Halloween is the ideal holiday for a party games and activities. Check out these Halloween party games and activities to spook your guests.

pumpkin carving contest

Ingredients

  • Pumpkins
  • Carving Knives
  • Plastic Table Covers
  • Black Markers

To Play

  • Set up an area where your friends can carve a pumpkin. Put down plastic table covers on the tables for spills.
  • Give everyone a pumpkin to carve and the appropriate tools. You may want to have the kids work with adults, so they don’t hurt themselves or give them markers.
  • Then have a contest. Have your guests or neighbors vote on the most creative face, most handsome, scariest, worst, best, etc.

decorate pumpkin cookies

Ingredients

  • Sugar Cookie Batter
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy

To Play

  • Make pumpkin, witch, and other Halloween shaped cookies.
  • Put out frosting, candy, and sprinkles and let the kids go at it.
  • Have the kids vote on their favorite cookies. Everyone wins and gets to spend the day eating cookies!

scavenger hunt
This is a game that is usually relatively inexpensive and time-consuming.

Ingredients

  • Orange Paper
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Any Clue Items (See Below)

To Play

  • Cut out pumpkins on the orange paper and write out the scavenger hunt clues.
  • Divide guests into teams.
  • Give the partygoers clues that take them from place to place. Here are some Halloween ideas to get you started.
    • Go to the place where the slogan is ‘Make it a _______ night’ and get a scary movie with a title that will make you _________ (yell really loud).
      • (Go to Blockbuster and get the movie Scream 1,2, or 3.).
    • Get a piece of a costume from someone who is dressed to help save lives
      • (Get a piece of a costume from a Dr., police, fireman, etc.).
    • Find something that might purr (or a picture).
      • (Picture of a cat, piece of a cat costume, etc.)
    • Obtain a CD from a group whose name will make you want to “Bust Jack O’ Lanterns.”
      • (Smashing Pumpkins CD/tape).
    • Find anything related to “The Great Pumpkin.”
      • (Anything related to the classic Charlie Brown Halloween special/comic strip that deals with “The Great Pumpkin”).
  • The team that finishes first and gets all of the right answers, wins.

mummy wrap

Ingredients

  • Toilet Paper

To Play

  • Divide kids into teams or couples.
  • Hand out toilet paper to each team.
  • Have each team try to mummify (wrap up) one another in a race to be first! Be careful- the paper keeps tearing the faster you go!

tie an orange ribbon
This game is a great way to start your party.

Ingredients

  • Orange or Black Yarn
  • Scissors

To Play

  • Buy some yarn or ribbon, and cut the ribbon/yarn up into various lengths (at least 100-400 uneven pieces).
  • Hide the yarn or ribbon around the house.
  • Put everyone into pairs, and have them search throughout the house to find as many pieces of ribbon/yarn as they possibly can.
  • Each team must work with their partner to tie each piece of ribbon/yarn together to create one long piece of yarn/ribbon. Whoever has the longest piece of ribbon/yarn at the end of 15 minutes wins the game (It is OK if not every piece of ribbon is found).

halloween sticker stalker

Ingredients

  • Halloween Stickers

To Play

  • When guests begin to arrive at your house, give each guest a pack/sheet of 10 Halloween stickers.
  • The object of this game is to get rid of all your stickers by sticking them on the other guests (One sticker per guest). However, if the guest you are “stickering” catches you, he/she gets to stick one of his/her stickers on you. If you are “caught”, you must temporarily take your sticker back, and you can try to sticker that same person later (at your own risk). But if someone falsely accuses you of “stickering” him/her, then you can automatically put one of your stickers on that person.
  • The first one to get rid of all 10 of their original stickers is the winner!

touchy feely

Ingredients

  • Spiders
  • Webs
  • Wigs
  • Witches Noses
  • Pumpkins
  • Fake Brains
  • Basket or Box

To Play

  • Put a lot of random Halloween objects in a basket or a box. Make sure the box/basket has some type of cover over it.
  • As your guests arrive, have them put their hand inside the basket/box and feel around for the various objects associated with Halloween.
  • As soon as each person feels around the box, have them write down what they thought was in the box.
  • Whoever guesses the most items correctly wins a prize.

body part
This game is fun to play at a “scary” sleepover, and can be accompanied by other ghost stories.

Ingredients

  • Paper Bag
  • Plastic Bag
  • Peeled Grapes
  • Canned Apricots
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Cooked Spaghetti
  • Peeled Tomato
  • Cooked Macaroni Noodles
  • Jell-O

To Play

  • Prepare all of the “body parts” and line the paper bags with a plastic bag. Each bag will be a different body part that has fallen off the witch. Use peeled grapes for the eyeballs, a canned apricot for the tongue, popcorn kernels for teeth, cooked spaghetti for brain, a large peeled tomato for the heart, cooked macaroni noodles for intestines, a slab of jello for the liver, and so on.
  • Have the guests sit in a circle in a dimly lit (or dark) room while you make up a story about a mean old witch who falls apart piece by piece.
  • As you talk about each body part, pass around the bag and have the kids feel inside without looking. Have the guests guess what food you used for each body part, and the person who guesses the most right wins.

scary story contest

Ingredients

  • Index Cards

To Play

  • Write out on individual index cards one scary story opening line. Good examples include: “It was a stormy night…” “The ghost moaned…” “A body lay in the corner…” “The mummy chased her…”
  • Gather guests in a circle and make it really dark and light some candles.
  • Hand out an index card to each guest.
  • The first person reads their opening line and has one minute to make up a scary story.
  • You go around the circle until all stories have been read.
  • The story that gets the most shrieks and shrills, wins.

prizes

  • Candy
  • Halloween Award Trophy
  • Scary Stories
  • Silly String
  • Halloween Toys and Favors