Halloween Charades Ideas Words List

Updated on April 22, 2017

Halloween is the perfect night for a party, and charades is a perfect party game. It is easy to understand how to play, suitable for all ages, and can be played with any number of people. Why not give your game a Halloween twist by using these dark and playful words and scary movies?


Put all of the Halloween charades ideas in a bowl. A person is selected to go first somehow (maybe the oldest or the youngest, or the host). This person gets to draw a topic out of the bowl. They must then try to act out this charades topic. They aren't allowed to talk. Everybody else must try to guess what is being acted out. The first person to guess correctly gets to act out an idea next. The game can last for as long (or as short) as you want it to.


Halloween-Themed Words

  • Jack-o- lantern
  • Pumpkin
  • Brains
  • Lollies/candy
  • Broomstick
  • Halloween
  • Costume
  • Ninja
  • Bonfire
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Scarecrow
  • Werewolf
  • Devil
  • Monster
  • 13
  • Skeleton
  • Candy apple
  • Soul
  • Spider
  • Blood
  • Haunted house
  • Dracula
  • Troll
  • Alien
  • Dragon
  • Spell
  • Vampire
  • Spooky
  • Trick or treat
  • Apple bobbing
  • Trick
  • Treat
  • Eyeball
  • Black cat
  • Cobwebs
  • Graveyard
  • Pirate
  • Scarecrow
  • Bat
  • Witch
  • Zombie
  • Frankenstein
  • Freddy Kruger
  • Wizard
  • Fairy
  • Ghost
  • Mummy

Hard Halloween Charades Ideas

  • Poltergeist
  • Ghoul
  • Haunted
  • Soul

Make It Spookier!

Why not include some pieces of paper in the bowl that have not only a charades idea, but also instructions to complete a secret task to scare everybody? Don't put one on every piece of paper, just some. That will add to the surprise because nobody will know who the people are that got a secret task.

For example, some secret tasks could be:

  • Sometime during the next person's turn, scream loudly.
  • Stare at somebody for 60 seconds without talking or moving.
  • Sometime after the charades game, grab somebody from behind.
  • Move all the food bowls from one table to another without anybody seeing you do it. (Then you as the host make a big deal of it... such as 'Hey guys, where did all the food go? How weird. Oh my gosh it's all in the other room! Spooky!)


Scary Movies You Can Use for Halloween Charades Ideas

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Friday the 13th
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Saw
  • The Shining
  • Halloween
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Psycho
  • The Grudge
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • IT
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Pumpkinhead
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • Alien
  • The Omen
  • Nosferatu
  • The Exorcist
  • The Amityville Horror
  • When A Stranger Calls
  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Night of the Living Dead

More Halloween games ideas

  • Pin the nose on the witch
  • Dress the mummy
  • Pumpkin pinata
  • Halloween word hunt
  • Wink murder
  • Zombie chasey

For instructions on how to play these games, click here.


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