Halloween Game Ideas

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Don’t let your Halloween party be frighteningly boring! We have tons of games every ghoul will enjoy. Find tons of fun Halloween party games right here without fear. Browse below to choose any of these free Halloween Game Ideas to play at your next Halloween Party or fiendishly fun event. Take as many as you like… we promise, your guests will thank you.

"Next Halloween I Think I Will Be..." Memory Game

If you have a sharp and focused group of players this game can last a surprisingly long time. Try to keep the pace of play rapid, sometimes guests will take forever trying to get it right.

The Set Up: Have your guests sit in a circle in a large open area and select a random player to start.

The Rules: The first player will say, “Next Halloween I think I will be __________” filling in the blank with whatever Halloween costume they choose. It can be realistic like “a ninja” or outrageous like “a private jet”. For purposes of example the first person said ”a ninja”. The person to the left of the starter(clockwise) goes next. They will say, ” Next Halloween I think I will be a ninja or __________” filling in the blank with whatever they choose. The third person would say the entire phrase including both of the previous answers(in order) and add a third.

This continues moving left around the circle with each person repeating what the previous person said and adding an additional Halloween costume until someone forgets a costume, messes up the order or in some way makes a mistake. That person is out and leaves the circle. The person to the left of the person that is now out starts the game over again from scratch. Continue playing and eliminating players until only one person remains. That person is a very deserving winner.

If the Game is Taking Too Long: Sometimes this game can bog down with guests taking long turns. If your game starts to slow down or even from the very beginning you can add a five second rule. So if any player on their turn goes for more than 5 seconds without adding to the list they are eliminated.

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How Many Worms Are in the Graveyard Dirt?

The preparation for this game takes a little bit of time but it is simple and well worth it. Take a bag of Oreo cookies and break them down into crumbs. Take a big glass jar and sprinkle a layer of the Oreo crumbs on the bottom and then add some gummy worms on top of the cookie crumbs. Add some more crumbs and then more worms. You repeat this process until the entire jar is filled taking care to keep exact track of how many worms you are adding.

Place the jar on a table with pens or pencils, scraps of paper and a bowl or basket. Explain to your guests as they arrive that while preparing for your Halloween party you where of course collecting some dirt from a graveyard and where surprised to see how many worms where in the dirt. Challenge your guests to guess how many worms are in the jar of graveyard dirt. Each guest should put their name on a piece of paper and their best estimation of the number of worms. The person who makes the most accurate guess wins the jar.

If you do not want to use Oreos and gummy worms you can substitute gross candies like gummy eyeballs, severed fingers, insects or any other nasty Halloween themed candies that are available at party shops and online. Or you can just go with the basics and fill the jar with regular Halloween candy.

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Scarecrow Building Contest

The object of the game is, of course, to build the best scarecrow. The type of scarecrow (scariest, funniest, most creative) is up to you.

Break your guests up into teams of 4 or more. Have a pile of old clothes available with pants, overalls, shirts, hats, and other pieces of clothing for the players to use to build their scarecrow. Make sure to have enough choices of clothing, about 1-2 per team is good for variety (4 teams = 6-8 shirts, 6-8 pants… etc). You will also need to make sure that each team has a good supply of newspaper, or straw, to stuff their scarecrow with as well. If you want the scarecrows to stand you will need to supply the teams with broomsticks or poles, too, otherwise chairs for sitting scarecrows will be needed.

Players are given a set amount of time, 15 minutes is usually good, to create the best scarecrow using the items you’ve given. You can have everyone vote on their favorites, you can make a single judge, or or if you prefer, let everyone be a winner and give every team an award for the “Best WHATEVER Scarecrow” (Such as “Best Dressed Scarecrow,” “Worst Posture Scarecrow”… just make it up as you see them).

At the end of the contest set all the scarecrows on your lawn for a real Halloween scene everyone will appreciate.

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Pumpkin Pass

Break your party guests into teams with as close to six to eight member per team as possible and have each team stand in a line. Give the first member of each team a miniature pumpkin and have them hold it under their chin (using your hands is not allowed). Make sure you are using the small pumpkin/gourds so they can be easily held with your chin without hands.

The game plays like a relay race, as the first person attempts to pass the pumpkin to the next person in the line while only using their chin to hold onto it. Once the pumpkin is securely under the chin of the second person, that person attempts to pass it to the third person and so on. The first team to successfully pass the pumpkin to the last person in the line and then back to the first person in reverse order is the winner.

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Pumpkin Pop

Cover a 4×5 ft (or bigger) foam board with heavy cloth, felt or burlap. For ease of construction you can secure it in back with duct tape. Using hooks adhere it to the wall where you will be playing.

Using a funnel, fill a bunch of “pumpkin orange” colored balloons with confetti and candy (leave a few empty to add to the suspense when popped), and inflate them. Thin candy is easier to get into a balloon, and confetti can be left out of you are worried about a mess. A balloon pump will make this go much, much faster, also, and make sure to make extra to replace the popped balloons if you have a lot of guests.

Attach the balloons to the covered foam board in a pumpkin shaped arrangement using “T-pins” or push pins. You can add a green pumpkin stem made of paper to the top of the board to give it a more realistic pumpkin look, too.

Take push pins and tie ribbon to the ends to make it easy to hold and find if dropped. These will be used for popping the pumpkin balloons. For older players you can use darts instead of pins.

Have each child, one at a time, take a pin and go up to the board and pop 1 or 2 “prize balloons.” They then get to keep what was inside. If you are using darts, have the kids stand 5 or more feet away (depending on their ages you can adjust) and toss the darts at the balloons, giving each child a couple darts each turn. Take turns in this way until the balloons are gone.

Because of the pins this game is best for kids over 6.

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This game is really simple game many might have played in school, and it’s really fun for kids. Anyone playing will need to be able to wink in order to play the “Slasher”, but most kids old enough to play can wink.

Have the players sit in a circle and have them close their eyes. Have one person who is not playing walk around the circle and silently, without anyone else knowing, tap one player on the shoulder, this person is the Slasher. The players can then open their eyes.

When everyone has their eyes open they should be looking at each other to try to figure out who the slasher is. The slasher will need to wink at different players (one at a time) in the circle without anyone else but the selected player seeing the wink. That player has just been murdered by the slasher. When a player has been winked at, he or she should make a big dramatic effort of dying (this is the best part of the game, people really get into it sometimes).

The object of the game is for the other players to guess who the killer is before they get killed themselves. Whichever player guesses the identity of the killer first, or is the last person not dead becomes the next “Slasher”. This is a great Halloween type game and since there is no need for props or setup it can be played anytime or anywhere.

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Donut on a String Race

Tie a good size length of rope between two trees, a clothesline would be perfect for this. While the players are standing under the clothesline tie ribbon or string to a donut and attach that to the clothesline. Each donut should be placed so it hangs just slightly above the mouth of each player (one donut per player only).

Give the players a good “ready, set, GO!” and have them begin. Their mission is to eat the entire donut hanging in front of them without letting it fall off the string… with NO hands. First person to eat the entire donut wins.

With this game everyone’s a winner since all players get a yummy donut to eat so no need for a prize. To add a little more humor to the game use powdered or chocolate covered donuts… the mess on the kids (and adults!) faces will be picture worthy and very funny!

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Spooky Scrabble

Spooky Scrabble plays exactly like the traditional board game except that all of the words played on the board must fit into the Halloween theme. For example you could play the word ghost or candy. Obviously this seriously limits the potential words so there is one more adjustment and this is where the fun starts. Any word can be ruled acceptable if the player(s) can demonstrate through acting out a scene how the word can be fit into the Halloween theme.

So if a player or a team wants to play the word sofa, for example, they will have to come up with a way to demonstrate that sofa can be a spooky word. The point of the game is to have fun so rulings as to if the word is acceptable should be generous as long as the player(s) are making a good natured committed to selling the word.

Scrabble is designed to have a maximum of four players but you can double up party guest into teams of two if you have more than four that want to play.

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Halloween Who Am I?

Gather a list of easily recognizable terms that relate to Halloween (pumpkin, ghost, candy, Dracula) making sure that you have one for each of your guests. Get some adhesive backed peel away stickers and before the party put one term on each. Be sure to keep the stickers out of sight as your guests arrive. Once the party is getting started have the guests get in a row, facing the same direction and go down the line placing a sticker with a Halloween term written on it on the back of each guest. It is okay if they see other people’s stickers, just not their own.

Once everyone is stickered up, start the game. The guests move amongst themselves asking the other guests one yes or no question about who(or what) is written on their tag. Examples of questions might include: Am I a person? Am I a place? Am I a thing? Am I real? Am I imaginary? Am I scary?

Once they have exchanged a single question with a party guest they then need to move onto another guest and ask another question, and so on. At any point a quest can make a guess but if they are wrong they are out of the running. The first person to accurately guess wins the game and a prize.

Here is a sample list of suggested terms:

Black Cat

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Ouija Board Game

When most people think of a Ouija board they imagine the mass produced game from Parker Bothers. While that game will certainly work, there are now many other Ouija boards available with options like a built in light or glow in the dark board. Select any board you wish, but keep in mind that the whole point of the Ouija board is to sell the Halloween experience and having a nifty board that people have not seen before helps create the spooky atmosphere.

To use the Ouija board you need at least two people sitting facing the board and touching the planchette (the pointer). One person asks the board a question and then hopefully the spirits will move the planchette across the board to answer the question. There are no winners and loser in this game, just good natured fun that fits in perfectly with Halloween.

Be warned that while most people will accept the Ouija board game as a fun experiment with the paranormal, some people might be uncomfortable or even scared. Make sure you have an area available to people who do not want to participate.

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Don't Say Halloween - Taboos and Tokens

Your first order of business is to choose a word which will be taboo to say at the party. “Halloween” is the obvious choice but you can pick any word you like as long as it is a word that is likely to come up in conversation often. For example “candy” or “costume” would both work very well.

Next decide on what you will use for the tokens. Classic wooden clothespins(you can decorate them if you like) work very as tokens since they are easy to remove and clip onto clothing without damaging the persons costume. You can also use safety pins, Mardi Gras style beads or anything else that is easy to remove and wear.

When you start the game give each guest one token and ask them to wear it. Tell them the taboo word and explain to them that the word is not to be said at all. If someone says the taboo word then the first person to call them out is to be given the token by the offender. Now one quick witted person has two tokens and the person who said the taboo word has none. The person with no tokens can get one back if they are the first to call out someone else who uses the taboo word.

This continues throughout the party until at some point near the end the person who has collected the most tokens is declared the winner and given a prize.

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Pin the Nose On Jack!

Jack the Jack-o-lantern is missing his nose and needs help replacing it. To do this you will need a pumpkin of some kind. You can use a real pumpkin or an orange cutout of a pumpkin made from poster board or cardboard taped to the wall. No matter which pumpkin you use, craft it into a Halloween style Jack-o-lantern except leave off the nose. Make a few noses out of black construction paper in the appropriate size and shape.

One at a time blindfold each player and spin them around three times. Then hand them a cutout nose with tape on the back. It is their task to place the nose perfectly in the right spot on Jack(the Jack-o-lantern). The person who gets closest wins the game.

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Classic Bobbing for Apples

Fill a large plastic or metal tub with water, usually 2/3 or more of the way filled is best so the apples can “bob” around. Add 5 or more apples to the water and have your guests try to grab an apple out with just their mouth… no hands.

You can play one of 3 ways.

Just For Fun: Each player gets a turn until they grab an apple, no winner is declared, but fun is had by all, especially the people watching the game!

Individually: Let each player go one at a time and use a stopwatch to time them. The fastest time for getting an apple wins.

If you have a larger tub (a kiddie pool is perfect for this), you can play it as a group.

Group: Have all the players take a spot around the pool, make sure you fill it with enough apples so everyone has a good chance, and start them off. “Ready, Set, Go!” and the first player to get an apple wins.

This game can get kind of wet, so make sure you have towels or napkins handy to help the kids dry off with. Also, as with any game with water, adult supervision is needed and not recommended for very young kids.

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ESP Test - Eekstra Spookery Perception

To test the ESP ability of your party guests you will need a deck of 25 cards made up of five cards with each of the following five symbols: circle, cross, wavy lines, square, star. You can make them yourself by cutting thick construction paper into quarters and drawing on the symbols with a marker.

To start the game pass out pen and paper to your guests and find a spot where you are facing all of the guests and none of them are behind you where they might see the cards you draw from the deck. Shuffle the deck and draw the first card, looking at it yourself but not allowing the guests to see it. Focus all of your psychic energy on mentally projecting the image which is on the card for 10 seconds. During this time the guests should be trying to receive your psychic message and write down their guess at the symbol on the first card. Then place the card face down and draw the next card. Repeat the process until you have done all 25 cards and your guests should have 25 answers.

To check the results turn the deck of cards you discarded face up so that the top card was the first card you drew to start the test. Show the guests the card which is the correct answer for the first card drawn and write it down on your own answer sheet for reference later if you need it. Continue until you have finished all 25 cards. Whichever guest had the most correct answers wins the game and a prize.

Tip: Make cheat sheets for the guests with either images of the five symbols or just the words circle, cross, wavy lines, square and star to keep beside them during the test. You would be surprised how often the guests forget the symbols during the game.

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Harvest the Candy Corn

Fill a large bowl with Halloween candy corn and place it in the center of a medium sized table(a round table if possible). The table needs to be big enough so that 3-5 kids can stand around it with some elbow room and small enough that all of them can reach the center of the table during game play.

Give each of the players a pair of chopsticks and a small bowl or plate, paper plates work just fine. The object of the game is for the kids to pick up a candy corn from the bowl in the center of the table with the chopsticks and place it on their bowl or plate which is in front of them. Set a timer for around two minutes and turn them loose. Once the time has expired the kids get to keep the candy they collected and the next group gets a chance. After everyone has had a turn the guest that collected the most candy corn is the winner.

If your Halloween party guests are too young or for any reason unable to use chopsticks you can play the game with small spoons instead.

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"Howl"-o-"Scream" Contest

Get back to the fun and funny basics of Halloween with a good ol’ fashion screaming contest. Have all your guests stand in an open area (if outside make sure it’s not too late to upset your neighbors). Have each player come up to the front of the crowd, and on the count of 3 do their best imitation of a Halloween horror scream (think B-movie type thing).

Now, since many boys may not want to “scream like a girl” you can offer them up their own howling contest. Have the male guests come up and instead of scream, give their most realistic howling at the moon routine. You will be surprised how competitive the guys will get with this, some will really give it their all.

For a bit of humor you can offer each contestant a “personalized prompt” to get them in the mood to scream, such as for a fashion diva guest you could say “You leave the house and realize your shoes don’t match your outfit! 1, 2, 3… scream!” or for the fanatic book lover in the group you could say “You come home and find all of your book shelves have been rearranged. They are not in alphabetical order anymore! 1, 2, 3…. scream!” Not only will this be very funny for your other guests it makes the game much more personal and fun for the screamers, too.

At the end either have a select group of judges choose a winner, or have all the guests vote on the winner. You can also make up different awards for the “Best Scream,” “Loudest Scream,” “Most Realistic Howl,” “Most Blood Chilling.” You can be as creative as you want with the awards and winners since the real fun is in the contest!

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Musical Pumpkins

Cut pumpkins out of orange construction paper and get them laminated, making sure you have one for each of your party guests. Tape the pumpkins to the floor in a circular pattern. To start the game have the kids stand on one of the pumpkins and play some Halloween themed music. As the music plays the kids move from one pumpkin to the next. At a random point stop the music and the kids must race to be the first person standing on one of the pumpkins.

It is a good idea to start with one pumpkin for each kid just so they have a chance to understand the game before the competition starts. After the trial run remove one pumpkin and repeat the process. The kid that is not able to be the first standing on a pumpkin is out. Repeat the process until you have a winner. Once you are down to one pumpkin and two kids left, place a chair about 5 feet away from the last pumpkin and have the kids circle around the chair.

If you would like to add a fun craft to this game, provide crayons or colored markers and let the kids decorate the pumpkins before you laminate them.

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The Dizzy Mummy

Break your party guests into teams of two people. Before you tell them how the game is played ask them to decide which one will be the mummy and which will be the wrapper. After all of the teams have chosen the roles of each member bring out the toilet paper, you need one roll for each team. You can have all of the teams go at once or one at a time and use a stopwatch to determine who is fastest.

The rules of the game are simple. The wrapper holds the roll of toilet paper with one finger in the hole in each side so that it can be dispensed easily. The mummy take the end of the roll and stands a few steps from the wrapper holding onto the toilet paper. You start the game and the mummy has to spin around in place while holding the end of the toilet paper. The paper should start to wrap around the mummy as they spin, freely coming from the roll which the wrapper is holding. If the paper breaks, the wrapper can help the mummy get started again. The mummy keeps spinning until they are completely wrapped in the entire roll of paper. The team that finishes the quickest wins and is award a prize.

Disclaimer: This game may not work well with guests who have been drinking adult beverages.

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Make a Mummy Game

Break the party guests up into teams of 4-5 members each. If you have uneven teams that is okay, since this is a relay race of sorts, one of the members of the team(s) with a lower number of members can take two turns.

The teams should first decide on which member is going to be the mummy. The mummies stand on one side of the room with each of the teams on the other side. Place a lot of toilet paper rolls on the ground near each of the mummies. Give a Ready, Set, Go! and the first team member runs to their mummy and starts to wrap the toilet paper around the soon to be mummy. After 30 seconds shout Switch! and the first mummy wrapper runs back to the team and the second team member races to the mummy to continue the process. Cycle through all of the team members(with one going twice if the teams are uneven) and then call a stop. The team that has created the best mummy wins!

Make sure to clearly tell the guests not to cover the eyes, nose or mouth when wrapping the mummies. It is only toilet paper, but some people can get uncomfortable if their face is getting covered.

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Halloween Memory Game

Get 15-20 small Halloween themed object such as small novelty toys(a plastic spider ring, a small rubber rat), Halloween themed sweets(a skull shaped lollipop, a small bag of candy corn) or get creative and make a little ghost out of tissue paper or just write the word BOO! on a piece of paper. Put all of the objects on a tray and cover the tray with a cloth.

Have your guests gather around the tray and remove the covering. Explain to them that they have 60 seconds to look at the objects on the tray and then it will be removed. Once the time limit is up put the tray in another room and then pass out pen and paper to all of your Halloween party guests. Allow them a few minutes to write down as many of the objects on the tray as they can remember. The person who correctly remembers the most items from the tray is the winner.

As a prize you can award the winner all of the stuff from the tray in a Halloween candy bag.

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