Halloween games for kids are the topic of our blog post today!
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s high time we add a sprinkle of spooky fun to our learning environments, don’t you think? But here’s the thing—Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and candies; it’s a golden opportunity for engaging, educational activities that both entertain and enlighten our young learners.
I’ve scoured the web, digging deep into various nooks and crannies to unearth some truly awesome Halloween games for kids. From ghoulish gumdrop tosses to mummy-wrapping relays, these games offer a delightful blend of fun and learning.
And, because I know how much we all appreciate the details, I’ve added links to each game’s original source, so you can get the step-by-step on how to set these up in your own space. For more materials, check out our Halloween Resources section.
Halloween Games for Kids
Here are some practical Halloween games for kids. Check them out and share with us your feedback.
1. Guess the Ghost
Inspired by Netmums, this game brings the excitement of musical chairs and ghostly wails together. Kids sit in a circle and walk around blindfolded while touching other kids’ heads. When the music stops, the touched child must let out a “ghostly wail.” The one who’s ‘it’ then guesses who made the noise. A surefire way to get lots of giggles and shrieks! Great for younger kiddos. Read more on Netmums
2. Halloween Charades
Courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens, this twist on the classic charades gets a spooky update. Create cards with Halloween-related terms and use a thematic container to draw from. It’s all about acting out and guessing within a two-minute timer. Perfect for kids who love a little challenge! Discover more on BHG
3. Worm Pie
For the slightly older kids who aren’t afraid to get messy, check out this gem from Icebreaker Ideas. It’s all about digging out gummy worms from pie tins filled with whipped cream using nothing but your mouth. It’s messy, it’s thrilling, and it’s hilarious! See full details on Icebreaker Ideas
4. Witches Brew Carnival Game
This game from Carnival Savers adds a twist to your traditional toss game, using plush frogs and witch cauldrons. Line up cauldrons and have kids toss frogs into them. The further they go, the better the prizes. Ideal for kids who love a good aim-and-toss challenge! Learn more on Carnival Savers
5. Giant Spider Web Creation Game
If you’re into crafts and decorations, this idea from Kids Activities Blog is brilliant. Have the kiddos construct a giant wool and twig spider web to hang outside your front door. Not only does it result in a fun decoration, but it also doubles as a playful fright for the neighbors. Find out how on Kids Activities Blog
6. Photo Booth Fun
Featured by Better Homes & Gardens, this DIY photo booth idea involves festive curtains and humorous shapes for kids to hold up for snapshots. It’s an easy setup, requiring only a curtain, paper cutouts, and wooden sticks. If you’re short on time, there are ready-made sets at party stores. This one’s a great way for kids to take home memories from the party. Read more on BHG
7. Halloween Lawn Twister
Halloween Games for Kids
HGTV brings a Halloween twist to the classic game of Twister. It’s all about the spooky color palette—think black, white, orange, and green. Spray paint these colors on your lawn and let the twisting and turning begin. This outdoor game is sure to keep the kids engaged and active! Discover more on HGTV
8. Halloween Treasure Hunt
Decorate a room with spooky decor like cardboard gravestones, paper spider-webs, and bats hanging from the ceiling. Hide candies and let the treasure hunt begin! This game is a good mix of creative decoration and adventurous seeking. Learn more about this game at Netmums.
9. Newspaper Eating Monster Toss
Featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams, this newspaper-eating monster toss game is perfect for preschoolers and elementary students. Use a bucket and old newspapers to “feed” a monster by tossing paper into it. It’s simple, safe, and oozes with Halloween spirit. Learn more here
10. Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe
Another hit from HGTV. Move this game outdoors with an oversized tic-tac-toe board made from duct tape. Use orange and white petite pumpkins as your X’s and O’s. This brings a seasonal twist to a classic, inviting kids to strategize while enjoying the great outdoors. See details on HGTV
11. Gumdrop Toss
Coming to us from Better Homes & Gardens, this game is as decorative as it is entertaining. Glass milk bottles are adorned with Halloween-colored tulle and labeled with point values. Kids take turns tossing miniature pom-poms into the bottles. What I appreciate about this is its dual purpose—it serves as a game and decor. A win-win in my book! Read more on BHG
12. Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss Game
Featured on Icebreaker Ideas, this game is perfect for younger children. All you need is a piece of cardboard designed to look like a pumpkin with a mouth large enough to serve as the target for the bean bags. Tossing games are always a hit, and this one allows for added competition if you want to keep score. Learn more on Icebreaker Ideas
13. DIY Halloween Bubbles
This is a wonderful, whimsical idea from Spaceships and Laser Beams. These homemade bubbles can serve as party favors, classroom treats, or even alternatives to candies for Trick or Treaters. Bubbles are a universal joy, and presenting them with a Halloween twist is sheer genius. Find the details here
14. FALL TOPPLE MATH GAME
Courtesy of Coffee Cups and Crayons, this game is perfect for the young mathematician. With a pair of dice and colored paper clips, kids work on basic math skills while trying to balance a paper tree with paper clips. It’s a game of chance and skill, and if the tree topples over, you’re out. It’s a fun way to integrate learning into game time. See how it’s done here
15. Wrap a Mummy
Also from Icebreaker Ideas, the Wrap a Mummy game is an oldie but a goodie. Teams compete to wrap a chosen ‘mummy’ in paper towels or white crepe paper. The catch? You have to leave the eyes, nose, and mouth uncovered. It’s a race against time, and the first team to complete the wrapping wins. More details on Icebreaker Ideas
I really enjoyed diving into the web to find these gems, and I hope you find them as delightful and enriching as I do. Remember, games are more than just play; they’re vital experiences that enhance social skills, cognitive development, and yes, they even sprinkle a bit of education into the mix.
Feel free to mix and match, tweak, or even come up with your own variations. After all, creativity is the spice of education. For more materials, check out our Halloween Resources section. Wishing you all a fun-filled, educational, and most importantly, safe Halloween!