Halloween is fast approaching and that means only one thing . . . PARTY TIME! Here is a list of some great Halloween party games for kids that I have thought of over the years!
1. Apple Bobbing:
This game is a classic that everyone knows how to play, but I have a special Halloween twist. First, you have to fill a basin with water, and place some red food coloring into the water to make the water resemble blood. Then, you have to place a few apples in the "bloody water." After that it's time to play! Get the kids to line up behind the basin, and then allow 30 seconds for each child to try to get as much apples out of the blood in that time only using their mouth. The person who collects the most apples wins!
2. Snap Apple:
Again, this game is another Halloween classic! Start by tying a string in a door frame with an apple attached to it. Then, get the kids to line up behind the apple in the doorway. Each child gets a turn to try to take a bite of the apple by only using their mouths in an allotted amount of time. I suggest 30 secs to 1 minute. If they get a bite their go is up, and the person to bite it in the shortest amount of time wins! Keep playing till you get a winner.
3. Coin Collection:
This game again requires the basin of "bloody" water. Except this time instead of apples in the basin there are coins. The child mush place the end of a spoon in their mouths, and then they will have 30 seconds to try to fish out the coins from the basin. Everyone is a winner in this game as they can keep the coins they fish out of the basin.
4. The Flour Game:
This game doesn't have any Halloween element about it, but I always play it at Halloween parties! For this game, get a big pile of plain flour, and put it in a pile on a plate. Then, place a single grape at the top of the pile. This game requires the use of a knife, so it may not be suitable for very young children. The kids sit in a circle around the flour and take turns to use the knife to cut away sections of the flour from the grape. The concept of this game is kind of like Jenga. The kid who knocks the grape down is the loser and has to dunk their face in the flour! Its not very nice . . . trust me!
5. The Gummy Worm Game:
This game has the same concept as Apple Bobbing, but instead of water you use cream, and instead of apples you use gummy worms.
6. The Mummy:
For this game you will want to buy a lot of toilet rolls! Split the kids up into teams (I suggest 4 or so.) Turn the music on (preferably Halloween music like Thriller,) and the kids have to wrap their mummy (one of the kids) in toilet paper or crepe paper. After a certain length of time, I suggest anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute 30, stop the music, and which ever mummy looks more mummified wins! I suggest turning off the lights to add an extra challenge to the game.
7. Costume Contest:
This is always a fun game. Have all the kids come to the party in fancy dress, and hold a costume contest. Have them either model their costume or take a photo of their scariest face, and print them out. Then, get the kids to vote on the scariest, funniest, best homemade etc. Have some cool prizes to give out, and the kids will have a lot of fun!
8. Halloween Treasure Hunt:
This is the same concept as any other treasure hunt, but with a Halloween spin on it. Print off lists of clues in different orders so not all the kids are looking for the same things at the same time. These clues will lead them to find pieces of a Halloween picture. You will have to print off these pictures (a witch for example) and cut them up like a jigsaw. There will be a puzzle piece at every clue and the team or soloist who finds all the pieces and correctly makes the jigsaw first wins.
9. Scary Stories:
If the kids are old enough then they could share scary stories. You could light some candles, and turn off the light to add spookiness. Have them use a flashlight to shine on their face when its their turn. If you don't want the kids to get scared, you could add a funny twist to the stories so that they don't get afraid!
Cut out some pictures of ghosts, and stick them on card so they aren't floppy. Hide the ghosts in a certain room, but make it so that part of the ghost is visible (this makes it easier for the kids.) Let all the kids into the room, and the person who finds the most ghosts wins and is the ultimate ghostbuster! For extra fun you could draw on the back of 2 or 3 ghosts and make them bonus ghosts. If kids find these special ghosts then they win a prize!
11. Pin the Wart on the Witch:
This game is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but with a twist. Get a picture of a witch, and stick it on a cork board or wall. Also, print out a picture of a big wart. Attach a pin or blu tac for young kids to the big wart. Blindfold the kids, spin them around, point them in the right direction, and make them pin the wart on the witches nose. The closest one wins!
12. Musical Zombies:
This game is like the Zombie Edition of musical statues! When the music plays, the kids have to walk around the room pretending to be zombies and making zombie noises. When the music stops they all have to freeze. Anyone who moves is out. Keep playing till you have a winner!
13. Wink Murder
This is a game for slightly older kids. Pick a kid to play the "detective", and have them leave the room. Then, pick another kid to be the "wink murderer." When this person is selected everyone has to walk around the room. The detective is invited back inside, but no one is allowed to tell this detective who the wink murderer is. All the kids have to walk around the room while the wink murderer slyly winks at people. Once the wink murderer winks at you, you have to count to 5 before falling to the floor dead. The aim of the game is for the detective to find the wink murderer before he/she kills everyone!
14. The Mole:
One playing card is dealt to each person, and one should be the Ace of Spades. The person who gets this card is called "The Mole". The group of people playing should then be divided into two teams. Through the rest of the party all games played should be team games, and should use the teams chosen. The job of the mole is to make sure his/her team loses. They should, however, try to avoid suspicion, as every 10 minutes all players will get a chance to guess who the mole is. If many games are going to be played, then the best way to keep track of the mole's evil doings is to keep a tally of how many games are won by each team. If only one game is to be played, then simply keep track of the cumulative scores. Every ten minutes, each player should find a place to be alone, preferably in separate rooms with doors. Then, all players should go in order and announce if they'd like to make a guess as to the mole's identity. If they do, then they go to where their guess is hiding, without letting anyone else see who they walk to, and ask if they're the mole. If they are not, the player asking is out, if they are, the game is over and the player asking wins.
Thanks for reading my article! Let me know what your favorite Halloween game is in the comments! Have fun!
Laura (author) from Ireland on September 12, 2012:
Me too :)
Kerdon from Ireland on August 29, 2012:
Can't wait for Halloween.