6 Halloween games and activities to play with kids

6 Halloween games and activities to play with kids

Halloween seems to be more popular every year and children love the dressing up, the ghostly imagery and everything that goes with it. If your child’s birthday falls in October, Halloween is a theme that gives lots of scope for creativity. If you don’t want to join the trick-or-treating crowds in the street, use these ideas for a fun family day or a neighbourhood street party.


With a bit of imagination, most party games can be adapted to this theme, for instance, pin the wart on the witch instead of pin the tail on the donkey, or pass the pumpkin instead of pass the parcel. Here are some more ideas.


Make a monster

This is a good ice-breaker. Divide the guests into groups of about six or seven kids. Each group has 20 minutes to create a really fearsome monster from a collection of odds and ends.
Give each team a large piece of card. For decoration, provide sheets of coloured paper, magazines, fabric off-cuts, googly eyes, glue, markers, loo paper, bandages, wool and so on. When they are finished, you can award prizes for the funniest or scariest and hang them up as part of the decoration.


Ghost hunt

Create spiders and ghosts to hang in the trees and send the children out into the twilight to find them. For ghosts, cover lollipops with white tissue paper and draw on the eyes and mouth. Use black tissue paper over lollipops to create spiders, with pipe cleaners for legs.

Pass the apple

Line up kids in two teams, close together, hands behind their backs. The apple is held under the chin, and passed to the next person in the team. If you drop the apple, your team starts again, and the first team to complete the line wins.

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Bite the doughnut

Glaze shop-bought doughnuts with orange icing and hang them from a tree or horizontal pole. The challenge is to eat them while keeping your hands behind your back!

Trick or treat

On 20 pieces of paper, write “trick” or “treat” (there should be mostly tricks and just one or two treats). On the back of the trick papers, write a silly thing to do – roar like a monster, cackle like a witch, walk like Frankenstein’s monster, name three things you’d put in a witches’ brew.
Put all the papers into a witch hat and pass it round the children, who should be sitting in a circle. Each child pulls out a paper and either collects a treat, or has to do the trick in order to get a treat.

Pass the parcel

Give the game a Halloween treatment. In between each layer of paper include a trick or a treat, written on a piece of paper.

Did you know?

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain which marked the beginning of winter. Celts believed that on the night of 31 October, there was a blurring of the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Sensibly enough, they wanted to avoid being recognised by the bad ghosts so they disguised themselves, in the hope that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.

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thank you. I'll be hosting a party with my pamangkins. I'll certainly gonna do the ghost hunt and the trick or treat. I'll be adding don't pop the wrong balloon. one balloon contains candies and others will have either powder or confetti.

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