How to come up with Halloween game ideas?

Throwing parties for kids, Halloween or not, nothing is more vital than having a bunch of activities and games planned. Unlike adults, kids will not be happy with just food and small talk - you have to give them something to do.

But how do you come up with Halloween game ideas for you party?

And you need to plan a reasonable number of them, because kids are easily bored. Keeping in mind that Halloween happens in the Fall and you never know, remember to have most of them being indoor or a llight rain may ruin the party.

The first activities you want to plan for are the classics. I?m old fashioned and in my opinion no Halloween party is complete without a scary story and trick-or-treating. Watching horror movies may be a substitute for older kids, or visiting haunted places, carving jack-o?-lanterns, and, if you have the place, a bonfire. Halloween just isn?t Halloween without some, or all, of these.

Another classic is the party prank. Be careful though - adolescents will find this lame. But if you are planning a party for younger kids (not too young though) plan a prank sometime in the party to get them scared.

How about some fresh ideas? How do you come up with new games to play on Halloween?

The key for coming up with new game ideas for Halloween or other themed parties is taking the old children games and add them a twist to make them fit the theme. You can do this by changing the decoration, the pace, adding scenes from movies, adding music, or any twist you can come up with.

I will give you an example to get your imagination going.

Take an obstacle course game. In a traditional obstacle course you throw in some obstacles and have the kids run around (or over or under) them. You need a large space, and these games always work best if you arrange the obstacles as a labyrinth and play music in the background. A treasure at the end is also a good idea, for the first kid to get there to feast on, as well as some puzzles along the way for the smart but slow kid to get an opportunity.

So now let?s turn this into a Halloween game. What if the obstacles are coffins which they have to go around, witches? broomsticks to jump over, a small haunted tunnel with bats to crawl through... Take inspiration from horror movies - you can include mummies, zombies, tombs, toy knives. The music in the background should be spooky, maybe with a few screams every now and then, and a good treasure would be hidden inside a coffin at the end, filled with pumpkin treats, apples, or dark red candy.

What games can you come up with using this strategy? Think about how you can take hide-and-seek, treasure hunts, musical chairs, karaoke, or races and turn them into complete Halloween activities - you?ll even have fun in the process.

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