Great Halloween Game Ideas
As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom
parent for both of my children I have planned many Halloween Parties.
You will find some great Halloween game
ideas for kids parties
HALLOWEEN GAMES FOR KIDS
Form groups and have a
variety of old clothes, pillowcases for heads, markers and
newspaper. Groups have 20 minutes to create their scarecrow.
Give prizes to the scariest or funniest, then place outside to
Use several small
plastic pumpkins or one large plastic pumpkin
Place the pumpkins a couple feet away.
Give each player ten pennies.
Every time a penny goes into the pumpkin, a piece of candy is
Wrap an old mop handle
up in orange and black crepe paper with matching ribbon.
enough donuts for each child.
ribbon through the donut hole. Tie the other end of the
ribbon to the decorated mop handle. Hold mop so that
children have to kneel to reach the donut. The object is
to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands!
Don't let kids use masks here. For older kids you may want to
cover their eyes with a bandana. Hang a new donut for each
player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it
takes. Shortest time wins.
Give each child one or
two sheets of large gray construction paper based on the number
of kids in the group and the way you plan to play the game (see
below). Have them cut it into the shape of a tombstone
and using markers, glue sticks, sparkles, scissors, construction
paper etc… decorate their stones with creepy drawings and silly
epitaphs “Here Lies Ray He Died In The Bay”
smaller groups use two sheets and staple together to form a
tombstone that is large enough to fit over the back of a folding
chair. Or if you have a large group use one sheet of paper
and it can be placed like stepping stones rather than using
the usual rules for musical chairs, except have your players
carry their tombstones as they circle around the seats. When you
stop the music, everyone rushes to find a chair. The player left
without one is out of the game; he starts the graveyard, putting
his tombstone in a designated spot and sitting down. The game
continues, with you removing a chair at the start of each round,
until one child is left sitting with her unused tombstone and
everyone else is in the graveyard.
As a prize give the cassette of creepy music to the winner and
the tombstones to all the players.
Paper skeleton parts (1 set for each child, or let children work
for a team (from Northwest Territories & Nunavut Girl Guides),
Brads or glue.
skeleton parts and punch out holes for children to use brads to
connect the bones. Place a full skeleton set in a bag for each
team. Give each child/team a bag. When you say 'Go', the children
take out the skeleton parts and construct the skeletons (in any
way they choose). Award prizes for the best time, and kookiest
skeleton. You may want to set a timer to keep things on
group into two teams. Blow up black or orange balloons and
tie one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams
trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with
the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw
from the game.
Halloween Air Balloons
balloons floating in the air while thinking and saying words
from a chosen category.
get everyone into a circle and start the balloon going around
from player to player keeping the balloon in the air at all
times. The catch however is before he can bat the balloon each
player must call out a word (no repetitions, please) to fit an
agreed upon theme. The theme could be Halloween words, kinds of
Halloween treats, Halloween costumes, and Halloween monsters.
CREATE YOUR OWN TRAIL
Start with cutting out
footprints from construction paper. Be sure to use colors
that fit with your theme. Label each footprint
Select goodie items like
raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate chips, bite
size pretzels, and anything else that you think the kids would
like. Set each item out in a separate bowl.
Strategically place the bowls around the room. Place the
footprints in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to
Give each child a plastic
spoon and a Ziploc bag. Have them follow the footprint
"trail" to make their own trail mix. Remind them only one
spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.
plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably orange or black).
Cover it with candy and Halloween trinkets such as toys, plastic
bugs, pencils etc. Have the children stand a
distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.
Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep. Be sure
to have goodie bags available. This game has always been a
great hit with the kids.
party, tape a small, lightweight prize ( erasers, tootsie
rolls, plastic bugs) to the end of a roll of toilet tissue.
Wrap up the prize in the toilet tissue and continue taping
prizes and wrapping them until you have formed a ball. Have the
kids sit in a circle, play monster music, when the music
stops whoever has the paper ball should wrap the end of the
toilet tissue around a body part (an arm, forehead, waist, ankle
and so on) until she finds a prize. She then tears the
paper, passes the roll to the next player and slides back (she is
not longer in play). Play continues until all the prizes have
1 Ping pong
ball for each team (painted like an eyeball)
1 spoon for each team
Divide children into teams. Give the first child on each team a
spoon and a ping pong ball. Set up the course to where they have
to carry the "EYE" on the spoon to the end of the course and
come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all
children have played on the team. First team done wins.
Halloween Balloon Charades
clues for Halloween characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein,
bat, witch, zombie etc,,, on small slips of paper and place
inside white "ghost" balloons, blow up the balloons and set them
Gather the kids into two teams and have each kid pick a player
to go first. The player has exactly three minutes to choose a
balloon, pop it (by any means necessary), read the clue inside
and act it out until her team guesses the clue. The child from
each team to guess correctly picks the next balloon
Halloween Face Paint
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
2 drops food coloring
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, mix well.
Realistic Blood Recipe
2/3 c. Corn Syrup
1/3 c. Warm Water
5 Tbsp Corn Starch
4 tsp red food coloring
1 Tbsp Powdered Cocoa
2 drops of green or yellow food coloring
Mix the corn starch with the water in a large mixing bowl. Stir
in the corn syrup. Add the food coloring slowly, checking for
a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is probably one of
the most popular party games and I have done them many times with my
kids. A few pointers to help you to get starated:
- Identify Your
Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “ghostly” name for
their team. Suggestions: Zombies, Pumpkins,
Monsters, Vampires, Mummies, Gravediggers
- Select The
Area For The Hunt To Take Place
You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.
Use caution tape to create the boundaries. Hide the items
within the boundaries. Make sure the lighting is dim but
adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
Flashlights And Bags Are Required
Flashlights and Halloween decorated bags should be give to each
child. This will help them
to navigate and keep organized.
Prizes Make It Fun
Select prizes for each team. Even if it is just a certificate
Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
- Vampire lives – Vampire dies
what do I use to cause his demise?
- Chains rattle, floors creek
– I hear a ghost –EEK.
Paper with the word BOOOOOOOOO
- Round and orange and great
- I am tiny and black with
many legs -- find my home.
Fake Spider Webs
- I fall in Autumn and grow in
- I am stuffed with something
that makes me look real in my old clothes standing by the field?
- Sweet and sugary, loved by
all, makes Halloween fun.
- I can see you but you can’t
see me – why is that?
- Bobbing for me will set me
- How you knew to come here
you will need...
Take the pumpkin, remove the
stem and bore holes in it like a bowling ball
Cut eyes and a nose out of card
stock for each roll of toilet paper. Attach eyes and nose to each
roll of toilet paper to make them look like ghosts.
Stack toilet paper in a tower (3
on bottom, 2 in the middle, and then 1 on the top)
Create an alley using the
Object of the
Roll the pumpkin down the alley
to knock down the toilet paper rolls.