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Halloween Party Games

What's the first thing that springs to your mind on hearing ‘Halloween party games’?

For us, it's definitely ‘bobbing for apples’, but there can be a lot more to the last day of October than just wet heads and half eaten fruit, particularly when the theme of the night is kept to the forefront of activities.

And what’s the theme of the night? Well ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night of course! It’s an element of Halloween that seems to shrink with each passing year but it provides a rich source of ideas for party games. Of course all games can be modified depending on the age group but at the very least there should be quite a lot of black and orange colour.

Probably the most involved ‘game’ would be to make an entire ‘haunted house’ out of a room or space. Again a lot depends on age group but there can be a lot of fun to be had and some serious use of imagination if you get the kids involved in the planning and organization. A taste and touch table containing ‘brains’ and ‘eyeballs’ can be set up if those involved aren’t too squeamish. Halloween decorations can be bought/made relatively cheaply and there are plenty of free Halloween or haunted house soundtracks that can be downloaded.

Of course that would require quite an investment of time on your part, so that option is only for those feeling particularly ambitious this weather. If your plan is just to distract your own ghouls and goblins from the massive bag of sweets they are clutching there are plenty of less ambitious games to undertake. A ‘dressing the mummy’ competition involves an environment-threatening amount of toilet roll and a willing (or possibly not willing) family member. Twenty minutes of haphazard unfurling later and you should have a somewhat realistic ‘mummy’ in your midst. A ‘competition’ element can be introduced if there is more than one person willing to be wrapped in toilet paper.

Sticking to a classic Halloween theme; pumpkins can be a good source of fun on, and around, the big night. If carving sounds a little risky just use permanent markers for the kids to draw scary/funny faces. From here you can choose to leave the drawn faces in places of take a knife to them yourself using the marker as a stencil outline. The innards from the pumpkin also make good fake ‘brains’ if you aren’t planning to cook it…

Speaking of cooking if you have some budding chefs in the house then Halloween provides the opportunity to make a positive out of their sometimes dubious efforts in the kitchen. Who can make the best ‘potion’? It may get messy (and smelly) but it’s a good way of getting rid of all the random cooking ingredients in the press that you never use.

And one last great thing about planning games for Halloween is that you also have the fall-back option of taking standard party games and giving them a Halloween twist. ’Pin The Tail On The Donkey’ as ‘Pin The Wart On The Witch’ anyone?

What are your favourite Halloween part games?


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