Fun Halloween Party Games for Children
Spooky Halloween Food Games
These Halloween party games are all about food—use these tricky treats to liven up your child's Halloween celebration.
Bobbing for Worms
Bobbing for worms is a fun game for kids and teens, as they bob for worms—gummy worms, that is! In this game, you take a plate and place six to eight gummy worms on each plate. Then top the gummy worms with a tall pile of whip cream!
Everyone places their hands behind their backs, and when the judge says, "Go," everyone bobs their head in the whipped cream in search of each worm. When they find a worm, they take it out and place it on a plate to the side. The first person who gets all of the gooey gummy worms out wins!
Poor Tragic Tony was a good friend of mine, but unfortunately, he lost all his limbs, eyes, teeth, and most of his essential organs, or at least that is what you tell your guests.
To set up the game, you will want five non-see-through bags. In each bag, you will place a portion of food that corresponds with different parts of the body. The object is to guess what is in each bag by only touch. The person who guesses the most foods correctly wins!
Here are some suggestions for your bags:
- Mashed bananas = mashed brains
- Peeled grapes = eyes
- Stick pretzel soaked in water, so it's still hard, but a little soggy = wet bones
- Dried orange peels = dried skin
- Peeled tomato = heart
- Unpopped popcorn = teeth
- Baby carrots = fingers
- Oddly-shaped spam = liver
- Cooked penne noodles = chopped-up intestines
This game will give all the heeby-jeebies, with lots of giggles.
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"Scary" Halloween Games
First, you will need a pumpkin and a package of ping pong balls. They either can have eyeballs already on them, which you can buy at a Halloween store, or you can draw eyeballs on them. Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, so it acts like a basketball hoop. You can leave the innards in to make it gross, or use a jack-o-lantern to add to the festivities. Both will get quite the reaction!
The object of the game is simple; each player tries to bounce the ping pong balls into the jack-o-lantern! They have three tries, which works best where balls can bounce. You can make it harder for older kids by saying, the ball must bounce only once.
The Mummy Wrap
To play mummy wrap, all you need is a package of toilet paper. Divide your guests into two teams, have each team designate a "mummy!" With younger kids, they may find it funny to have a mommy be the mummy.
When the game begins, each team has one or two rolls of toilet paper. When playing with little kids, they should get one roll, games with adults or teens should get two. Then set the timer for three minutes. Once time begins, they get to wrap their mummy with toilet paper.
Make sure there is someone to judge at the end. In the end, the best mummy wins!
Pass the Pumpkin
There are a couple of ways to play this game. One is to have enough pumpkin or gourds for all guests, with each having a scary word or number on them. As the music plays, they pass the pumpkins or gourds in a circle. Once the music stops, everyone should have one gourd in their hand. The person running the music then yells out a number or Halloween phrase, and that person wins a prize, which can go on until everyone has won a prize.
Another version is more geared for young children as it is the Halloween version of musical chairs, except instead of chairs, there are pumpkins and/or gourds that the children will hold. You should use one less pumpkin than children playing. With this game, as the music plays, the kids pass the pumpkins. Once the music stops, all the children, who have a pumpkin need to put both hands on it; therefore, no pumpkin ends up between two people. The person without a pumpkin is out. When the game resumes, make sure to take another pumpkin out, so the next person can be eliminated.
Pumpkin Relay is a fun game for a big group. You will need to split the group into teams. It's ideal to have at least five people per team. Once everyone has their teams, have them stand in a single file line. Each group receives a pumpkin. When the leader says go, the first person on each team hands the pumpkin over their head to the person behind them. The next person passes the pumpkin under their legs. Then, the next pass over their head again, and so on. Once the last person has grabbed the pumpkin, they race to the front of the line and pass it over their head, which continues until the person who was first runs to the front! Once they get to the front, the whole team sits. The first team to sit wins!
Pumpin Hunt is a great Halloween game for kids! Much like an egg hunt, but with pumpkins or gourds. You will want to place a number on each pumpkin and hide them in a nice open (preferably dry) field or yard. There should be enough pumpkins that each child can get one pumpkin. Once you call the game, the kids race to a pumpkin and then run back to you for their prize. Prizes or prize bags should be numbered to correspond to the number on their pumpkin.
Use eight glass or hard plastic bottles. Paint them white and make scary faces on them, so they resemble ghosts. Then take a nice round pumpkin to be used as the bowling ball. Each child takes a turn and rolls it down the center to see how many pins they can knock over. You can have prizes for those who knock all the pins down, or you can choose to give a different prize dependant on how many pins they knock down.
Bobbing for Apples
There are many versions of bobbing for apples. Some prefer a less traditional version since our germ-conscious culture has decided that bobbing for apples shares way too many germs. Plus, there is always the concern that kids in costumes will get too wet playing the traditional version. Here is how to play bobbing for apples, as well as some good alternatives.
Traditional Apple Bobbing Game
Place an apple or several in a bucket, and fill it with water. Each person takes a turn, trying to grab the apple out with just their mouths. To add an element of fun, you can time them, and the fastest person wins a bigger prize!
Bobbing Apple Relay
Bobbing Apple Relay is similar to the traditional version, except instead of each person taking their turn, there are two teams, two tubs, and plenty of apples. The kids should be split up into two groups. Both sides line up in a single file line. The first person runs and tries to get an apple. Once they have an apple, they run back, slap the hand of the second person. The second person bobs for an apple until they get one out, which continues until each person in your team has an apple. The first team to all have an apple wins.
No Germ, Less Wet Version
Here you do everything the same, whether you choose to do the relay version or the traditional. Instead of trying to get the apple out with your mouth, you try to with a small bucket. Each person receives a bucket that has a rope tied onto it. Each child then places the rope or string around their wrist, or to make it harder and much more ridiculous for older kids; you can have them put it around their neck. Then each person tries to dip their bucket into the water, lifting an apple inside their bucket, which is harder than it seems, almost impossible around the neck, but hilarious to watch.
Germ-less, Waterless Version
Germ-less, Waterless version of this game is my personal favorite. Place a hole in the middle of the core of each apple. Then string them up by a long piece of string on a branch, a slat in a ceiling, or whatever you can hang your apples from. Then let the apples dangle. Make sure the apples are dangling at about neck height to your party guests, which will be the most comfortable for them to attempt grabbing hold of the apple. Then just as you would try to bob for apples, each person tries to grab hold of the dangling apple, which is just as fun, if not funnier to watch than the traditional bobbing for apples without all the water and spreading of germs.
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