list of fun family halloween games

Looking for ways to entertain your favorite Halloweeners? Whether you are looking for some fun for a party, in lieu of trick-or-treating, or in addition to trick-or-treating, here are some fun ways to create or add to the Halloween spirit.

list of fun family halloween games |

  • Witches Stew Game
    • Cut ten Halloween shapes, such as ghosts, bats and pumpkins from construction paper. (Each shape should be about the size of a silver dollar)
    • Place the shapes in a pile beside a small bowl
    • Using the straw as a vacuum, each person tries to pick up a shape and place it in the bowl to create the Witch’s Stew
    • Time the players to see who can get all ten in the bowl the fastest
  • Monster Tag
    • Mark of a circle in your yard with rope.
    • Put a mask and gloves on the monster – then blindfold him/her.
    • All players stay within the circle as the monster wanders around with arms out.
    • When the monster growls, all other players must growl back and extend arms (this is how the monster find his victims).
  • Grab the Ghost
    • Have all players make a ghost by draping a piece of paper towel around a small ball (or a wadded-up paper towel).
    • Cinch the towel around the ball and secure with one end of a 2-foot length of yarn.
    • Have everyone draw a face on their ghosts with markers.
    • At the start of the game, each player is given ten pennies.
    • Choose one person to be the goblin.
    • The other players lay their ghosts on the large paper circle and hold on to the yarn leash.
    • The goblin holds a funnel upside down at least 2 feet above the circle.
    • The goblin chooses two numbers on a die, announces them to the group, then rolls. If either of the chosen numbers appears, the players try to pull their ghosts out of the circle before the goblin can slam the funnel down over them. If a player is caught, he must give the goblin a penny. If the chosen numbers do not appear, but the players panic and yank their ghosts out of the circle anyway, it’s another penny to the goblin. The goblin, for his part, is allowed to fake a funnel slam, but if he touches any ghost, he must shell out a penny to each player.
    • After three rolls of the die, the next player takes over as goblin.
    • Play is over when one player runs out of pennies.
    • The player with the most coins wins.
  • Mummy Wrap
    • Grab a roll of toilet paper per team or group.
    • Divide the players into groups: one for the mummy and three to wrap.
    • The object is for each group to wrap their mummy faster than the other groups but doing a good job.
    • You can have a winner for the best mummy or a race for the fastest mummy wrapped, or no winner at all.
  • Pumpkin Bowling
    • Arrange a triangle of 10 empty plastic 2-liter bottles.
    • Players take turns gently rolling a pumpkin into the pins, with three chances to knock them all down.
  • Halloween Memory Game
    • Pick about 20 to 25 different Halloween related items such as rubber bats, spiders, skulls, ghosts, etc. and place a few of them on a tray.
    • Cover it with a cloth.
    • Give each player a paper and pencil.
    • Players sit in a circle around the tray and the cloth is removed for 60 seconds. When the time is up, replace the cloth.
    • The players write down everything they can remember seeing on the tray.
    • The person that gets the most items is the winner.
    • You can keep the game going by having more items to add to the tray. Remove a few of the beginning items and add some new ones.
  • Pumpkin Roll
    • Determine a starting line and a finish line.
    • Set 2 pumpkins on their sides at the start and have the racers line up behind them.
    • At “Go,” each pair of challengers uses sturdy brooms to propel the pumpkins over the finish line.
  • Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
    • Cut apart the bones of a life sized skeleton.
    • Hide the bones throughout the house or yard.
    • Have players hunt for the bones, and bring them back to a certain place.
    • Then they must work together to put the skeleton bones back together.
  • Pin the Face on the Pumpkin
    • Cut out eyes, noses, and mouths from black construction paper.
    • Stick a piece of double-sided tape on the back of each cutout, and give a set of cutouts to each player.
    • Place a large pumpkin on a low table or a bench.
    • With blindfolded players starting four feet away (little kids may stand closer), instruct them to walk toward the pumpkin and create a jack-o’-lantern face (without peeking).
    • After each turn, take a picture of the player with the finished pumpkin.
  • Classic Bobbing for Apples or Donuts on a String

What is your favorite Halloween game?

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3 responses to “list of fun family halloween games”

  1. Krickards3 says:

    fantastic! thank you for sharing

  2. […]  Bobbing for Apples ~ Tie apples or donuts on a string and hang them for a different version of the classic bobbing for […]

  3. Love these ideas – thanks for sharing!


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