Battle of the Balloons: A Party Game for Adults

White, orange, or black balloons for Halloween party on gray background.

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Battle of the Balloons is an active and hilarious party game for adults that is easy to set up and is guaranteed to break the ice. Perfect for a Halloween party, this one will get your guests up and moving!

What You'll Need

  • Balloons (go for themed colors, such as black and orange for Halloween)
  • Strings of equal length to tie to the balloons

How to Play

  1. To play this game, start by dividing your guests into two teams and put them on opposite sides of the room or outside if the weather is nice and the guests are willing. Have each of your guests grab a balloon and tie it to one of their ankles.
  2. Yell "Go," and have each team wobble toward each other, using their feet to try to break the other team's balloons. No hands allowed!
  3. When a person gets their balloon popped, he or she is out of the game and he or she needs to move over to the side of the room.
  4. The team that has the last person to have its balloon popped is the winner.


Here are some variations that can make Battle of the Balloons a lot more fun and interesting:

  1. Give each team a few minutes to come up with a strategy. It will be interesting to see if an offense is the best defense.
  2. Tie a balloon to both ankles. Double the balloons, double the fun.
  3. For a party with couples, have each couple work as a team to protect their balloons and go after other teams' balloons. It will be interesting to see which couples work together to figure out the best strategy.
  4. Forget the teams and have each person play for themselves.
  5. Turn up the Halloween music and have guests dance to the Monster Mash during the game.

Tips for Playing

Here are some tips to help you stretch your dollar and get more out of your balloons:

  1. Plan this game for later in the night so you can use the balloons you've decorated with for this game.
  2. Double up the balloon game fun by having your guests guess the number of balloons you have before you start popping them.

Making the Game Kid-Friendly

Battle of the Balloons can easily be modified for kids of all ages and is a great addition to party games for children. Here are some ways you can change it up for the kids:

  1. Make it a race. Let the kids run from a start line to a finish line with the balloons tied to their ankles. The first one to the finish line is the winner.
  2. Get rid of the competition. Turn up the music and let the kids dance with the balloons tied to their ankles. They'll have a blast.
  3. Sit and pop. Make the strings longer or forget them altogether and have the kids sit on the balloons to pop them.

Other Halloween Party Resources

Are you looking for some other fun games to play this Halloween? There are tons of other fun Halloween party games for adults or kids that you can plan for your party. You may also want some more mellow activities available, such as coloring pages.

Halloween isn't just about the games, though, and there are Halloween freebies out there that can make your party pop, such as invitations that you can print, pumpkin carving patterns, costume ideas, and clip art for decorations or crafts.