HALLOWEEN PARTY GAMES
If you are looking for some fun activities for kids of all ages at your Halloween party, try out some of these fun games. Grouped by Hungry Halloween featured party themes, these games are sure to excite your guests. Divide your guests into teams and award prizes to the winners.
Party Theme #1 – Movie Monster Munchies
- Coffin Toss: If you own a corn hole set it is simple to turn your game boards into creepy coffins. Purchase two large pieces of black paper or cardboard from an art supply or teacher’s supply store. Cut them into the shape of a coffin. Attach them to the tops your corn hole game boards. Cut bats out of felt and glue them onto your bean bags. (Or purchase rubber bats that are heavy enough to be thrown a long distance.) Have your guests play corn hole as usual, or simply have a contest to see which team can toss the most bats into the coffin.
- Frankenstein’s Lab: Line a table with laboratory glassware (beakers, conical flasks, graduated cylinders and volumetric flasks) each filled with colored sand, candy or water. Buy small bracelets or carnival rings that will be used for tossing. Each player gets a chance to throw 3-5 rings in hopes of getting a ring around a piece of glassware.
- Howling Werewolf Relay Race: Divide your guests into three teams. Draw a starting line. Opposite the starting line, 15-30 feet away, place three large white balls. Have the first person on each team start by running on all fours to the side with the ball. They have to howl and bounce the ball three times. Then they set the ball down and run on all fours back to the starting line. They tag the next person, who runs the same course. Repeat until all players have run the relay.
- It’s Alive: Divide players into teams and have them compete to see who can create Frankenstein’s monster the fastest or see which team creates the most clever monster. Give each team pants, a shirt, a jacket, shoes, a head (a mask placed over a ball works), hands (buy plastic hands from the dollar store), and stuffing material (pillows or old newspapers).
- Blood Sucking Contest: OK this sounds gross, but it is very tame. Prepare red gelatin as directed on the box. Place an equal amount of gelatin into enough bowls for each player. Have each player place his/her hands behind his/her back and race to see who can eat the gelatin the quickest.
- Mummy Madness: A giant mummy wrap. Have each team choose two wrappers. The rest of the team members stand huddled together. Each team’s wrappers are given one roll of toilet paper to wrap up their entire team like one big mummy. The first team to use up the entire roll of toilet paper wins.
Party Theme #2: Bewitched Buffet
- Witches Brew Hunt: The object of this game is for each team to find a list of witches brew ingredients. Purchase items like rubber bats, plastic frogs, ping pong ball eyes, plastic fangs, etc. You will need to have one of each item for each team. Divide your players into teams. Give each team a list of the witches brew ingredients to find. The first team to return to the finish line with all of their ingredients , wins.
- Cauldron Toss: (Have guests play the Witches Brew Hunt first.) Set a large cauldron three to five feet from a line. Have each team member stand at the line and try to toss a witches brew item (bats, frogs. eyes, fangs, etc.) into the cauldron. The team that gets the most witches brew ingredients into the cauldron wins.
- Spell Bound Relay Race: Draw a starting line. Opposite the starting line have cauldrons set up for each team. Fill each cauldron with pieces of paper that have instructions for each player. The first player on each team runs to the cauldron and picks up a piece of paper. On it may be written a phrase such as: “The witch has turned you into a frog. Hop back to your team.” The player must them hop like a frog back to the starting line. Come up with various instructions like, slink like a cat, fly like a bat or hop like a rabbit. Each team member will take turns running to the cauldron, having a spell cast on them, and returning to the starting line as they follow the instructions to cluck like a duck or moo like a cow. Be creative and have fun casting your spells. If your guests are too young to read, have a “witch” stand by the cauldrons and cast their spells (tell the player what to do).
- Broomstick Dash: Purchase brooms (the dollar stores often have cute witches brooms at Halloween) for each team. Have the teams run a relay race holding the brooms in between their legs.
- Black Hat Toss: Purchase witches hats (one or one for each team). Buy rings that are large enough to fit around the hat. Needlepoint rings work great for this. Set the witches hat three to five feet from a line. Have the players stand at the line and attempt to toss a ring around the hat. The team that gets the most ring around the hat wins.
- Hot Brain. Purchase a rubber or plastic brain and have your guests play a game of hot potato using the brain.
- Don’t Drop the Eye: A Halloween version of the ping pong ball on a spoon relay race. Purchase ping pong balls that are printed to look like eyes. These are available at Halloween prop shops and discount stores. Divide players into equal teams. Draw a starting line. Draw a line 15-30 feet opposite the starting line. Have half of the players line up at the starting line and half at the opposite line. Give every player a plastic spoon. Each team gets one eye-ball. The first player places his/her spoon in his/her mouth and places the eye-ball on the spoon. With his/her hands behind his/her back, the first player must walk or run to the opposite line. If they drop the eye-ball, they must pick it up and start over again. Once the player reaches the opposite line, they hand off the eye-ball to the next player who puts it on his/her spoon. The relay race continues until all players have completed a turn. The team to finish first wins.
- Menu Madness: A Dead Man’s Diner version of pin the tail on the donkey. Create a large menu board printed with “Sides”, “Main Corpse” and “Deadserts” headings. Print the recipe names from the Dead Man’s Diner chapter in Hungry Halloween on pieces of paper. Blindfold each player and give them a menu item (piece of paper). Spin them around have have them pin their menu item onto the menu board. The person who gets their menu item in the right section of the menu board wins.
- Diner Dash: Purchase enough large serving trays for each team. Cut bread using a foot or hand shaped cookie cutter. Cut enough for each team to have 3-5 feet or hands each. Toast the bread shaped hands and feet. Divide players into equal teams. Draw a starting line. Draw a line 15-30 feet opposite the starting line. Have half of the players line up at the starting line and half at the opposite line. Give the first player on each team a tray filled with toasted feet and hands. The first player must walk or run to the opposite line while holding their tray in the air like a waiter or waitress. If they drop any of the toasted feet or hands they must pick them up and start over again. Once the player reaches the opposite line, they hand off the tray to the next player. The relay race continues until all players have completed a turn. The team to finish first wins. To make this game really challenging, add a plastic glass of water to each tray.
- Skeleton Scatter: Purchase plastic, paper, or cardboard skeletons that can be taken apart. Scatter pieces all over your yard, room, or basement. Have the players hunt for all the pieces to build a skeleton. The first player to complete their skeleton wins. When we played this game at our party, I found these really cool lollipops attached to skeleton pieces. Each bag had a complete skeleton (two legs, two arms, a head, a hip bone and a rib cage). So, I purchased a skeleton for each party guest. At the party, they hunted for their skeletons. At home, they could enjoy the candy, then they could then build their skeletons to keep as a decoration.