Halloween Party Games For Children
By Rose Smith
Halloween is a wonderfully fun time for
kids. Between trick or treating and attending various Halloween parties,
this holiday is something a lot of children look forward to. This year, if
your child is planning to hold his or her own party, keep the kids
occupied with some simple, but entertaining games.
All of the games mentioned below are easy and simple to put together and
children usually have a lot of fun playing them. However, as with any game
where there is often only one winner, many children can quickly become
unhappy and refuse to play. To avoid tears and hurt feelings, I would
suggest that you provide one larger prize for the winner, and give out
cheap "runner-up" prizes to all the other children. Some small
prize ideas would be: a Halloween themed balloon, a lollipop, bubble gum,
plastic spider ring, etc. You can usually pick up packages of really cheap
toys at most department stores... and then all the children at the party
will feel as if they've "won."
Moaning Musical Ghost Chairs
A twist on a classic children's game, start off by cover the backs of
several chairs with white sheets. Pin some black cardboard eyes and a
ghostly mouth to the backs of the sheets and line the chairs up
(back-to-back) with one less chair as there are children. Play spooky
Halloween music as the children walk around the chairs. When the music
stops, each child tries to sit down on a chair. The one who doesnít get
a chair is out of the game. Remove a chair and repeat until there is one
winner left. Give a larger prize to the winner and small runner-up prizes
to the rest of the kids.
Scarecrow Dress-up Game
Divide the children into teams of 3 or 4 players per team. Provide each
team with "scarecrow clothes" in a box (jeans or overalls, plaid
shirt, boots, straw hat, gloves). Each team should pick one child from
their group to be the "scarecrow." At the word GO the teams
hurry to dress the scarecrow (who has to stand still and not help). The
first team who gets their scarecrow dressed, wins.
This one is always a favorite and brings out many giggles. Divide the
children into teams of two. One is the "mummy" and the other
child needs to wrap up the first child with toilet paper. The first team
Pumpkin Ghost Bowling
Spray paint 15 large empty plastic pop bottles with white paint. Using a
black marker, create ghost faces near the top of each bottle. Add about 1
cup of sand or gravel to each bottle to give them stability. Using small
miniature pumpkins, kids take turns bowling over the ghosts. Each child
has 3 tries per turn. Donít forget to keep score!
Pin The Nose On The Pumpkin
Draw and paint a large pumpkin on cardboard. Paint in the eyes and mouth.
Cut out the pumpkin and tape to a wall. Cut out a triangular nose and
paint yellow. Add some double-sided tape to the back. While blindfolded,
each child tries to pin the nose on the pumpkin.
Candy Corn Toss
Carve out a couple of pumpkins or use small tin buckets. Place the
containers several feet across the room. Kids line up behind a line (use
masking tape on the floor) and are given 5 candy corns. Each tries to toss
their candy corns into the container. The one who gets most of their candy
corns into the container wins.
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