit your party games to action and outdoor entertainment. For a more sedate bit of Halloween party fun, play printable party games and activity sheets that let guests sit down with a pencil and relax (chill out) for a bit.

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How to Make a Haunted Graveyard - Decorate your yard with spooky scenes and then have a scavenger hunt!

Giant spider in a haunted New York Halloween graveyard, perfect spot for a scavenger hunt.
Giant spider in a haunted New York Halloween graveyard, perfect spot for a scavenger hunt. | Source

Transform your garden or yard into a spooky playground for goblins and ghosts by creating a haunted graveyard. A haunted house or graveyard is my favorite thing about the season. It's not hard to transform a porch or front yard into a place that will send chills up the spine of most kids and many adults. The darkness helps create mystery so you can add props, spooky music and lighting, and perhaps even a live ghoul or monster to jump out at visitors.

Easy to Make Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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Halloween Party Games Poll - Which Games are the Most Fun?

A good party MUST have games. What type of Halloween party games do you play at your best parties?

Indoors or Outdoors: Which Halloween Games are the Most Fun?

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Kids Party Games!

Donuts on a string and bobbing for apples are all traditional Halloween games for kids, but if you're looking for some fun that's a little less messy, these goo-free activities are kid pleasers.

Trick or Treat Child with Face Paint
Trick or Treat Child with Face Paint | Source

Scavenger Hunt Games for Fright Night Fun

Everyone's Favorite Party Game

Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages, and especially thrilling at Halloween. You can customize your scavenger hunt game to your party guests ages. For small children the hunt can be held indoors or within the back yard. Teens and adults will enjoy a scavenger hunt that permits travel around the neighborhood on foot after dark. If you want to keep the game local, create a haunted graveyard in your back yard and limit searches to the graveyard scene area.

If you're holding the scavenger hunt in the neighborhood, it's a good idea to let your neighbors know the date and time in advance so they won't be alarmed by folks wandering around the block with flashlights.

Bingo Scavenger Hunt - here's a twist on two party game favorites. Create Bingo Cards with pictures of items your game players must find for the scavenger hunt. They can collect the items or take a photograph when they find each one, then mark off their game cards until they have a BINGO.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Tips - guidelines and ideas for designing and organizing a Halloween scavenger hunt game.

Scavenger Hunt Themes and Tactics - get ideas for creating your scavenger hunt theme and tips for making the play fun and exciting for party guests of any age.

Scavenger Hunt Game Themes - ideas for organizing a scavenger hunt - selecting a theme, teams, prizes and more.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Game - a Python Printables game for readers age 5 and over includes 10 printable clue cards that you can hide almost anywhere in your home. Each card has a clue written in rhyme, which will lead your children to the location of the next clue!

Scavenger Hunt Games for Grownups - treasure hunt games for indoor or outdoor party fun, geared toward older kids, teens and adults - treasure hunting party entertainment.

Printable Halloween Mad Libs Games - Hilarious Popular Mad Libs Party Games for Harvest Season

October Halloween Banner
October Halloween Banner | Source
Halloween party games, witches cauldron clip art
Halloween party games, witches cauldron clip art

Fun Halloween Party Games

Group games for kids and adults

Apple Bobbing, Eat a Donut on a String and Costume Contests are favorite activities for Halloween parties for all ages, but there are dozens more games you can play - just look at all these wonderful ideas.

Preschool / Pre K Halloween Games - group games with a learning component, designed especially for preschool children.

Gather in the Harvest is a great mixer and interactivity game to play with a group. Each player must gather fifteen different harvest foods from other players. The first player to completely bring in the "harvest" is the winner.

Spider Web Maze is fun for kids and adults alike. You start with a room strung up with a web made from yarn, and end up with rolls of yarn and an empty room. Use a very long piece of yarn for each player. Tape one end of the yarn so that it resembles the end of a shoestring and tape a piece of paper with a number written on it on the other end somewhere in the room. The number will correspond to a party favor prize or treat.

Graveyard Hunt - decorate your back yard or a spare room to resemble a creepy graveyard. Within the graveyard hide treats and favors. Players must search for the prizes in the dark and haunted space.

Pin the Wart on the Witch Nose, Pin the Head on the Monster, Add the Bones to the Skeleton, Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate - These games are all similar to the familiar Pin the Tail on the Donkey. All you need is a large picture for your game's theme board, and small pictures that go with the larger one. Players wear a blindfold and try to attach pieces to the large game board, or players answer quiz questions and then add a piece to the picture. In the second version, if a player answers correctly, he or she plays again.

Needle in the Haystack - a simple but fun game for outdoors. Build a pile of hay with "needles' made from foil and lots of candy mixed into the straw. Let kids search through the hay. Winner with most needles gets a small prize. Everyone wins because they gather candy during the search.

Halloween Word Art Banner
Halloween Word Art Banner | Source

Haunted Yard Video - This is REALLY CREEPY

I would be really afraid to enter this haunted yard ... it's realistic, complete with bubbling cauldron, spooky noises, music and monsters. What fun!

Home Made Costume Ideas - Win the Best Costume Contest with These Ideas

Popular Halloween Costumes
Popular Halloween Costumes | Source
Halloween Banner Word Art
Halloween Banner Word Art | Source

Printable Halloween Games

Find Halloween party games to delight every guest in this list of free printables including card games, bingo, activity pages, puzzles and dominoes.

Printable Halloween Games
Printable Halloween Games | Source

Free Party Printables for Your Harvest Season Bash - Certificates, Prizes, Masks and more

Find all sorts of free printable party games, favors, decorations and prizes at these reviewed and screened web links.

Spooky bloody word art
Spooky bloody word art | Source

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  • sara0129 profile image

    Shamim Rajabali 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Cool ideas here. Enjoyed reading this page. Thanks

  • Scarlettohairy profile image

    Peggy Hazelwood 

    6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    What great ideas for Halloween fun beyond trick or treating.

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    Lee Hansen 

    6 years ago from Vermont

    @MarkRansom LM: I think apple bobbing and apples on a string are still very popular. I tried to cover some other Halloween fun in this lens.

  • MarkRansom LM profile image

    MarkRansom LM 

    6 years ago

    Lot's of great ideas on this lens. What ever happened to bobbing for apples? :)

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    6 years ago

    Great lens very well written.

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    Donnette Davis 

    6 years ago from South Africa

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    7 years ago

    now we can all plan a great party so that people will rave about it for the next year lol blessed by a squid angel

  • wheresthekarma profile image


    7 years ago

    Cool Halloween lens, great games!

  • wheresthekarma profile image


    7 years ago

    Cool Halloween lens, great games!

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    sushilkin lm 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing !

  • Zodiacimmortal profile image


    7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

    addded in the featured lenses on my HORRIFICLLY EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN lens'

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    7 years ago

    enjoyed your lens, gave it a 'thumbs up'.

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    7 years ago

    awesome party games

    i love Scavenger Hunt Game its the best one of them all :thumbs up

  • privresearch profile image


    7 years ago

    really nice lens

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    7 years ago

    amazing...i am impressed!!!

  • lucyvivian profile image


    7 years ago

    Like your idea about Halloween games~~very useful

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    lasertek lm 

    7 years ago

    I will be using quite a few of the games you have shared. Thanks.

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    franstan lm 

    7 years ago

    Wonderful - this is a fantastic lens filled with party ideas for Halloween. Blessed

  • travelbroad profile image


    7 years ago

    Your Spider Web Maze games sounds like fun, that's one I'd like to try out this Halloween. Like your Halloween graveyard photo very much.

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    Mary Beth Granger 

    7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

    Blessed and added to my new lens top-halloween-pages

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    7 years ago

    Enjoyed reading this lens. Definitely outside is more fun and atmospheric for games!

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    John Howel 

    7 years ago

    That is a great spooky graveyard. SPOOKY!!

  • scruffymind profile image


    7 years ago

    Some great links here thanks

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    7 years ago

    great ideas! thanks for sharing :)


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