Fun Halloween Party Games!

Halloween is the ideal holiday for a party games and activities. Check out these Halloween party games and activities to spook your guests.

See our spooky and fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt!

Make a Tombstone
 
Ingredients
  • Gray Craft Paper
  • Markers
  • Silk Flowers
  • Scissors
To Play
  • Set up an area where your friends can make tombstones.
  • Give prizes for the most creative looking, most creative dead person, most creative epitaph, etc.

Witches Hat Ring Toss Game


Pumpkin Carving Contest

Ingredients
  • Pumpkins
  • Carving Knives
  • Plastic Table Covers
  • Black Markers
To Play
  • Set up an area where your friends can carve a pumpkin. Put down plastic table covers on the tables for spills.
  • Give everyone a pumpkin to carve and the appropriate tools. You may want to have the kids work with adults, so they don’t hurt themselves or give them markers.
  • Then have a contest. Have your guests or neighbors vote on the most creative face, most handsome, scariest, worst, best, etc.

Playful Pumpkins Paper Goods
Halloween Pumpkin Friends
Halloween balloons
Halloween Pumpkin Balloons
Halloween Hanging Swirl Decorations (30 pack)
Halloween Hanging Swirl Decorations
Spider Rings
Spider Ring Party Favors
 
Decorate Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients
  • Sugar Cookie Batter
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy
To Play
  • Make pumpkin, witch, and other Halloween shaped cookies.
  • Put out frosting, candy, and sprinkles and let the kids go at it.
  • Have the kids vote on their favorite cookies. Everyone wins and gets to spend the day eating cookies!

Scavenger Hunt
This is a game that is usually relatively inexpensive and time-consuming.

Ingredients

  • Orange Paper
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Any Clue Items (See Below)
To Play
  • Cut out pumpkins on the orange paper and write out the scavenger hunt clues.
  • Divide guests into teams.
  • Give the partygoers clues that take them from place to place. Here are some Halloween ideas to get you started.
    • Go to the place where the slogan is 'Make it a _______ night' and get a scary movie with a title that will make you _________ (yell really loud).
      • (Go to Blockbuster and get the movie Scream 1,2, or 3.).
    • Get a piece of a costume from someone who is dressed to help save lives
      • (Get a piece of a costume from a Dr., police, fireman, etc.).
    • Find something that might purr (or a picture).
      • (Picture of a cat, piece of a cat costume, etc.)
    • Obtain a CD from a group whose name will make you want to "Bust Jack O' Lanterns.”
      • (Smashing Pumpkins CD).
    • Find anything related to "The Great Pumpkin."
      • (Anything related to the classic Charlie Brown Halloween special/comic strip that deals with "The Great Pumpkin").
  • The team that finishes first and gets all of the right answers, wins.

Mummy Wrap

Ingredients
  • Toilet Paper
To Play
  • Divide kids into teams or couples.
  • Hand out toilet paper to each team.
  • Have each team try to mummify (wrap up) one another in a race to be first! Be careful- the paper keeps tearing the faster you go!

Tie an Orange Ribbon
This game is a great way to start your party.

Ingredients
  • Orange or Black Yarn
  • Scissors
To Play
  • Buy some yarn or ribbon, and cut the ribbon/yarn up into various lengths (at least 100-400 uneven pieces).
  • Hide the yarn or ribbon around the house.
  • Put everyone into pairs, and have them search throughout the house to find as many pieces of ribbon/yarn as they possibly can.
  • Each team must work with their partner to tie each piece of ribbon/yarn together to create one long piece of yarn/ribbon. Whoever has the longest piece of ribbon/yarn at the end of 15 minutes wins the game (It is OK if not every piece of ribbon is found).

Custom Halloween invitations. Halloween party invitations
Pumpkin centerpieces
Halloween Party Decorations

Custom Halloween party favor bags
Halloween Luminary Bags
Halloween Luminary Bags

Halloween Sticker Stalker

Ingredients

  • Halloween Stickers
To Play
  • When guests begin to arrive at your house, give each guest a pack/sheet of 10 Halloween stickers.
  • The object of this game is to get rid of all your stickers by sticking them on the other guests (One sticker per guest). However, if the guest you are "stickering" catches you, he/she gets to stick one of his/her stickers on you. If you are "caught", you must temporarily take your sticker back, and you can try to sticker that same person later (at your own risk). But if someone falsely accuses you of "stickering" him/her, then you can automatically put one of your stickers on that person.
  • The first one to get rid of all 10 of their original stickers is the winner!

Touchy Feely

Ingredients
  • Spiders
  • Webs
  • Wigs
  • Witches Noses
  • Pumpkins
  • Fake Brains
  • Basket or Box
To Play
  • Put a lot of random Halloween objects in a basket or a box. Make sure the box/basket has some type of cover over it.
  • As your guests arrive, have them put their hand inside the basket/box and feel around for the various objects associated with Halloween.
  • As soon as each person feels around the box, have them write down what they thought was in the box.
  • Whoever guesses the most items correctly wins a prize.

Body Part
This game is fun to play at a "scary" sleepover, and can be accompanied by other ghost stories.

Ingredients

  • Paper Bag
  • Plastic Bag
  • Peeled Grapes
  • Canned Apricots
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Cooked Spaghetti
  • Peeled Tomato
  • Cooked Macaroni Noodles
  • Jell-O
To Play
  • Prepare all of the “body parts” and line the paper bags with a plastic bag. Each bag will be a different body part that has fallen off the witch. Use peeled grapes for the eyeballs, a canned apricot for the tongue, popcorn kernels for teeth, cooked spaghetti for brain, a large peeled tomato for the heart, cooked macaroni noodles for intestines, a slab of jello for the liver, and so on.
  • Have the guests sit in a circle in a dimly lit (or dark) room while you make up a story about a mean old witch who falls apart piece by piece.
  • As you talk about each body part, pass around the bag and have the kids feel inside without looking. Have the guests guess what food you used for each body part, and the person who guesses the most right wins.

Scary Story Contest

Ingredients
  • Index Cards
To Play
  • Write out on individual index cards one scary story opening line. Good examples include: “It was a stormy night…” “The ghost moaned…” “A body lay in the corner…” “The mummy chased her…”
  • Gather guests in a circle and make it really dark and light some candles.
  • Hand out an index card to each guest.
  • The first person reads their opening line and has one minute to make up a scary story.
  • You go around the circle until all stories have been read.
  • The story that gets the most shrieks and shrills, wins.
 
Tactile Corn Pit
    
Ingredients
  • Dried Feed Corn
  • A kiddie pool or several large, clear Rubbermaid containers
  • Prizes: Halloween candy and dollar store toys
  • Sand box shovels and buckets
To Play
  • Fill a kiddie pool or several Rubbermaid containers with dried corn.  
  • Hide prizes in the corn, including individually wrapped Halloween candy and small dollar store toys.  
  • Allow the kiddos to dig in the corn like a sandbox, finding the prizes as they go along.  Make the improvised sandbox even more fun by providing shovels and buckets to play with.
  • This tactile activity is great for toddlers and young children who will love the feel of the corn.
Bobbing for Apples/Dangling Donuts
    
Ingredients
  • Apples
  • A large plastic container
  • Water
  • Powdered Donuts
  • String
To Play
  • Fill a plastic container with water and fill with apples.  Have participants try to pick the apple out of the water using only their mouths. For a variation on this game, try hanging the apples instead from a clothesline.  This dry version of the game may be more suitable for a cold afternoon or evening.
  • Pair bobbing for apples with a fun variation of the game, Dangling Donuts.  Use string to dangle powdered donuts from a clothesline. Friends and family must eat the donut from the string without using their hands. This game makes for some messy fun!
Musical Pumpkins
 
Ingredients
  • Orange/Green/Black Construction Paper
  • Black Markers
  • Scissors and glue sticks
  • Fun Halloween Music (like "Monster Mash" by Bobby Picket)
    
To Play
  • This game mixes crafting and a fun group game!  Before starting the game, have your participants make construction paper jack-o-lanterns.  Encourage them to make their pumpkin unique, but consider using a basic template for younger children.  Make sure to have glue sticks on hand, too, so the pumpkins dry in time for the game.
  • Have players set their finished pumpkins in a circle on the floor. Play this game exactly the same as musical chairs, but use the pumpkins instead of chairs.  Make sure to play fun Halloween music to set the mood!
Halloween Bingo
    
Ingredients
  • Printer and Paper
  • Halloween Clipart
  • Candy Corn or Reese’s Pieces
To Play
  • Make a bingo sheet using Microsoft Word and Halloween clipart. (You can also find Halloween Bingo Boards to download for free online.)
  • When playing the game, have participants use candy corn or Reese's Pieces. (They're in Halloween colors!)
  • Award small, Halloween-themed prizes to winners, like Halloween tattoos, skull key chains, or fake teeth.
Bowling for Ghosts
    
Ingredients
  • 6 paper towel rolls
  • Black construction paper and scissors
  • Scotch Tape/Masking Tape
  • A medium-sized orange ball or a small pumpkin (no stem)
    
To Play
  • Add some Halloween fun to bowling with this easy-to-make kids' game!  Cut out 12 small circles and six large circles from the black construction paper.  Using Scotch tape, attach two small circles (eyes) and one large circle (mouth) to each paper towel roll, making six ghost bowling pins.
  • For the bowling ball, use a small pumpkin (make sure to remove the stem), or an orange ball. If using a ball, draw a jack-o-lantern face on it with a black permanent marker.
  • Set up a "bowling alley" across a long room or on a driveway or sidewalk.  Mark where the participants must bowl from with masking tape.  Have fun with this silly game!
Spider Racing
    
Ingredients
    
To Play
  • On either end of a long table, mark a start and finish line with masking tape.
  • Participants must blow a spider ring from one side of the table to the other using only their straws.  
  • Add difficulty by setting a time limit to the race!  Watch as friends and family frantically try to push their spiders to the finish line!
  • Don't forget to have an award for the winner, and if you have many participants, try organizing the games in heats with a final match where the heat winners face off.
Guess How Many: Halloween Version
    
Ingredients
  • A large jar with lid
  • Halloween candy
  • Scrap paper and pencils
  • Basket
    
To Play
  • Fill a jar with Halloween candy, but count and mark down the number of pieces before putting them in the jar.  You can use the same kind of candy (like candy corn or bubblegum) or a variety (Kit Kats, Milky Ways, Twix).
  • Place the jar in an easily accessible site, like the sign-in table. Have players guess the number of candies in the jar, writing their names and guess on scrap paper and putting them in the basket.
  • The guess that is closest to the number of candies in the jar wins!  They can take the jar home, and, if they're feeling generous, they can share the booty with family and friends at the party.
Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe
    
Ingredients
  • Masking or duct tape
  • 5 medium sized orange pumpkins
  • 5 medium sized pumpkins of a different color (green, white, etc.)
To Play
  • This fun version of a classic game takes tic-tac-toe to a whole new size!  Like giant chess boards, pumpkin tic-tac-toe is larger-than life! Create a tic-tac-toe board on an open floor, table, sidewalk, or driveway using masking tape or duct tape.
  • Have players use two different colored pumpkins, such as orange and white, for the "Xs and Os". (Make sure to have at least five of each kind.)  Kids especially will enjoy moving around these giant game pieces!
Spider Web Obstacle Course
    
Ingredients
  • Black and white crepe paper (http://party411.wcnovelties.com/gcssearch.aspx?w=crepe+paper)
  • Tape
  • Tissue Paper Spiders (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/1151654/type/dlg/http://www.windycitynovelties.com/black-tissue-spider.html)
  • A hallway
To Play
  • Inspired by several different spy movies, this game asks players to weave their way through a hallway of dangerous spider webs!
  • To make this obstacle course, string black and white crepe paper, the "web", along a hallway.  Use heavy duty tape to secure the crepe paper to walls, and dangle tissue paper spiders from the ceiling for extra effect. Encourage the kiddos at your party to make it through the web without touching the crepe paper!
Pumpkin Hunt
    
Ingredients
  • 30-40 miniature pumpkins
  • An assortment of Halloween buckets for players
  • Prizes
To Play
  • Just like a traditional Easter egg hunt, hide a bunch of miniature pumpkins in your home or backyard.  
  • Instead of having the kids use Easter baskets, give them Halloween trick-or-treat buckets you can find at any drug or dollar store.
  • Be sure to hand out prizes for the participants who find the most pumpkins! Think about awarding prizes for different age groups, too, so the little ones aren’t left out!  
  • Let each player take home one of the pumpkins, too.  They are great themed favors!
Impossible Pumpkin Drawing
    
Ingredients
  • Orange Balloons
  • Tape
  • Black Markers
  • Timer
To Play
  • Set the timer for five minutes, and Ready, Set, Go!
  • In five minutes, each player must blow up their balloon (and tie it), tape the balloon to a hard surface (like a table or wall), and draw a jack-o-lantern face on the balloon with a black marker using only their mouths!
  • The race to finish this game will produce some very silly balloons!  Make sure to award prizes for Silliest and Scariest Faces as well as Best Overall.
Glow in the Dark Spider Search
 
Ingredients
To Play
  • In a closed room (such as a basement or playroom), hide glow in the dark spiders much like an Easter egg hunt.  Make sure that each spider is at least partially visible.
  • Have the players come in the room, and turn out the lights!  They have to hunt down all the creepy crawlies, which is made much easier because they’ll be glowing, and the participant with the most spiders at the end wins!
  • TIP: Make sure to make the room a safe place for this game by removing anything players might trip over.
There's a Snake in this Parachute!
    
Ingredients
To Play
  • Many adults look back and think fondly of the days when the play parachute made its appearance during elementary gym class.  Add an element of fear and danger (not really) to a parachute game with this Halloween twist!
  • Have one participant stand on the parachute (in the center) while all the other players hold the edges.  Put several bags of snakes in the parachute with the participant.  
  • Have the other players shake the parachute edges, causing the snakes to fly up in the air.  The participant needs to catch as many snakes as they can in 30 seconds.  The player that catches the most snakes wins!
  • Consider adapting this game by having people team up. This works especially well if you have many players.
Pumpkin Piñata with Balloons
    
Ingredients
  • Halloween Candy
  • Orange and Black Balloons
  • Tape
  • Straight Pins
To Play
  • Make your own twist on a piñata with balloons!  Much like how players pop balloons with darts like at a carnival, you’ll be making a wall of balloons filled with candy!
  • Put 2-3 pieces of candy in 20-25 orange balloons and 5-10 green balloons, and then blow the balloons up and tie them off.
  • Tape the balloons to a bare wall in the shape of a pumpkin (use the green balloons for the stem).  
  • Give each player a straight pin, and allow them to pop several balloons for candy prizes!   
  • Consider placing higher level prizes (like a five dollar bill) in one or two of the balloons, so players try to win the “Grand Prize”.
  • Try making other shapes as well, like a bat with black balloons (and two red ones for eyes!), or a ghost with white balloons (and two black ones for eyes!).
  • Too much work to make your own?  Try a traditional Halloween piñata instead!
Halloween Face Painting
 
 
To Play
  • Help your guests and family members get ready for Halloween by dressing them up from head to toe, literally! Set up a face painting station (manned by an adult) at the entrance of your party.  
  • Offer full face painting with Halloween stencils (see above) as well as smaller works of art, like pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, and bats.
Prizes