Planning a Halloween Party or playdate for the kids this year? Time to crank the fun up a few notches with these 70 amazing and crowd-pleasing, Halloween Party Games for Kids that are loads of fun! (updated with even more games for 2023)
Best Halloween Games for Your Party
Our neighborhood night out is towards the end of October this year, and we decided to make it a Halloween Party! My job was to find a few fun Halloween party games to keep the kids and party guests entertained and help burn off all the candy they would inevitably eat.
I’ve searched the web for the best Halloween games for kids and have compiled a pretty good list to share with you today.
The good news is several of these Halloween activities and games are budget-friendly DIY Halloween games, but if you’re running out of time or aren’t a do-it-yourself-er, I have also included links to pre-made Halloween Game and party supply alternatives that you can easily order from Wal-mart, Amazon, or Oriental Trading.
70+ Halloween Party Games for Kids (and adults!)
To plan the perfect Halloween party, choose a few of these hilariously spooky and fun Halloween-themed game ideas. Our parties are always geared towards kids of all ages, but I guarantee the adults will have fun too, just watching the little ones playing the games and maybe joining in too!
Whether your party is “fall-themed” or full-on Halloween, any of these classic Halloween games would be spooktacularly fun and are great for all ages!
This toilet paper game is budget-friendly (who doesn’t have toilet paper) and such a fun game, it’s sure to have everyone laughing like crazy! The way the game works is you pit several teams of 3 (one mummy, two wrappers) against each other, and the first team that finishes their roll of toilet paper wins!
You are missing out if you’ve never participated in a donut-eating race! You’ll want to do a little “donut testing” beforehand to ensure you’ve got a sturdy donut, but it is a great game not only for Halloween parties but birthday parties. It’s perfect for the littlest ones and the older kids too.
If you can get the adults to participate, your stomach will hurt from all the laughing, I promise!
4. Frankenstein Bowling (tin can bowling Halloween game)
This Halloween Game is budget-friendly and can be enjoyed by even the youngest partygoer. Save your cans and either paint them or cover them with Halloween-themed scrapbook paper. I’m not sure which is more fun, the actual bowling or decorating the cans!
If you don’t have time to paint cans, this candy corn bowling set is an adorable option for a Halloween party game.
Easy and fun- you can use mini marshmallows and paper cups or large marshmallows, and some of those little tin buckets from the dollar store would be great too!
6. Kids Pumpkin Chuckin’ Halloween Game
Another budget-friendly DIY Halloween Game for your party. This one is especially great for toddlers. It’s easy to put together as the pumpkins are just toilet paper wrapped in felt, and you can get the baskets from your local craft or Dollar Store! Get the details from B-Inspired Mama here.
7. Spider Bean Bag Tossing Game
This Flying Spider Bean Bag game from Orange Bettie is possibly an even cuter Halloween bean bag-style tossing game. See how to make the Spider Bean Bags here.
Looks fun, but don’t have time to DIY a Bean Bag tossing game? Amazon has plenty of options for pre-filled bags to make your own tossing Halloween Game.
This looks like fun, similar to the balloon pop game! Possibly even easier to put together since instead of blowing up balloons, you’re just wrapping orange tissue paper around a paper cup and securing it with a rubber band.
9. Pumpkin Patch Stomp – Kids love this game!
Any Halloween Party can be made so much better by popping a few balloons for prizes! Before blowing up the balloons, stuff them with money, slips of paper, or squish-proof candy. Find 12-inch orange and black balloons here. Another way to play the game is to blow up the same amount of different colored balloons, and the first person who pops all their colored balloons wins!
11. Pin the Nose on the pumpkin
This pin-the-nose on the pumpkin is similar to other pin-the-tail games. This homemade one made with tissue paper is especially cute. (Here is the link for a similar pin-the-nose on the pumpkin game from Amazon.)
12. Pin the tie on the Skeleton
Or maybe you would prefer a Pin the Bow on the Skeleton. Similar Pin the Bone Halloween Game found Amazon here. These “pin the tail” games are fairly easy to make, but you can find them at your local party store and online.
Halloween Bingo is always a fun idea! I especially love this for classroom Halloween parties or playdates. You can find tons of free printable Halloween Bingo cards online, but if you don’t want to go through the hassle of printing cards for a large party, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase similar Bingo Cards here (Amazon) or here (etsy.)
This fun ball toss game will keep all the kids entertained! (Plus, it is super budget-friendly as it is basically made out of a cardboard box!) Just decorate however you like. It’s a perfect game for all the little monsters, lol.
Who doesn’t love getting their faces painted? No Halloween Game lineup is complete without a face-painting station! It is even better if you can find a professional to paint faces according to the costumes. (I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories about unsafe face paint, so be sure to look for a certified organic set. I like this set – it even comes with stencils for those of us with no painting skills.)
18. Don’t forget the Halloween Pinata!
Nothing makes a Halloween Party more fun than the chance to break a pinata and be showered with EVEN MORE HALLOWEEN CANDY!!! This Pinata is DIY, but if you don’t want to make one, You can buy all sorts of different Halloween-themed pinatas here. I also love this DIY version from Martha Stewart.
19. Halloween Charades
Charades is a classic word-guessing game that’s so fun to play. The basic idea is that one person acts out a word or phrase without speaking while the rest of the players try to guess what they’re trying to convey. For the Halloween version, the guests can act out all sorts of Halloween-related words. This is an easy game to DIY (here is a printable version. But for more advanced players (like teenagers and adults), you may want to use a store-bought version. Like this Halloween version, called Death Charades, team members act out different ways to die.
The game is typically played in teams, with each round consisting of one person from each team acting out a word or phrase. The other team members have limited time to guess what the actor is trying to convey – typically two to three minutes – and if they get it right, they get a point. Then, it’s the other team’s turn to take a crack at it. Grab the free Halloween Charades printable here or another version here.
20. Halloween Candy Dice Game
This would be a very simple interactive game for all the kids! All you need is a big bag of candy, a single die (how fun is this big one?), and the free candy dice game printable. Just sit the kids in a circle with the pile of candy in the middle and let them play til the candy is gone!
Find tons of paper sacks and Halloween stickers (here and here) for the kids to make their own treat bags. Having to put together party favor bags after planning a party is the bane of my existence! My solution? A DIY Halloween Treat Bag Station. Make those kids fill their own treat bags, lol!
Are you a sewist who likes to get crafty? I have a cute DIY Halloween Treat Bag tutorial here.
25. Pumpkin Mini Golf
This is the cutest Halloween Party Game for kids idea ever! All you need is a huge carvable pumpkin, a piece of cardstock, and these little foam putters. Don’t want to make it? Amazon sells a Pumpkin Put-Put Mini Golf Set that includes clubs, balls holes.
The kids will love this game, even if it is just a Halloween party for two.
28. Halloween Scavenger Hunt
29. Selfie Scavenger Hunt
This scavenger Hunt version you can get on Amazon has adorable pumpkin-shaped cards and prompts you to take selfies with the hunted items.
Like a potato sack race, but with pillowcases!
32. Three-legged Race
Another fun race-style game. You just need several strips of fabric to tie the racers together.
33. Musical pass the Pumpkins
This classic game is similar to musical chairs, but no kids fighting over a chair and possibly getting hurt. To play this version of the game, sit the children in a circle, and have them slowly pass a small pumpkin around while music is playing. When the music stops, the child holding the pumpkin is out. Keep going til you have a winner. Here is a youtube link to the Pass the Pumpkin song.
34. Broom and Pumpkin Race
For this game, you need a small or medium pumpkin and a broom per player/team. Have each player write their name on their pumpkin. (The game can get exciting, and it is easy to mix up the pumpkins.) The game can be as simple as a straight line from the starting line to the finish line, or make it more challenging for the older children by creating an entire obstacle course for the pumpkins.
Consider having a couple of extra pumpkins on hand in case things get out of control. You may also need to ask the participants to bring a broom from home.
35. Candy Corn Relay Race
A candy corn relay race is a super fun, classic Halloween party game that entertains everyone! To play, divide the players into two or more teams. The object of the game is for each team member to run from the starting line to the finish line while carrying the candy corn in a spoon, then pass the candy to the next teammate in line, continuing until everyone has had a turn. Have the participants carry the spoon between their teeth to make it even more challenging!
I love this simple, family-friendly Halloween party game. It’s fast-paced and a blast for kids and adults! The idea is to answer a set of Halloween-themed questions in less than 5 seconds. This game would be simple to DIY, but I found a fantastic printable version on Etsy. It comes with 90 questions, formatted on an 8 by 11 sheet for easy printing and trimming. You just need a printer and a timer.
37. Halloween Trivia
Halloween trivia is always fun! Plus, it’s perfect for teens and adults. (It might be too hard for the little ones.) Grab the free Halloween trivia printable here.
I love printable games! In just a few clicks, you are on your way to fun. I personally self-laminate my printables so they last longer. I have an older version of this laminating machine, and 10 years later, it is still going strong. (it comes with 100 laminating pouches.)
This game is as simple as it sounds! It can be played almost anywhere. Driveways, table tops, you name it. All you have to do is place a few strips of tape where you want the game to be played and provide cute pumpkins for the X’s and O’s. Find orange tape here and orange and white pumpkins here. (These are tiny and adorable!)
39. Oreo Races
All you need is Oreos! (Halloween Oreos, of course.) Place an Oreo on your forehead. The goal is to move the Oreo to your mouth and eat it. The catch is that you can only use your face muscles, no hands! The first person to eat their Oreo wins!
40. Pumpkin carving Contest
You can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned pumpkin carving contest. To hold a pumpkin carving contest, You’ll want to provide pumpkins and carving tools or specify what participants should bring. (like maybe their own pumpkins) Choose judges and establish rules for the contest. Provide prizes for the winners, and have fun!
This activity is more of a craft, but it is so much fun! You only need paper sacks, paint, construction paper, glue, markers, and scissors. Perfect to keep the little ones busy
Make Your Own personal pinata using paper bags, Halloween-themed tissue paper, and glue. The kids have a blast making, filling, and hitting their pinatas.
This Halloween Party game is a complete DIY! All you need is an old sheet and bowls of random foods. The guests stick their hands in the holes and try to guess the food or item.
44. Ghost Bowling
This bowling game is perfect for the very little ones. All you need is some empty water bottles stuffed with something white. (Fabric, toilet paper, cotton balls, etc…) and a ball. Have the little ones roll the ball toward the water bottles to see how many they can knock over. The bottles are very lightweight and easy to knock over. (You could always make them heavier with a few rocks or marbles at the bottom.)
45. Halloween Family Feud
This game is so much fun! Gets everyone laughing and participating. This would be easy to DIY, (here is a list of 100 family feud questions), but I found a really awesome Halloween version on Etsy for only $4.99. It is printable and comes with Question Cards, Answer Covers, a Bonus Round Scorecard, an Answer Key, and the Game instructions guide.
46. Halloween Checkers
This is an easy one to DIY! Use the checkerboard you already have, and then you can use any type of Halloween object for the pieces. (You could also spray paint the red checkers orange.) These tiny white pumpkins would be fun to spray paint in Halloween colors.
If you want a larger playing board, you could stencil a checkerboard on a piece of foam board. (I have even seen this done with a piece of burlap fabric and then modge-podged to the foam board.
47. Halloween Chess
If your friends or family are into chess, there are tons of fun Halloween Chess boards on Amazon. (I don’t know how to play chess, but It must be a teenage thing because my son and all his friends always play. He even took his board to school for them to play at lunch and during free time.) This Harry Potter board looks like something they would like.
It should be called Don’t Drop the Pumpkin game, lol. Similar to the egg and spoon race or candy corn race, this relay race is played with empty paper towels or toilet paper rolls and orange ball pit balls. So fun! You can even use Sharpie markers to add pumpkin faces to the balls.
This game is more for adults, but in a murder mystery party, each player plays a specific role and character, including the victim and the killer. The game usually follows a pre-scripted storyline, which includes clues and hints to help players identify the culprit.
If you’re worried about planning a murder mystery party from scratch, a variety of pre-packaged games are available for purchase online. These games provide all the necessary materials and instructions, making it easy for even first-time hosts to execute. This looks like a good one. Here is a YouTube video on how to play the game.
It is a super easy Halloween Party Game to DIY. All you need is a few plastic cups, battery-operated tea lights, ping pong balls, a table, and prizes!
51. Halloween Cornhole
Who doesn’t love cornhole? If you already have a cornhole set, you can put a Halloween spin on it with removable vinyl Halloween decals and fun Halloween-themed bags. Regulation bags, or just for fun bags. If you don’t have a cornhole set, Amazon has an inexpensive version here.
Escape rooms are all the rage right now. You can pick up a set with everything you need on amazon. Or find printable versions on Etsy. I particularly like this one since it does not require a phone or access to the internet.
Similar to corn hole or other tossing games, but this one comes with everything you need and is a bit easier for the little ones
The players have to throw him like a yoyo to try and capture the most insects, snagging the tokens laid out on the floor, thanks to a sticking system that uses Velcro
Everyone loves a cakewalk! You can play this in several different ways. Ask your guest to bring various goodies as prizes or provide the winning treats yourself. Grab your free cake walk printables here.
56. Pumpkin Walk
The object of this game is to balance a mini pumpkin on your head and walk quickly to the finish line. Kids love this one, and you can make it harder by tying their hands behind their backs or making the kids walk in pairs of two, holding hands.
This one is super fun. Attach a small cup to a board and toss eyeball ping pong balls into the cups for prizes.
Who doesn’t love the classic game of operation? How much fun would a Halloween version be? Yep, lots of fun!
This printable Halloween Word Scramble game is a ton of fun! It’s the perfect Halloween game for kids.
The players have to throw him like a yoyo to try and capture the most insects, snagging the tokens laid out on the floor, thanks to a sticking system that uses Velcro.
Ok, so technically, egg hunts are for Easter, but considering how much kids love them and how easy it is to spookify colored plastic eggs and fill them with candy, It’s a perfect Halloween party game for kids!
All you need is plastic eggs, a few sharpie markers, candy, and a safe, open place to hide the eggs. You can even have some of the other parents bring a dozen decorated and candy-filled eggs to help out!
62. Halloween Eyeball Dig
For this game, the players must stick their hands in a huge bowl of cooked spaghetti noodles and find all the eyeballs! Kids love it. See the game here.
63. Minute to Win it Games
You can put a Halloween spin on tons of minute-to-win-it games. This game set has over 237 different 1-minute challenges in 9 different categories with everything you need in one complete package! Entertain everyone at your Halloween party with the creative and fun challenges in Minute of Fun!
64. Ouija Board Station
An Ouija Board is a classic Halloween game! You can never go wrong with a spooky Ouija Board station. Set it up in a dark, spooky room, or if your party is outside, use a tent to make it super spooky for the older kids.
If you don’t have one or can’t borrow one, Amazon has a great selection of inexpensive boards.
65. Halloween Memory Game
This simple game is perfect for the little ones. You can customize how easy/hard the game will be by increasing/decreasing the number of matches. There are tons of free versions on the web (like this one), or you can find more professional versions on Amazon or printable styles on Etsy. (If printing your own, I suggest using heavier cardstock and laminating the cards.)
66. Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
I promise, if you can get a few partygoers to participate in a pumpkin pie eating contest, it will be the hit of your Halloween party! You don’t even need a massive amount of pies. It is your contest, and you can set the rules wherever you wish. 1st one to eat the entire pie or maybe set a timer and whomever eats the most in two minutes. (You may need a kitchen scale to confirm the winner.) Want to make it more fun to watch? Cover the pie in a huge squirt of whipped cream!
I know, in this day and age, the thought of bobbing for apples probably gives you the heebie-jeebies, but we can still play this classic Halloween party game with a few simple modifications.
You will want to set up near a water source, and instead of several apples in a barrel (or some other type of large bowl or container), you would use a single apple. After every turn, just empty the water and use a fresh apple. To make the game go faster, you can have several barrels going at once. I suggest using apples with stems attached for easier “bobbing.”
68. Ghost Face Game
This game is a fun twist on bobbing for apples. You spread candy corn on a paper plate and cover the plate with whipped cream. The contestants use their mouths to find the candy corn. Whoever finds the most candy corn in a set amount of time wins. If you have a lot of players, you can set them up in teams of 2 or three and then count all the candy corn found by each team.
69. Raffle Contests
No Halloween party or carnival is complete without a raffle. This type of game is so easy to set up. You just need some tearable raffle tickets, a large container or bowl, and some prizes. How you run the raffle is up to you. A charity fundraiser, perhaps, or just a simple drawing with a few gift cards as prizes.
70. Pumpkin Decorating Station
And last but not least, we always have a pumpkin decorating station at our Halloween parties! In the last few years, we have moved away from actual paint (just too messy) and now lean towards stickers like these and these. You can use full-size pumpkins or mini pumpkins.
Don’t forget the food and decor for your Halloween Party!
Awesome Bubbling Cauldron tutorial:
Halloween Decor and Food Ideas:
- Bats on the Wall (free printable bat template)
- Halloween Sidewalk Lanterns (from plastic cups)
- DIY Bubbling Cauldron
- DIY Halloween Pumpkin Candy Holder
- Easy Monster Cupcakes
- “Killer” Pumpkin Banana Cookies
- Halloween Cupcake Wrappers (free printable)
- Witch Hat Cookies
- Spooky Monster Eyes Deviled Eggs
- Graveyard Pudding Cups
Need more inspiration? Here are a few FAQ Halloween Party Questions:
How to throw a Halloween party on a budget
Halloween parties are a blast to attend, but planning can be a bit stressful, especially if your budget is tight. A few inexpensive Halloween party ideas to get you started are:
- Choose a theme. (and color scheme) Halloween is very popular; you can find tons of free printables and ideas on the internet to complement your theme.
- Many of the Halloween Game ideas found below are DIY/Budget-friendly. Just choose 3 to 4 that don’t require expensive props or accessories. A few of my favorites are the egg and spoon race. (Use your own eggs and spoons.) the toilet paper game and the Balloon Popping Game.
- Have a pumpkin carving contest. Ask your guests to bring a pumpkin to carve. You provide the tools and a few printable templates. (You can find tons for free on the web.)
- Make it a potluck. Everyone knows hosting a party is a lot of work and $$$. Most people actually want to bring a dish or other item to help out. Create a list on a web-based app for people to see what’s needed and sign up. Then, you fill in the holes. (I like SignUpGenius.com.)
Staying home this year? How to have fun at home
Planning on a low-key family Halloween celebration at home? You can still make it fun!
- Choose a theme and create an itinerary full of fun games and activities. Several of the games listed above work great with just a few family members.
- Dress up in costumes.
- Plan a Halloween-themed meal full of spooky foods and treats.
- Carve pumpkins.
- Plan an age-appropriate scary/Halloween movie night.
Halloween Game prize Ideas
If you have Halloween Party Games, you must have prizes! A small cash prize is always acceptable, and gift cards are great, but this is where the dollar store, amazon, and oriental traders will come in handy. You can find tons of items that work for prizes.
You can assemble small prize bags in clear bags full of age-appropriate toys, gift cards, and/or candy. Then, place the prize bags in a basket and let the winners choose their prizes.
outdoor decoration ideas
Need a few Halloween decorating ideas? I’ve got another post dedicated to our outdoor Halloween decoration ideas and displays. (Because we are obviously really into Halloween, lol)
Choose any one of these fun Halloween Games and let the party begin!
Now it’s your turn!! Do you have any other suggestions that we can add to our list of Halloween Party Games for Kids? If so, share in the comments below.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.