11 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

Are you preparing a Halloween party for your child? Here are some ideas of Halloween games for the kids to have the time of their lives!
11 Fun Halloween Games for Kids
Marcela Alejandra Caffulli

Reviewed and approved by the pediatrician Marcela Alejandra Caffulli.

Written by Yesibeth Rincón

Last update: 18 May, 2023

Halloween is almost here, and at this time of the year, celebrations alluding to skeletons, ghosts, and pumpkins abound. If you’re going to organize a Halloween party for your child, here are some ideas to make fun Halloween games for kids, so that they can have fun, play, and share.

Halloween is a holiday that takes place every year on the night of October 31. On this night, children, teens, and adults alike have fun showing off their most terrifying costumes and tricks. For example, they can dress up to become Dracula, Frankenstein, or a wicked witch who goes out into the street to threaten people in exchange for candy.

This celebration is deeply rooted in Anglo-Saxon countries such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, but it has expanded to Spain and many Latin American nations as well. If you’re going to organize your little one’s Halloween party, in this article, we’ll offer you a guide to liven up your celebration with the most entertaining and terrifying games.

Learn about the most fun Halloween games for kids

We’ll show you a list of games that you can play at home or in a park where you’re having the party. This way, the little ones will have fun with the scary characters. Some of these activities you already know and can be used for any party, but this time you must adapt them for the occasion.

1. The mummy

One of the most fun Halloween games for kids is the mummy. It’s a very simple and easy-to-make activity. Just follow the following steps:

  1. Divide the children into small groups.
  2. Each team should choose one member to be the mummy.
  3. The other members must wrap the mummy in toilet paper.
  4. The group that finishes first is the winner.

2. Costume parade

Organize a costume parade in which children can show the public their terrifying costumes of ghosts, skulls, monsters, pumpkins, or witches, among others. When the parade’s over, award the most original ensemble that inspires the most terror.

3. Witch hat ring toss

Another fun Halloween game is the witch hat. To make it, buy a hat or make it yourself with cardboard and decorate it with ghostly figures or spider webs. On the other hand, you’ll need some hoops or rings. The game is played as follows:

  • Place the hat on the floor.
  • Give the children the hoops.
  • The children must throw the hoops so that they land on the tip of the witch’s hat.
You can recreate witch hats with posterboard, either for the little ones to dress up or to play a game to see who can toss the most rings onto them.

4. Ghostbusters

The ghost-hunting activity will be very easy to do and will delight the little ones at your party. All you have to do is fill a large number of white balloons, paint ghost eyes and mouths on them, and place them in a large space where the kids can pop them. The kids will die laughing and it will be a challenge for them to pop the balloons.

5. Hot Pumpkin

Just like the hot potato game, children will play this time with a pumpkin. Sitting in a circle, the children must pass the pumpkin very quickly, clockwise. The child who’s left holding the pumpkin when the music stops is eliminated. Then the game starts again. At the end, the winner will be the last remaining child.

6. Halloween Bingo

To make the fun Halloween bingo, look for some downloadable templates on the internet, print them, and buy some candies to use them as tokens. With them, you should mark the figures that have already come out, which will all be related to this scary holiday. You could also buy the bingo game in a store, as the market is full of objects, figures, and games that are themed around this celebration. This is a very entertaining activity to do with the whole family.

7. Memory game

Memory games are always a good option to entertain the little ones at home. And even more so if it’s a gathering of friends where they can test their mental skills. This game consists of finding the pairs of each monster figure. To do so, you can choose between three alternatives:

  1. Buy the memory game in a store.
  2. Search the web and print it out.
  3. Have the children draw and paint the pairs of tokens with scary characters. They can make Dracula, Frankenstein, werewolves, witches, spiders, skeletons, and whatever else they can think of.

8. Mummy bowling

If your child has a set of bowling pins, you just have to wrap them in white paper (it can be toilet paper) and paint their eyes. You’ll need a large space at home or in the driveway so they can have fun doing this activity. Another option is to throw a little ball to knock down ghosts, which can be made with plastic cups.

You can turn the plastic cups into ghosts and stack them in a pyramid shape. Kids will have a lot of fun throwing balls to try to knock them down.

9. Freeze dance

During your Halloween party, kids can also play freeze dance. The idea is to dance while the music’s playing and freeze when the music stops. Whoever is still moving after the beat stops will be eliminated. To do this, choose Halloween music and have everyone wear a costume.

10. Pot Shot

Pot shot is an aiming game for which you’ll need to collect some old cans, paint them with scary characters, and line them up. Then, you can place one on top of the other in a zigzag pattern. Finally, add a tennis ball so the kids can aim well and knock over the cans.

11. Pumpkin hunt

Pumpkins are one of the most popular symbols of Halloween. That’s why you can easily organize a fun game with them at home:

  • Hide lots of pumpkins throughout the house. You can make them out of paper, cardboard, or origami.
  • Divide the children into groups and give them time to find as many pumpkins as possible.
  • The team that gets the most is the winner.

Terror and fun on Halloween

With this variety of Halloween games, you’ll offer the most entertaining party to children. Prepare them ahead of time, buy the necessary materials, and include your little ones in the organization of the event. They’ll have a lot of fun playing these scary games!

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