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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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Halloween Classic Games

The true origin of Halloween is unknown. Some people say it comes from the Roman feast to the death, Parentalia, others that it derives from the Celtic festival Samhain, a harvest festival. The only thing we know for sure, is that the name comes from All Hallows Evening and that it?s most important symbol, the pumpkin, was really a turnip at the beginning.

Halloween?s rich history is reflected in many of the games and activities we now consider classics. These are things every Halloween party must have, so you better plan for them.

Trick-or-Treating. Outside of the English-speaking countries this is what Halloween is know for. It is a game kids love, just remember to assign an adult to take them trick-or-treating because kids, candy, and dark and busy roads are not a good combination.

Jack-o?-Lanterns. Whether you are carving these for decoration days ahead or as an activity on the day of the party, jack-o?-lanterns are the classic symbol of Halloween. And if you are curious about that turnip thing, it turns out that jack-o?-lanterns were turnips carved to remember the souls in purgatory which became pumpkins in America where the orange fruit is native from and turnips were rarer.

Costume parties. Remember that these are not just for kids! Although in theory you can impose a sub theme such as witches or zombies, this is the only time of the year adults are allowed to live their fantasies, so most parties don?t have a theme. You have to pick your poison when throwing yours.

Apple bobbing. I also think this is not just for children, even if Wikipedia disagrees. Plus, bobbing for apples is much healthier than trick-or-treating, although I guess the latter could count as exercise.

Loving the scary. The imagery of Halloween revolves around death, evil, and the occult, and horror combines all these. The classic is scary stories, but a modern alternative would be watching horror movies, and visiting haunted attractions or horror theme parks.

The Prank. The prank is the high point of any Halloween. Some people plan pranks for their co-workers, their family, and their friends, others just get them together on a party and plan a huge prank. Halloween is like an improved April?s Day where you can go all out. Take advantage of that.

Bonfire. Back in the old days, bonfires were all the rage in Europe. They were used for purification rituals (by jumping over the fire you were burning negativity), fertility (by removing impurities you were open for procreation), death (you are jumping over a barrier, crossing the line to the other side), and whatnot. Whether or not they still have all those powers, they undoubtedly have the power of being hilarious, so if you have a yard where you can light a bonfire don?t think twice.

The Fun. OK, this may be obvious, but don?t forget to have fun. I know a lot of stress bees who never rest, not even on Halloween or Christmas. Come on - life is not just about being serious and working, it is also about fun and enjoyment. I?m sure you can stop even for a few minutes to relax and do a prank or two!

Safety. This is the last on my list, but only because people tend to jump to the end. Security should be your first priority - fireworks, kids high on candy, adults high on god knows what, pranks, bonfires... They can all be a disaster waiting to happen if you are not careful. So don?t ruin Halloween - make safety your number one priority.

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