20 Ghoulishly Great Halloween Party Games for Kids

Looking for Halloween party ideas? Whether you’re hosting a kids party in your “haunted house”, or just looking for some fun Halloween games to play with the family, here are 20 Ghouslishly Great Halloween Party Games for Kids, that the “little monsters” (and you) will be sure to enjoy!

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1. Bobbing for apples

halloween-applesApples are so synonymous with Autumn, it’s no surprise that they feature in Halloween games. Bobbing for apples is a fun game for all ages

How to Play

  • Put water in a basin/bucket, but don’t fill to top as water will be displaced, when biting into apples
  • Add some apples
  • Kids try to take a bite from an apple, with their hands behind their backs. Younger kids could be allowed use one hand to move the apple to them, but not to actually pick up the apple. Make sure to have towels nearby to dry faces.

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2. Diving for Gold

This is another water game, and is more suited to older kids, who don’t mind ducking their faces into/under water.

How to Play

  • Half-fill a basin with water.
  • Drop in some coins, which will sink to bottom of basin.
  • The players must duck their head into the basin, and try retrieve a coin by biting them.
  • Each successful “diver” gets to keep the “gold” that they retrieve!

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3. Apples/Donuts On a String

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A drier version of bobbing for apples, this game suits all ages. You can choose to have apples or donuts swinging, but the donuts might be easier for younger kids.

How to Play

  • Hang apples/donuts, using string, from tree branches/washing line/ stair banisters. If using apples, choose apples with stalks to attach the string. Allow an apple/donut per child.
  • Each child stands with their hands behind their back and tries to bite and eat the swinging apples/donut.
  • Winner is first player to finish their apple/donut.

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4. Dress the Mummy

This is a fun party game for any time of year, and suits kids of all ages.

How to Play

  • You will need a large supply of toilet rolls/kitchen towels.
  • Divide the kids into teams, and one person in the team is the designated “Mummy”.
  • The other members in the team must race against the clock and “dress the Mummy” using toilet rolls.
  • The winning team is the one that has the most wrapped/the best Mummy, in the given time.

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5. What’s the time Mrs. Witch

Halloween characters and buttonsA themed variation of “What’s the time Mr. Wolf”, you will need a spacious room/hallway or could be played outside. This game is ideal outside, so if weather permits, play outdoors.

How to Play

  • For Mrs. Witch you will need a witch’s hat and broom
  • Someone is designated on and is Mrs. Witch – they put on the witch’s hat and hold the broom – and stand with their backs to the rest.
  • Assemble the rest of the children at the start line, and they call out “What’s the time Mrs Witch?
  • If Mrs. Witch says 7 o’clock, they take 7 steps closer to her, and so on.
  • Once they get close enough, the witch can answer “Midnight”, and turn around and chase them.
  • The person she first catches is now Mrs. Witch.

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6. Pin the tail on the Black Cat

Again, a Halloween themed variation of “Pin the tail on the Donkey”, and suited for all ages.

How to Play

  • You will need a large cut out of a black cat, with no tail; a cut-out tail, blu-tack, blindfold, and stickers/pen to note each child’s attempt.
  • Blindfold each player one by one, and turn them around ( you can turn older kids around a few more times for some added confusion!)
  • Each player then attempts to pin the tail on the black cat
  • Note each child’s attempt with a marker/sticker and winner is child that pinned the tail closest to where it should be.

7. Freaky Halloween Feel Box

Are they brave enough to put their hands into the Freaky Feel Box? Guaranteed fun and much squeals!

How to Play

  • Get a large cardboard box and divide into 4/more compartments internally (you could use flaps from top of box for this)
  • Cut holes on sides of box to access each compartment, ensuring just large enough to fit in the hand, but not see in. Decorate the top and side of box creepily, using cobwebs, plastic spiders etc.
  • Place “creepy” items in each compartment – examples include fake fur, peeled grapes for eyeballs, cold spaghetti for worms, slime, damp rough sponge for brains, tines of a plastic fork for vampire teeth, hairy fake spiders etc.
  • Turn the lights down low to add to the spook-factor, and get the kids to take it in turns to put their hands into the box and try guess what they are feeling. You could also leave another hole at back of box, for you to reach your hand in and grab theirs – sure to cause high-pitched screams!

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8. Halloween Treasure Hunt

Get all creative and set up a Halloween Treasure Hunt before the party starts

Halloween treatsHow to Play

  • Decorate the house/a room in Halloween decorations – can be as creative as you like here – hang bats from ceiling, scary fake cobwebs with spiders hanging over door entrances, cardboard headstones, use Halloween props(fake hands, masks, broomsticks) etc.
  • Hide your Halloween themed treasure/treats around the house/room.
  • Let the children loose to find the “treasure” – if prefer can use clues.

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9. Zombie tag

A themed version of tag, one person is designated zombie and they are on. They must try and catch all the other kids. First one caught is the next zombie. This is even more fun if played outside, and other variations include Zombie Hide & Seek, and Zombie Tip the Can.

10. Ghost stories

halloween ghost sceneIt wouldn’t be a Halloween party without some ghost stories, so turn off the lights, have some candles lighting and tell some spooky tales.

For added fright-factor you could have someone nearby making some spooky sounds(creaking door, distant footsteps, breathing). This party game is definitely best suited for older kids.

Another alternative is pass-it-on ghost stories, where first child starts the story, and the next child adds to the

11. Make Toffee Apples

This is a great activity to get all the kids involved, and they can take home their apples at the end of the party.

How to Make

  • Skewer some apples on sticks, and prepare bowls of sprinkles, small jellies/sweets.
  • You will need melted toffee (shop bought/make your own using butter, sugar and salt), and ensure not too hot when kids making their toffee apples.
  • Let each kid dip their apple into the melted toffee and then dip in sprinkles etc.
  • Lay on greaseproof paper to cool.

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Halloween_Bingo12. Halloween Bingo

A perfect Halloween Game for all ages. Also ideal if your youngest is too young to go trick or treating but would enjoy playing a game with the spooky visitors to the house! Download and print out this free Halloween Bingo Game.

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13. Zombie Says

Halloween themed version of “Simon Says”, that suits kids of all ages.

How to Play

  • Arrange the children in a circle or group.
  • One child is designated “Zombie”. The Zombie then orders all the others to follow commands, like “Zombie says, stand on on one leg” etc., and the funnier the better.
  • The children only obey the command if starts with “Zombie says…”. If a child follows a command which doesn’t start with “Zombie says..” then they are out of the game. Play continues like this until there is only one child left, who is the winner.

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14. Monster Style Dance Off

15 Homemade Halloween costumes headerTurn on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, and let the kids get some inspiration for “monster and zombie moves”(best suited for older kids if they are watching video,  as some of the characters in the video are frightening).

Then have a Monster Style Dance Off , with some good Halloween music, and see who has the best “monster moves”.

15. Balance the Grape on the Flour

A fun messy game that kids will love.

How to Play

  • You will need a plate, flour, a large flat knife/scraper and some grapes.
  • Put one grape balanced on top of a mountain of flour.
  • Each child has to take a turn to slice away chunks of flour without knocking grape.
  • The loser who knocks the grape ends up with their face pushed into flour!

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16. Broomstick races

Halloween girl witch on broomstickThis game is best played outside, or in a spacious room/hallway. So if weather permits, head outdoors to the garden for some Halloween fun.

How to Play

  • You will need 2 broomsticks.
  • Divide the kids into two teams.
  • Each player on the team takes it in turn to run to the end line and back on the broomstick. They then pass the broomstick to the next player on their team.
  • The winning team is the one that finishes first.

17. Halloween Scavenger Hunt

A Halloween scavenger hunt is easy to organise and can be tailored to suit any age group. You can choose to play indoors, outdoors, or both. Here are some tips on organising a scavenger hunt.

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How to Play

  • You will need to prepare your Halloween scavenger hunt list in advance – include seasonal items, like a witches hat, an orange crayon, a plastic spider, a plastic bat, a mask, a trick or treat bag etc. For older kids, increase the difficulty, and add some items they might see on their trick or treating, like a read leaf, anything with #13 on it, a black cat etc.
  • Split the kids into teams or do enough sheets for individual use
  • Winner is the first one/team back with a completed scavenger hunt.

18. Pass the Pumpkin

boopumpkinA themed variation on “pass the parcel”, this game suits kids of all ages.

How to Play

  • You will need a hollowed out pumpkin(plastic version will also do), some themed gifts/treats, and music
  • Arrange the kids in a circle.
  • Once the music starts they pass the pumpkin to each other.
  • When the music stops, the child holding the pumpkin can dip into pumpkin and get a treat. This child then moves back from the circle.
  • The play continues like this until every child has gotten their treat.

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19. Halloween Relay Race

A fast-paced game suited to all ages, though younger kids will probably need some help getting “dressed” and “undressed”.

How to Play

  • You will need spare Halloween costumes (preferably larger/adult size). If none, could use some larger size clothes and witch’s hats.
  • Divide the kids into 2 teams.
  • They have to take it in turns to put on the Halloween costumes etc. run up to the top of the room and back, take everything off and next person dresses and so on.
  • The winning team is the one that completes the relay first.

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20. Ghost Poop Race

ghost-156969_640This game is a relay race to see which team can transfer their “Ghost Poop” to their bowl at the finish line.

How to Play

  • You will need: white packing peanuts, 2 large spoons, 4 large bowls & masking tape.
  • Mark a starting line using the masking tape.
  • Put a bowl at the start line and the finish line for each team. Fill the 2 starting line buckets with packing peanuts (ghost poop) and lay a spoon next to or in each bowl.
  • The first child on each team will pick up one “poop” and place it on their spoon, they will carefully walk their peanut to the finish line. They are not to hold the poop on the spoon, but if they do drop it, then they may use their hand to pick it up (eugghh!!!!) and put it back on the spoon and continue on. Once they get to the finish line they are to drop the poop in their bucket and walk back to their team, handing the spoon back to the next person in line and the first child will go to the back of the line.
  • The winning team will be the one that transfers all the ghost poop first…

Over to you! Share your favourite Halloween games in the comments below.

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