Halloween Party Games for Kids

HalloweengamesIf you’re reading this chances are you’re throwing a children’s Halloween party soon and are looking for fun party games. Well you’re in the right place, I have put together a list of 10 fun Halloween themed party games sure to keep the little ghosts and ghouls entertained.

Pin the spider on the web

You will need:

  • A picture of a spider web
  • A cut out spider
  • A blindfold

This is an adaptation of the classic children’s party game pin the tail on the donkey. Draw or print off a spider web and spider then get the children to try and pin the spider on the web whilst wearing a blindfold. The closest to the centre of the web is the winner. You can also try pin the wart on the witch or put the lid on the pumpkin.

 Bobbing for apples

You will need:

  • A bucket or large bowl full of water
  • Apples
  • A towel

I’m sure most of you will have played this fun game at some point. All you need is a large bucket of water and some juicy apples. Put the apples in the bucket full of water and let the children try to get an apple out of the bucket using only their mouth. This can get slightly messy so having a towel handy is a must.

 Pumpkin bowling

You will need:

  • A pumpkin
  • 10 empty drinks bottles or cans

This could get messy if the pumpkin splits so is best played outside or with a sheet on the floor. Place 10 empty drinks bottles/cans (spookily decorated if you have time) on the floor then place the pins on the floor in the following sequence; 1 pin at the front, then 2, then 3, then 4 and you’re ready to play. Get the children to stand at a designated spot and roll the pumpkin towards the bottles trying to knock down as many as possible.

 What’s in the box?

You will need:

  • A cardboard box
  • Spooky items to put inside the box

This is a fun game that everyone will love. Paint a cardboard box black and make a small opening at the top for people to put the hand in, make sure people can’t see what’s inside the box. Place different items in the box and let everyone take it in turns to try and guess what the item is. Think peeled grapes (eyeballs), spaghetti (intestines) etc.

 Pass the pumpkin

You will need:

  • A pumpkin
  • Music

It’s best to use a plastic or small pumpkin for this game in case it is dropped. Players sit in a circle and pass the pumpkin around the circle to music, stop the music every so often and whoever is holding the pumpkin is out of the game. The winner is the last player in the game. You could hollow out the pumpkin and place sweets inside then each child leaving the circle could take a sweet.

 Halloween treasure hunt

You will need:

  • A selection of items to hid (sweets)

This is a simple yet fun game that everyone can be a part of. Decorate a room or the garden with spooky props then hide some Halloween goodies for the party goers to find. You could try making the game a bit spookier by playing at night and turning the lights off.

 Eyeball racing

You will need:

  • Spoons
  • Ping pong balls or boiled eggs painted to look like eyeballs

This is a spooky take on the classic egg and spoon race. Split players into two groups and give each group a spoon and an eyeball. Each group has to try and carry the eyeball on the spoon round the course without dropping it. After the first player has completed the course the spoon and eyeball should be passed to the next person until everyone has had a shot. The winning team is the first team to complete the course.

 The mummy wrap

You will need:

  • Toilet roll
  • Someone to be a mummy

For this game you need at least 4 players. Split the players into two groups, one person from each group is chosen to be the mummy. The other players job is to wrap the mummy up using the whole toilet roll as quickly as possible. The team that wraps their mummy up the fastest wins. Try playing some spooky background music or fun songs to add to the game.


You will need:

  • A large bowl
  • Material to cover the bowl
  • Spooky/gross food items
  • Some small sweets in wrappers

This is a really fun and slightly gross game. Fill up a large bowl with cooked spaghetti (brains), peeled grapes (eyeballs) and any other gross foods you can thing of, add a small handful of wrapped sweets into the bowl and mix everything around. Cover the bowl so you can’t see what’s inside and make a small slip in the top of the cover so people can put their hand in the bowl without seeing what’s inside. Get the children to put their hand into the bowl and try to find a sweet, they will have to feel around the gross food to find one.

Doughnut on the line

You will need:

  • Some rope/string
  • Some doughnuts
  • A messy mat if you’re playing indoors

This has to be one of my favourite games. It can get a little messy so is best played outside where possible! For this game you need some thick string and some doughnuts (one for each person) ring doughnuts work great. Tie a doughnut to the end of a piece of string and suspend them from somewhere a tree branch works great if you’re playing outside. The doughnuts should hang just above mouth level so players have to stretch slightly to reach their doughnut. Players must keep their hands behind their back and use only their mouth to try and eat the doughnut. This really is a messy but very fun game!


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