7 Fun Halloween Party Games & Activities for Kids
Are you in charge of the Halloween party this year for your child’s class? Here are some fun game ideas for elementary school kids that will assure your place in the Room Mom Party Planner Hall of Fame!
General tip: Class sizes are so large now that setting up game and craft stations is a must for a classroom party, especially for a Halloween party where kids are bouncing off the walls excited about their costumes and candy. Come up with 4-5 different activities (games, crafts, reading corner) and rotate the kids through to each. This way, each parent running an activity only has 5-6 kids at a time. This helps to keep the kids calmer and make it easier on the volunteer Moms and Dads.
Most of these games can be adapted for any grade but I’ve indicated where a game might be more suitable for younger or older kids.
- Freeze Dance – Always a hit and perfect for all elementary grades. Get some spooky music or fun dance music and let the kids dance. When the music stops, everyone freezes. The last one to stop moving is out. Makes for great pictures or video.
- Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin – Similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, cut out a large pumpkin out of oversized orange construction paper. Cut stems out of green construction paper and write each child’s name on the back so you know who’s closest. Use a bandana or scarf as a blindfold, turn each child around 3 times and let them at the pumpkin. Whoever sticks the stem closest to the correct spot wins a prize. You can also Pin the Wart on the Witch using a large photo of a witches face and sticky tack for the wart. Perfect for kindergarten through second grade.
- Mummy Wrap – For grades 2-6, the Mummy wrap is a blast. Divide the kids into teams of two – one person is the mummy and one person is the wrapper. Give the wrapper a roll of toilet paper and have them wrap their teammate quickly. Whichever team is done first, wins. For a variation for older kids, once the mummies are wrapped, have a mummy limbo contest. Use a broom stick and have the kids limbo as low as they can go without breaking their toilet paper wrapping.
- Costume Creation – For a variation on the Mummy Wrap theme, for 5th or 6th grade kids, divide the kids into teams of 4 or 5. Have one person be the “mannequin” and the rest of the team creates a costume for them out of toilet paper.
- Halloween Bingo – I found this cute free downloadable Halloween Bingo game from the Artsy-Fartsy Mama Blog.
- Read a Halloween Story – I love Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween book. Reading this funny book is good way to get the kids back together and calm them down before the party ends. Want a different Halloween book? Read my post on 10 Great Halloween Books for Kids.
- Halloween Bowling – If you have a large hallway to use for your classroom party, try some Halloween bowling. I found this fun idea on the Ramblings of a Crazy Woman blog. See how she created the fun Halloween bowling pins and have the kids make them in class the week before the party, or have the Room Moms work on them with their kids at home. Grab a small lightweight foam pumpkin from a craft store as your bowling ball and let the kids bowl.
Have a great party!
Sue Kirchner is the founder of e-boutique ChocolateCakeClub.com and blog ChocolateCakeMoments.com, both sites designed to inspire and help busy families have more fun, so they can have more ‘Chocolate Cake Moments’ – when they are smiling, relaxed, and enjoying their family time. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on ABC Chicago, WGN TV, and NBC Chicago. When she’s not working, she is CFO (Chief Fun Officer) for her family. Check out her other kids party ideas at ChocolateCakeMoments.com.