If your house (or even street) is hosting a Halloween party this year, you may want to check out our list below of easy Halloween party games. The perfect way to keep your guests entertained and the kids away from their buckets of lollies (for a few minutes, anyway) this list is full of fun, hilarious and easy Halloween party games.
Toilet Paper Mummies
Toilet Paper Mummies is one of the easiest and cheapest Halloween games. All you need are some rolls of toilet paper and some willing soon-to-be mummies. Adults and kids can play this game, which involves getting the party guests into two teams. One player is the wrapper, and the other is the ‘mummy’. On the count of three, each team must work quickly to wind their toilet roll around the other player by spinning them around as they wrap them. The winning team is the one that finishes first!
Pop the pumpkin
Grab some orange plastic cups or cans and place a small Halloween treat inside each one. It could be a lolly, toy, particular activity, or dare the child needs to do. Cover the top of the cup or can with orange crepe paper and fasten it to the lid with a rubber band. Draw a small jack-o-lantern face to the top for further effect. Write a number on each of the cans and get the kids to roll the dice. When they get a number that corresponds with a can, they can pop the lid by poking, prodding or punching the crepe paper.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are always hugely popular – for adults and children alike – and it is no different at Halloween. Make a list of spooky items in the yard or house (or even that they may see on their walk when trick or treating) and get the kids to try to mark off as many as possible. You can award points for each item found, with more points for things that are harder to see and single points for those that are easy. Some ideas are things like: jack-o-lantern, fake spiders, decorated letterboxes, witches, cobwebs, Harry Potter etc. The list is endless, and the kids will have a ball trying to find them all!
For pumpkin bowling, you may first want to decorate six empty cans or plastic cups to look like Halloween characters. This could be as simple as painting them all white, adding two eyes for a ghost, or painting them orange and drawing on a jack-o-lantern face. You can use toilet rolls with some eyes painted on (for ghosts) if it is easier. Stack the cans in a simple pyramid shape – three cans on the bottom, two on top, and then one final can at the top. Kids can then get into a line and take turns knocking them down. The fun part? Grab a pumpkin from the shop and get them to use that as the ball! It may seem easy as it is big but they are not straight rollers and can take a bit of skill to hit the cans accurately. They can use a simple handball if this may be too heavy for younger ones.
DIY Bag Decorating
What kid doesn’t like doing a bit of Halloween craft? We love this idea of starting off any Halloween party night with a bag decorating station. It is fun, and easy and the kids will love creating their personalised loot bags before heading out. All you need is a pack of cheap paper bags and an array of craft items to add details. Coloured pens, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and stickers. Cheap stores have a range of fun crafts extras and I promise the kids will love this activity more than any other!
Lolly Spoon Race
Perfect for any sized Halloween event, lolly spoon race just requires a couple of bags of lollies (which most of us have around this time of year) and some spoons. Kids line up with a small bowl of lollies next to them and a loot bag each at the other end of the race line. With only a short time frame (one minute), kids must spoon up whatever lollies they can from their bowl and run towards their loot bags. The key is to make it to the loot bag without dropping their lollies and safely deposit them in. If they drop a lolly, they can’t go back and get it. Hint: lolly snakes are an amusing item to add to this game as the kids always want them, but those little guys also like to wiggle off unsuspecting spoons! Kids get to keep whichever lolly made it to their loot bag at the end – with the winner having the most.
This game is super fun and also pretty hilarious for the kids too. Also, it is so easy to set up! Simply buy a bag of googly eyes and have fun sticking them up inside or outside your home. Once all of the kids have arrived, let them know that a certain amount of eyes are watching them, and through the course of the evening, it is their job to try to hunt them all out. You can have a lot of fun with these too. Buying various packs of eyes – with ones of different colours and sizes – also adds to the hilarity. They can be stuck to trees, leaves, glasses, chairs, lollies and even drawn onto the underside of a paper plate or cup! The kids will have a blast trying to spot them all.
Black Cat Got Your Tongue
On arrival at the Halloween party, give each of your guests two things. A small bag of lollies and a list of Halloween-related words they cannot say. Words like: Halloween, ghost, trick, treat, pumpkin etc. Each time a guest says one of the words on the list and someone catches them, they have to hand over one of their lollies to the person who caught them. This game can get hilarious and loud as multiple people try to catch others (the person who yells out to them first gets the lolly) and lollies go back and forth between players at an alarming rate.
Exactly like sack races, except with white pillowcases! Grab about four or five cheap white pillowcases. Draw or paint on a couple of eyes and a large black screaming mouth. Get the kids to line up behind a start line, each standing inside their ghost case. On the count of three, kids all need to shuffle or hop to the finish line as fast as possible. The winner is the first one to pass the finish line!
Halloween Sticky Detective
Everyone loves this game. Write down a list of Halloween-related words on sticky notes and get each child to sit in a circle, facing each other. Making sure no one can see what is written on their sticky note, carefully stick one to each child’s forehead. Taking turns, kids ask everyone else in the group (who can see everyone else’s card except their own) questions about what their card may be. They can only ask questions that have a yes or no answer. For example: “Am I a living thing?”, “Am I orange?” or “Do I have eight legs?”. The winner is the first person to guess their card correctly.
Apples and Mallows
Ok, this one is for the parents that don’t mind a little mess but a lot of hilarity. Fill small buckets up with water and pop a handful of apples in them. Fill small bowls with flour on a nearby table and immerse some hidden marshmallows in each. On a timer, kids must run between apple buckets and marshmallow bowls with their hands tied behind their backs. Once they bob for and get an apple, they must place it in their bowl before racing to their flour bowls and, using their mouth only, trying to find a marshmallow. They continue to alternate until the timer goes off. The winner is the sticky-faced champion (who may resemble a ghost themselves!) who has collected the most apples and marshmallows.
Mini Pumpkin Golf
This one is a little bit cute, we think. Buy about six small pumpkins in the lead-up to Halloween and clear them out, so they are hollow (anyone keen on some pumpkin soup)? Cut out the usual jack-0-lantern face from them, making sure that the mouth shape is low to the ground and can fit a golf ball into it. Scatter the pumpkins around the yard in a small putt putt set up and have the kids move from one ‘hole’ to the other, taking turns to hit their golf ball into the pumpkin’s mouth.
You will need a pack of straws and a small bag of plastic spiders or bugs for this game. Get each child to place their bug/spider down in front of them but behind the ‘start line’ you have drawn or stuck down on the ground. Using the straw, on the count of three kids need to get their spider from the start line to the finish line. The catch? They can only move their spider by blowing on them using the straw. The winner is the person whose spider crosses the finish line first.
Pumpkin / Ghost Drop
You will need some empty paper towels or toilet rolls for this Halloween game. You will also need either small orange or white balls or balloons. If you are using small handballs – simply draw a ghost or pumpkin face on the white and orange balls. If you have balloons, blow these up so that they are the smallest they can be while still inflating. Draw similar faces on the balloons – depending on what colour they are.
This game is then run like a relay. If you have a large group, split the players into two teams with half at one end of a running track and the other half of their team at the other. If it is only a small group, it can be played with as little as two people per team. Get the first player to balance their ball/balloon on the top of a vertically held roll. On the count of three, players must race down the track as quickly but as carefully as they can, balancing their ball/balloon so that it does not fall off. If it does, they must pick it up, return to the start, and try again. When they reach their relay teammate, they must swap the ball/balloon over to their mate’s roll before they race off. The winning team is the one that successfully finishes the entire race first.
Halloween Worm Jar Guessing Game
This game is as simple and also makes a fun kids party game idea. Buy a jar and fill it with lolly snakes (aka worms). When guests arrive, ask them to guess how many lolly snakes are in the jar. This is a lot harder than it seems as the snakes wind around each other and are hard to see. Get them to write down their guess on a piece of paper and at the end, the person whose guess is the closest is the winner. Their prize? Well, the giant jar of lolly snakes of course!
Eyeball Worm Dig
For Eyeball Dig, you will need to pre-cook some pasta spaghetti. Fill up several bowls (depending on how many kids are playing) with soft spaghetti (aka “worms”) and then hide within it several lolly treats. Kids must dig their hands within the slimy, wormy mess and see how many Halloween treats they can find quickly.
Pin the spider on the web
A Halloween spin on a childhood classic party game, you need to get a large sheet of butcher’s paper and draw a big spider web on it for this game. Make sure that at the centre of the web you colour in a small black circle. Buy a bag of tiny plastic spiders and paint a different dot of colour on the back of each one. Pop some blue tack on the back of each one too. Hand these out to the kids. Taking turns, kids are taken to stand before the web. Give them a few minutes to look at it and then blindfold them. Spin them a few times and then, still blindfolded, each child must try to stick their spider as close to the centre spot of the web as possible. The winner is the child whose spider is closest to the spot at the end.
As simple as lining up a tic-tac-toe board (or a few) by placing lines of masking tape down on the floor or table. Buy some mini-playing pieces in two different colours (this could be spiders, mini-pumpkins – anything) and place these next to the game in a container. Throughout your Halloween party, kids and guests can have fun with a little bit of Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe gameplay – something anyone of any age will enjoy.
Spider Web Balance
Create a large spider web on your floor using masking tape. Scatter small gifts (lollies, mini glow sticks etc) throughout the web. Have a “start” sticker at one end and an “end” sticker at the other. Taking turns, kids must navigate the web from start to finish and can only do so by walking on the web lines one foot in front of the other (like a tightrope). Carefully, not taking their feet off the line, they can bend down and try to retrieve the treats. If they get them without losing their balance, they can keep them. If they lose their balance and “fall into the web”, they are out.
Blind Guess Halloween Game
Grab a small white sheet and paint a ghostly face on it. Put a slit in the sheet where the mouth is and hang this up in front of a bench. Place different objects on the bench and have the kids come up and put their hands through the sheet to feel the object. The idea is that the slit is only small and the kids shouldn’t be able to see what is behind it. The kids don’t say anything but go back to their spot and write down what they think each object is as they feel them. In the end, the objects are revealed, with the winner being the child that guessed the most right.
Hopefully, you love this list of games as much as we do and that your Halloween party this year is just a little more crazy and fun because of them.