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25 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids

Planning a Halloween Party or playdate for the kids this year?  Time to crank the fun up a few notches with these 25 amazing and crowd-pleasing, Halloween Party Games for Kids that are loads of fun! (updated with even more games for 2020)

The best Halloween Party Games for kids!
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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 Block Party!  I want to find a few fun Halloween-themed games to keep the kids entertained and help burn off all the candy the will inevitably be eating.

I’ve been searching around the web for the best Halloween games for kids and have come up with a pretty good list to share with you today.

The good news is, several of these games and activities are DIY and budget-friendly, but if you’re running out of time or just 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 on Amazon or Oriental Trading.

25+ Halloween Party Games for Kids (and adults!)

When planning the perfect Halloween party, just choose a few of these hilariously spooky and fun Halloween themed game ideas. Our parties are always geared towards the kids, 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!

1. Toilet Paper Mummy Halloween Game

17+ Halloween Party Games for Kids

This toilet paper game is budget-friendly (who doesn’t have toilet paper) and loads of fun, it’s sure to have everyone laughing like crazy! The way the game works, is you pit several teams of 3 (one mummy, 2 wrappers) against each other, and the team that finishes their roll of toilet paper first, wins!

2. Donut Eating Race

17+ Halloween Party Games for Kids (donut on a string)

If you’ve never participated in a donut eating race, you are missing out! You’ll want to do a little “donut testing” beforehand to make sure you’ve got a sturdy donut, but it is a great game not only for Halloween parties but birthday parties too.  If you can get the adults to participate, your stomach will hurt from all the laughing, I promise!

3. Pop Goes the Pumpkin Balloon Halloween Game

Halloween Party Games for Kids (pop the Balloon party game)

This game is a great one for the teenager to set up, just stuff the balloons with slips of paper that have prize names written on them to be claimed later. Find 5-inch orange balloons here.

4. Frankenstein Bowling  (tin can bowling Halloween game)

Halloween Party Games for Kids

This Halloween Game is budget-friendly and can be enjoyed by even the youngest party goer. 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.

5. Marshmallow Toss Game 

Halloween Party Games for Kids (marshmallow toss 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 (Halloween themed bean bag tossing games)

Toilet Paper Tossing 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.

Spider Bean Bag tossing halloween game

Possibly an even cuter Halloween bean bag-style tossing game is this Flying Spider Bean Bag game from Orange Bettie. See how to make the Spider Bean Bags here. Looks like 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. 

7. Poke a Pumpkin Halloween Game

Need ideas for Halloween Games for kids? Time to crank the fun with these 17 Halloween Party Games for Kids. (poke a pumpkin)

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 with a rubber band.

8. Pumpkin Patch Stomp – Kids love this game!

halloween Games - pumpkin patch stomp

Any Halloween Party can be made so much better by popping a few balloons for prizes! Before blowing up the balloons, stuff 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 color balloons and the first person who pops all their colored balloons, wins!

9. Pin the Tail on The Witch Cat (and other pin-the-tail Halloween Games)

Halloween Party Games for Kids (pin the tail on the cat party game)

You can never go wrong with a “pin the tail” type party game. Find one on Amazon here. Or make your own Pin the Tail on the Cat Halloween game as shown in this Harvest and Halloween Entertainment Book

Halloween Games for Kids (pin the face on the pumpkin)

or How about Pin the face on the Pumpkin! This one made with tissue paper is especially cute! (Here is the link for a similar pin the nose on the pumpkin game from Amazon)

Halloween Party Games for Kids

Or maybe, 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.

10. Halloween Bingo (Free Printable)

Halloween Bingo - Perfect halloween party games for kids

Halloween Bingo is always a hit, 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 to the hassle of printing cards for a large party, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase similar Bingo Cards here (Amazon)  or here (etsy.)

11. Feed the Monster Halloween Game

feed the monster halloween game - Halloween Party Games for Kids

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 box!) Just decorate however you like.

12. Jack o Lantern Bag Toss

22+ Halloween Party Games for Kids

Make your own out of a box or out of pumpkins or purchase a very similar game here. I found these pre-made bean bag toss games here and here.

13. Candy Corn Guessing Game

Halloween Party Games for Kids - candy corn guessing game

And when the night is over, you can send the guest home with little treat bags full of candy corn!

14. Halloween Face Painting

17+ Halloween Party Games for Kids (face painting)

Who doesn’t love getting their faces painted? No Halloween Game lineup is complete without a face painting station!  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 set that is certified organic.  I like this set – it even comes with stencils for those of us with no painting skills.)

15. Don’t forget the Halloween Pinata!

halloween party ideas - diy pumpkin 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.

16. Halloween Charades

Halloween charades plus tons of fun Halloween games for kids

Another great Halloween game idea? Charades with a Halloween theme!  So many laughs and so easy to play.  Grab the free Halloween Charades printable here.

17. DIY Treat Bag Decorating Station 

Find tons of paper sacks and Halloween stickers (here and here) for the kids to make their own treat bags. Personally, having to put together party favor bags, after planning a party are 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 that likes to get crafty?  I have a cute DIY Halloween Treat Bag tutorial here.

18. DIY Halloween Cookie Decorating Station

Decorating Cookies or Cupcakes is always fun!  All you need is icing, Halloween sprinkles, and maybe some eyeballs to get the party started!

halloween games decorating station

19. Halloween crafts station ideas:

how to make lollipop ghosts

Lollipop ghosts, Candy Corn necklace craft, and pumpkin decorating.

20. Witches Hat Ring Toss

Make your own Ring Toss game or find a similar game for sale on Amazon.

 21. 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.

22. DIY Halloween Version of Twister:

halloween games for kids - diy twister

Even if it is just a Halloween party for two, the kids will love this game.

23. Egg and Spoon Race

Egg and spoon race - kids party games

We always include an egg race on our list of party games for kids! (this was our last birthday parties). It’s always a hit, especially if you use real eggs and a Halloween version would be so much fun.  (amazon link to wooden spoon and egg set)

24. Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good Scavenger hunt?  This Halloween Party game is perfect for kids of all levels and Is easy to arrange!  Grab the free printable here.

25. Spider Races

This one is a lot of fun for the little ones. It’s as easy as it looks to set up. All you need is a few plastic spiders and large straws. the first spider that “crosses” the finish line is the winner!

26. Pumpkin Decorating Station

Halloween party games- DIY 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.

Don’t forget the food and decor!

Awesome Bubbling Cauldron tutorial:

How to Make a Bubbling Cauldron

Halloween Decor and Food Ideas:

Need more inspiration? Here are a few FAQ Halloween Party Qusetions:

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 ideas to get you started are:

  1. Choose a theme. (and color scheme) Halloween is very popular, you can find tons of free printables and ideas on the internet to compement your theme.
  2. Many of the Halloween Game ideas found below are DIY/Budget friendly. Just choose 3 to 4 that don’t require expensive props or accesories. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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. Creat a list on a web based app for people to see whats 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.
  • Decorate.
  • 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, 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 put together 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 prize.

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!

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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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23 Comments

  1. I love all of your creative ideas! I just have to try them myself too! This was a very helpful website!

  2. Amazing ideas! Thank you!
    Just wished you would provide the links which are stated on the various pages.
    ie: Pumpkin Twister

  3. I love these ideas. My daughter is turning 4 in November and this is her first party….let alone Halloween party. Thanks

  4. I am always looking for games and my sons school just sent home a note about some fun activities and this may be one of them.

  5. Thanks so much for so many fantastic original games for older kids and adults. We are going to use some of these ideas since we’re home bound for the next several weeks.

  6. I am always looking for games and my sons school just sent home a note about some fun activities and this may be one of them.

  7. These are really cool games and ideas for children. They would definitely love these games. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

  8. We have 4 children from 10 to 20 and they enjoyed making almost all of the games and loved playing them even more. Thank you from Brian from Floridas Nature Coast

    1. That is so lovely , as most teens would be to cool to participate.

  9. Many thanks from Koala VietNam.
    My kids love your games very much.

  10. Wonderful ideas for kids at home as well as can be used at school as well. Thanks.

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