33 Best Halloween Games For Kids In 2024

Get ready for some fun Halloween games for kids!

For kids, October signifies just one thing, Halloween! This month is filled with candy, pumpkins, costumes, and parties, making it the best time of the year.

Prepare to create lasting memories and host a spooky celebration with these engaging Halloween activities for kids.

These fun Halloween games can be played at home or in the classroom for a spooktacular time filled with laughter and excitement.

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Halloween games for children’s parties

It’s that time of year when Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect excuse to have some spooky fun with your family and friends. These simple fun Halloween party ideas are great for kids of all ages, and they’re especially awesome if you’re throwing a party with lots of children or if you’re a teacher planning a classroom celebration.

Whether you’re hosting a party at home or at school, these easy Halloween party games are designed to make everyone have a blast. So, get ready to enjoy some creepy-crawly fun with your little monsters, witches, and wizards. These activities will make your Halloween party a memorable and spook-tacular event!

Moo Moo Boo

Many children love to play Duck Duck Goose. Give Duck Duck Goose a Halloween theme by making it Moo Moo Boo!

Halloween games duck duck goose

This active game can be expanded to talk about rhyming and words that have the “ooh” sound. After playing a few rounds of Moo Moo Boo, encourage the kids to think of other words that rhyme with moo and boo.

Write those words on the board so that children can see different ways that this sound may be spelled. Other Halloween variations of Duck Duck Goose include:

  • Crow Crow Scarecrow
  • Bird Bird Bat, followed by a lesson on bats (check out our homeschool Halloween activities)
  • Sweep Sweep Fly, followed by a lesson on modes of transportation.

Pass the Pumpkin

Have kids sit in a circle and pass a mini pumpkin that can easily fit in the palm of their hands.

pass the pumpkin

If a pumpkin is not available, make one out of orange construction paper. Instruct the kids to begin passing the pumpkin from one child to the next around the circle. Play fun Halloween music and stop the song periodically.

The child that is holding the pumpkin when the music stops then answers a review question. Examples of review topics might include:

  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Spelling
  • Reading comprehension
  • Math skills
  • Science concepts

Variations to make this game more challenging would be to have the children pass the pumpkin behind their backs or under their legs while either sitting or standing.

HALLOWEEN Spells What?

This game requires large letters that spell the word Halloween with a group of at least nine children.

Children are given one letter each. Begin the game by having the children move around to spell as many words as they can for a designated period. Team captains can help arrange for students to spell the words or may write words on a piece of paper or on the board.

Make this game more active by having the children move across the room to a designated spot and then return to get credit for each word. This game can also be used as a craft activity by having children decorate the various letters before or after playing the game.

Check out our favorite Halloween board games.

Skeleton Game

Children who are learning the bones of the body can get a kick out of this skeleton game.

skeleton Halloween party game

The simplest variation of this game is to have students stand and touch each set of bones. Start at the toes and move up the body saying which bone is connected to what:

“The foot bone is connected to the ankle bone…the ankle bone is connected to the leg bone” and so forth. ‘Dem Body Bones can be altered to a shorter time frame by using the song “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.” Variations of ‘Dem Body Bones Game include:

  • Having the kids do the above game multiple times but getting faster each time.
  • Saying the body parts in Spanish (or another language)
  • Using anatomical words, check out this free online skeletal system game.
  • Order these anatomy books for kids and learn all about the body.

If you are feeling creative, create this wonderful skeleton craft too.

Toilet Paper Mummy

toilet paper mummy

All you need for this game is many rolls of toilet paper.

Put the children into groups of 3-5 kids and give them all a certain amount of toilet paper.

The goal will be to turn 1 of the kids in each group into a mummy using toilet paper. This game can have two different variations depending on what would be best for your group. This first one is a very simple race.

The first group to completely cover their mummy or cover their mummy the most before time runs out wins.

The second variation can allow for creativity but will require judging. Give the groups a certain amount of time and whoever creates the best mummy using whatever resources they have, wins.

See all of our fun Halloween crafts for kids.

Pumpkin Bowling

The only supplies needed for this game are ping pong balls and empty soda bottles.

Set 10 soda bottles up as bowling pins and use the ping pong balls as the bowling ball. You could use small pumpkins if you are playing outside, but be careful not to use a pumpkin too heavy for the kids because if they drop it, things could get messy.

Normal bowing rules apply but the game can get very silly very quickly because unlike bowling balls pumpkins don’t tend to roll in straight lines!

Candy Taste Test

Blindfold each child and give them a bite of candy.

halloween candy

The child has to identify the correct candy to earn a point, the child with the most points wins! A twist on this game is to use all jelly beans and have the child try to guess the flavor of a jelly bean.

Jelly Belly makes a variety of packs that can be very useful for this game.

Donut on a String

Get some standard glazed donuts and tie a string around them. Attach the string to the ceiling so that the donuts hang at the children’s mouth level.

halloween donut on a string

It’s a good idea to adjust each donut for the height of the individual child. The rules of the game are simple. Without using their hands the children have to eat the donut off the string, the first to get their donut off the string wins!

Guess the Candy Corn

Fill a jar, and you choose the size, with Candy Corn.

guess the candy corn

Here’s the trick, you need to know how many pieces are in the jar. Ask each party-goer to guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar. The person who comes closest without going over wins.

Have fun with a Halloween candy scavenger hunt!

Gross Out

In this game, you will be having the kids guess what it is they feel and trying to gross them out at the same time.

To prepare for this game you will need to do the following:

  • Boil spaghetti and let it cool,
  • Peel grapes,
  • Make red jello but do not let it gel all the way,
  • Fill a latex glove with play-dough and cover the outside with something sticky.

Put all of these things into different shoeboxes and cut holes in the lids big enough for a child’s hand to find into. Have each child feel what is in each box. After they have all felt a box tell them what it is they felt.

The spaghetti is someone’s intestines, the grapes are eyeballs, the jello is witch’s blood and the glove is a severed hand. Be creative with this game and see what other gross ideas you can come up with!

Halloween gifts for the winners

Why not surprise the kids with these small treats to give to the winners:

Transport young readers to the mysterious world of Gotham City with this thrilling Batman The Long Halloween Book. It’s a perfect gift for budding superheroes who love suspenseful tales.

Encourage creativity with this Lego Halloween Ideas Book, packed with spooktacular building projects that allow kids to construct their own haunted houses, spooky creatures, and more.

Unleash the artist within with a Halloween rock painting kit. Kids can transform ordinary rocks into bewitching works of art, making it a perfect crafty treat.

Keep the giggles going with Halloween Mad Libs Junior. It’s a hilarious word game that adds a touch of humor to the holiday, making it a fun and educational prize.

Dive into the enchanting world of Room on the Broom with this beloved children’s book. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship and teamwork that’s perfect for a cozy Halloween night.

These Halloween pop fidget toys provide endless entertainment and sensory satisfaction, making them a delightful and engaging reward for the winners.

Adorn young wrists with spooky and stylish Halloween bracelets. They’re not only fashionable but also serve as a great keepsake from the party.

Share the joy of Halloween with The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat book. It’s a charming story that captures the spirit of trick-or-treating adventures.

Dive into a world of creative building with the LEGO Halloween set. Kids can construct their own Halloween scenes, complete with minifigures and spooky accessories.

Free printable Halloween games

These printable Halloween games offer a wide range of entertainment options for both home and classroom settings, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable Halloween celebration for kids.

Halloween scavenger hunt

Have fun on a thrilling adventure with our free Halloween scavenger hunt clues where kids follow clues and riddles to uncover hidden Halloween treasures.


Have a Halloween photo scavenger hunt where kids embark on a quest to capture spooky and creative photos based on a list of Halloween-themed prompts, fostering teamwork and creativity.

Halloween memory game

Younger children will love our free Halloween memory game printable, challenging young minds to match pairs and improve their concentration.

halloween matching game

Printable Halloween bingo

The Halloween bingo printable is a fun twist on the traditional game of bingo. Featuring Halloween themed images and symbols.


Halloween escape room

Have a fun Halloween escape room, an interactive and immersive adventure where kids work together to solve puzzles and riddles.

Halloween word games

Spooky mad libs offers a hilariously eerie twist on the classic word game, allowing players to fill in the blanks with spine-tingling words and phrases to create ghostly and side-splitting stories.

Pumpkin mad libs adds a delightful autumnal flavor to the classic word game, inviting players to fill in the blanks with seasonal words and create whimsical and laughter-inducing stories.

halloween words within words

Our free words within words worksheets offer an educational and engaging activity where children find smaller words hidden within longer Halloween-related words, reinforcing spelling and word recognition.

Halloween mad libs is a hilarious and educational word game where children fill in the blanks with Halloween-themed nouns, verbs, and adjectives to create comical stories.

Have fun with our Halloween scattergories with 4 different boards to print out.

treat halloween scattergories

Halloween word scramble is a brain-teasing game challenging kids to unscramble jumbled Halloween-related words, enhancing their vocabulary and word recognition skills.

Halloween activity placemats

Creative and themed Halloween printable placemats to entertain kids during mealtime with coloring activities, mazes, and puzzles, adding a festive touch to your Halloween dinner table.

halloween placemat printables

Halloween I Spy

Make math enjoyable for preschoolers and kindergartners this October with these free Halloween counting worksheets, designed to teach them to count from 1 to 10 while engaging in fun and spooky holiday themed activities.

Last Updated on 16 July 2024 by Clare Brown

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