25 Halloween Party Games to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

At your next Halloween party, play these new and fun games that are great for kids and adults alike.

Halloween Game: The Hanging Tree

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In the original version of this Halloween game, there were 12 red apples and 1 green apple to match a poem said while spinning the children around. For a small group of children, you don’t need so many. Hang the apples by long strings from a tree branch (by twisting the strings you disguise where the green apple is). For each child’s turn, blindfold him or her, untwist the apples, and set the youngster toward the branch. If he or she picks the green apple, he or she wins a prize (and the apple). Put up a new green apple and give another child a turn. Give these DIY Halloween decorations a try to make your home look super festive for all the Halloween games you’ll play.

Halloween Game: Pass the Pumpkin


Have one fewer small pumpkins than players. Sit youngsters in a circle. Play Halloween music while they pass the pumpkins around the circle. When the music stops, the player without a pumpkin is out, but he gets to take a pumpkin with him. The rest of the players continue to play until there is a winner, who will get a prize. Once you’re done playing any of these Halloween games it’s time to carve the pumpkins! Try these pumpkin carving patterns to take your jack-o’-lantern to the next level.

Halloween Game: Balloon Sweep Relay Race

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Set up a course that zigzags across the yard (or playroom). Use colored rope tied to stakes (or chairs) to mark it. Divide the guests into two teams. Give each team a small broom and a blown-up balloon. Each member of a team must sweep the balloon around the course and back before the next member goes. The team to have every member finish the course first wins. Having trouble coming up with a costume idea for your kid? Try these cheap DIY kids’ costumes that basically anyone can make.