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.
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.
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.
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.
Image: JD Hancock