18 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids

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Add a dose of holiday fun to your spooky gatherings with these Halloween games for kids. Our favorite Halloween party games include the candy corn game, monster bingo, and the classic beanbag toss. Many of these fun-but-never-scary game ideas include free downloads so your Halloween party activities don't take a monster-sized bite out of your budget.

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Black Cat Bowling

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We're obsessed with how simple this DIY party game is. Start with a children's bowling set (we're loving the black and orange combo!) and give the bowling pins paper cat ears and twine collars. Use glue to attach a curled paper tail for an extra festive touch.

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Photo Booth Fun

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A set of curtains and a few paper decorations makes the cutest DIY photo booth for a kid's Halloween party! Hang festive curtains (or a large sheet) on a wall and provide silly shapes for the kids to hold up. You can make your own by printing photos of funny faces and accessories and attaching them to wood paint stirrers. If you're crunched for time, most party stores have sets available, too.

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Yarn Ball Toss Game

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Give your Halloween party games a kid-friendly twist with this colorful indoor yarn ball toss game. Kittens compete against puppies by catching yarn-wrapped plastic foam balls. Decorate dog bowls in black and orange, and use them to keep things organized. If your Halloween party has space, try bean-filled bags for a fun take on the classic bean bag toss.

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Pin the Yarn Ball on the Kitten

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This clever-cute twist on the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey game is one of our favorite party activities for kids. Setup for this Halloween party activity takes just minutes: Print the playing pieces and the poster, then hang the poster with a Halloween-themed ribbon. Hand out paper yarn-ball cutouts to blindfolded guests and you'll be kitten around in no time!

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Pumpkin Toss Halloween Game

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Bring out the beanbags—or even make your own—to toss into those smiling jack-o-lanterns. Assign each player a beanbag color and the player who gets the most of their colored beanbags to the other side is the Halloween winner. You can make and paint this Halloween party game yourself and keep playing for Halloweens to come—or, use this as an excuse to build your own DIY cornhole boards.

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Monster Eyeball Toss Game

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Monster eyes, plus a wacky, colorful poster add a monster-theme twist to one of our favorite Halloween games for kids. It's super easy to decorate cans with downloadable monster features and have kids toss lightweight table tennis balls into the cans. Use painter's tape to establish where kids should stand to toss their game balls. For a party with kids of different ages, make multiple lines and mark them with which ages should stand where.

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Halloween Matching Game

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Your younger Halloween party guests are sure to be entertained by this simple matching game that can be coordinated to your Halloween party theme. Print out our free Halloween illustrations (you'll want two of each pattern), and attach to stiff 8x8-inch double-sided patterned paper. If you don't want your Halloween party activity to be a one hit wonder, laminate each piece to last for many more Halloween parties.

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Monster Bingo

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Bingo! This Halloween-themed game is classic fun for all ages. Simply print the monster bingo pages, and let kids make their own game cards with stickers printed from the free download. In this game, cover each match with a candy corn treat until the player has five in a row—just try not to eat the candy!

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Gumdrop Toss

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This fun game doubles as a festive Halloween party decoration! Decorate glass milk bottles with Halloween-colored tulle, use number stickers to designate point values, then take aim with miniature pom-poms! See? Halloween games for kids aren't hard to create (or execute)!

Editor's tip: Place a tray under the bottles to catch wayward throws.

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Candy Corn Game

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This might be the easiest of Halloween party games for kids. Fill a clear bowl with candy corn, counting the pieces as you fill. Download and print our sign, and glue it to a paint stick. Ask the kiddos to write their names and guesses on slips of paper. Award a special Halloween-themed carnival prize to the child with the closest guess. Make the game extra fun by including facts about the history of candy corn!

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Pumpkin Shell Game

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Here's a Halloween game for kids modeled after a carnival classic. Paint three mini wooden pails (available at crafts stores) with thinned white paint and let dry. Cut triangle-shape eyes from black electrical tape and adhere to the pails. To play the game, hide a piece of candy (or candy corn!) under one of the pails. Quickly slide all three of them around, then ask the kids to guess where the candy is hiding. Award points (and the candy, of course!) for the correct guess in this Halloween party activity.

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Owl-Theme Beanbag Toss

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Halloween games for kids don't need to be difficult. Make autumnal paper-and-felt-decorated paint cans for a simple game of beanbag toss. Young players toss beanbags into the buckets, counting points by the numbers on the adorable owls' tails. It's sure to be a Halloween hoot!

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Drop in the Bucket Game

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Here's a fun Halloween party game! Paint a bucket orange, and adorn it with a jack-o'-lantern face cut from black electrical tape. Let the Halloween party guests try tossing a ball into the bucket. Award points and ring a bell (this one sports a ghostly face crafted from black electrical tape) for each successful toss. We've got a free ghost pattern as well as a free jack-o-lantern design to make the project easy.

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Ghost Bingo

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Put away your regular bingo cards—tonight, the ghosts come out to play! Use your computer to make a grid with GHOST typed at the top and a Halloween symbol in the free space, then print out copies for each Halloween party guest. Use candy corn as Halloween-themed playing pieces.

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Mummy Bowling

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This game is sure to win over your party guests.

A Halloween party activity that's a twist on an old favorite, this wide-eyed mummy bowling set will make youngsters howl. This is surely a Halloween party game the kids will request year after year. Be sure to get a "bowling" ball that's orange or black, to go along with the Halloween theme.

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Halloween Charades

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It's time to get guessing! Type and print Halloween terms on the blank side of Halloween-themed print papers then cut into strips and fold in half. Use a fun (or spooky) container to hold them, such as a plastic pumpkin or witch cauldron. Split into teams and use a two-minute timer for each round.

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Witch's Boot Toss

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Your kids will get a kick out of this fun Halloween party activity! Fill the toes of a pair of old boots with sand or Epsom salts to keep them upright, then slide a short plastic cup in the heel. Then, line the kids up to take turns having a toss. To keep with the Halloween theme, use orange plastic golf balls.

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Halloween Dice Game

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Wrap up small Halloween gifts—candy bars, plastic spider rings, pumpkin carving kits—and roll to win! Give each of your Halloween party guests a pair of dice and have them attempt to roll a three and a one (31, for Halloween) to claim a prize. When all gifts have been claimed, have everybody unwrap their prizes. Guests then get 3 more minutes to roll a lucky Halloween 31—if they do, they can steal any prize they want! Be sure to referee amongst the youngsters--we don't want any Halloween fights.

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