Over the years, Halloween has grown into a sophisticated, adult celebration. Return to the fun kids had years ago with these basic but fun Halloween party ideas for kids. When planning the games, it’s best to keep the costumes in mind and plan things that will work around them.  Games should be simple with easy to follow rules.

Apple Bob: Fill a large tub with water and apples. Let kids take turns bobbing for apples. However some kids don’t like putting their face in the water or don’t want to mess up the make up that took a long time to perfect.  One variation of this game is to tie the stems of the apples to varied lengths of string and then hang them up.  Then the kids have to put their hands behind their back and try to take a bite out of the apple. Or you can also play the game using marshmallows.

Mummy Wrap Up: Divide kids into small groups.  Provide them each with a roll or two of toilet paper and see who can use the tissue paper to wrap up one of their teammates the fastest.  The first one to complete their mummy using the entire roll wins.

Jack-o-Lantern Faces: Hang a picture of a jack-o-lantern on the wall and have matching face pieces cut out of black paper for the eyes, nose and mouth.  Place sticky-tack on the back of the pieces.  Blindfold each player when it is their turn and play the same as pin the tail on the donkey except players put the eyes, nose and mouth on the pumpkin face.  Younger children can do just the mouth, while older children and adults can do the entire face for more of a challenge.

Pin the Nose On Jack o Lantern: Make a huge Jack o Lantern, leaving off his nose. Let kids take turns being blindfolded and pin (or tape) the nose on Jack.

Ghost Hunters: Cut out several paper ghosts and divide thekids into two groups.  Have one team hide the ghosts around the room.  The other team has to hunt down the ghosts.  Play continues until all ghosts are found.  The team that hunts the most ghosts wins.

Costume Contest: Take a vote on the best and scariest costumes. Add as many categories to your list as you want and hand out a grand and other prizes to the best costumes.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: See who can carve the funniest or silliest face into a pumpkin.

Ghost Bowling: Collect ten empty one or two liter soda pop bottles (use the larger bottles for younger kids).  Paint the bottles white and decorate with silly ghost faces.  Use a small playground size ball as the bowling ball.  If you can find orange ones, decorating them as jack-o-lanterns can add to the fun.

Make A Mask: Give younger kids at your party construction paper, round-ended scissors, markers and glue. Let them make their own face masks for the party. Punch a hole in both sides of the mask and tie string or tiny elastic on the mask.

Guess How Many Seeds: Put pumpkin seeds in a large bowl or jar. Each party guest takes turns guessing how many pumpkin seeds there are. Guesses closest to the correct numbers wins prizes.

Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest: Cut the top off a large pumpkin and remove the inside meat and seeds. Give each kid five seeds and see how many seeds they can spit into the pumpkin from a distance.

Pirates’ Treasure: Fill two small buckets with sand and place inside a larger washtub or box.  Bury treasure in the buckets such as small prizes or candy. Each player receives a plastic spoon to dig for their treasure.  Divide players into two teams.  Position players around their designated bucket and tell them when to start.  They dig in their treasure chests until every piece is found.  The first team to find all their treasure wins.



Try These Interesting Craft Ideas To Keep Your Kids Engaged This Halloween

Kids always have fun making crafts, especially holiday-themed crafts.

Trick-or-Treat Bucket:

  • Supplies: ice cream bucket, construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, glitter (any craft supplies)
  • Directions: Use construction paper to draw ghosts, pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. Cut out your decorations and glue them to the outside of an ice cream bucket.

Trick-or-Treat Goody Bags

  • Supplies: small brown paper bags, Halloween stickers, markers, treats (candy, pencils, erasers, bubblegum, etc.)
  • Directions: Decorate paper bags in Halloween themes using your art supplies. Put treats inside bags. Fold the top of the bag down and tape shut with a Halloween sticker.

Tiny Pumpkins

  • Supplies: acorns, orange paint, and green paint
  • Directions: Lay acorns on a sheet of newspaper. Paint the bottom of the acorns with orange paint. After the orange paint dries, paint the top of the acorns green (for the stem of the pumpkin). Allow to dry thoroughly.

Spooky Spiders

  • Supplies: black construction paper, cotton balls or cotton stuffing, black pipe cleaners, small bowl or saucer, and a stapler
  • Directions: Using black construction paper, trace around a small bowl or saucer. (Cut out two circles per spider.) Place stuffing or cotton balls on first circle. Lay second circle on top of cotton stuffing and staple half-way around. Insert 3-4 pipe cleaners on each side, then staple the second half of the circles together. Bend pipe cleaners to make the legs of the spider.