7 tried-and-true Halloween games for school parties

7 tried-and-true Halloween games for school parties

If you've got kids in preschool or elementary school, you may be very familiar with the last-minute quest to procure games for the Halloween Party. I've done this dance for a decade now, so I thought I'd compile a list of my tried and true favorites that have worked from preschool all the way through fifth grade.

These are fun, easy, and don't require buying much stuff. They're the ones I come back to year after year, and the ones that are easiest for kids of all ages and abilities to grasp.

7 Tried-and-True Halloween Games For School Parties

Spider Blow

Each child uses a milkshake straw to blow plastic spiders to the finish line! This can also be done in teams; the first team to finish all kids is the winner.

Candy Corn Relay

If the party's in a classroom, I typically set this up in the hallway outside. Create a relay course (just a few cones or boxes is fine).

Set a bowl of candy corn on one end of your course and an empty bowl on the other end. The first child in line scoops a few pieces of candy corn out of the bowl and maneuvers through the course to dump it into the empty bowl; they then run the spoon back and gives it to the next person in line.

The next person takes another scoop of candy corn and maneuvers through the course to dump it into the bowl. Continue until all of the candy corn has been scooped from one container to the other.

Pumpkin Toss

Place a piece of duct tape on the floor. Set up three plastic buckets (Halloween jack-o-lanterns work great) at increasing distances from the tape. Have kids line up with toes on tape and throw candy corns into the pumpkins. More points for the pumpkins farthest away.

Dracula Mover

Give each child a pair of plastic Dracula teeth. Place a small bowl full of food (Pretzels, popcorn, marshmallows, candy corn) in front of them as well as an empty bowl. Start a timer and see who can transfer all their food from one bowl to another with their "teeth" in.

Pin The Eyes On The Ghost

Similar to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, this game always give kids the giggles when the eyes end up in a very wrong place.

Candy Corn Catch

Divide kids into teams and give each team member the same amount of candy corn, usually around 10 per person.

Now select a team member to wear the pumpkin (these should be the ones for trick or treating so there is a hole on top) and tie the plastic pumpkin around one team member’s waist. Now establish a throw line for those with the candy and place the pumpkin-wearing teammate a good distance away.

Once everyone is set let the tossing begin. Kids can throw candy corn all at one time or one at a time. The person wearing the pumpkin can move around to try to catch the candy corn as it is thrown. Once everyone has thrown the candy corn, take the pumpkin and count how many went in.

Switch who has the pumpkin around their waist and play another round of Candy Corn Toss. Add up how many go in each round and then total the amounts after everyone has had a turn. Add up the number of candy corn that made it in the pumpkin from all the rounds and the team with the highest number wins.

Hot Pumpkin!

Similar to the old Hot Potato game. Kids pass around mini pumpkins and if they're caught holding the pumpkin when the music stops, they're out.

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