Are you looking for some last-minute Halloween games for kids? I’ve put together a list of games that not only add fun to any Halloween party but also spark creativity among youngsters. From traditional favorites to unique new ideas, there’s no shortage of ways to keep children entertained and engaged during this spooktacular time of year.
Popular Halloween Games for Kids
These Halloween games for kids are interactive and require little to no setup. These family-friendly games offer a welcome relief from the sugar-fueled excitement that comes with trick-or-treating. Rest assured that these Halloween games will leave the little ones fully delighted and entertained this Halloween!
One of the most popular Halloween games for kids is Halloween Bingo. I love this game because it’s an easy set up and can be played by kids of all ages. To play, you just need Halloween-themed bingo cards, some small candies or counters to mark off the called items. It’s a great way to incorporate festive fun into your party. Grab our cards here!
Candy Corn Toss
The Candy Corn Toss is an entertaining game that will keep the kids engaged. I find this game easy to set up; all you need are some candy corns and small plastic cups or containers. The goal is for the children to toss the candy corns into the containers from a distance. You can make it more challenging by increasing the distance or adding a time limit. How cute would it be to toss candy corns into these candy corn cups?
Pumpkin Patch Stomp
I think the Pumpkin Patch Stomp is an exciting and active game for kids’ Halloween parties. You’ll need orange balloons and small treats or toys for this game. Inflate the balloons and place the treats inside, then scatter them on the floor. Have the children stomp on the balloons to “harvest” the pumpkins and collect their treats. It’s a thrilling experience for everyone involved. These balloons would make this game easy, but you could also draw faces on the balloons with a Sharpie too.
Halloween Charades is a fantastic game for kids to use their imaginations and acting skills. I suggest writing popular Halloween characters, objects, or scenarios on slips of paper and then having the kids pick one to act out. It helps develop their creativity and communication skills while providing laughter and entertainment for the group.
Bean Bag Toss
Bean Bag Toss another fun and easy Halloween game for kids. For this game, you’ll need some bean bags and a sturdy target, such as a decorated cardboard box with holes cut into it. The goal is for the kids to toss the bean bags into the target to score points. You can get as creative as you’d like with the design of the target or the bean bags themselves. Although you could DIY this game yourself, the one below is pretty cute and much easier!
Tic Tac Toe
Lastly, Tic Tac Toe is a classic game that can be given a Halloween twist for your party. I enjoy turning this game into a life-size experience by using tape or string to create a giant Tic Tac Toe grid on the floor. Kids can use Halloween-themed objects like pumpkins and skulls as their game pieces, and it’s a great way to keep them entertained while encouraging strategic thinking.
Not quite a game, pumpkin carving is a classic Halloween activity that kids love. You can create a fun, engaging pumpkin-carving game by putting a twist on traditional carving. First, I choose a few different pumpkin carving templates, then print them out and cut them into equal-sized pieces. Mix the pieces into a bag, and have each child pick out a few without peeking. Next, the child must create their own unique pumpkin carving design using the pieces they picked out. This allows for creativity, teamwork, and lots of laughter!
Just make sure that adult supervision is present when it’s time to carve the pumpkins, and have some safe carving tools on hand. These are my favorite carving tools!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are always a hit at parties, and a Halloween-themed one is no exception. I typically create a list of Halloween-related items to search for, such as plastic spiders, ghost decorations, or mini pumpkins. Next, hide these items around the party area, and provide each child with a list and some clues. You can make this game more engaging by adding a punch of creativity to the clues. For example, write them in spooky rhymes or use riddles. The first child to find all the items on their list wins a small prize or treat!
Escape the Haunted House
An escape room-style game is perfect for older kids who are looking for a thrilling Halloween challenge. To set it up, transform any room into a haunted house with decorations, dim lighting, and eerie background music. You can create a storyline, such as needing to solve a series of riddles and puzzles to break the ghostly curse and escape the haunted house.
Incorporate DIY elements into the game by hiding the various clues and puzzles in handmade “treasure chests” or crafting some of the puzzles from scratch.
Remember to tailor the difficulty of the puzzles and the spookiness of the haunted house to the age and preferences of the kids participating in the game!
One of my favorite Halloween party games to entertain kids is the Halloween Pinata. It’s a great way to incorporate costumes, ghosts, and, of course, candy into a single activity. To create a Halloween-themed pinata, follow these steps:
- Choose a spooky shape: I usually opt for a ghost, pumpkin, or bat.
- Construct the pinata using paper mache and a balloon or cardboard as a base. Remember to leave a small opening for filling it with candy.
- Decorate the pinata using paint or colored paper to create a festive look. Don’t forget to add creepy facial features like a jack-o’-lantern smile or menacing eyes.
- Fill it with candy and small toys appropriate for the kids’ ages.
Once the pinata is ready, hang it up and let the kids take turns hitting it with a stick while blindfolded. Make sure everyone has a chance to participate before the pinata finally bursts, showering the kids with sweet treats.
Not sure you have time to create a Halloween pinata from scratch? Grab this cute one!
Truth or Scare
Have you ever played Truth or Dare? Truth or scare is the Halloween version of that game. Each player takes a turn playing. On your turn you can choose to do a truth card or a scare card. You can make the scare cards as scary or non-scary as you like, depending on your age group and their willingness to be scared.
Unscramble the Words
Another fun Halloween party game that I enjoy organizing for kids is Unscramble the Words. This activity encourages children to use their minds and can be tailored to different age groups. Follow these steps to set up the game:
- Choose Halloween-themed words related to costumes, ghosts, or spooky creatures. Some examples include “vampire,” “skeleton,” “haunted house,” and “candy corn.”
- Scramble the letters of each word and write them on separate cards or pieces of paper.
- Divide the players into teams or let them compete individually.
- Hand out the scrambled words to the participants, giving them a set time limit (e.g. 2 minutes) to unscramble as many words as possible.
At the end of the game, tally the points and declare a winner. If desired, offer small prizes or candy rewards to the top players.
Incorporating monsters and zombies into Halloween games adds a spooky touch that both adults and children will enjoy. Try a twist on the classic game of tag. In Monster Tag, one person plays the role of a monstrous creature while the others run away. The monster tries to tag people and turn them into monsters too. The game continues until only one survivor is left, making them the winner.
Zombie Bowling is another fun option for a Halloween party. To set up, create a DIY bowling set using plastic bottles as pins and a mini pumpkin as the bowling ball. You can then decorate the pins to look like zombies. Participants take turns bowling, and the goal is to knock down all the zombie pins in one roll.
Bobbing for Apples
One popular Halloween game is Bobbing for Apples, where players use their mouths to grab apples floating in a cauldron of water. This simple game lets everyone join in the fun. To make it more Halloween-themed, swap the containers for life-sized witch cauldrons.
Halloween themed-games are a fun part of the autumn season. Whether you are preparing to volunteer in a school class party, or you are throwing your own Halloween party, a great Halloween game is a fun addition.