Halloween Drinking Games: Looking for a way to turn a holiday that’s all about darkness into unadulterated fun? Just add drinking games! (Do so responsibly, of course. And if you’re underage, play these games with candy instead.) Whether you’re preparing some festive cocktails for your guests or keeping the concoctions simple this year, combining drinks with Halloween music, scary movies, clever costumes, and other fall traditions is sure to make your celebration memorable.
Halloween drinking games run the gamut from relatively tame to totally rowdy, so the activities you plan will likely depend on the size and age of your group. For those who really want to turn up the thrills and chills, games like Thriller Flip Cup and Eyeball Beer Pong offer a festive twist on these party classics. On the other hand, if you’re hosting a smaller gathering, Trick or Treater Bingo is an easy, more casual way to spice up your evening. Whatever drinking game you choose, you’ll be one step closer to turning the day of the dead into the night of your life. Of course, make sure you party responsibly! Have a ridesharing app ready to make sure your guests get home safely.
Drinking game aficionados will be very familiar with the rules of beer pong, and this version makes it just creepy enough to be Halloween appropriate. Simply replace the ping pong balls with store-bought eyeballs, and play on.
Split into teams or play as individuals in a game of trivia that will test players’ knowledge of Halloween traditions. You can start by using our impressive Halloween facts for inspiration, then add your own questions to personalize the game. Whenever someone gets a question right they’ll get a point, and whenever some answer incorrectly, they’ll have to drink.
With so many festive Halloween cocktails that are equal parts terrifying and tasty, you can easily invite guests to bring their own concoctions to the party. Hold a competition to see whose cocktail comes out on top, and give the winner candy, bragging rights, or a brand new bottle of boo-ze.
Drinking games for many popular Halloween movies already exist online, but if you’re feeling creative, you can make your own set of rules with friends. If scary movies aren’t your scene, try Delish’s Hocus Pocus Drinking Game for a classic Disney film that will bring the laughs.
Test your luck on Halloween night with this coin-flipping drinking game from Popsugar. If you land on heads, you get to drink a good witch shot, which could be a lemon drop or any tasty mixed drink. If you land on tails, you have to drink a bad witch shot, like straight tequila or whiskey.
Spice up this wholesome fall activity by supplementing your bobbing setup with mini liquor bottles, which will float alongside the apples. Players will try to grab the bottles instead of the apples, or both if they’re feeling ambitious.
For this interactive game idea from Food & Wine, players split up into teams of two, with one person acting as the mummy and the other person wrapping them with toilet paper. The last person to finish wrapping their mummy after the game starts has to drink.
This game combines the rules of musical chairs and flip cup, while of course blasting Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” When the music plays, players dance around a table, and when it stops, they have to drink and flip the cup in front of them. The last person to successfully flip their cup is eliminated.
Medical professionals will have a leg up in this anatomy trivia competition using a Halloween skeleton. Starting from the skull and working downwards, each player will have a chance to name that bone, and will have to drink if they can’t.
For a low key drinking game you can play while handing out candy, opt for Trick or Treater Bingo from Food & Wine. Make your most spooktacular beverage, and then take a sip every time the doorbell rings, someone says “trick or treat!” or you see a popular costume repeated.
If you’ve sent out your Halloween party invitations, picked out your Halloween costume, downloaded a spooky playlist, and bought plenty of candy, all that’s left to do is plan some party games for your adults-only Halloween party. There are many themed games that are fun and maybe even a bit scary to celebrate the holiday. Plus, they use items you likely already have around your house, so you won’t have to spend any money.
Here are 36 Halloween party games for adults.
Murder Mystery Game
A murder mystery game is perfect for Halloween. Your guests will become characters in a story, and it’s up to them to find out which character is the murderer. You can find free murder mystery game scripts online, which provide instructions about the characters and gameplay.
Halloween Feel Box
Gross-out your guests with this hands-on Halloween party game. Fill boxes full of items that are cold, slimy, or otherwise unpleasant to touch, such as cooked spaghetti or peeled grapes. Have your guests stick their hands in the boxes and try to guess what the items are.
As guests arrive, let them know there are certain “jinxed” words they can’t say during the party. The list of words can have a Halloween theme or be anything else you want. If someone is caught saying one of the words, set up some type of lighthearted penalty for them.
Halloween Battle of the Balloons
In this hilarious party game for adults, your guests will race to pop the balloons tied to the ankles of the other guests. No hands are allowed; you only can pop another person’s balloon with your feet. Cumbersome Halloween costumes can make this an even greater challenge. The last person who still has their balloon intact wins.
Halloween Guess Who
This game is a great ice breaker for your next Halloween party. When your guests arrive, tape a piece of paper to their backs with a Halloween character written on it. Have them ask other guests for clues about the character on their back until they can correctly guess it.
Pass-It-On Ghost Story
This is a simple Halloween party game for adults that doesn’t require any special props. Gather guests in a circle, and take turns crafting a spooky Halloween ghost story. Have one person begin, and each subsequent person in the circle can add a sentence to the tale.
Candy Corn Relay Race
Split your guests into two teams, and then set up two lines of small bowls with one for each person. Also, give each person a spoon. Fill the first bowl for each team with a small amount of candy corn. When you say go, each person must move the candy corn from their bowl to their next teammate’s bowl using the spoon held in their mouth. No hands allowed. The first team that moves the candy corn all the way to the last bowl wins.
Halloween Story Game
This game starts when you send out your Halloween party invitations. Write the beginning of a Halloween story on the invitation, and ask guests to come to the party with their conclusion to the story. Then, have them share their stories with each other at the party.
Halloween Candy Guessing Game
This is a simple Halloween party game, but it does require some brain power. Set out a clear jar of Halloween candy. Then, have guests take their best guess at how many pieces of candy are in the jar. The person who comes closest gets to keep the candy jar.
Halloween Film Festival
This fun Halloween party game has guests bringing out their inner actor. Split your guests into groups, and give each group a popular scene from a Halloween/horror movie to act out for everyone else. You can follow your mini film festival with a viewing of your favorite Halloween movie.
Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of items with a Halloween theme that you spot around town. Some options include a carved pumpkin or skeleton Halloween decorations. Then, have your guests race around town and take photos of as many list items as they can find. The person who finds the most items wins the Halloween scavenger hunt.
Halloween Movie Master Game
For this Halloween party game for adults from Party Game Ideas, you’ll have to put a bit of work into the setup. Decorate a spot in your home to look like a scene from a famous Halloween or horror movie. When guests arrive, have them try to guess which movie you’ve depicted.
This game from Catalogs.com is a twist on the classic hide-and-seek. But as a Halloween party game for adults, it’s much scarier. Start out by organizing a standard hide-and-seek game with you as the seeker. Then, put on an extra scary costume to spook your guests when you find them.
Horror Movie Scenario Game
This is a fun Halloween party game for adults that will show how creative your friends are. Print out the plots to several horror movies, and highlight the decisions the characters make that result in their demise. Lay out the fatal scenarios for your guests, and ask them what decisions they would make. If they don’t make the same fatal choices as the characters, they get a point.
Famous Halloween Movie Quote Game
How well do your guests know their Halloween movies? Print out a list of quotes from popular Halloween movies, and ask your guests to identify which movie they came from. Afterward, you can vote on one of the movies to watch.
This Halloween party game for adults from Party Eli is really just a relay race. But it’s made even more interesting because you’re using balloons to symbolize heads. Split your guests into two teams, and give each team a balloon “head” that they have to balance on a plate like a waiter. Set up an obstacle course, and then have each person hand off the balloon plate to a teammate at certain points throughout the course. The first team that finishes the relay with the balloon still on the plate wins.
Here’s another Halloween party game for adults from Ghoul Friday. This game is much like the game Pyramid, but it has a spooky Halloween theme. It takes two players at a time, but you can easily make it a team game if you have a larger group. Included are 12 categories with corresponding question cards that you can print out and use for the game.
This Halloween game from Holidappy is basically a game of charades. But it adds a spooky twist by using Halloween phrases. You also can use Halloween movie titles for your guests to act out, which can be extra eerie if they’re in scary costumes.
Consequences is a popular party game. And this game from Party Games Etc. adds a Halloween element to it. It’s an excellent game for groups of any size. Have players sit in a circle, and give each person a half sheet of paper. Then, instruct each person to write certain things on the paper, fold it over so what they’ve written can’t be seen, and then pass it to the person next to them. In the end, each paper should have a hilarious story with a Halloween theme, depending on what you have them write.
The Grave Keeper
If you have some zombie fans at your Halloween party, then they are going to love this Halloween game from Party Games Etc.: The Grave Keeper. Have one guest be the grave keeper, and the rest should fall to the floor as the undead. If the grave keeper has their eye on you, you can’t move (and if you do, you’re out). But if their back is turned to you, you can move. The goal is to stand all the way up without the grave keeper catching you.
Here’s another Party Games Etc. Halloween activity. Set up some ramps with whatever you have around the house, and you’re ready to have some pumpkin races. Roll your pumpkin too softly, and you’ll probably lose. But roll too hard, and things might get messy.
Murder in the Dark
Murder in the Dark is a fun Halloween card game for adults. It’s a murder mystery game with no setup and just a deck of cards. And because it’s played in the dark, there’s a spooky atmosphere from the start.
The Corny Game
The Corny Game from Party Games Etc. requires guests to kneel on a chair and try to drop a piece of Halloween candy into a glass. Using a small glass makes the game more challenging. And it can be especially difficult to aim the candy corn if you’re wearing a bulky Halloween costume or a mask that makes it difficult to see.
Deadly Wink from Party Games Etc. is a spine-tingling Halloween game. Secretly designate one person as the “murderer.” That person should discretely wink at people as you all sit around the room. If you’re winked at, you must “die” on the spot and sit out of the game. If you see the murderer winking at someone, you can shout “witness” and name the killer. If you’re right, you win the game. But if you’re wrong, you also must “die” and are out of the game. The game is over once the murderer is correctly identified.
Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight
You just need a pumpkin and a scale for this simple Halloween party game. Aim to get a fairly large pumpkin, and then have your guests make guesses about its weight. Award a prize to the person with the closest guess.
This Halloween party game from Party Game Ideas is a structured version of truth or dare. Guests must answer questions about their past Halloweens or complete a spooky dare. This game works best in small groups, so if you have a large party you’ll need to break everyone into teams.
Next Halloween I Think I Will Be …
This Halloween party game starts off simply but quickly gets tricky. To start, one guest should complete the phrase “Next Halloween I think I will be…” Then, the next guest in line should go, saying their answer and repeating the answer of the person before them. Continue like that until you make it through all of your guests, with each person having to memorize a longer list.
If your neighbors won’t mind, liven up your Halloween party with a screaming contest. It certainly will loosen up your guests and give them permission to get loud. Give awards for categories, such as the loudest scream, best scream, scariest scream, and silliest scream.
Use these free printable ESP cards from Psychic Science to test your guests’ “connection” with one another. One person should draw cards from the deck while another attempts to guess what the cards are. This is a great low-key Halloween party game that can be set up in a corner, so guests can play when they want.
Halloween Quote Ice Breaker
This Halloween game is the perfect ice breaker and a great way to form teams for other games you want to play during the party. Give each guest a slip of paper with part of a popular quote from a Halloween movie. The guests then must find the other people with slips of paper that complete the quote.
The Devil Is in the Details
This Halloween party game for adults forces your guests to appreciate the decorating job you did for your Halloween party. Give your guests a list of questions related to your decorations, such as “How many pumpkins are on the porch?” Then, have your guests race around your house to find the answers. The person who finishes first with all of the correct answers wins.
Everything Halloween A-Z
This Halloween party game from Party Games Now includes a free printable worksheet. Set a timer for eight minutes, and then have guests fill in as many Halloween-related words as they can on the worksheet that start with each letter of the alphabet. The person with the most words gets a prize.
Spooky Halloween Boggle
Party Games Now offers a free printable Halloween Boggle game. The board includes some spooky Halloween-related words. Simply set a timer, and have guests find as many of the words as they can.
Mind Reader Game
In this Halloween game from Party Games Now, a test subject is chosen to complete a series of phrases on a paper questionnaire. After they’ve answered, then all the other guests have their chance to see who can “read the mind” of the test subject. Have them guess how the subject completed each phrase. The person who gets the most right wins.