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Halloween Charades Clues: Word Lists and Other Game Ideas

Kristy Callan enjoys coming up with fun ideas for the holidays ranging from charades lists to party games.

Charades is a great game for a group at a Halloween party, especially if you use thematic spooky words as clues!

Charades is a great game for a group at a Halloween party, especially if you use thematic spooky words as clues!

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?

Rules

  1. Put all of the Halloween charades ideas in a bowl.
  2. A person is selected to go first somehow (maybe the oldest, the youngest, or the host). This person gets to draw a topic out of the bowl.
  3. They must then try to act out this charades topic. They aren't allowed to talk.
  4. 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 be as long (or as short) as you want it to be.

Halloween-Themed Words for Charades

Jack-o- Lantern

Bonfire

Candy Apple

Dragon

Eyeball

Zombie

Pumpkin

Carving Pumpkins

Doorbell

Spell

Black Cat

Frankenstein

Brains

Shadow

Spider

Vampire

Cobwebs

Wizard

Lollies/Candy

Werewolf

Blood

Spooky

Graveyard

Fairy

Broomstick

Devil

Haunted House

Trick or Treat

Pirate

Ghost

Halloween

Monster

Dracula

Apple Bobbing

Scarecrow

Mummy

Costume

13

Troll

Trick

Bat

Freddy Krueger

Ninja

Skeleton

Alien

Treat

Witch

Flashlight

Hard-to-Guess Halloween Words

  • Poltergeist
  • Ghoul
  • Haunted
  • Soul

Scary Movies You Can Use as Charades Clues

Nightmare on Elm Street

Halloween

IT

The Omen

Jaws

Friday the 13th

Paranormal Activity

The Blair Witch Project

Nosferatu

The Thing

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Night of the Living Dead

Pumpkinhead

The Exorcist

When a Stranger Calls

Saw

Psycho

House on Haunted Hill

The Amityville Horror

Pet Sematary

The Shining

The Grudge

Sleepy Hollow

Alien

Scream

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!')

More Party Games for Halloween

  • Pin the Nose on the Witch
  • Dress the Mummy
  • Pumpkin Piñata
  • Halloween Word Hunt
  • Wink Murder
  • Zombie Chase

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