There is nothing like Halloween; it is one day of the year when children, adults, and the aged, all dress up like demons and witches to celebrate the spookiest fest of the year. Some people put life-size props outside their homes to ward off spirits, while others prefer binge-watching these ghastly creatures.
Having said that, the fun of Halloween is not just limited to decorating the house and scaring visitors, it can also be turned into a jolly activity, where you, your friends, and your family can get together and play Halloween party games. I have already discussed Halloween party games for adults and have also spotlighted kid-friendly Halloween party games. This time, I bring to the fore the 30 best Halloween party games for all ages.
Halloween Party Games for Adults
It is a misconception that only kids have bragging rights over playing games during Halloween Eve. We can all turn into a toddler sometimes and enjoy these party games that remind us of our childhood. Below I’ll be discussing a few such Halloween party games that will lure you, even if you are a grown-up man.
We all have played dumb charades in our lives and still continue to do so. The game is fun for people of all ages and can be played during a Halloween party. The only rule is to have horror fiction movies or books as the subject matter and let the others guessing and scratching their heads. As the night gets darker, add creepier Halloween movies to the list to freak every second person in the room.
Halloween Story Game
The game is simple and perfect for a group of ten to twenty people. Try building a horror plot as you start your story. It is the responsibility of the other people in the room to carry the story forward with the last person in the room giving a proper conclusion to the story. Well, there is a bit of creativity involved but what’s the point of being an adult if you can’t tickle this much of your brain?
There is a large skill set required for this game. It is not as easy as it appears in images and requires you to have a good understanding of art and pumpkin carving. However, as a host, you can organize a competition for your amateur friends and see them tear the gut of the pumpkin. I know it’s super creepy and disgusting but that’s the whole point of celebrating Halloween. Isn’t it? The one who carves to perfection wins the game.
Halloween Word Scramble
Word Scrable? Really! I know this is your reaction, but come on, you are adults. You can’t be playing pumpkin race on Halloween for God-sake. Though you can always participate in a pumpkin race with your toddler, I firmly believe a quick Halloween scramble game won’t spoil your party fun. Get some scramble cards online and make your brain work a little. While you play the game, you can also watch your tween and toddler playing sack race or whatever they prefer to do.
Pop The Balloons
This is my favorite thing to do and I am sure, you’d love it too. I find it terrible to inflate a balloon but what I love most is to pop it. The rules of the game are pretty simple. Decorate a board with inflated balloons and the one to pop maximum balloons with darts or pins in the least amount of time wins the Halloween party game.
Never Have I Ever?
Most of you will associate the ‘Never Have I Ever’ with strange kinks. This game has a lot more versatility than your witty brain could fathom. Ideal for a group of five to ten people who get to share their crazy Halloween stories and meanwhile discuss what they haven’t done on Halloween is how you play this game. For example, ‘Never have I ever been to a graveyard.’ The other folks will sip water or whatever they prefer.
Truth or Dare
If there is one game that truly adds life to a boring party is Truth & Dare. No party is complete without ‘Truth and Dare’. You can talk the spookiest of stuff and even give dares like visiting a graveyard or closing themselves inside a haunted mansion-themed bathroom. The party is yours and so is the choice. Just make sure, you don’t end up hurting someone physically or give mental scars to anyone amidst fun.
If you are wondering what you can do with a pumpkin and some toilet paper rolls, Who Arted has got it sorted for you. Turn your toilet rolls into bowling pins and a pumpkin into a ball that would tumble these pins down. You can play it in your backyard, gallery, living room, or wherever you prefer. The motive should remain the same and that is to enjoy the festival.
Cup Knock Down
If you are pondering what you are going to do with your used beer plastic cups, let me give you a good alternative. Cup Knock Down is a game that revolves around simple rules. Collect plastic cups and make a tower with them. Once your guests are fully drunk and a little dizzy, give them plastic balls and ask them to drop as many cups as they can. (We don’t advocate drinking), but it’s Halloween folks.
Pumpkin Ring Toss
This may not be popular among masses but can be a fun addition to your Halloween party. As evident from the name, the game involves multiple pumpkins and rings that one will toss over them. The winner gets everything here and the loser gets all the fun and giggles.
Spider Web Splat
This game will definitely remind you of darts and it’s no different than how you actually play darts. The only difference is you’d be throwing faux spiders on the dart board instead of dart pins. The fun is unlimited and will definitely breathe life to your Halloween party.
Outdoor Halloween Scavenger Hunt
This is probably the most awesome game you could be a part of. If you are the host you got to hide a whole lot of Halloween-themed items around your house and leave it to visitors to find those items. The one who obtains the maximum number of items wins the challenge.
I envy people who say, “Oh you don’t play cards during Halloween”, buzz off man. If you are hosting a Halloween party and there are no card games involved, it is a party at all. While I certainly don’t recommend you to gamble, a nice card game like Blackjack won’t spoil the fun of any party. It’ll rather aggravate it and breathe a new life into it. The best part, even if you are a rookie, it’ll just take you five minutes to understand the game.
Costume Modeling Contest
It sounds a little childish but if you ask girls around you, they wanna do it. The rules are simple. The man or woman with the best Halloween costume wins the contest. If you don’t want to be on the losing side, here is a pro tip. Dress uniquely and in a manner that reflects your personality. Generally, cute and funny costumes have an advantage over costumes that are ghastly.
Murder Mystery Game
This game is definitely not for kids, toddlers, and tweens. Be very careful when you play this because there is a lot of investigation involved in finding a serial killer. The rules are simple, you and your friends are dressed up in scary costumes and a murder happens. It’s your opportunity to be the next Sherlock Holmes and investigate to find the killer. Though it’s just for fun but can get spookier at times. For more such spooky stuff head over to our previous post on Halloween party games for adults.
Halloween Party Games for Kids
When we talk of kids, we have to discuss multiple dimensions of their childhood. There are games that would particularly suit teens, then there are games that are specifically for toddlers. We also have to find games that would fit in the category of tweens. All this is necessary because children are highly sensitive and consume what they see around them. So you have to be really careful while choosing games for kids because the motive is to let them have fun instead of making them feel scared.
Pumpkin Sweeping Race
Although this game is for people of all ages, for kids it’s more than just a game. I am sure you must have seen those cutely awesome videos of kids participating in a race. Hand them a broom and ask them to sweep a pumpkin and reach the boundary line. The game would be more fun because you don’t know what to expect from kids. Whatever it is, fun is guaranteed.
Spooky Musical Chairs
I am biased towards this game because it is my childhood fantasy. I wanted to win musical chairs in my school in order to get some female attention towards me. Alas! It never happened. But this is the time for your kids to shine at a Halloween party. So, if you are planning to host a party on October 31st, make sure to add musical chairs to your list. Get yourself and your kids dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoy the day and night to follow.
Hand over some stickers and paintbrushes to your kids and let their creativity flourish. Decorating pumpkin is an old tradition and I am pretty sure this would intrigue little monsters especially more if you hand them candies after they are done making a mess of pumpkin.
Faux Spider Race
This is super fun. I am not exaggerating, this is really enjoyable, especially for siblings. All you need is a straw and a faux spider. Your children can blow air via those straws and move the spider ahead. The first spider to reach the finish line wins the game and so does the child. Cool right!
Mummy Sack Race
Kids look super adorable when they are dressed in mummy sacks. Even cuter are the scenes when they are competing in a race while wrapped in mummy attire. You can organize a mummy sack race in your backyard or garden, whatever suits you the best.
Rock, Paper and Scissors
If you really can’t figure out a Halloween game for kids, there is nothing better than rock, paper, and scissors. It’s simple and perfectly suited for toddlers and tween siblings who are not allowed to move out of their house for a night out with friends.
Solving the Skelton Puzzle
This is a mind-tinkering game and if your kid wants to be a doctor in the future, this is a jackpot for the child. Sugar and Charm takes us through the DIY process of how kids can make DIY bones for the skeleton out of foam, magnet, and hot glue. All you teens have to do is arrange the pieces in the shape of a skeleton first and the first child to do it wins the game.
Finding Eyeballs in Spaghetti
This is downright creepy but I am sure your kids would love it for eternity. The game is simple. All kids have to do is find faux eyeballs under a pile of spaghetti or noodles. You can even hide these eyeballs anywhere in the room and let your wards find them. This would keep them engaged while you can work on some DIY Halloween decorations.
Marshmallow Ghosts on a String
Kids love to jump, hoop, and poop. The game involves everything except the latter. You have to string some marshmallows and let your kid jump to gobble one. The one to do it first and fast wins the game while the other children can feast on their taste buds.
The Halloween Statue
To all Squid Games fans, it’s time you revive the most popular game of your childhood. Statue-statue is what we call it in this corner of the world, for others it might be a freeze game. The rules are simple; as soon as the music stops playing in the background, you have to freeze and not show any movement in your body. Fun, right?
Witch Hat Ring Toss
The rules of the game are similar to pumpkin ring toss as aforementioned. The only difference is you’d ask your ward to throw rings on these hats. You can even put some sweets under the hat to add more fun to the game. This will make kids competitive and add flair to your Halloween party.
Who said the game of golf is meant to be played on a golf course only? Every now and then, you can tweak some rules, and what better day than Halloween to take this liberty? It’s your time to turn your backyard into a golf course and Pumpkin Golf during Halloween week. All you’d require is a few golf sticks, balls, and carved pumpkins. The one who lands the maximum number of balls inside the pumpkin wins this Halloween party game.
Stomping wasn’t a fun activity until Seth Rollins curb-stomped Roman Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Kids who want to relive the moment can stomp balloons during the Halloween party. Each balloon can be filled with treats and the one to obtain the maximum treats in a given time frame wins the competition.
Feed The Monster
If you want your child to be environment-conscious, this is the best game you can add to your Halloween party. You’d be required to make a box and put a small cut in it. You can hand-paint the box to make it look like a monster with razor-sharp teeth. Ask your children to collect all the trash from in and out of the home and let me feed the monster. This will not only keep them busy but also make them eco-conscious.
No Halloween is incomplete without Apple Bobbing. It has almost become a cult over the years. However, it is not something I’d recommend for toddlers but teens can play it under their parent’s watch. The rules are quite simple. Apples are put into a tub of water where they float because the fruit is less dense than water. The kid to pick as many apples from the tub using its mouth, with hands tied behind the back is the ultimate winner.
Be it Halloween, Christmas, or any other festivity, it is always nice to play games with your family and friends. Games not only strengthen your bond but also keep you busy and chirping. With that, we hope and pray that you have a great Halloween this year.