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Halloween Party Games
These Halloween party games are sure to keep the haunters too entertained to play any nasty tricks!
Halloween is all about fun! At least that is what the modern holiday has come to be. This is one night in the year when we dress like freaks; eat pure sugar for dinner and all with a smile on mom’s face. If the same old Halloween time traditions are getting old, or if your youngsters are looking for more entertainment than a pillowcase full of tootsie rolls can offer keep reading. You will find scads of games fit for the witching hour.
Trick or Treating
Ok, so you’d really have to be as old as the hills and twice as dusty not to know about this bit of entertainment. But why settle for plain trick or treating when you can kick it up a notch without causing a misdemeanor.
Candy Swap, or Let’s Make A Deal with the Halloween Candy
Simple twists that make gathering free candy more fun include the great candy exchange. Establish a fair trade system to that the younger kids aren’t hoodwinked into trading all their snickers for a tootsie roll. Then let the good times roll. If you want to charge of the candy and have the kids happily hand it over to you play a round of “Let’s Make a Deal” upon your return from trick or treating.
You can also create a simple scavenger hunt to do while trick or treating. This will take the focus off of the candy and add an element of fun. Scavenger hunt items can include having the kids try to find certain costumes, decorations, or even specific kinds of candy.
The era of silent horror movies can provide great ideas for Halloween party games. This might be best for older kids who can grasp the concept of not talking. One silent movie game involves the actual use of video cameras and props. You can either prepare bags of props, costume clothing and make-up before hand, or have this be part of the game. Divide into teams and have each team gather items that should be used in the other team’s movie and pick a theme. Once the items are gathered and themes picked switch bags. It is helpful to assign a time limit for preparation and filming. Then let the groups go! When the films are complete come together and have a screening. The results will range from zany to terrifyingly terrific, but no matter what this party game is a scream!
Murder, They Played
No childhood or Halloween party is complete without a good game of murder. This game has many variations and be very simple, or complex complete with a corpse. One of the funniest versions is played sitting in a circle, with or without a corpse. The murderer is chosen at random. (This can be done by marking the underside of the chair, or pulling papers out of a hat.) Once your killer knows who he or she is play is deadly. This killer kills with a single look, and with a wink of the eye. In other words the killer tries to kill as many players as possible by winking at them without being caught by another player. The unlucky victims must fall over dead; dramatics are fun but not necessary. To make an accusation, and anyone can at any time, a player announces “I would like to make an accusation”. If they are correct a new killer is chosen, all victims are revived and a fresh game is begun. If they are wrong, they die.
Relay Races Nimbus Style
For a less blood thirsty crowd Halloween relay races are always fun. Try a twist by adding a broom stick that the players must “ride” through a course. Fans of a certain boy who lived will love this. To really make it a challenge set up a few cones, chairs or other objects to serve as slalom markers. Place a ball at one end and have the teams attempt to ride their brooms while pushing the ball in and out of the course markers.
There are about a zillion ways to modify an ordinary relay to fit Halloween time parties, try having the players race to dress in Halloween costumes, or apply face paints. Maybe have them race to unwrap candy with only their mouth, or while wearing monster claws. Inspiration can come from anything, and kids love relay races so get thinking and come up with an idea or two of your own.
Bean Bag Toss
For younger kids bean bag tosses are great fun. They are easy for you to assemble and cost next to nothing. To make this toss fit for Halloween try painting a huge jack-o-lantern on a big box. The kids can score points by tossing their bean bags through the eyes nose and mouth. Don’t have a box? Try tossing bean bags into trick or treating buckets, or witch’s cauldrons or actual pumpkin tops.
This Halloween party game is not for the faint of heart. Remember gross out fear factor? Well, this is the Halloween party version of it. Spend a few weeks gathering potion ingredients. It is not necessary to make them truly disgusting; the combination of flavors will do that. It is also not needful to get actual hearts, brains or guts. There are loads of candy makers who specialize in the confection equivalent, or you can make them yourself. Brains for example can be made with spaghetti and red jell-o.
Other good ingredients are: gummy rats, worms and snakes. Eyeballs made from ice cream, m&ms and red topping, liver (be sure it is cooked). Even blood can be used. Don’t be tempted to use the real thing, triple yuck! You can make your own by using almost any red liquid ketchup and strawberry juice work well. This list goes on and on, anything goes even add a few really yummy things like chocolate sauce or fruit. Place your chosen ingredients out for display and label them. It won’t matter if they don’t look totally authentic; the labels will drive imagination which is what matters most.
This game is gross, and will most likely appeal to adolescent boys, although anyone could enjoy playing. You can play as teams or individuals. Each brew is concocted of only a few ingredients three to five depending on the variety. Give each team or individual a recipe card (to write down what they used in their brew) and a time limit. Once the brews are complete switch, blend and drink! In this game only the ones who don’t finish lose. (or maybe they actually will!)
A Bowl Full of Jelly Beans
If the idea of witch’s brew seems fun, but the game listed above makes your blood run cold, there is another way. Try a jelly bean eating contest. Using Jelly Belly brand beans, or their specialty product, Bertie Bott’s every Flavor Bean, this game is easy. Each team selects a jelly bean for their opponents to eat. If they refuse, the other team gets the points.
Kick it up to level by adding a quiz show element to it. A Family Feud set up would be very successful. The questions of course should be Halloween in theme, and can be made up or borrowed from any number of quiz game websites. If the team doesn’t get all the answers they must eat the jelly beans of the other team’s choosing. Winners are determined by the points.
Grave Yard Scavenger Hunt
Answering trivia questions and eating potentially ear wax flavored candy not really your idea of a good time? Then maybe something much more elementally Halloween is for you. Try a grave yard scavenger hunt. Be sure to get permission from the cemetery care takers, and instruct your party goers to respect the dwellings of the dearly departed. Making the list is easy; a few days prior to your party (and in the day light hours) visit the cemetery of your choice and gather clues or interesting facts from head stones, and memorial markers.
For example if you find a head stone marking John Smith died in the Civil War, a clue on the scavenger hunt form could be: What is the name of the man who lived from 1843-1863, and died as a solder in the Civil War. Try to gather about 15-30 clues, be sure to record the answers and make note of approximate location. On the night of the party take your grave robbers to the cemetery after dark, split into teams and set them loose. This is an unusual party game, but definitely Halloween in every detail.
Pin the Wart on the Witch
A spin off of pin the tail on the donkey makes a fun Halloween party game. In this version, kids pin the wart on the witch’s nose. Draw a witch on posterboard. With play dough, make “warts” for each child to try to attach to the witch. Make wart sized lumps out of green play-dough, then blindfold each child. They should try attach a wart on the witch’s face as close to her nose as possible.
Old-Fashioned Apple Bobbing
Apple bobbing is a great Halloween party game. Place apples in a bowl of water. Each player must try to get an apple with their teeth while their hands are held behind their backs. Another version is to hang apples on string and have the participants try to bite the apple without touching it.
Bandage the Mummy
In this Halloween party game you use rolls of toilet paper and see which team can wrap up their partner the fastest.
No matter what Halloween party game you choose, you can’t lose with all the pomp of Halloween costumes and free candy as your back drop! Just let your hair down and have a good time, and party until the vampires flee from the crack of dawn.