Halloween Games For Kids Guide

Throwing a Halloween party can be a lot of fun, especially when it’s for kids. There are many steps to throwing a great kids party, and one of them is putting together a bunch of fun Halloween games for kids. It can sound daunting to organize Halloween games for a children’s party, but there are quite a few ways to go about it and you can choose the easiest way for you.

Choosing Halloween Games For Kids

You can make games using do it yourself (DIY) materials at home, purchase ready to go games or use a combination of the two. Personally, I prefer a combination of DIY and purchased items, but that’s only because my DIY stuff usually looks like I made it myself. However, many of you are more talented and can make great looking items in your spare time.

I’m going to present many types of Halloween games for kids below and try to point out when they can be purchased, made at home or both. Pick and choose what games will work for your party, and mold them however you want to fit your situation. There are suggestions to get you feeling creative and motivated. You can change any party idea to fit your children’s age group and your household however you want! Let’s get started.

Guess Who Game

The Guess Who game is very similar to the version adults play and this is one of the lowest priced Halloween games for kids. As soon as a child enters the party, you tape a piece of paper on their back with the name of a Halloween related creature or character on it. If the party has children who can’t read, I recommend having both an image of the creature and the name written out on the paper.


Throughout the entire party, each child will need to ask other party-goers to look at the paper on their back. Then the child can ask questions to get clues about who is on their back. You can choose characters based on the theme of your Halloween party, popular scary movies in their age group, or just use Halloween as a general guide.

Guess Who Halloween Games For Kids 2

Here is an example of how the game goes.

Child: Is mine friendly or scary?
Answer: Scary

Child: Is it a monster or a human?
Answer: Both

Child: Does it bite people?
Answer: Yes

Child: Does it have fangs?
Answer: Yes

Child: Is it Dracula!
Answer: It is!

That is a quick example of how the game goes. Many people keep the questions limited to yes and no questions, but that might be difficult depending on the age of the children. It’s also common to implement a question limit per person, depending on how many people are attending the party. So you might say the child can only ask two questions per person. This is to encourage kids to socialize with more people at the party.

This is one of the more popular halloween games for kids and adult parties because it gives everyone an excuse to talk to each other. No more standing around awkwardly when Guess Who is in play.

• Pen and paper.

• Pictures of Halloween characters. 

Guess How Many Game

This is a game you’re probably familiar with that is also one of the simplest Halloween games for kids. You fill a jar with candies, preferably Halloween themed candies, and children try to guess how many candies are inside the jar.

How Many Candy In the Jar GameUsing candy corns inside a candy jar looks great and makes it hard to count just by looking. However, if your theme is all about green creatures or blue monsters than you may prefer green or blue candies. For younger kids, you may want to use a larger candy like jaw breakers to make the game a bit easier.

Kids must have a place to write their guess on, so put paper or a clipboard out next to the jar. There are also ready to go candy guessing cards available for purchase online. My favorite part of the Guess How Many game is to find a fun looking glass jar to put the candies in. Depending on the type of candy, you can use a skull shaped glass jar, a 70 ounce pumpkin shaped jar or any fun candy jar with a lid. Make sure it’s not your favorite jar because whoever gets the closest guess wins the jar along with the candy inside.

There are links above to fantastic jars, but they are only suggestions for anyone wanting to add some special touches to their children’s game. The great thing about this Halloween game is that many people will have most of the supplies already in the home. Anyone on a tight budget will likely be able to throw this game together for only the cost of the candy in the jar. 

Prize: Glass Jar and candy inside.

• Candy of your choice.
• Candy Jar
• Paper and Pen

• Candy Guessing Game Cards
• Decorative Glass Jar 

Disappearing Donuts Game

The disappearing donut game is one of the Halloween games for kids that has its prize built into the gameplay… a donut! Basically, this is a no hands donut eating race. The donuts are hung by a string from above and everyone tries to get a bite while holding their hands behind their back. This may seem simple but it’s harder than it sounds.

Preparing for Disappearing Donuts 

Tie one end of string to something above the head of your partygoers. This can be a tree branch, clothesline or anything else you can find. If there isn’t anything in your yard or home, you can hold up a broomstick or tie a long string up high, from one side of the game field to the other side. Then tie the donuts to the string above your head.

Leave a couple feet in between each hanging string because players will be moving around and chasing after their swaying donut. Once you have a string hanging for each player, you want to tie a donut at the height of each players mouth. This means the donuts will be at different heights.

Disappearing Donut Halloween games for children 

Playing Disappearing Donuts

• Each player stands by their hanging donut.

• The number one rule of this Halloween game for kids is No Hands. This is actually a hard rule to follow so it’s best to have players keep their hands behind their back.

• Players have to eat the entire donut to be the winner. You can require them to swallow it to win, or just call a tie if it’s that close a call.

• Donuts may fall on the floor during this game. Normally players can continue eating with only their mouth to win. However, with young kids I recommend allowing hands once the donut has fallen. (You can place painter’s plastic or a tarp if the ground is dirty.)

• The first person to eat the entire donut is the winner.

Disappearing Donut Game : Playing Tips

→ If there is an age gap in partygoers, plan on having different rounds based on age. This game is more difficult for younger kids versus teens.

→ You may want to change the rules and let the youngest children use their hands, or hang mini donuts for them.

→ If you have partygoers that can’t play, they can be the referee to provide gentle reminders about not using hands during gameplay. Many players will instinctually grab for the donut.

→ Have water bottles or juice drinks nearby in case anyone has swallowing troubles or a choking issue. 

Do Not Use Powdered Donuts. They can be an aspiration risk from inhaling the powder. Glazed, sprinkles, chocolate and other donuts with a hole are all fine. Just stay away from the powders.

Prize: The donut!

• Donuts with holes.
• Twine/Rope – Orange or black for extra Halloween spirit.
• Object to tie donuts to.
• Water bottles or juice drinks.

Ghost Bowling

Ghost bowling is a fun and easy Halloween game for kids that only requires a couple of items to get set up. First, get 10 rolls of toilet paper and draw two eyes and a mouth on each one with a sharpie marker. They can be fun faces or shocked expressions with the mouth in an O, it’s up to you.

Ghost Bowling Halloween GameNext, get a pumpkin to use as the bowling ball. You can use a couple of different sized pumpkins if there are different ages of kids bowling. With a larger pumpkin for bigger kids. It might be necessary to remove the stems to get the pumpkins “bowling” in a straight line.

Tip: Younger children will need to bowl from a closer line than the older kids in order to keep it fun.

You can use a drill to make the finger holes in the pumpkin similar to a bowling ball. However if that’s not your style, children can just use two hands to roll the pumpkin without drilled holes. You can also use a smaller pumpkin “ball” to make the game easier.   

Stack the toilet paper rolls into a pyramid with 4 rolls at the base, 3 in the next row, then 2 rolls and 1 roll at the top. If possible, set your ghost bowling Halloween game up with a back drop to keep the pumpkin from rolling off every time. An inexpensive Halloween tablecloth (vinyl) is an easy way to decorate the backdrop and bowling area.

• 10 Rolls of Toilet Paper
• Pumpkin for “ball”
• Sharpie

Vinyl Halloween Tablecloth
• Drill (for making holes).

Pumpkin Patch Poppers

Pumpkin patch poppers is good if you are looking for some outdoor Halloween games for kids to get them moving around. For this game you blow up orange balloons and spread them around outside so they appear to be a pumpkin patch. Inside of the balloons are hidden candies and small prizes. The children jump on the balloons to pop them and get to retrieve the prize inside. If you want to add extra fun prizes, you can put cute Halloween charms, like the ones pictured below, inside the balloons instead of coins.

Halloween Charms

Preparing Pumpkin Patch Poppers

• Place the prizes inside the balloons before blowing them up.

• It’s common to use coins or small candies as prizes inside the balloon.

• Once the candy or prize is inside the balloon, blow it up and then tie it closed.


Draw a face on each balloon with a sharpie to make them jack-o-lanterns.

Add agreen ribbon to one end of each balloon for a “stem.”


→ Don’t use chocolate candies as prizes if you live in a warm area.

→ The prize must be small enough to fit through the neck of the balloon.

→ The prize inside is important to weigh the balloon down.

→ The kids will be stomping on the balloon, so don’t place anything fragile inside.

→ You can put coins or Halloween tokens inside the balloons and then have the children trade them for small prizes that didn’t fit inside the balloons.

• Orange balloons
• Candy or coins for prizes

• Pumpkin Balloons
• Halloween Charms
Mini erasers
• Prizes for trade
• Sharpie
• Green ribbon

Halloween Bingo

Bingo is one of the most popular indoor Halloween games for kids because it can be played anytime, over and over. Halloween Bingo gets the children sitting down in one area making it a good choice to play before a meal and this is one of the great Halloween games for kids because you can choose to DIY it or purchase a Halloween bingo game. It’s completely up to the party host to choose how much work they want to put into organizing this Halloween game. 

Halloween bingo is very easy to DYI compared to some other games as long as you are able to print out the bingo boards. The good news is there are lots of free printable Halloween bingo boards available with a simple Google search. You can find your favorite designs and then print them out for free, which is always a bonus. Getting free printable boards is the route I recommend for playing this Halloween party game for kids. However, I do realize that for some people printing can be difficult at times and I’m including a link to a kids Halloween Bingo game below.  

• Free printable Halloween bingo cards
• Free printable Halloween bingo tokens
• Free printable Master bingo images
• Scissors

• Purchase Halloween Bingo game for kids.

Bobbing For Apples 

Bobbing for apples is one of the classic Halloween games for kids and most people are already familiar with it. However, sometimes you want a reminder of this fun game, but don’t want to get wet or don’t want to spread germs. For these reason, we are offering a couple alternative ways to bob for apples too.

Classic Bobbing for Apples

This children’s Halloween game begins by filling a bucket or large container with water and then adding apples. Having at least 12 apples or around two apples for each child is recommended for bobbing. It’s good to have extra apples floating around because they really move around while bobbing. There can also be splashing and dripping water with this fun Halloween game for kids, so place your bucket accordingly and have towels handy.

There are a few different options for game play depending on how large your water container is. If all the kids can bob for apples together, they can begin bobbing at the same time. The first one to get an apple wins and the rest of the children keep going until they each get an apple. For smaller water containers, you can have a few children bobbing for apples at once or have one child go and time how fast each one takes to get an apple.

Individual Bobbing for Apples 

Some people are concerned about spreading germs, but still want to enjoy this classic Halloween game. An alternative version to the classic bobbing for apples is providing each child with their own bowl or bucket filled with a few apples. Below is a video with an example of each child having their own water container. The bowl doesn’t need to be too large and each child can still have a great time. You can also have a few buckets with water, so that less children are using each bucket and spreading fewer germs. Don’t be afraid to pull out kitchen pots if you are short on water containers.


Dry Bobbing for Apples

There is another alternative to this classic Halloween game for kids if getting wet seems like a bad idea altogether. When the weather is too cold or there are a lot of kids wearing Halloween make-up it might be a good idea to try dry bobbing for apples.

Dry bobbing for apples is played by tying strings to the apples and hanging them from a branch, swing set, clothesline or other height. Buy apples with stems and then connect the string to each stem and hang them from varying heights. To play, each person stands next to an apple and then races to be the first one to get a bite out of it. 

• Bucket or other containers
• Apples
• Water

Pumpkin Head Race

Pumpkin head racing is one of those backyard Halloween games for kids of all ages. To play, everybody is given a mini pumpkin and the children line up side by side at the starting line. Each child balances the mini pumpkin on the top of their head before the race begins. Once everyone has their pumpkin safely on their head, it’s time to get this Halloween party game started. Start the race and all the kids try to walk as fast as they can without their pumpkin falling from their head.

You have the option of making the fastest child the winner, but you can also make anyone who never drops their pumpkin a winner or anyone who doesn’t quit and finishes the race a winner. As far as winners go, pumpkin head racing is one of the Halloween party games for kids that offers the opportunity to make everyone a winner.

Mini pumpkin white background

For this reason, it’s a great game to play before serving cupcakes or other party snacks which you can hand out as rewards for winning at pumpkin racing. Any children who don’t race can be used as referees during the event to win their cupcake reward too.

You can also plan the pumpkin race before the piñata and give out treat bags as prizes so the kids can gather piñata candy in their new treat bags. 


• Mini pumpkin for each child

Halloween Piñata 

Pinatas are a classic backyard activity that has become one of the most anticipated Halloween games for kids. When kids see a fun Halloween piñata sitting around the house, the excitement builds until the day it gets hung up.

Piñata Halloween Games for Children

If you are a crafty parent, there are tons of great DIY recipes available for making Halloween piñatas at home. With a simple google search you can find instructions for making paper mache or cardboard pumpkin, ghost, bat piñatas and more. 

Some parents like to have a few smaller piñatas, instead of one large one, when there are a variety of age groups at the Halloween party. This way the older kids can have their own piñata and don’t have to wait around for the young children to figure things out. Piñatas for each age group lets the young children go slow and still enjoy finishing off the piñata. It also allows parents to put different prizes in each piñata based on age group.

There are smaller Halloween piñatas linked below, they are about 18 to 24 inches tall, to give you an idea about the cost for having separate piñatas. You can also use these sizes as a guide for making piñatas for your own party.

• Piñata – DIY or Purchased

• Piñata for each age group at party (Smaller Sized)
Vampire Coffin pull string 24 inches
Witch Piñata 19 Inches


Mummy Wrappin Game

Mummy wrappin is one of the easier team Halloween games for kids. The children are split up into at least two teams and one child will be a designated mummy for each team. The other children are each given a roll of toilet paper and the race is on to wrap their mummy the fastest. There are a few variations on this fun Halloween game for kids.

One idea is to have the wrapping begin when you start playing Halloween music. The game can end when a team completely wraps their mummy, except for the face, or when the children all use up their entire roll of toilet paper. It’s up to you!

As you can see this is one of those fun Halloween games for kids of all ages. However you play, Mummy wrappin is sure to be a hit at any Halloween party.

• Cheap toilet paper rolls – one for each child.

The Pumpkin Poke

The pumpkin poke is a simple way to award children with tricks or treats during your party. This is one of the DIY Halloween games for kids, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. The pumpkin poke is pretty easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of complicated supplies. The hardest part will be deciding what to put inside the cups. Treats, tricks and prizes or just treats and prizes? It’s up to you, but you will find some ideas here to help you decide.

The pumpkin poke works by setting up cups filled with prizes in the shape of a pumpkin. Tissue paper is placed over the cup opening with a rubber band to hide what’s inside. One at a time children are allowed to poke a hole in one cup and take the prize inside for themselves. I recommend putting different items in a lot of the cups so kids don’t see the same prizes over and over. You can use a combination of tricks, treats and fun prizes inside the cups. 

Pumpkin Poke Halloween Games for Children

Building the Pumpkin Poke Board requires a few basic supplies, but you don’t have to be super crafty to get this one done. Start with a foam core poster board which the orange cups will attach to. (A  piece of cardboard can work in a pinch). Take the orange tissue paper and cut it into squares large enough to cover the top of each cup and drape down the sides.

Next place your prizes in each cup and rubber band a piece of tissue paper over the top of each cup. Do this until all the cups are filled and covered with tissue paper. Next, arrange all the cups into the shape of a pumpkin, tissue side up, on the poster board as desired, placing two green tissue paper cups on top as a pumpkin stem. (Or you can glue green paper above the cups for a stem.)  

Next use a mini hot glue gun to stick each cup to the poster board and then let them dry completely. The board is complete and this Halloween game for kids is ready to be played. 

Candy is a great option for some of the pumpkin poke prizes, but it can be exciting for the kids when you add in prizes and a few “tricks”. Below are links to give you some creative and fun ideas for prizes.

Ideas for Prizes:
Halloween rubber ducks – Cute!

Bendable Zombies – These are fun!
Stretchy skeletons
Neon eyeball bouncy balls
Small stickers – 24 sheets

Ideas for Tricks:

Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans
Beanboozled weird flavored jelly beans
Bugs, flies and mice. Can also use these for the fear factor party games below.

• Foam core poster board or thick cardboard
• Orange tissue paper sheets
• Green tissue paper for stem
• 30 Orange disposable cups
• Mini glue gun
• Prizes – Tricks, treats and candies.
• Rubber bands
• Scissors

Hot Pumpkin

Hot pumpkin is basically the hot potato game using a mini pumpkin or a mini jack-o-lantern playground ball. This Halloween game for kids is easy to set up with minimal supplies. You can get a mini pumpkin, purchase a mini jack-o-lantern rubber ball or even just use duct tape to make a face on a ball you already have at home. Have the children pass around the mini pumpkin and follow the same rules you would for hot potato, except have the kids say “hot pumpkin” when playing this Halloween game.

Hot Pumpkin Halloween Games for children

• Mini Pumpkin

• Mini Jack-o-lantern rubber ball

Halloween Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This is one of the classic Halloween games for kids that anyone can play. Instead of a donkey you can use a pumpkin, witch, cat, web or any Halloween monster. There are so many possibilities for this children’s Halloween game. Some examples are pin the wart on the witch, the tail on the cat, the nose on the pumpkin, the spider on the web and the bow tie on the skeleton.

For crafty party planners it’s possible to create these games on your own. They can be made out of poster board materials with double sided tape for stickiness. Other party planners may prefer purchasing them at a Halloween specialty store or online. Here are links to online Pin the Smile on the Skeleton  and Pin the Eyeball on the Zombie Halloween games for kids.

These are easy to set up on game day and most can be re-used by applying double-sided tape next year.

Fear Factor Halloween Games for Kids

Fear Factor is a set of Halloween games for kids, but it’s only for the most adventurous parents. Anyone who has ever seen the television show Fear Factor knows what I’m talking about. The TV show is all about making contestants face their greatest fears in order to win prizes.

You may be thinking these sound like horrible Halloween games for kids to play, and you’re correct. However, you can take some common, age-appropriate Halloween games for children and turn them into a fun filled healthy competition with added exercise for the kids. Or you can leave out the exercise and just focus on the fun events. As the party planner you have a lot of flexibility for setting up a Fear Factor gaming event.

I will offer up some planning ideas and event options to help get your creative juices flowing, change and mold them to suit the needs of your family. However you decide to set up your Fear Factor Halloween Games, they will certainly be an exciting and memorable event.

One way to organize the Fear Factor set of Halloween games for kids is to separate all the children into two or three teams and have them play the events with a timer. If you have a yard and want to include exercise, making a child run from a starting line to an event, complete the event and then run back to the starting line again is a fun way to play.

Each event can be placed farther away, so that smaller children go first and complete the closer events and the older kids have to run farther. You can also use caution tape to create a course for kids to run along. Here’s a video to see an example of this kind of Fear Factor game play.

Another way to play Fear Factor Halloween games is to set up events at different locations and have all the kids complete the event together, before moving on to the next location. This is less of a racing style of gameplay, but can still be a fun competition or teamwork style of playing.

Here are some Fear Factor Halloween event ideas to get you started. Pick and choose what works in your household and hopefully these will give you some other good ideas that your children will enjoy.

Fear Factor Halloween Events

Anyone that knows Fear Factor will not be surprised to see gross food and bugs as a theme for some events. However, since these are Halloween games for kids, the bugs will be gummy and the food won’t be what it appears. So let’s get started!


1. Worms!

Indoor Game: For each child playing Worms! take 5-10 gummy worms and place them at the bottom of a pie tin. Next fill the tin with whipped cream. There are rumors of both Hershey and Reeses releasing whipped toppings by August of 2018 so the whipped cream could actually be delicious and festive.

To play, the kids have to keep both hands behind their backs and retrieve the worms using only their mouths. They can compete side by side lined up around a table, or you can time each child and add it to the overall team times.

Outdoor Game: The outdoor version of Worms! involves getting a small container, like a plastic pumpkin, and filling it halfway to three-quarters full with dirt or soil. Next, take 5-10 gummy worms and bury them in the dirt. The child will need to successfully dig up the gummy worms to complete this event. You can have children compete side by side digging up the worms or this can be part of the racing course that one child does while being timed.

2. Get the Guts

Get the Guts is one of the Halloween games for kids that younger children can compete in. To play, you will need a pumpkin that has not been completely cleaned out. For older kids, you don’t have to clean the pumpkin out at all, but for youngsters I recommend removing some seeds to make it easier.

Next, place items inside the pumpkin guts. For older kids, harder to find items like candy corns and Halloween erasers can become slippery and make it more fun. For younger children, plastic spider rings, plastic rats or larger items that will be easier to grab and won’t be choking hazards are better. For gameplay, each child gets 30 seconds to pull out as many items as they can. Another option is to add a blindfold on older kids to make it more spooky and challenging. 

The Courage to Eat

It’s fun to cheer on the children and encourage them if they are uncertain during gross food events. Just don’t cross the line and accidentally force anyone to eat food. You can begin food events by announcing they are all in good fun like the other games. I recommend making a point of telling kids who didn’t eat the food that they did a good job. Some children (and adults) are just more grossed out by food. There are some exciting and creative food challenges listed below but let’s start with a simple food Fear Factor challenge for the young child who isn’t so adventurous.

3 Years Old and Afraid of Food

If you can’t imagine your child, of any age, being able to deal with “fish egg” tapioca pudding or chocolate “kitty poop” don’t worry, they can still play Fear Factor food challenges. These Halloween games for kids will need to be changed slightly to fit the needs of your crew, or special plates can be made for kids with known food challenges.

If the games below are way too adventurous, an alternative way to play is to take simple everyday foods and present them as Halloween challenges. For example, you can make banana slices into the shape of a skull and serve them. You can serve round cantaloupe balls and call them cantaloupe eyes.

Notice I’m using healthy foods? This is because the healthy food is part of the Fear Factor challenge for children. Don’t take a food they hate, but take foods they struggle with so there is some challenge and fun if they successfully eat them. You can serve baby carrot sticks and call them fingers and then place peanut butter “bat brains” in the middle of the plate to make the carrot more appetizing.

For an older kid without food issues you can use brussel sprouts for a Fear Factor food challenge, but I think many kids would rather eat the kitty litter poop mentioned below. You definitely want to set the very young children up for success, so try and put foods they will enjoy but with a Halloween spin. For example, you can make a PB&J sandwich and use a cookie cutter to cut it into small spooky ghosts or other shapes. Smear strawberry jam across the plate to make it more spooky and yummy.

3. Kitty Litter Competition

This event is good anytime, but I recommend finishing out the Fear Factor Halloween games for kids with a Kitty Litter Competition. The host brings out a kitty litter tray filled with cat poops and each child is served a poop from what appears to be a dirty cat litter tray. Children place their hands behind their back and the competition starts on three! Whoever eats the kitty poop the fastest wins.

Would your child have the courage to move forward in this Fear Factor competition? Obviously there is nothing brave about eating poop, so how does this work? It’s actually a yummy cake served in a brand new cleaned litter box with tasty chocolate “poops” mixed in. Perfect for Halloween and Fear Factor all in one. Plus after scooping out the “poops” for Fear Factor, you can still serve the rest of the cake for dessert.

Check out this video for easy to follow instructions on making a tasty kitty litter cake this Halloween.

4. Fish Eggs Feast

This Halloween game for kids involves taking simple tapioca pudding and presenting it as a contest to see who can eat or drink the fish eggs the fastest. Presentation is important for fish eggs feast so adding some green food coloring can help sell it to older children.

Some ideas for presentation are giving each child a small plate that has a spoon filled with tapioca “fish egg” pudding on it. Another option is to use a shot glass with pudding at the bottom and have the children suck the fish eggs up through the straw. You can also toss a few Swedish Fish candy on the plate to add some extra fish to the mix.

5. Worms and Dirt

For this spooky food event you challenge the children to eat dirt and worms for the win. Making the dirt can be done by crumbling up a chocolate cake with crushed Oreo cookies. If the dirt is too dry, you can mix it with some chocolate pudding, chocolate cool whip or even adding a little Nutella can moisten it up. Next, add a couple gummy worms and dirty them up in the chocolate to increase the grossness. Serve it all in small bowl or cup with a spoon and let the Worms and Dirt race begin.

6. Raw Meat Race

For this food event you bring out a platter of raw ground round under saran wrap and give each child a piece to eat. Nobody can touch the meat before the event begins and the children must keep their hands behind their backs. On three, the race starts and the child who can eat their raw meat the fastest, using only their mouth wins. This one is all about courage and speed.

The catch is that there is no raw meat. There is only a rice krispy treat rounded and shaped like sections of meat. Adding red food coloring while mixing the marshmallow and butter will give you the desired pink raw meat coloring. Then you just have to shape it, put it in a styrofoam tray, if you have one, and cover in saran wrap to get that raw meat look. If your willing to put in a little extra work, the Homicidal Homemaker has an instructional video for making red velvet rice krispies that really looks like raw meat.


7. The Gummy Bugs Option 

This last one is pretty tame, but it can be a good option to have standing by if you notice a child who is struggling to have fun during the food games. This gross food plate is just made up of all the weird gummy bugs and creatures available. So you can get some gummy worms, bug tape, gummy spiders, gummy bugs, gummy frogs, or gummy snakes.

You can also make the gross gummy bugs an event for all the kids in your Fear Factor games. I especially like the gummy bug tape for it’s gross factor. I’ve put links above to purchase bug gummies, but you may be able to find them locally. I recommend saving the gummy rat or tarantula as items only the fastest two or three children race to eat.

8. Fear Factor Boxing

The next Fear Factor event is based on one the popular spooky Halloween games for kids. The old game where kids reach in a bowl or box and feel something gross inside. In the Fear Factor version, children will have to put their hands inside a spooky looking box, feel around and try to guess what was inside.

It’s good to make the boxes really spooky with simple decorations. You can use shoeboxes, tissue boxes, cereal boxes or any other easy to find boxes from around the home. Having boxes of different sizes makes it more fun so don’t worry if they don’t all match. You can also purchase boxes that are all the same size if you prefer.

Halloween Party Boxes Game Graphic

The boxes will be filled with a gross or spooky feeling item and then sealed. The child reaches in from a hole you create that is large enough for their hand but not so big they can see inside. An easy way to decorate the boxes is with different colors of duct tape. This keeps the boxes sealed closed and there are great colors like black, orange and halloween designs. You can also use Caution Do Not Enter Tape, spiderwebs, stickers and other fun stuff for designing your boxes.

There are a few different ways to play Fear Factor Boxing and I will go over the two popular ones. The first is to have the children reach inside a box and then guess what was inside from a list of options. Another option is to label each box with what is inside and then award points to kids who successfully put their hands in the boxes.

You can also make spookier boxes worth more points with unlabeled mystery boxes having the highest point values. A good mystery box can have an extra hole underneath. Children brave enough to reach in will be surprised when someone’s hand sneaks in and moves around inside the box. 

Here are some ideas of things to put inside your boxes to get this Halloween game for kids started. I will put ideas for labels too, feel free to change them to something that fits your Halloween party better.

Party Box Labels and Ideas

Mystery box #1 – A real hand from another hole in box.

Mystery box # 2 –  Slime inside.

Infographic Halloween Games For Kids-3Eyeballs – Peeled grapes.

Worms – Cooked spaghetti noodles.

Intestines – Cooked linguine and/or fettuccini with oil. 

Fingers – Steamed baby carrots with Olive oil (Can be any oil for slipperiness.)

Maggots – Wet cooked rice or rice pudding.

Dead Mice – Cat toy mice.

Heart of a vampire – Peeled tomato.

Fingernails of a witch – Sliced almonds or dried coconut.

Zombie Brain – Cauliflower covered in cottage cheese.

Rat Tails – Licorice laces.

Teeth – Popcorn kernels or dried corn.

Pumpkin vomit – Salsa and peas or chunky guacamole.

Spider Box! – Webbing with fake spiders.

Snake – Toy rubber snake.

Pick your favorites spooky boxes from above, do some decorating and get ready to have fun. You can even let your kids help create the boxes, just don’t reveal what will be inside during the party.  

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