I'm having a 13th birthday party with boys and girls. It's going to be a Halloween party theme in my front yard and its going to be a costume party. I have no ideas what games to play.
Don't Worry Bout It from Memphis
You can tape off an area of the floor and toss gummy worms, plastic spiders, little pumpkins, gummy bears or other small items on the floor and have them hop on one foot and not step on any. Keep adding more as they finish and start a new line. Change up and have them do it backwards, sideways, etc. They all line up and want to do it over and over again. (10/11/2006)
Well I remember when I was a teenager that one of the games we played was choosing a folded piece of paper out of a plastic pumpkin that gave directions to finding another piece of paper with some silly thing we'd have to do. (ex.) drink a cup of apple cider with using your hands. (10/12/2006)
I think that you should do the bobbing for apples. It is an old game, but it is really fun. (10/27/2006)
"bobbing for marshmallows"
Fill a big bowl with flour and then stick 4-6 marshmallows in [depending on how big the bowl is]. Then people stick their faces in and bob for the marshmallows.
It's hard and really fun, but messy.
Play it outside just so your house doesn't get too messy. (10/07/2007)
Something I used to do around 6th grade was a donut eating contest. You tie a donut to a string and put your hands behind your back and try to eat it. It's really fun and the kids have a blast. (10/20/2007)
I also liked to do a hula-hoop contest with a little twist. You would put different kinds of gummies on the floor and then give the kids a hula-hoop and then they would have to hula-hoop while they are trying to not hit the candy creatures. (10/30/2007)
I think a great idea is a scavenger hunt outdoors. You could make two teams and have each time look for an item on the list. You could have ten items on the list and each team goes around looking for the hidden items. Hope this info helped. (10/01/2008)
I run a youth club, and tonight is our Halloween party. Another game is bobbing for creepy crawlies, use jelly baff stuff added to kids baths to make it gooey, put jelly baff or normal jelly mushed in big bowl and add jelly spiders worms and so on, then the kids have to get the jellies out. They absolutely love this game, but very messy. (10/24/2008)
I usually have a Halloween Party and have to think up games for adults. One year we all put our names in a hat and drew out for two teams (size of team does not matter) and each team had to get on a broom and they raced up a hill, around the house, and back to the beginning. If someone fell off they had to start again. Needless to say, neither team made it all the way up the hill without losing someone, but they laughed and had a lot of fun doing it.
Another year I nailed a 2x4 (approx. 18 inches long) to a 4' ladder and pounded a nail on the end of the 2x4. Each person got an apple with a string tied to the stem which they had to tie around their waist and then swing the apple up to stick on the nail. We have some very funny pictures of their "hip swinging" antics. (10/25/2008)
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I think to add a bit more fun to Halloween you could play mummify. Mummify was created by me and what you have to do is have two teams and wrap one team member (from each team) up in toilet roll and then unroll them again and whichever team loses gets a cold mixture of mushy peas, diced carrots, custard and cold spaghetti chucked at them by the winning team.
Editor's Note: Although the mummy part sounds fun, it's a cold time of year for the food throw. You might think of something better for the losing team. (10/26/2008)
I think that the game where you fill a box with packing peanuts or ripped up tissue paper and hide prizes inside is kind of fun. Candy is usually best for older grades. They think prizes are cheesy. (10/30/2008)
By Halloween dude
I've been having my kiddos guess the answers to Halloween riddles for several years (during or right after dinner), but this year I added something new: for each correct answer, I gave the child who guessed it one "pumpkin buck" (a printed sheet with a pumpkin on it and the words "ONE PUMPKIN BUCK"). During our last Halloween-themed dinner this week, I conducted an auction for them. I held up one item at a time, and each child could bid on that item or wait in the hope something better was still in my bag. I had 12 items ranging from packs of gum, individual candy bars, to a small game and and a DVD. They loved this and begged me to do it again next year. (By the way, I collected almost 60 riddles.) Great fun. (10/31/2008)
If your kids don't like school very much, do pin the tail on the principal. If the party is outside then tape a picture of your principal on a tree then try putting the tail on her/him. Another game is bobbing for apples, or guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. But, you have to remember this: add prizes to it, kids won't want to play the games if there are not any prizes. One last thing you can do: you give the kids a raffle ticket, and then at almost the end of the party pick three raffles out. The first one you call will get a small prize, then the second will get a bigger prize, then the last one you call will get a huge prize. (09/07/2009)
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