Whether it is a house party or you are hosting a school event for this year’s trick-or-treaters, here are some exciting games according to parenting.com that will get the party started right on fright night! Check out these suggestions because these games are definitely too spooky to pass up!
1. Critter Races
The set up: Have kids pick their own straw and tiny critter (plastic spider, cockroach, or other bug). Put initials on critters with a white paint pen and keep them in paper bowls so they’re organized into groups. Have kids stand on one side of a dining table or kitchen island. Mark a finish line at the opposite side with tape.
The game: When you say “go,” kids must use their straws to blow their own critter to the finish line. First critter across wins!
2. Halloween Memory Game
The set up: Get a stack of paper plates and an assortment of small, wrapped Halloween candies (you’ll need two of each variety). Tape candies to the center of plate, then flip over and place plates in two to four rows on the floor.
The game: Let kids take turns flipping two plates over to see if they can get a match. Whoever gets the most matches wins!
3. Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss
The set up: Buy a short, inexpensive kitchen sink plunger. Paint the handle with glow-in-the-dark paint and decorate the base with googly eyes. (Keep paint in paper bowls and brushes in paper cups to avoid messes.) Pass out glow-in-the-dark necklaces to each guest. Stick the plunger to the floor then figure out which distance makes the game challenging but fun. Mark where to stand with glow-in-the-dark tape then turn off the lights.
The game: Let guests take turns tossing glow-in-the-dark necklaces onto the plunger handle.
4. Pass the Mini Pumpkin
The set up: Swap traditional oranges for mini pumpkins (remove stems before you start), split the group into teams, and turn on some music.
The game: Each team must pass their mini pumpkin down from the first to the last person in line using only necks and chins—no hands. The first group finished wins!
5. Reverse Musical Chairs
The set up: Start with enough chairs for each member of the group. Get a kid-approved Halloween playlist ready.
The game: When the music starts, kids move around the room. When music stops, they take a seat. Remove a seat each round, but instead of kids being eliminated, challenge them to share seats so that everyone stays in the game. Keep going as long as the group can get everyone onto the remaining chairs or chair!