Halloween Mystery Box Game

Halloween mystery box

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Set up a Halloween mystery box game at your next party to have guests reaching into dark boxes to feel eyeballs, bones, guts, and fingers. The trick to this game is that these items are really just everyday things you can find around your house—and the players need to guess what the objects are.

Gather the Boxes

Your first step in creating your Halloween mystery box is to find a container to put each gross item in. Some ideas of items you probably have laying around include:

  • Tissue boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Moving boxes
  • Plastic containers

Cut a hole in each box big enough for a hand to reach into but small enough that you can't see the contents of the box. Make your Halloween feel box extra spooky by painting them black, putting duct tape over them, covering them with free printable Halloween papers, or draping fake spider webs over them. You can even go as far as putting the boxes together to make them look like coffins.

person creating a Halloween mystery box

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Collect the Mystery Items

In each Halloween mystery box, you'll want to add a spooky or gross item. The person who puts their hand into the box should think that they are feeling something really disgusting, when it's actually just an everyday item from your kitchen. Some ideas for your Halloween boxes include:

  • Dried apricots: ears
  • Peeled grapes or olives: eyeballs
  • Fuzzy pipe cleaners: spider legs
  • Baby carrots: toes
  • Steamed cauliflower: brains
  • Popcorn kernels or elbow macaroni: teeth
  • Candy corn: vampire's teeth
  • Peeled tomato: heart
  • Cooked noodles or canned spinach: guts
  • Dried pasta: bones
  • Pudding: mud
  • Wet tortilla: skin
  • Potato chips: scabs
  • Canned peaches: liver
  • Cheese sticks: fingers
  • Raisins: warts or boogers
  • Corn husk silk or steel wool: hair
  • Overcooked rice; maggots
  • Canned pear halves: stomach
  • Peanut butter: ear wax
  • Pudding with peas: vomit
  • Licorice vines: rat tails
  • Slivered almonds: fingernails
  • End of a pickle or mushroom: nose
  • Sliced melon: tongue
  • Bananas sliced longways: witch tongue
  • Yarn: monster hair
  • Carrot sticks: witch fingers
  • Mini marshmallows: ghost poop
  • Rubber glove filled with flour: dead hand

Let your imagination run wild when filling up the boxes. Remember that you can add ketchup, cooking oil, or water to these items to make them even grosser. Smell has a great effect as well, so consider adding fish, onions, cheese, sauerkraut, and other foul-smelling foods.


Line the boxes that are going to hold wet items with a plastic garbage bag, so there aren't any leaks.

mystery box ideas

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

How to Play

The objective of the Halloween feel box game is to guess the actual items inside of the boxes. Have each player feel the contents of the box and then write down what they think the item actually is on a piece of paper.

The person who guesses the contents of the most feel boxes is the winner. You can give a small prize to the winner, or simply let them have bragging rights for the night. This game can be actively played by all at a party ,or you can set your boxes up on a table and let people stick their hands in at their leisure.


Because the best part of the Halloween feel boxes is the look on someone's face when they stick their hand inside, make it more of an experience than a game if you also cut a hole in the back of the box. That way, you can grab their hand when they're playing!