13 Freakishly Fun Halloween Party Games
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Halloween parties might look a little smaller this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be full of spooktacular fun. Your Halloween celebration can include much more than just Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating, consider spicing things up with some of these Halloween game ideas that are family friendly and perfect for kids of all ages.
From crafts to guessing games you can utilize plenty of free Halloween ideas, or spend less time prepping and pay for pre-made activities. Whichever route you choose to go, we have all kinds of Halloween party ideas below. Another idea is to sprinkle little trivia questions throughout the party to keep everyone on their toes, or perhaps hide Halloween objects for an ongoing scavenger hunt.
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These simple, not-too-scary Halloween games will help you host the best Halloween party ever! If your kids are older and want a little bit more of a spooky Halloween, you can up your Halloween decorations and get their spines tingling. Have everyone come in costume and get ready for a good time!
If you’re ready for a little friendly competition, Halloween-themed Bingo is the way to go! Bust out the candy corn to use in place of Bingo chips for an added Halloween element.
You can search the web to find free printable Halloween bingo cards, create your own free printables, or purchase them. Images, rather than just words, make this Halloween Bingo game accessible for kids while still being fun for adults.
- Halloween Bingo cards on Amazon
Everybody loves playing toss games at the carnival, whether you choose to make a Halloween ring toss or purchase a Halloween bean bag toss game, both would make the perfect addition to your festivities.
If you’re a DIY master, try your hand at creating a bean bag toss board with cardboard. If you prefer to purchase something we have suggestions from Amazon as well. Number each hole or ring based on difficulty for extra points, challenge older players to stand further away from the game and get ready to pretend you’re at the Halloween carnival!
Donut Eating Race
Eating donuts has never been so fun! Hang several donuts with string from a tree branch or a sturdy rod. Blindfold the contestants and, on the count of three, have each player try to eat their donut — the first one to finish wins! If you’re on the sidelines there’s no doubt that you’ll be enjoying quite a few laughs as the participants enjoy a messy Halloween treat.
Mummy Wrap Party Game
This Halloween party game will leave you all wrapped up!
Divide your party-goers into teams of two, and give each a roll of toilet paper, white crepe paper, or fabric. At the sound of the music, one team member must wrap the other from head to toe (leaving the head free and not binding the arms to the body.) Once completely wrapped, the "mummy" must run to cross the finish line before the others. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages and is perfect if you’re low on prep time.
This is a great pre-party Halloween craft that doubles as a DIY Halloween game. Have your kids help you follow along with this easy-to-make piñata tutorial, fill it with Halloween candy and small toys, and decorate it as a spooky ghost or jack-o'-lantern. At the party, have everyone take a swing until it breaks, and then go to town collecting the loot. Kids love scrambling to collect scattered candy, and will cheer on their friends or siblings as they work together to get closer and closer to breaking everything loose!
Bulk Halloween Party Favors on Amazon
Halloween-themed pinata (if you don’t want to make one) on Amazon
Mr. Skeleton Relay Race
This game takes a bit of prep work before your party begins. Buy (or draw) a simple skeleton on sturdy poster board or cardboard, and cut out each of the bones separately. Make enough so each relay team has a full set of skeleton parts.
Divide your players into teams. Place each set of bones at the opposite end of the room or yard. Have the first member from each team line up, and, at the whistle, race across to grab a piece of skeleton, race back, and tag the next team member. The first team to get every piece and assemble their skeleton together correctly wins!
- Paper Skeleton on Amazon
What's in the Bowl?
Spaghetti brains! Grape eyeballs! Jell-O guts! This classic is one of the best Halloween games, leaving everyone screaming (from fun, of course)! Fill separate bowls with prepared Jell-O or pudding, peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, and anything else you can think of that feels slimy and gross. Cover each bowl with black and orange felt so nobody can peek inside, and have everyone try to guess what it is they're touching. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages, especially those with a good imagination who will shriek with delight while playing this guessing game!
- Jell-O Monster Slime on Amazon
Pin the Wart on the Witch
Ever seen a witch without a wart? The trick is putting it in just the right spot. This puts a fun Halloween twist on a party game classic. Blindfold participants, spin them around, and watch as spectators giggle as each dizzy friend pins warts on some of the silliest places!
Get the directions for Pin the Wart on the Witch.
Pin the Tail Halloween Games on Amazon
Blindfold Masks on Amazon
Find the Pumpkin
Challenge the party-goers to find the hidden pumpkins with this simple Halloween activity. This is a great kid-friendly option geared towards the younger crowd that will send everyone scrambling to find the hidden pumpkins. Need an extra challenge? Turn it into a minute to win it game and see how many pumpkins each participant can find before the minute is up. The grand prize? Halloween treats, of course!
Get the directions for Find the Pumpkin.
- Construction Paper
Walk on the Witch’s Hat
Try this Halloween version of the classic musical chairs game, kids are sure to go batty! Who will wind up on the witch hat? Remember, no peeking!
Get the directions for Walk on the Witch's Hat.
- Brown paper bag
It's like bowling, only better! Bring this fun carnival game into your home by simply setting up some flat-bottomed veggies (think squash or ears of corn cut in half) the way you would bowling pins. Use small, round pumpkins as the "balls" and you've got a great seasonal game to play at your next Halloween party.
Get the directions for Harvest Bowling.
- 5 small dried gourds
- Masking tape
- 1 or 2 small round pumpkins
Tricks and Treats
Shhh! To win this game, kids try not to say the magic words. Each child has their own bag of candy, if they catch someone saying one of the secret words, they get to collect a piece of their candy. If they get caught saying one of the words, they must give up a piece!
The goal is to collect as much candy as they can, without giving up what’s already in their bag. This is a fun way to trick or treat while staying home, just be prepared for the sugar rush that is sure to follow!
Get the directions for Tricks and Treats.
A scarecrow contest is a great way to bring out everyone's creative side while incorporating a Halloween craft! Provide all the supplies you need to build a scarecrow (hay, old flannel shirts, burlap bags, etc.), pair off into teams, and have everyone get to work building the most creative scarecrow they can in the time allowed. Make it a great Halloween with a little competition and a lot of collaboration and cooperation. The final products can be set outside for display!
- Flannel shirt
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Jennifer Caffelle is an Early Education professional and blogger, but by far her favorite job is being a Mama to two littles. Jennifer completed her Bachelors in Education from Curry College and her M.Ed from Concordia University.