Halloween Party Games With a Ghost Theme

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Add some spirit to your Halloween party games with a spooky ghost theme. These games are great for entertaining a group of kids at a Halloween party, a

nd they can be fun for adults, too. Some are played in teams while others involve individual competitors.

Here are 10 ghost games to play at your next Halloween party.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

For this game, your yard becomes a graveyard, which you can decorate with tombstone props if you wish. Before the game begins, choose a spot to serve as the safety base, such as the porch or a specific tree. To play, assign one player to be the ghost. The other players must cover their eyes and count to 100 as the ghost finds a hiding spot. When the players have finished counting, they should begin wandering around the graveyard trying not to let the ghost catch them. The ghost should try to sneak up on players and tag them. If they're tagged before they can reach the safety base, they are out of the game. Play continues until the ghost tags all but one player, who is the winner.

Goblin, Goblin, Ghost

This game can be especially fun for young kids at a Halloween party. It's played just like a traditional game of Duck, Duck, Goose. The only difference is that participants should use the words "goblin, goblin, ghost" to play instead. Plus, whoever gets tagged as the ghost can do their best spooky ghost impression as they chase the other player around the circle.

Ghost Bottle Bowling

Make ghostly bowling pins by painting ghost faces on empty half gallon milk jugs. Once they're dry, set them up like bowling pins and use a small pumpkin as the ball for some ghost bottle bowling. If playing outdoors at night (or indoors in a dark room), put a glow stick inside each bottle to give it an eerie glow.

Ghosts Float

To play this game, blow up several white balloons. Use a black marker to draw ghost faces on the balloons. Then, have players gather to form a circle. Toss one ghost balloon into the circle, and challenge the players to keep it from hitting the floor. After a minute or so, toss in a second ghost balloon. Keep increasing the number of balloons, and watch players scramble as they try to keep all of the ghosts afloat.

Ghost Busters

For this game, blow up as many white balloons as you have players. Draw ghost faces on them with a soft-tipped marker. Hang the balloons with ribbons, so they dangle from the ceiling at a height where the players can reach them. Tie the ribbons loosely around the balloons, so they can easily be untied. On the word “Go!” players must race to untie a ghost balloon and then bust (pop) it by sitting on it. When a ghost balloon is popped, that player can collect a prize. Have enough trinket or small candy prizes on hand for everyone; the fastest poppers will get the first pick of the prizes.

Ghost Catcher

Have participants gather around a table to make ghost lollipops by tying coffee filters around lollipops and giving them ghost faces. When the lollipops are done, tie equal lengths of ribbon to each one. Place the ghost pops in the center of a table, forming a circle with the heads facing in and the lengths of ribbon stretching out to face each player. One player should be the ghost catcher, and they get a paper cup instead of a lollipop. Play some music, and stop it at random intervals. When the music stops, the players must pull their ribbons as the ghost catcher thumps their cup upside down onto the table in an attempt to catch a ghost inside. When a ghost is caught, the player whose lollipop is trapped becomes the new ghost catcher.

Ghost With the Most

To play this game, give each participant a ghost-themed treat bag. You can draw ghost faces on white paper bags or purchase ghost trick-or-treat buckets from a party store. Before play begins, hide several ghost lollipops around the party area. Set a timer, and send participants on a hunt to retrieve as many ghost pops as possible before time runs out. When the timer rings, count the pops. The player with the most ghost pops wins the game.

Tin Can Ghost Toss

If you're looking for Halloween carnival games, this one puts a ghost's face on the classic game where you have to knock tin cans off a shelf. Paint three empty cans white, and then paint black eyes and mouths on them. Arrange the tin can ghosts on a tabletop. Have players stand behind a line a few feet away from the table and toss a beanbag to try to knock over the ghost cans. They get three attempts. Award small prizes to players who knock over all of the cans.

Musical Ghosts

This ghost-themed game is based on the classic party activity musical chairs. But instead of lining up chairs, scatter some sheets around the party space, leaving one fewer sheet than there are players. As the music plays, participants can dance in the middle of the room. Every time the music stops, the participants must race to grab a sheet and put it over their heads like a ghost costume. The player left standing without a sheet is out. Then, remove one sheet from the game, and restart the music for another round. Continue play until only one person is left wearing a sheet.

Ghost Costume Race

To play this Halloween party game, divide players into two teams. Provide each team with a ghost costume. On the word “Go!” the first players in line for each team must put on the costume, make a spooky pose, and yell “Boo!” Each player must then remove the costume and pass it on to the next player in line, who must do the same thing as the first player. The first team that passes the costume to all its players wins.