Halloween has emerged as one of the top children’s events in the UK, when spooky goings-on, frightening zombie themes and terrifying treats feature at parties up and down the country.
Ten of the best creepy games to play for kids of all ages include:
Create a spooky piñata for the smaller kids, stuffed with scary sweets and toys and let them take turns to bash it until all the goodies fall out. Fun for any age but suitable for children aged 5 plus, this one will entertain but not over-spook!
An old favourite, apple bobbing involves a bowl of water with apples floating in the middle. Participants take it in turns to grab the apple with their teeth. The winner is the person who gets the fruit the fastest. Make sure you have a towel handy. Good for 5-10 year olds.
One of our favourites, Zombie Murder involves a group of children, one detective and one zombie. The child who is chosen to be the detective leaves the room while the others sit in a circle and select the Zombie. The detective comes back in and the zombie starts winking. When a child is winked at he/she becomes the Zombie. When the detective works out who the original zombie is, the game starts again. Best for 6-11 year olds who can understand the rules.
Skeleton Relay Race
Draw out the bones for two skeletons on a piece of cardboard. Lay all the bones in a pile on one side of the room. With a card to pin them on at the other end of the room. Split the kids into two groups. They must pin one bone of the skeleton in the right place then tag their next partner to go. The team to assemble the skeleton first, wins. Great for 9-12 year olds who won’t struggle putting the skeleton together.
Fill bowls with slimy foods such as peeled grapes (think eyeballs) or oily spaghetti. Each child should put their hand in the bowl and decide what they are feeling. A great game for 5-10 year olds who like getting messy.
Hide and Seek in the Dark
Hide and Seek with a Halloween theme. Get the kids to wear costumes, draw the curtains and let the seeker use a torch. This Halloween game is best for 5-8 year olds. For very young children, keep the lights on.
Buy some face paints and practice before Halloween. Best for 3-9 year olds who love having their faces painted as spooky monsters, vampires and witches!
Mummy Wrap sees kids split into teams of 3 or 4. In each team, choose one child (or adult) to be the mummy. The rest of the team use toilet paper to wrap them up as the mummy. Winners are the group who do the best job of wrapping up their mummy.
The Donut Game
Tie string around a jam donut and hang it from the ceiling so it’s at the childrens’ head height. The kids have to try and eat the doughnuts with their hands tied behind their backs. Best for 5-10 year olds or doughnut lovers of all ages.
Pin the Wart on the Witch
Draw and cut out a picture of a witch and attach it to some cardboard. Include a big, pointy nose and stick it on the wall. Get the kids to ‘pin on the wart’ – some green plasticine after blindfolding them and spinning them around three times. Once they stick the ‘wart’ on the nose, remove the plasticine and put the child’s initials on there. Closest one to the end of the nose wins!