We know apple-bobbing is the classic Halloween entertainment, but if you're planning some spooky fun for the family on 31 October this year, you might want to have a few more party games up your sleeve to keep the fun going.


With this in mind, we've found 7 brilliant games with a Halloween theme that you can roll out through the evening.

They're all simple to play and are made using bits and bobs that you already have around the house, in your arts and craft box (if you have one) or that are easily picked up at your local craft store. Take a look.

7 Halloween party games that are better than bobbing for apples...

1. Witch Ring Toss


You will need:

  • Witch's hat
  • Pipe cleaners

Simply buy or make a simple witch's hat, bend pipe cleaners together to make into rings and take it in turns to try and get the rings over the hat. Ta-dah!

Pic courtesy: A Girl And A Glue Gun

2. Pumpkin bowling


You will need:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Black card
  • Glue
  • A pumpkin

A simple bowling game, using a decorated pumpkin (or an orange ball) and loo rolls! Stack the toilet rolls up, aim the pumpkin and see how many you can knock down.

You can draw spooky faces on the toilet rolls for extra effect, or, of you're worried about the pen soaking through the layers, use stick-on features instead.

Picture courtesy: I Dig Pinterest

3. Halloween Balloon Catch


You will need:

  • Orange balloons
  • Funnels

A simple but fun game which will get the kids running around after balloons. Buy ready-made funnels (you could use cone party hats if you have any lying around) or make your own and blow up a balloon for each child.

Then get the kids to catch the balloons in the funnels, pretty much until they're worn out!

Picture courtesy: Vanilla Joy

4. Pin the BOO! on the Ghost


You will need:

  • Black card
  • Orange card
  • Yellow card
  • White paint
  • Tape
  • Blindfold

This is a spooky version of Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Get your kids to help you make a ghost, and neatly cut out "boo" speech bubbles.

The aim is to get the speech bubble as close to the mouth as possible - with a blindfold on.

Picture courtesy: Pleasantest Thing

5. Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss


You will need:

  • A large piece of cardboard
  • Orange paint
  • Green paint
  • Bean bags

We love this idea: grab a big piece of cardboard or use the side of a cardboard box to draw a Jack O' Lantern with a mouth big enough to throw bean bags through.

Give each player 4 or so bean bags and take it in turns to see who can throw the most through.

No bean bags? Simply fill socks with rice / lentils / pasta and make sure they're knotted or sewn up securely.

Picture courtesy: Pleasantest Thing

6. Spider Web Walking


You will need:

  • Painters tape
  • Plastic spiders
  • A prize for the end like a glow stick

Ue brightly coloured, nice thick sticky tape to 'draw' a spider's web on the floor. Dot it with ghosts and spiders here and there for extra decoration, and get the kids to make their way through the web from on side to the other.

Have little prizes ready for once they've made their way out - you could give them a piece of Halloween candy or a perhaps a glow stick if you think they've had enough sugar for one day.

Picture courtesy: No Time For Flash Cards

7. Halloween Tin Can Bowling


You will need:

  • Empty & cleaned tin cans, with the labels peeled off
  • Acrylic or enamel paints
  • Brushes
  • White fabric scraps

You can have great fun a few days before your Halloween party painting cans with scary faces (like the ones above).

Then pile them up and use a tennis ball to try and knock over as many as possible. First to get a 'strike' (all cans down in one go) wins.

Picture courtesy: Party Delights

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