Plan some Halloween party games for kids without breaking the bank. These games are perfect for kids' Halloween parties, classroom celebrations, or just fun at home in the weeks leading up to Halloween. And for many of them you might already have everything you need to play right in your house.
Here are 18 fun and festive Halloween games for kids.
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This gross activity is always a popular Halloween party game. Make Halloween feel boxes with various foods, such as cold spaghetti (worms) or peeled grapes (eyeballs), and household items, and have the kids feel what's in the box without looking in it. Then, they get to guess what they think they felt in the box. Once everyone has had a turn to touch the items and make their guesses, open the box and show them what's inside.
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This fun game will have kids searching for mini or plastic pumpkins that are hidden around the house or classroom. The person or team that finds the most pumpkins wins. If you don't have any pumpkins on hand, draw some pumpkins on pieces of scrap paper to hide.
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Put on some Halloween tunes, and have the kids boogie until the music stops. Then, they have to freeze. Children are eliminated for not freezing. And the last person standing is the winner. 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.
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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. Or simply let the kids wrap to their heart's content to burn off a little energy!
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Tell ghost stories in "round-robin" fashion with this spooky Halloween party game for kids. The activity calls for sitting in a circle with candles, but it can work just as well with mini flashlights. Have each person tell a portion of a spooky story and then blow out their candle or turn off their flashlight before passing the story onto the next person.
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Split kids into teams, and have each team race to move candy corn from one bowl to another. The catch is they have to use a spoon and can't touch the candy corn with their hands. The team that finishes transferring the candy corn between its bowls first wins.
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This Halloween game will get kids moving. Kids hold hands to form a "worm" and then run from one spot to another trying to keep their worm intact. It can be played by teams or just be a fun activity for all the kids to do together.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Split kids into teams, and provide each team with a scarecrow and a bag of clothes. Then, have the kids dress the scarecrow one article of clothing at a time in a relay race format. The first team with a fully dressed scarecrow wins.
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Create a pumpkin out of posterboard or cardboard, and make a separate stem for it. Then, blindfold kids and have them try to pin the stem on the pumpkin. You can use masking tape on the stem if the kids are too young for pushpins.
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Fill a jar with Halloween candy, and have kids guess how many pieces are in the jar. The winner either guesses correctly or is closest to the correct number. They can take home the jar—after sharing a piece with everyone, of course.
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This game is a fun twist on musical chairs. Print out Halloween-related images, and spread them around the room. Have smaller versions of the images to put in a jar. Have Halloween music playing, and when it stops the kids must choose an image on which to stand. Pull an image from your jar. Anyone standing on that image is out of the game. Remove the image, and keep playing until there's a winner.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Partner up kids for this fun and active game. The object of the game is for one kid to catch candy corn thrown by their partner in a plastic pumpkin worn around their waist. The duo that's able to make the most pieces of candy corn in the bucket wins.
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Divide the kids into two teams, and assign each team a color. Supply each team with several pumpkins, with their bottoms painted in the team color. Have someone who’s not playing hide the pumpkins. Each team should designate pumpkin stealers, who tag opposing players trying to bring their pumpkins back to their home base, and pumpkin hunters, who try to find their own team’s pumpkins. The team that ends up with the most pumpkins in the end—from stealing the other team’s pumpkins or hunting their own—wins.
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Tape a Halloween-related character name on each child's back, making sure the characters are suitable for the kids' age group. Also, don't allow them to see their character name. Then, have the kids walk around and give each other clues about the characters on their backs. The first person to guess the character they have wins.
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This game is essentially hot potato but with pumpkins. Kids pass around a mini pumpkin, and if they're caught holding the pumpkin when the music stops they're out. This is a fun Halloween party game that even the littlest kids can play.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Divide kids into two teams, and give each team a pumpkin and a hockey stick. Then, have each participant stick-handle their pumpkin to a designated spot and back before passing the stick and pumpkin off to the next person on their team. The team that finishes first wins.
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Create lollipops with paper covering them to make a ghost-like form. On each piece of paper should be a letter than spells a Halloween-related word of your choice. The game is played in two parts. First, have the kids hunt for the hidden lollipops. Then, have them work together to unscramble the letters and decipher the word. Everyone gets to enjoy their lollipop after that.
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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.
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Halloween Memory Game
This is a great game for a group party, as it requires a bit of memory work. 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!Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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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.
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Halloween Word Scramble
This game has a lot in common with the classic word-creation game Boggle. Write the word Frankenstein on a large sheet of paper. Break the kids into pairs, and give each pair a piece of paper and a pencil. Set a timer for three minutes, and challenge the pairs to form as many words with three or more letters as they can from the letters in Frankenstein. When the timer goes off, have each pair read out their words. The pair with the most words wins. If the game is a hit, try it again with the word Halloween.
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Candy Corn Relay Race
This game requires a bit of space to play. Start by creating a relay course with start and finish lines. Divide the kids into teams. Then, set out a bowl of candy corn for each team at the starting line and an empty bowl at the finish line. The players must use a large spoon to scoop candy corn out of their full bowl and then carry it to the empty bowl to fill it. If any candy corn falls off the spoon while they're on the course, they must immediately pick it up and bring it back to the starting line bowl and start over with their spoonful. Once a player makes a round trip, they should tag the next player on their team. The team that moves all of their candy corn from the start bowl to the finish bowl first wins.