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Children’s Halloween Party Games

Published by Bev Richison

Halloween party this year, it is a good idea to have a few games planned to get everyone active and involved in the event. The following is a list of some great games to try. Some may seem familiar as they are variations on classic party games, and some will probably be brand new to you. So, choose the ones you like best, and have a very happy Halloween!

Hot Pumpkin;
Here is a simple variation on the game of Hot Potato. Children sit in a circle on the floor. One child is given a small pumpkin or gourd. Turn on some Halloween music to accompany the Halloween theme. When the music starts, the child passes the pumpkin to the person on his left who, in turn, passes it to the person on his left. The pumpkin continues around the circle from one child to the next. You as the game director will need to shut off the music at intervals. When the music stops, whoever is holding the pumpkin is out of the game and leaves the circle. The game continues until there is only one child left. He or she is the winner.

Halloween Charades:
Another fun game for children is the classic game of Charades. To adapt it for a Halloween theme, write names of common costumes on cards before the party. For example; ghost, witch, clown, princess, etc. Divide the children into teams. Start with the first child on the first team. Have that child draw one of the premade cards and act out the character printed on it. The other teammates need to guess what the first child is trying to portray. The catch is that the acting child is not allowed to make any noise. If the team guesses correctly, they earn a point. Play then passes to the other team. Alternate between the teams until each child has had a chance to act out a character. Whichever team has the most points is the winner.

Pumpkin Pass Relay:
For this game, you’ll need a small pumpkin. Divide the children into two teams. Pick a captain for each team and line the rest of the children up behind their team captains. Give a small pumpkin to each team captain. When you say go, the captains pass the pumpkin between their legs to the next member of their teams. That person passes the pumpkin in the same fashion to the next team member and so on down the line. When the pumpkin reaches the last person in line, he or she runs to the front of the line and begins the process all over again. The game ends when the captain again reaches the front of the line with the pumpkin. The team who does this in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Creative Costume Contest;
For this game, you will need two garbage bags, two rolls of toilet paper, and two rolls of masking tape. Divide the children into two teams and give each team one set of the items previously listed. Each team must pick one person for whom they will create a costume from the materials provided. Give the children a set amount of time, such as five minutes, to create a costume and dress the child who is going to wear it. Then each team presents their costume to a panel of judges, namely you and any other adults present. The team with the most creative costume is the winner.

Pin the Face On the Pumpkin;
This game is derived from the classic Pin the Tail On the Donkey. Before the party, cut two large pumpkins from orange poster board. From yellow paper or poster board, cut eyes, nose, and mouth for each pumpkin. Trace the shape of each face part on the pumpkins where they should go. Then, put a strip of double sided tape on the back of each face part. Hang the pumpkins on the wall. At the party, divide the children into two teams. Give the first four players on each team a part of the pumpkin, eyes, noses, and mouths. Next, blindfold the first person on each team, and send them to the pumpkins on the wall to place their pieces. Do the same with the second, third, and fourth children. If you have children left on each team, allow them to be blindfolded and go up and make adjustments to the team’s pumpkin. For example, if the first child placed the mouth too low, another child may wish to attempt to move it up. Continue until each child has had a turn. The team that has the pumpkin face on the closest to the drawn on face is the winner.

Ghost Obstacle Course;
Divide the children into teams, and have each team choose one player to be the ghost. Make an obstacle course on the floor using masking tape. Give each ghost a sheet to put over his or her head as a blindfold. The object of the game is for the rest of the team to guide the ghost through the obstacle course without touching him or her. If the ghost steps on or outside the tape, a team member must bring him or her back to the beginning of the course and start again. The team whose ghost reaches the end of the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Pumpkin Seed Search;
Divide the children into teams, and give each team a pumpkin with the top cut off. Also give each team a bowl. The object of the game is to remove as many seeds from the pumpkin as possible in a given amount of time. Set a timer for one minute, and dig in. Which ever team has the most seeds in their bowl, minus the pumpkin slime, is the winner.

Hopefully, some of these games will be big hits at your Halloween party this year. Whichever ones you choose to play, have a spooktacular time!

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