Halloween Mystery Box Game

Lots of Ideas for Creating Your Halloween Feel Box and Filling It

Halloween mystery box

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

The Halloween mystery box game is a popular Halloween party game that will have players reaching into dark boxes to feel items like eyeballs, bones, guts, and fingers. The trick to this game is that inside the boxes are actually everyday items that the players will need to try to guess the identity of.

This game is also known as Halloween feely box, Halloween touchy feely box, Halloween sensory box, and Halloween feel box.

Creating Your Halloween Mystery Box

Your first step in creating your Halloween feel box is to find a container to put each gross item in. Here are some ideas of items you probably all ready have laying around:

  • Tissue boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Moving boxes
  • Old Tupperware

You'll want to 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.

You can make your Halloween feel box extra spooky by painting them black, putting duct tape over them, covering them with a sheet, or draping fake spider webs over them. You can even go as far as putting the boxes together to make it look like a coffin.

Here are some free, printable Halloween papers that would work great for covering the feel boxes.

person creating a Halloween mystery box

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Halloween Mystery Box Ideas

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, while actually, it's just an everyday item from your kitchen.

Here are some ideas of what you can put into your Halloween feel boxes:

  • 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.

You can add dry items directly to the box but you may want to line the boxes that are going to hold wet items with a plastic garbage bag so there aren't any leaks.

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Setting Up Your Halloween Mystery Box Game

After you've filled up your boxes it's time to set up the actual Halloween feel box game. Here are some free printables to help you make it even creepier.

Playing the Halloween Mystery Box Game

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 on a piece of paper what they think the actual item inside the box is. 

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.

Since the best part of the Halloween feel boxes is the look on someone's face when they stick their hand inside, you can 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!

You could also have this set up as a Halloween party game for kids. It would be perfect for a home or classroom party. Maybe go easy on the gross stuff if there are kids involved.

Don't forget to have some paper towels handy for clean up!