Halloween Games These Halloween games are perfect for kids’ parties, indoors and out. They get kids moving—the better to burn off those candy-coated calories and high-fructose energy.
Monster Freeze Dance
This is the perfect opportunity for kids to show off their silliest (or sickest) dance moves.
Everyone has to dance while the music is playing. But as soon as the music stops, they all have to freeze like statues. Anyone caught moving while the music is off is out of the game until the next round (the next song). The last player still dancing is the winner.
Instead of bobbing for apples in a bucket of water (which can really wreak havoc on costumes or face paint), have kids try to “snap” a bite from an apple hanging on a string. All you’ll need are apples (with stems) and string!
Capture the Ghost
Adapt the classic backyard game of Capture the Flag with a ghostly theme!
Use white handkerchiefs for the flags. This adds an extra challenge because it will be hard to tell the teams’ flags apart from one another. For smaller kids, you might want to use Halloween-themed fabric scraps or large felt pumpkins instead.
Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are easy to set up and can be done just about anywhere, indoors or out.
Purchase plastic skeletons (or cut paper ones) and disassemble them. Hide the bones around the house (or yard) before the game starts. Have kids hunt for the skeleton parts. For an extra challenge, see if party guests can reassemble their bony treasures into a complete skeleton set.
Dead Man’s Treasure
For this version of Pirate’s Treasure, use Halloween-themed objects (say, mini plastic pumpkins, or glow sticks) for the treasure. Larger plastic pumpkins, decorated paper bags, or even large stockpots (think witch’s cauldron) can serve as the treasure chests.