The 6 Best Halloween Party Games

Throwing a Halloween Party this year and trying to come up with ideas for activities for the event? We've got you covered. Here is a list of some tried and true, fun Halloween party games. 

1. Bobbing for Apples

One of the most classic Halloween Games of all - Bobbing for Apples! This one is fun for all ages and never gets old. This game dates back to ancient Rome - it honors the Goddess Pamona during the times of the harvest festivals. This game only requires 3 things to set up: A Container for bobbing (make sure it's deep enough), water and apples. Make sure you thoroughly wash all the apples and remove the stems first. Then fill the container with water and place the apples in it. Players then take turns trying to retrieve the apples with their mouths. Prizes are whatever you determine. Dim the lights, play by candle light, put a blind fold on the player... there are many ways to make it extra spooky and fun! 

2. Make a Mummy

Grab several rolls of toilet paper and a group of family and friends. Divide into teams. Each team gets 3 rolls of toilet paper. Each team picks a person to be the mummy. The team that can "mummify" their teammate the fastest wins! 

3. Name that Scary Theme Tune

How many scary movie theme tunes do you remember? The aim of the game is to be the quickest to guess the theme after hearing as few notes hummed or whistled as possible. This game can be played by all ages, but it can be more fun for adults, especially after a few rounds of Halloween punch. You can write out each Halloween theme song on a piece of paper, put it in a bowl and divide into 2 teams. Like in charades, on person will pick a slip of paper, see the theme tune and then hum or whistle it for their teammates to guess. If their team cannot guess, the other team can steal. Happy Humming!

Here are some theme song ideas to get you started: 

MOVIE THEMES:

  • The Exorcist
  • Friday the 13th
  • Halloween
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Psycho
  • The Fog
  • The Omen

TV THEMES:

  • Buffy
  • The Adams Family
  • The X-Files
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Outer Limits
  • The Munsters

4. Spooky Charades

Like charades - only the theme is Halloween! Each player takes their turn acting out a scene from a well known scary movie. These can be written down on cards and placed into a witches hat or pumpkin from which contestants will retrieve their film. Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Jaws
  • Dracula
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Frankenstein
  • Friday the 13th
  • Scream

5. Who's Line is it Anyway? HORROR EDITION

This game can be as child-friendly as needed. Start by gathering a collection of props: fake blood, plastic knives, swords, axes, old clothes, costumes, mannequin parts and so on. These props can be bought from a charity or thrift shop. The legs, arms and head of the mannequins should be pulled off and all the props placed into a box (if you can’t find a mannequin to dismember then a large doll will do). The guests are then divided into teams and each team must use whatever props they feel necessary to create the scariest scene possible within a certain period of time.

Prizes can be given to the team whose scene is voted as the scariest!

6. Seek and Kill (Adults Only)

Hide and seek to the next level! This really is more adult appropriate, as it can get quite scary at points. One player is chosen as ‘Michael Myers’ and is sent to another room to wait. Players are given 3-5 minutes to hide. The Killer then dons a Michael Myers type Halloween costume and hunts the players. The lights should be turned off and each player has a flashlight (including the killer). Each time a victim is discovered/killed he or she let’s out a blood-curdling scream and goes to the center of a room, designated as a the cemetery, to lie on the floor and wait until the end of the game. Whoever is left last is declared the winner. Put on scary Halloween theme music to heighten the fear-factor!

By Rajmani Sinclair, August 24, 2016