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Grisly Ends: A Halloween Drama Game for Teens and Adults

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This game may seem morbid, but is a lot of fun for students, especially if they go more for comedic acting than realism. Additionally, an action as extreme and dramatic as dying on stage can help younger, more inexperienced actors be bolder with their movements and physical characterization, giving them more confidence in future performances and make them more comfortable with making big and bold movement choices.

How to Play this Halloween Drama Game

Have students line up single file. Give each student a piece of paper with a grisly end written on it. The student will go up to the front of the classroom and act out this grisly end using pantomime, which means the student is unable to use sounds or words, only actions.

After the student is finished acting out the gisly end, the other students will raise their hands and the game leader will call on the students one at a time to share what they guessed the grisly end was. The student who guesses what the grisly end was correctly will then be the student who acts out the next grisly end.

If no one can guess what the student has acted out, then the student who has just preformed will chose the next person to perform out of the students who have not yet gone. Go until every student has had one turn. If a student has already gone once, but correctly guesses the grisly end, you can allow that student to choose from one of the students who haven’t gone to prevent some students from having more turns than others.

Here are some grisly ends:

  • being poisoned from an apple
  • choking on a toothbrush
  • falling from a tightrope
  • drowning
  • dying from a mosquito bite

Allow students to come up with their own grisly ends.

A Variation on This Halloween Drama Game

With high school student or adults you might do some grisly ends straight from Shakespeare’s plays (and there are quite a few.)

  • being poisoned (Hamlet)
  • multiple stab wounds (Julius Caesar)
  • being bitten by an asp (Cleopatra)
  • stabbing oneself (Othello)
  • dying of grief (King Lear)

Reminder About This Halloween Drama Activity

With younger students, it is important to remind students to be polite and quiet when it is not their turn. These games are much more fun when students are respectful of each other and listening to others.

Again, this game may seem morbid, but this drama activity can be very helpful to students, giving them more confidence in future performances and making them more comfortable with making big and bold movement choices.

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