Whenever you bring a group of kids together for a party, it's a good idea to have a few organized games planned to keep everyone entertained. This especially holds true at Halloween, when little ones are sure to be extra revved up from the excitement of costumes and candy. The eight games below will help put all that extra energy to good use, whether you're hosting at home or are a teacher in charge of a classroom full of mummies and witches. Get ready to have a howling good time!
Wrap the Mummy
Often used during classroom parties, this easy game is always a bit hit. To play, start by dividing children into groups of three to five kids. In each group, select one child to act as a "mummy," and give the others a roll or two of toilet paper or white crepe paper. Instruct the children to wrap the mummy with the paper, leaving the eyes, nose, and mouth uncovered. The first group to be done with their roll of paper wins.
Halloween Freeze Dance
Get kids grooving with a playful twist on a dance party. Start by playing Halloween party music or creepy sound effects and tell the children to begin dancing, instructing them to freeze the instant you turn off the tunes. Whoever is caught moving after "freeze" is out of the game, and the last child left dancing wins. For a fun variation on this game, tell kids to instead pose as different Halloween characters as they freeze, such as a cat, witch, pumpkin, or mummy.
Make the Zombies Laugh
To play this next game, have all the children lie still on the floor like zombies, selecting one child to stay standing and be "it." That child's job is to make the other children laugh. "It" can make funny faces, dance, act silly, whatever inspires him or her. Once a "zombie" laughs, he or she can join "it" in attempting to make the group laugh. Whoever holds out the longest without laughing is the winner.
Pass the Pumpkin
Think of this next game as a festive variation on "hot potato." Seat the kids on the floor in a circle and give them a small pumpkin to pass around. Play Halloween party music as they pass the pumpkin, and periodically stop the music. Whoever is holding the pumpkin when the music stops is out, and the game continues until just one person is left with the pumpkin.
Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
Tack a large cardboard pumpkin cutout to a wall. Line up the children and, one-by-one, blindfold each child and spin them around in a circle a few times. Give them each a black cutout shape of a pumpkin "nose" with double-sided tape on the back and encourage them to walk towards the wall where the pumpkin is and attempt to stick the nose in the proper place. The child that gets the closest to the right spot wins.
Trick-or-Treat Memory Game
This is a great game for a classroom party, as it requires a bit of critical thinking. To play, sit the children in a wide circle and pick one kid to start. That child begins by saying "I went trick or treating and I collected..." and adds an item that starts with an "a" to the list. Continue around the circle in alphabetical order, with each child reciting the items that came before them and adding on with their letter. For example, the third child in the circle might say, "I collected A, an apple; B, a bat; C, a cat." Encourage the kids to help each other along the way—otherwise, it definitely wouldn't be fair to the last person!
Left and Right Pumpkin Story
Pre-party, write up a short Halloween story that repeatedly uses the words "left" and "right." For example, "On Halloween night, Susie left for trick or treating. Right away she ran into her friend Billy as she made a right turn at the corner. He was holding his trick or treat bag in his left hand." At your party, have the children sit in a circle and give one of them a pumpkin. As you read the story, they need to pass the pumpkin to the person seated next to them as the word left or right is spoken. Read the story quickly and watch them giggle as they try to keep up with the directions. For a twist on this game, you can give each student a candy bar and have them pass them around to the right and left in accordance with the story—each child will end up with a different piece than they started with when the story is over.
Pumpkin Penny Toss
Carve out a large pumpkin, making a wide opening at the top. Give each child a handful of pennies and have them stand an appropriate distance from the pumpkin and try to toss the pennies in, one at a time. For each successful toss, give the child a small piece of Halloween candy.