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9 Must-Have Halloween Party Game Ideas

The best Halloween party game ideas needn’t cost the earth, especially when considering how one-off Halloween as a holiday tends to be.

The best spooky ideas are also the ones that are inclusive. Not everyone will be into dancing or drinking after all, and you want everyone to feel looked after.

None of the Halloween party game ideas here need massive advanced preparation for you to pull them off. But you may need to invest in a few items, such as pumpkins, stationery and music equipment.

Let’s get you started.

Pumpkin Relay

Before your party buy as many pumpkins as you think you’d need (preferably one pumpkin per team of 2-3 players is best). Make sure to carve a face out of each pumpkin, saving all the pieces that make up the eyes, mouth and nose. Mix these pieces from the different pumpkins together in one pile.

Once your players are divided into their teams, each team sends one person at a time to fetch a piece to take back to their assigned pumpkin.

If the piece fits, the next player in their team takes a turn, otherwise the previous player must return to the pile for another piece.

First team will all the right parts wins!

Chain Ghost Story

Need spookier Halloween party game ideas? Nothing is more scary than our own imaginations.

Sit everyone down in a circle, preferably in a semi-lit room. Have the first volunteer make up a few lines of a scary ghost tale. Provide this person with a flashlight so when they tell their story, they light up their face as they do it.

They then nominate a new person to continue the tale, passing on the torch. This person now adds a few lines, before passing the story on. Keep going until everyone’s had a go or until the story wears itself out.

  • You can also make this into a drinking game, where the new storyteller must take a swig of something before adding their spooky share.

To add suspense, you may want to play some eerie creepy music in the background. You can also ask a friend (whose not part of your party) to make strange noises in the house for you, while the game is playing (for example, a sudden closing door or footsteps on the ceiling).

Record the story as it goes, along with people’s reactions, so you can play it back later.

Imagine I’m…

To plan this game, buy a deck of index cards (up to a 100 is best). Number each one. Then, on the blank side, jot down one object, person or symbol associated with Halloween, for example, Broomstick, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Zombies.

Get everyone sat together and nominate the first player to pull a card from the deck. Give them 30 seconds to describe their life as the object on the card, only without saying what that object is. Everyone else must guess. The player who gets the most cards guessed in the available time wins.

Halloween Suckers

Cut up 10-20 pieces of paper into symbols associated with Halloween, such as cats, bats, witches’ hats, pumpkins, ghosts, vampire teeth, bones, random limbs. The pieces need to be the size of a biscuit. Place all your shapes in a pile inside a bowl or “cauldron”.

Now give each player a straw. Taking it in turns, they each get 30 seconds to pick up as many of these Halloween pieces as they can, by sucking it up with a straw. Fastest player wins.

Name That Spooky Music

You’ll need a CD player along with a few CDs that are compilations of Halloween-related music for these Halloween party game ideas. These can include soundtracks of horror movies and TV shows, well-known pop songs about death, horror, and terror, and other spine-chilling tunes.

Play the first few seconds and see which player can name it the quickest. Keep track of points awarded.

Award a bonus point if the player can guess certain trivia about the song correctly – for example, year the film was made; the lead actress; the next line in their horror pop song.

Blind Man Walking

First of all, make sure the room your game is being played in is safe – no cables to trip over or sharp corners to bang your head against. Then pin up as many balloons as you can.

Blindfold your first player, and spin them on the spot until they have no idea where they’re at. Give the player a pin.

Now nominate a second player, whose job is to instruct their blindfolded friend to walk in a certain direction to find balloons to burst. The first one to find all the balloons in, say, two minutes, is the winning team of two.

Have lots of fun with this, by leading players in the wrong direction, so they smack into something… all in the name of fun of course!

Who Is The Murderer

Get everyone sat together again and give each person a playing card. No one must show their card to anyone; it’s for their eyes only. The player who receives the King of Hearts is the murderer (so make sure this card is somewhere close to the top of the deck as you’re distributing).

To “kill”, the murder simply blinks at another player, who simply drops dead. When a player thinks they know who the murderer is, they need to shout out “I know who the murderer is”. If someone else calls out too, both players must say the name they suspect at the same time.

If they guess correctly, the murderer is out and a new round of the game can begin. If they’re both wrong, both players are out and these Halloween party game ideas continue.

Ring Around the Pumpkin

For this large-scale version of Ring Toss, buy at least 5-10 different-sized pumpkins, painting points on them. Arrange your pumpkins with the highest score furthest away from the start line.

Players take it in turns, by trying to throw a hula hoop around a pumpkin. Each person gets 3-4 goes each in the available time, with their scores added up. Player with the highest score wins.

Murder in the Dark

Need more scary Halloween party game ideas? A slight variation on the previous Murder game, players are again seated (preferably around a table this time).

But this time, each person gets a small piece of paper that must show no one. All of the pieces must be blank, except for two – the one that says “murderer” and the other with “detective”. The detective announces themselves straight away, whereas the murderer stays quiet. Before the lights go off, everyone must play one hand in the center of the table. Now turn the lights off.

To “kill”, the murderer simply touches the victim’s hand, who in turn must scream and drop dead onto the table. Lights back on, “body” still dead, the detective must now question everyone to find out whodunnit. If the murderer isn’t found after 3 questions, the lights go off again. And the murderer “kills” again.

Keep going, until the culprit is found.

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Killer Christmas Office Party Game (Part Drinking, All Santa)

Without a doubt, any Christmas office party game you choose have to be memorable and out there. They need to combine teamwork with a sense of spirit, and bring everyone together – across as job titles – in an easy way.

If that sounds like a tall order…

It is, since most co-workers dread the annual company office party. In order to convince them to come along, you need to devise games and ideas that help them forget they’re at work. Alcohol usually helps.

Which is why Raise Your Glass to Santa is a Christmas office party game you need to add to your annual event. Designed as a party warm-up, to be played just before you all sit down to eat, you can also play it post-food. It’s an excellent way to help everyone relax, since your entire group will need to play. There are no prizes to win here, either. It’s just about having fun, no competition.

How to set up this Christmas game

You’ll need everyone sat around a dinner table to play. People will need to be on their feet for the majority of the time, so make sure you’ve got enough space between in your dining area for movement.

There’s also dance routine element to this game, but it’s nothing too complicated. As the party host, you’ll be leading the game, which means you’ll also need to learn the game first and know the moves inside out, before using it on your team.

How to play this Christmas office party game

Introducing the game

Everyone sits around the table with a drink. That drink doesn’t need to be alcoholic, but it needs to be in a wine glass. Make sure everyone’s glasses are full.

As the party leader, let everyone know you’re going to honor an old Christmas good luck ritual of drinking a toast to Santa. Try and introduce this in a very informal, storytelling kinda way; people may actually believe you!

Ask everyone to pay careful attention to what you’re doing, as they’ll be joining in afterwards. Explain your steps as you go along.

Once you’ve finished, say ‘Now let’s go it together’.

Now lead everyone in repeating your moves. Keep this brisk – don’t pause for slower or confused players or explain anything.

Like with all fun party games, the laughs will come from players getting it wrong, as they try to remember the sequence.

Introducing the dance routine

To start things off, you’ll (the party leader) be doing the dance routine on your own. Make sure everyone’s sat down and watching.

1. Stand up. Pick up your glass between thumb and index finger.

2. Raise the glass to your chin and say ‘I raise my glass to Santa Claus for the first time.’

3. Take a sip from the glass (with a sipping sound), sit down and place your glass on the table with a distinct thump.

4. Wipe your mouth with the back of your hand – first to the left, then to the right.

5. Tap the table once with your right hand to the right of the glass. Then once with your left hand to the left.

6. Tap the table from underneath, once with your right hand, and then with your left.

7. Stamp your foot on the floor, once with your right foot, then with your left.

8. Stand up, and then sit down again.

Toast Santa for a second time

Once you’ve sat down, stand up again, with your glass between your thumb and index finger. Raise the drink to your chin and say ‘I raise my glass to Santa Claus for the second time.’

Repeat the routine as before – but do everything twice! So:

– Two distinct sips from your drink
– Sit down
– Put glass with two thumps
– Wipe your mouth either side twice
– Tap the table four times (two to the right, two to the left)
– Tap the table four times underneath
– Stamp your feet two times on either side
– Sit up and sit down twice.

Then say ‘All together now’.

And this is where the real fun of this Christmas office party game begins.

Now everybody does it. You can sit down and watch them as they go through the entire routine.

Toast Santa for a third time

Once everyone’s finished and sat down, say ‘Stand up again, because we’re going to do it again, but three times’.

Lead everyone first.

This time, everyone together raises their glass to Santa Claus for the third time and repeats the routine, doing everything three times.

Toast Santa for a final time… but with a twist!

Once everyone’s finished, you say, ‘I now raise my glass to Santa Claus for the last time. Then start the routine – BACKWARDS. This time, players only need to do actions once. So:

– Sit up and sit down
– Stamp your feet once on each side
– Tap the table underneath once on each side
– Tap the table once on each side
– Wipe your mouth two times
– Pick up glass and put it down with a thump
– Stand up,
– Take one distinct sip from your drink.

Once on your feet, sit down and now say ‘All together now.’ Have everyone do this backwards version of the routine together.

A slight variation of the game

If you feel getting everyone to jump it together and do everything three times is too much, you might want to have everyone join in just before you toast Santa for a second time. That way, you give everyone the chance to practice the move together.

Then, when all is done, and you say ‘I raise my glass to Santa Claus for the second time’, you can now all do the routine (twice) before sitting down and letting everyone continue a third time.

This really is a seriously crazy game. Other Christmas office party game fun won’t seem quite as sane afterwards. But if you’re game for more Xmas mayhem, why not try these…?

A Christmas Movie Trivia Quiz -
 Do You Know Your Christmas Movies?

Christmas movie trivia - an inflatable santa Enjoy this Christmas movie trivia quiz and start thinking about Christmas movies in a whole new way.

For the most part, Christmas movies often contain an uplifting or traditional story related to the season. But movies set in Christmas – but not as seasonal films – don’t often get included on the Top 10 Christmas movie list.

That’s what this Christmas movie trivia quiz is all about.

You can also play it, by mixing it up with other trivia games on Partycurrent.

Need a downloadable version of this trivia quiz?

Click here for your PDF copy of this Christmas movie trivia quiz.

Here are your Christmas movie trivia questions.

1. In the 1995 movie, Babe, what was the first name of the farmer, who was Babe’s owner?

a. Bentley
b. Richard
c. Samuel
d. Arthur

2. Which Christmas movie featured the line:

“Ho, ho, but no matter. Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved”

a. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
b. Home Alone
c. A Christmas Story
d. Bad Santa

3. Bill Murray had the fortune of acting with his three brothers in the movie Scrooged. Which of the following was not his brother?

a. Brian-Doyle Murray
b. Joel Murray
c. David Murray
d. John Murray

4. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas was adapted from what?

a. A poem
b. A play
c. A game
d. A TV ad

5. What was the name of the famous song from the animation The Snowman?

a. Do You Hear What I Hear
b. Walking in the Air
c. If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas
d. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

6. In the movie Cast Away, Chuck’s family Christmas was interrupted by needing to go on an urgent business trip. Where was he being sent?

a. Thailand
b. Vietnam
c. Malaysia
d. Indonesia

7. In Elf, Will Ferrell starred in the lead role. But the role was originally intended for someone else. Who?

a. Steve Carell
b. Jim Carrey
c. Tim Allen
d. Chris Rock

8. Why was Charlie Brown feeling so depressed in A Charlie Brown Christmas?

a. Felt Christmas was being commercialized
b. His friend was still in the psychiatric ward
c. Felt left out of a play he’d been asked to direct
d. Upset that his dog had been decorating without him

9. In the Finnish movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, how was their Santa Claus different from the more traditional Santa?

a. His sleigh was pulled by wolves
b. He was better known by his real name
c. He punished naughty children
d. He was the marketing ploy of a food company

10. Santa Claus also appeared in which obscure science fiction movie?

a. Explorers
b. Zardoz
c. Alphaville
d. Brazil

11. Edward Scissorhands was set in which time period?

a. The 1960s
b. The 1970s
c. The 1950s
d. The 1980s

12. Which Christmas song opened the movie Lethal Weapon?

a. Jingle Bell Rock
b. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
c. Winter Wonderland
d. Merry Christmas Darling

13. How many separate stories appeared in the British Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually?

a. 5
b. 3
c. 7
d. 10

14. In White Christmas, what was the name of Rosemary Clooney’s character?

a. Susan Waverly
b. Doris Lenz
c. Betty Haynes
d. Emma Allen

15. Set over Christmas, the movie Trading Places had been likened to which Mark Twain novel?

a. A Horse’s Tale
b. The Prince and the Pauper
c. The American Claimant
d. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today

16. Who directed The Polar Express?

a. Robert Zemeckis
b. Jon Favreau
c. Chris Columbus
d. Ron Howard

17. Which Santa-centric movie featured the line:

“All Neil told him was that Santa was more of a feeling. More of a state of mind than an actual person”

a. Fred Claus
b. Like Father, Like Santa
c. Santa Baby
d. The Santa Clause

18. Which best-selling Christmas toy partly inspired the movie Jingle All the Way?

a. Hot Wheels
b. Power Rangers
c. Tickle Me Elmo
d. Bratz

19. Mogwai, the cute fluffy animal in the movie Gremlins, was a Christmas present found in which type of store?

a. An antique store
b. A book store
c. A delicatessen
d. A hardware store

20. In The Muppet Christmas Carol, which character sang the song ‘Chairman of the Board’?

a. Lew Zealand
b. Dr Bunsen Honeydew
c. Sam the Eagle
d. Rizzo the Rat

Christmas movie trivia – the answers:

1. d. Arthur / 2. c. A Christmas Story / 3. c. David Murray / 4. a. A poem / 5. b. Walking in the Air / 6. c. Malaysia / 7. b. Jim Carrey / 8. a. Felt Christmas was being commercialized / 9. c. He punished naughty children / 10. d. Brazil / 11. c. The 1950s / 12. a. Jingle Bell Rock / 13. d. 10 / 14. c. Betty Haynes / 15. b. The Prince and the Pauper / 16. a. Robert Zemeckis / 17. d. The Santa Clause / 18. b. Power Rangers / 19. a. An antique store / 20. c. Sam the Eagle.

Image: Bart Fields

 

Christmas Party Themes: 3 unique ways to stand out from everyone else

Have you had enough of the same old Christmas party themes?

You know, where “Christmas" and “winter" are usually the main topic?

Where, by the time you’ve sailed through all your festive parties, you can’t tell the difference between them?

With everyone doing the same thing, now’s your chance to stand out – put on *the* Christmas event people will remember.

Since no one will be thinking out of the box – like you – you won’t have to stress too much about what to choose.

You can, with the help of the next 3 Christmas party themes, take a stroll with your party planning – while everyone else is chasing after baubles and Santa hats.

1 Your Christmas party has to be about Christmas

Not necessarily.

Christmas is the holiday – so why not just celebrate the holiday element itself, where people can come along and let their hair down.

Like with a Black and White Theme Party:

  • Invites – Use a print of old movie still, from a classic b&w film like “To Kill a Mockingbird. Tell people to dress in black and white. From tuxedos to convict outfits…
  • Decorations – Create a 1960s monochrome look, taping strips of b&w fabric to your walls. Hang up b&w photos of old movie stars and street scenes.
  • Project b&w movies. Go polka dot for tablecloths, tableware, napkins. Create a zebra crossing rug, painting black stripes onto white fabric.
  • Activities – Chess, backgammon. Bob for black cherries in a white bowl. Watch classic b&w movies. Cover your guests in black overalls to play shaving games. Create a dancefloor shimmering with blacklight and white strobes.
  • Food – Serve a hot buffet out of b&w crockery. Make polka dot pasta (white pasta with black olives); steamed chicken with herbs; a seafood pie. Lay on black forest gateau or white ice cream with chocolate shavings.
2 Christmas party themes need to be about all things snow… and cold

Unless you’re partying in the southern hemisphere, that is, where Christmas may be running during their summer months.

Like in Australia.

In fact, here’s how to Christmas party, Aussie style:

  • Invites – Mail order a pack of Australian postcards, adding your party details to each one. Or, buy mini Australian flags and sticky-tape your invite to the stalk.
  • Decorations – Hang up an Australian flag and beach/surfer scenes. Cover your seats and tables in sandy-colored fabric.
  • Play DVDs of Australian movies and soaps. Create a playlist made of native singers – like Midnight Oil, Nick Cave, Kylie.
  • Dress Code – Summer shorts, baggy t-shirts and a Santa hat. Provide a changing room.
  • Activities – Whip out your playlist, for dancing. Hold a singalong to famous Australian carols such as ‘Six White Boomers’ and ‘Santa Never Made It into Darwin’.
  • Arrange for a Santa to turn up (with his surfboard), to hand out gifts (like beer in a stocking).
  • Food – this will be a cold buffet – of deli meats, seafood and pasta. Create a fruit display from mangoes and watermelon. BBQ, if the weather’s warm.
  • Puddings? Think ice cream, chocolates and mince pies. Drinks? Fruit punches – and Australian beer.
3 Christmas is about peace on earth. But what about peace on Mars?

True, we don’t have live on Mars – but we are a culture in love with science fiction and UFOs.

So if you’re going to spend Christmas somewhere else, why not throw an Alien Christmas Bash:

  • Invites – Write your invites, using an alien language (with the translation underneath). Try Klingon or Alienese (from TV show ‘Futurama’).
  • Decorations – Hang cardboard cutouts of spaceships, stars and planets from your ceiling. Darken your room and then light with strobes and blinking fairylights.
  • Hang Martian alien masks on the walls. Cover tabletops and serving bowls with foil.
  • Dress Code – Plenty of alien fancy dress choice – from Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who. Add a Santa hat to each.
  • Activities – A sci-fi movie showing. Dance to theme music from sci-fi films. Have a Best Outfit contest. Play Alien Movie Charades.
  • Food – Just a regular finger food buffet – pasta, pies, salad, cold meats – only give them alien names. Like Puddings from Pluto or Flying Saucers (aka pancakes).
  • Experiment with colored fruit punches (red, green, blue) with names like Alien Amaretto or Jupiter Juice.

The best Christmas party themes are the ones that help you forget about the freezing cold winter outside.

They take you away from the frost and the stress of the holidays.

When you’re next thinking about Christmas party themes, be sure to give these 3 a try.

Valentine’s Day Creative Ideas – 
10 alternative ways to celebrate

Thanks to these Valentine’s Day creative ideas, February 14th can be more than just heart-shaped cards and chocolates.

If you’re tired of the usual stuff, looking for something original or hate following the crowd – you’re in the right place.

These ideas can also be celebrated with friends, not just with partners.

To make sure the day goes well, do plan ahead.

  • Whether it’s for decorations or bookings, make sure everything has been finalized, before February 14th itself.

That way, you can fully enjoy these Valentine’s Day creative ideas without stressing out.

Your 10 Valentine’s Day alternatives

Be a Kissagram to a Friend

Need Valentine’s Day creative ideas to honor friends?

How about surprising a best (or absent) friend, by turning up at their work with a gift.

  • Dress up in a fun way, e.g. A flower delivery boy, a Tinkerbell fairy, a movie theater usher (bit like a kissagram)
  • Time your arrival to fit your friend’s work hours
  • Leave them with flowers, chocolates, or other thought-out gift.
Movie Theme Love

Create a night of self-empowerment movies with friends.

We’re talking self-respect love here.

The people in these movies will be overcoming adversity to win in their life. Whether Erin Brockovitch, Patch Adams or 127 Hours, you’ll have everyone cheering by the end.

  • If romance movies are more your thing, then choose movies that contain romance, but aren’t actually romantic movies – like Return of the Jedi, The Fountain or The Source Code.
Community Love

Do something for an elderly neighbour or local community group, by dropping in with gifts and help.

  • Gifts can be as easy as sharing chocolates, offering to do a chore, like DIY, watching a movie together, or preparing a meal.
Popstar for a Day

Recreate a pop video of a love song with your friends, which you can film for a DVD. Go for the cheesiest and funniest love song you can find.

Test what you know about love songs, with this Valentine trivia quiz.

All Things Love Party

Celebrate all things loving, from personal and dog love to friends and loving your job.

Send out heart-shaped invitations, posing the question: ‘What person/object/thing do you love the most?’

  • Ask guests to send you (in secret) a picture of one thing they love in their life, e.g. A pet, favorite place, an activity they enjoy
  • Laminate and display on the wall as a ‘Guess who loves what’ gallery
  • Decorate in dark red, hot pink and orange, keeping things intimate
  • Spritz the room with fruity perfume. Throw a colorful potluck
  • Ask guests to share their life loves in a group share activity.
Never been Cupid?

Book an archery class (in advance) and experience what it’s like to be Cupid.

  • Or, book a class in flower arranging, to learn the art of creating bouquets.
Kind of Love Letters

Get together with friends and have a love-letter writing session, only write about a distant friend, not a lover.

Write down all the things and qualities you love about them, and mail the letter.

Dress Formal But…

Invite couples to dress up in evening gear, as if they intend to go out expensive. But stay indoors instead.

  • Order in a special dinner rather than making it
  • Decorate the party with candles and soft music, with couples sat opposite each other
  • Hire a guitar player to serenade guests and a waiter to serve food
  • Put on a CD of love songs to dance to.
Perform Your Love

For Valentine’s Day, creative ideas needn’t be too lavish. Using this cosy idea, friends are invited to dress up and perform art related to love.

Any budding (or secret) poets, singers, guitar players or performers amongst them? Now’s the chance to share.

Divide your room into food and performing areas, with cushions for seating. Serve simple finger food.

Award heart-shaped prizes, like chocolates, for each performer.

Love Scavenge

Transform your home into a love den, for an indoors treasure hunt.

Divide into pairs and give guests your list of objects to find. Play against a timer, awarding the pair with the most items a prize.

Treasures to find can include:

  • A balloon that says “I Love You"
  • Three different love songs, both recorded and written
  • Heart-shaped cookies
  • A heart-shaped cake tin containing a heart-shaped button
  • A Queen of hearts playing card
  • A box of chocolate candy hearts
  • A heart outline drawn in chalk
  • A single red rose
  • A romantic novel.

For Valentine’s Day, creative ideas like these can go a long way.

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