Free Halloween Scattergories Printable Game

If you are looking for fun Halloween activities this fall you are going to love our free Halloween scattergories printable.

This fantastic Halloween game is bound to captivate the entire family, offering endless entertainment and friendly competition.

With category boards like TRICK, TREAT, WITCH, and GHOST, the game promises a spooky twist to a beloved classic.

These Halloween activities for kids are such a great excuse for a party or game night and can be enjoyed by all in October.

halloween scattergories

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How to play Scattergories?

If you’re eager to dive into a game of Halloween Scattergories, here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Download the free scattergory board below.

Create the perfect Halloween ambiance for your game night. Dim the lights, light some spooky candles, or play eerie background music to set the mood.

Hand out a Scattergories sheet and a pen to each player. Ensure that everyone is seated around the table or in a circle so that they can see and hear each other clearly.

Emphasize the importance of uniqueness. Stress that if multiple players have the same word for a category, none of them will earn points for that word. This adds an exciting competitive element to the game.

While we don’t always follow strict rules in our games, Scattergories traditionally uses a timer to add a sense of urgency and excitement. If you’d like to keep things official, set a timer for 2 minutes. Players must jot down as many unique words as possible within this time frame for each category.

Encourage creativity and imagination. Some players may choose to think outside the box, coming up with unconventional and clever answers that will surely spark laughter and discussion.

After the timer runs out, players take turns sharing their answers. Assign points for each unique word. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins the round. Consider offering a small prize to make it even more exciting.

treat halloween scattergories

One of the beauties of this game is its adaptability. Older players may opt for more challenging and unique words, while younger participants can have fun finding easier words. This inclusivity makes the game perfect for gatherings with diverse age groups and settings.

While this word game is a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky season, don’t forget that the original Scattergories game offers endless entertainment as well. If you enjoy this Halloween version, you’ll love the classic game too. Consider adding it to your collection for year round fun!

How to play in the classroom

Playing Scattergories in the classroom can be a fun and educational activity that helps students enhance their vocabulary, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Here’s how you can play Scattergories in a classroom setting:

Start by explaining the rules of Scattergories to the students. Make sure they understand that the goal is to come up with unique words that fit the categories provided.

Hand out a Scattergories game sheet and a pen or pencil to each student.

Use a timer or stopwatch to set a specific time limit for each round. The typical time limit is 2 minutes, but you can adjust it based on your preference and the age of the students.

Announce the first category on the game sheet and start the timer. Students must write down as many words as they can that fit that category within the time limit

Explain that to earn points, their answers must be unique. If two or more students have the same word for a category, none of them receive points for that word. This encourages creativity and critical thinking.

witch scattergories

When the timer goes off, instruct students to stop writing immediately.

Have students take turns sharing their answers for the first category. For each unique and valid word, award one point. Record the scores on the board or a separate sheet.

After completing all the categories, tally up the scores. The student with the highest score wins the game.

Playing Scattergories in the classroom not only makes learning enjoyable but also encourages students to think critically and expand their vocabulary while having fun. It’s a versatile game that can be tailored to various grade levels and subjects.

Check out all of our free printable Halloween word games!

Halloween printable games

Enhance your Halloween party with a lineup of entertaining games that the entire family will love:

Halloween activity bundle


Other free scattergories printables

Discover more holiday scattergories printables for various holidays, including Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas, and New Year’s, for year-round entertainment.

Need to print later? Add this to your Pinterest board or share it on Facebook. You’ll have it handy whenever you’re ready to use it!

Download the free printable Halloween scattergories game

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 21 April 2024 by Clare Brown

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