10 Fun Party Games to Play With Apples

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The apple is a sweet theme for a celebration. It can work for a harvest season party or even as a unique way to celebrate a birthday. You can use apples as part of your decor, serve foods and beverages made with apples, and even play games with apples.

Here are 10 apple-themed games for your next party.

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    Apple Balance Race

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    For this race, players have to balance an apple on the palm of one hand and run from one designated point to another without dropping the apple. They're not allowed to use their fingers to catch the apple if it starts to fall. Any player who drops their apple (or who cheats and catches it) must return to the starting point and begin again. The player who finishes first with their apple wins.

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    Apple Passing Race

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    Divide players into two teams. Have each team line up side by side. Place a barrel full of apples at one end of each team’s line and an empty barrel at the other end of each line.

    On the go signal, the players directly next to the full barrels should pick an apple out of the barrel and pass it to the teammate next to them. The apples are then passed down the line from one player to the next. The last players in each line should drop their apples into the empty barrels as they receive them. Then, the last players in each line must run and take a new place as the first in each line. Now it's their turn to take another apple from their full barrel and pass it down the line.

    This cycle continues until all of the apples have been transferred from one barrel to the other. The team that is the first to achieve this wins.  

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    Apple Teeth Relay

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    For this fun relay race, divide players into two teams. Place enough apples so there's one for each player on a table. Have the teams stand behind a starting line that is several feet away from the apple table. Teams then must race, relay style, to bring all of their apples from the table back to their team’s starting place.

    The twist is the players can’t carry the apples in their hands, but rather they must pick them up in their mouths and run back to their teams like that. The first team to collect all of its apples wins.  

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    Apple Toss

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    Have the players stand behind a line, and give each one three apples. Place a bucket a few feet away from the line. Players must try to toss their apples into the bucket. Score one point for each successful apple toss. The player(s) who scores the most points wins the game.  

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    Musical Apples

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    This is an apple-themed version of the traditional party game of musical chairs. Instead of chairs, however, players should circle and sit on buckets or sacks full of apples. The winner gets to keep the last remaining bucket or sack of apples.

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    Apple Slingshot

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    Set up a target in the yard. Then, create a slingshot that is many feet away from the target. Have players place their apples in the slingshot and launch them at the targets. Assign points to each area of the target; the player who hits the spots that give them the most points wins.

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    Worm in the Apple

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    You will need a large box for this game. Open the box on two sides. On the remaining “walls” of the box, draw and color in the shape of an apple. Make it large enough to take up almost all of the space.

    Play some music to start the game, and have players line up and crawl through one of the open box sides and out of the other. (They are the “worms” crawling through the apple.) Stop the music at random points. The player caught inside of the apple box when the music stops is out of the game. Keep playing like this until only one player remains; they are the winner. 

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    Caramel Apple Walk

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    A caramel apple walk is a fun game to play at the end of your party, so guests can take home their caramel apples as favors. To play, cut several apple shapes out of red paper. Write the names of different types of apples on the cutouts. Tape them to the floor to form a path that players will walk on as music plays. Each time the music stops, call out the name of an apple. The player standing on that apple wins a caramel apple. Keep playing until everyone has been handed a caramel apple party favor

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    Mr. Apple Head

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    This is a fun apple party craft that is also an edible treat. Set up a table with apples and a variety of toppings. Use caramel or caramel-flavored frosting for guests to use as the glue for the toppings. Challenge them to use the toppings to make their apples look like characters, such as Mr. Potato Head. Take a picture with everyone and their finished treat before digging in.

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    Apple Scavenger Hunt

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    Before your party, gather several different varieties of apples (e.g., gala, fuji, granny smith, red delicious). Label them accordingly, and then hide them around the party space. Then, divide guests into two teams, and give each team a list of the apple varieties they must find. The first team to collect all of the apples on its list wins the apple scavenger hunt.