Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fun, Fun, Fun!


Include a few of these Halloween party games when hosting a party at home or in the classroom. We've provided both active and quiet games to settle over excited goblins down before heading home.

How Many ?
Fill a jar with candy corn and have each guest write down their best guess as to how many candies are in the jar. This is a good game to play at the beginning of the party, as guests filter in. Announce the winner at the end of the party--They win the jar! Try candy bars instead of candy corn - much tastier!

Pumpkin Pass Along
Before the party, make some jack-o-lanterns using orange rubber balls (about the size of oranges)
and a permanent marker. You’ll need one for each team. Divide the players into teams. To start the game, place the “jack-o-lantern” under the chin of the first player. That player passes the “jack-o-lantern” to the next player without using hands and then to the next player and so on. The first team to pass the pumpkin all of the way through the line wins. You can also play this game by passing the Pumpkin from player to player using  hands behind the back which isn’t quite as fun but also does not require the players  to get so “personal “.

Mummy Wrap Relay
Divide the players into groups. I find groups of three or four work best. Each group needs a player that is the “mummy” and the other players are the “wrappers” Provide each group with a roll of toilet paper. The object of the game is to be the first group to wrap a mummy using the entire roll f tissue.

Trick or Treat

Before the party cut several strips of paper; about twice as many strips as there are children.Then on half of the strips write the word “treat”. On the other half write “trick” with a trick such as “hop on one foot”, “pat your head and rub your belly”. Then place all of the strips in a Halloween bag. Have the children form a circle. Walk around the circle. Each player will draw a paper out of the bag and perform a trick or receive a treat such as a sticker, Halloween pencil or small piece of candy.

Quick Recall
Place theme related items on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a
few seconds. Players write down or call out as many items as they can remember. Play this same game with a twist--Take an item away -can they recall what's missing?

How Many Words...
can you make from SCARECROW or JACK-O-LANTERN. For older kids only. Use a write-on wipe-off board for group play or distribute paper and pencils.

The Great Popcorn Challenge

Set out bowls full of popcorn at one end of the room, empty bowls at another. Teams must transport the popcorn from the full bowl to empty, using a measuring cup. Note: popcorn is a choking hazard for children under three.

Cotton-ball Scoop
Fill large mixing bowls with cotton balls and give each guest a spoon. Kids must scoop out as many cotton balls as possible in one minute - without using fingers!
Pin The Nose...  
on the Jack-o-Lantern, Stem-on-the-Apple, Hat-on-the-Scarecrow, or a variation best suits your party theme.

Halloween Parade
Let the kids show off their Halloween finery with a game of follow the leader while having a parade.

Bobbing for Apples and Doughnut String Game

These two traditional Halloween party games have stood the test of time!

Fill a large tub with water and several apples. The players must try to bite" into and "catch" and apple while holding their hands behind their backs. Don't forget to have some towels handy.

Using string, hang mini or regular doughnuts from the ceiling or a tree. The object of the game is to be the first to eat the doughnut with out using your hands! Do not use powdered or cinnamon doughnuts. Plain is the safest!

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