Party Game Ideas for Halloween

Party game ideas for Halloween do not have to be scary to provide fun for kids. Using the old standby symbol of Halloween, the pumpkin, there are many party game ideas that kids will love.

One such game is Pumpkin Golf. Carve out a pumpkin face, with the mouth extra large. Mark off a space 10 to 20 feet long and a few feet wide, depending on the age of the kids. Place the pumpkin at one end with the bottom of the mouth touching the floor. Hand the kids a putter and golf balls and see who can putt the ball into the pumpkin's mouth.

Make it even more challenging by placing side-boards along the length of the hole and positioning objects in the way of the pumpkin so the kids have to ricochet the ball off the sides. Lay out the hole so it is not in a straight line so again the kids have to use the sideboards to redirect the putts.

The prize can be candy for whoever putts the ball in the pumpkin's mouth, or make it more competitive by awarding candy to those needing the fewest shots to put the ball in the hole, or it has to be a hole-in-one.

Another of the party game ideas for Halloween is Pumpkin Bowling. Obtain several smaller pumpkins and at least ten plastic liter bottles or something similar. The kids can decorate the bottles with Halloween images.

Measure off a level space 10 to 20 feet or more in length and around 4 feet in width. Set up the ten liter-bottles and give each child two tries to knock down the pins. Award two pieces of candy for a strike and one for a spare.

Other party game ideas involving Halloween and pumpkins include Candy Toss, the object of which is to toss candy into a large hole carved into a pumpkin. Pumpkin Bocce challenges kids to roll their pumpkins the closest to a bigger pumpkin. Pumpkin Ring prompts kids try to toss rings around pumpkins and Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin is a Halloween version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Construct a pumpkin face cutout out of foam or poster board. Draw a pumpkin nose on a piece of poster board and place tape on the back so that it will stick to the foam cutout, with the kids' initials also on the back. Then each child, while blindfolded, tries to stick the nose on the pumpkin face. When all are done, check the back of the noses to see who was the closest and award prizes.