The trick to any great Halloween party is having a variety of games, delicious foods, and entertaining activities. Some games are safe and extraordinarily fun for the kids. However, you should avoid a few popular games, and we’ll tell you why later. First, we’ll inspire you with a few fun games that the kids will love. They’ll leave raving about what a great time they had. Then, we’ll get into the darker side of things.
Great Halloween Games to Include
You can purchase one from a Halloween store, or you can make one from scratch. It follows the same rules as a traditional game, except the piñata is creepy. Make it an eyeball, a monster, or a ghost; the options are almost endless!
No Carve Pumpkin Decorating
This activity doesn’t have to have a winner. Give the kids a small pumpkin and set up a table of supplies. Include paint, glitter, googly eyes, felt, fake hair, and other art supplies. Set a time limit so that the little artists don’t spend all night on the pumpkin. Make sure to get a photo of the kids with their pumpkins for the parents!
Print bingo boards with the word “Scary” replacing the word “Bingo”. The kids will each have a card with either numbers or photos, which you will call until a player yells “Scary!” Make sure to have plenty of options (think 75 numbers in bingo), so that the game doesn’t end too quickly.
DIY Photo Booth
Using a large window, a fireplace, or another picturesque area of your home, you can create a designated place for individual photos. Kids will love the attention, and their parents will appreciate the photos you send home. Make sure to decorate the area and include a selection of Halloween props!
This fun game is very similar to the popular wedding shower game, where you use toilet paper to make a wedding dress. Separate the kids into teams of two, and give each team one roll of toilet paper. The team that creates the best mummy with one roll in under one minute wins!
Skeleton Relay Race
Find a spacious area of your home and create teams of three or four, depending on the party size. Each team gets all the required pieces to make a skeleton. One player races to a wall and adds a part of the skeleton. The next kid cannot head towards the wall until the previous player returns to the starting line. The team that finishes their skeleton correctly first wins!
Dangerous Games to Avoid
Now, let’s discuss the games you do NOT want to play. While they seem fun and some have been around for years, these games are just too risky. Read on to learn more.
The Cinnamon Challenge
This has been around forever, in fact I fell victim to it about fifteen years ago. From personal experience, I can tell you there’s nothing fun about this game. However, it became popular on YouTube last year and kids think it’s hilarious. It’s not, I assure you. The challenge is to swallow and entire tablespoon of cinnamon without drinking water or spitting any out. Your body won’t produce enough saliva to do this and you will end up coughing it all out. It burns the throat, it comes out your nose, and it hurts. It hurts for days. Forbid this game from your party.
This game seems innocent and adorable, but it’s a major choking hazard. The idea is to put as many marshmallows in your mouth as you can, while saying chubby bunny. The player who can still say it with the most marshmallows in their mouth wins. Forbid this game from your party.
Bobbing for Apples
This game isn’t as risky as the others are; however, it’s still a bad idea. The traditional game requires you obtain an apple from a bucket of water without using any hands. Kids come with germs, especially in autumn. Several children putting their mouths in the same water and potentially on the same apple could get everyone at the party sick. There’s just no clean way to go about this game. Forbid this game from your party.
This is probably the most dangerous of all the game listed. Unfortunately, thanks to the internet, it’s the most popular. Planking is a huge internet trend in which participants will “plank” on top of varying structures. Kids will challenge one another and raise the stakes. They usually choose things that are high off the ground. You don’t need a bunch of kids balancing on nothing but their stomachs at your house. Forbid this game from your party.