New Jammies loves creativity, and Halloween is the perfect time of year for kids to express themselves in cosplay and seasonal fun.
Halloween-themed, spooky and otherwise, games can be played at parties, during fall break or after school. These ideas from the Family Education (familyeducation.com) are a great way to spark creativity and build imagination:
Divide party-goers into teams of two, and give each a roll of toilet paper, white crepe paper, or fabric. At the sound of the music, one team member must wrap the other from head to toe (leaving the head free and not binding the arms to the body.) Once completely wrapped, the “mummy” must run to cross the finish line before the others.
What’s in the Bowl?
Spaghetti brains! Grape eye balls! Jell-O guts! This classic guessing game will leave everyone screaming (from fun, of course)! Fill separate bowls with prepared Jell-O or pudding, peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, and anything else you can think of that feels slimy and gross. Cover each bowl with black and orange felt so nobody can peek inside, and have everyone try to guess what it is they’re touching.
A scarecrow contest is a great way to bring out everyone’s creative side. Provide all the supplies you need to build a scarecrow (hay, old flannel shirts, burlap bags, etc.), pair off into teams, and have everyone get to work building the most creative scarecrow they can in the time allowed.
Read more on FamilyEducation: http://fun.familyeducation.com/slideshow/halloween/33288.html#ixzz3pQWcC2WF
The Pumpkin Nook, “the Internet’s Halloween and Pumpkin Authority,” (http://www.pumpkinnook.com/hween/games.htm) offers some ideas on Halloween games, including:
Pumpkin Ring Toss
Object of Game: To toss a ring around a pumpkin.
Carve out a one to three pumpkins. Buy or make three or four rings about twice as big around as the pumpkins. If you don’t know what to use, try an extra piece of leftover electrical cable and tape together with duct tape. (Scouts use this as a “Reduce, re-use and re-cycle” project)
Measure back several feet, depending on age group. Give the rings to the player. A piece of candy (or two) is awarded for ringing the pumpkin. Award one piece of candy for a partial ring and two if the ring is completely around.
Object of Game: Tell a chilling tale or two.
Sit around in a circle in a darkened room, with a flashlight in the middle of the circle. We do not recommend candles, as it can be dangerous with the kids. One player starts the game by saying “Once there was……” and makes one or two sentences. It should relate to and build upon what was previously said.
The next person to the right then adds to the story a couple of sentences. Go around the room at least once. Try to make the stories scary or gross.
Object of Game: Hit the golf ball into a pumpkin, putt-putt style.
Carve out a pumpkin. Make the mouth extra large. Build a cardboard ramp about one to two feet side from the ground to the bottom of the pumpkin’s mouth.
You will probably need some support under the cardboard. Tape the ramp to the floor for stability. Mark a starting point a few feet from the start of the ramp. The older the kids, the farther away.
Bobbing for apples, pumpkin bowling, and pin the wart on the witch (played like pin the tail on the donkey but with wart cut outs and a witch face) are also classic Halloween game and party ideas that are fun for kinds of all ages.