A houseful of ghosts, goblins and witches can be a frightful sight, especially when they’re all under four feet tall, just ate candy for dinner and are desperately searching for a way to expend their new-found energy. Not to worry–we’ve rounded up 13 spooktacular games to play at your Halloween bash that will keep everyone busy and happy.
photo: Chica and Joe
Witches, warlocks and everyone in between will love this easy-to-play game. The trickiest part is not eating ALL of the candy corn while waiting for your turn. Fly your broomstick over to Chica and Joe and follow their tutorial on how to make your own witch pitch.
photo: Three Little Monkeys
Frankenstein Bean Bag Toss
Help Frankenstein gain a brain! This clever bean bag toss is the “brain child” of blogger Gretchen from Three Little Monkeys and we think it’s genius. Pick up bean bags or bloody brains from The Dollar Store or your local party store and print out this super cool Frankenstein Design from Three Little Monkeys, and you’re ready to go.
photo: Happy Go Lucky
Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
Everyone, young and old, enjoys a good scavenger hunt. Which is why this game is perfect for a mixed-age Halloween party. The plastic skeletons were found at The Dollar Store and come apart easily. So spreading the bones all over the house and yard is an easy feat. Finding them and putting them back together is up to the kiddos. Pop over to Happy Go Lucky for all the details.
photo: A Girl and a Glue Gun
Strike! This fun pumpkin bowling game is a cinch to put together and will have the kiddos rolling with laughter. For all the details on this boo-tastic game visit A Girl and A Glue Gun.
photo: Christina’s Adventures
Halloween Mystery Boxes
You know it’s Halloween when cooked spaghetti becomes brains, carrots double as witch fingers and corn kernels act as monster teeth. Peeled grapes? Those are eyeballs of course!. Put these things in orange plastic containers, known in October as Halloween Mystery Boxes and get ready for a screeching good time.
photo: Written On The Walls
Looking for a game that’ll keep kids entertained and not running wild? We’ve got one for you. Bingo! Yup, the good old fashioned pastime gets a spooky twist when you download one of It’s Written On The Walls masterful kits. They’ve thought of everything including accommodating for the size of your party, whether you need to laminate it or if you’ll reuse it next year.
photo: No Time For Flash Cards
Want epic chuckles rather than startled screams? Try this spider web walking game, that helps little bodies sharpen their motor skills in between fits of giggles. All you’ll need to get started is painters tape, plastic spiders, and a prize for the lucky winner. Get the tutorial at No Time For Flash Cards.
photo: Crafting Chicks
Pin the Bow on the Skeleton
Even skeletons need to get dressed up sometimes. This “spine” chilling fun game is perfect for a classroom or a house party. The Crafting Chicks have a template ready for you, all you need to do is get it printed (tip: upload it to Staples and order their engineering print for a life-size skeleton!). Voila – now you can work on tying that bow-tie.
photo: All Is Grateful
Pop Goes The Pumpkin
This Halloween version of a classic carnival game is sure to pack a pop! We love that it also does double duty as a super cool decoration. And, if you still need another reason to try this out at your Halloween fete — it’s Martha tested and Martha approved. For the full tutorial and directions, stop by Marthastweart.com.
photo: Saltwater Kids
A great game to play at the party or give as a parting gift (packaged perfectly with a bat-like bow!). Check out all the details and download your own version at Saltwater Kids.
photo: Lil’ Luna
Pin the Eyes on the Monster
Say goodbye to the donkey. Thanks to the creativity of Lil’ Luna, you can wow party-goers with a Pin the Eyes on the Monster game. Same rules apply, and we think your little monsters will get a kick out of this friendly giant. Visit Lil’ Luna to figure out how to make this monster grow a couple of eyes
photo: Studio DIY
Grab some TP and a sharpie for ghostly fun. This cute idea from Studio DIY is easy to tackle at the last minute but provides a pay off in hours of entertainment for the kiddos. For extra-festive fun, use a small pumpkin as the bowling ball. Roll over to Studio DIY to see more.
photo: Following in My Shoes
Melt the Witch
She’s melting! Take a cue from Dorothy and Following my Shoes and set up your own Melt the Witch activity. Paint a picture of a witch using washable paints and then let the kids melt her using water balloons or water guns. Click here to see photos of the witch disappearing.
Which Halloween game is your favorite? Share with us in the Comments below.
— Abigail Matsumoto & Aimee Della Bitta