Are you hosting a kids Halloween party for your little goblins this year? Are you wondering how you are going to keep those ghosts and ghouls entertained in a fun and age-appropriate way? Here's a look at some simple, age-appropriate and fun game ideas that will make your kids Halloween party the event of the season.
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Bobbing for Apples
Yes, this is an age-old tradition at a kids Halloween party, and for good reason; because it's a ton of fun! I'm sure you remember how to play this game, but just in case you need a refresher here goes. Fill up a bowl with lukewarm water and float some apples in it. With their hands behind their backs, kids have to try to catch an apple from the water using only their mouths. This game always results in screeches of delight. Just make sure you have some towels on hand.
Kids race pumpkins to the finish line in this Halloween game. Determine a starting and ending point for the race by placing a piece of tape on the floor where you want the race to start and end. Give each kid a pumpkin and on your mark, they have to roll them to the finish line, using their noses to get the job done.
Pin the Hat on the Witch
This is a nod to the traditional pin the tail on the donkey game, but with a Halloween spin. For this game, just draw or print out the picture of a witch's face. Cut out some witch hat shapes from different colors card and apply a piece of rolled up painters tape to the backs of each one. Tell kids to remember what color hat they had and one at a time, blindfold them and let them try to put their hats as close to the right place as possible. The child who gets closest to the witch's head wins.
Jack-O-Lantern Bean Bag Toss
Make a fun Halloween version of the old bean bag toss game. Draw a jack-o-lantern on the back of a cardboard box and cut out the eyes, the nose and the mouth; make sure the openings are big enough to fit a bean bag with ease. Stand the box up and let kids try to aim beanbags into the openings.
For this game, teams race to dress a mummy up as fast as they can. Break kids into teams and give them a few roles of toilet paper. Let someone volunteer to be the mummy on each team and the rest of the kids have to use the toilet paper to wrap up the mummy as quickly as they can. The first team to come as close to competing the task in a specified time period wins the game.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Send kids on a scavenger hunt. Hide Halloween-related items around your yard or in your house. Give kids a list of the items you have hidden and send them off to search for them. Whoever finds all the items on the list first wins.
Musical Witch Hats
Instead of playing musical chairs, play musical witch hats. Place a collection of witch hats on the floor in a circle, one less than there are children. Instruct kids to dance around the circle of hats while you play a Halloween tune. When the music stops, they have to grab a hat and put it on their heads. Whoever is without a hat sits out of the game. Remove a hat each round.The last witch standing wins.
These are all games I played with my students back in my teaching days, and they were always a huge hit. Witch game do you think your kids will like the most?
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