• Laura Hills-Leigh

Hauntingly Good Halloween Games

Updated: Sep 10, 2019


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One of the best parts of throwing a Halloween Party is the Halloween games. There are so many ideas to choose from - Pin the Tail on the Cat, Wrap the Mummy, Ghost Stories, Wink Murder, etc. But here are a few firm favourites that ought to be featured at every Halloween Spooktacular:



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Apple Bobbing:

The tradition of apple bobbing is said to go back a few hundred years where it was originally used as a fortune telling game. Once the apples had been caught by the player they would peel off the skin and throw it over their shoulder.

The shape of the peel as it landed would reveal the first letter of your true love's name!

Whether you're feeling lovesick or just love to watch your pals get utterly soaked - Apple Bobbing is a much-loved Halloween pastime where a player has to grab an apple from a tub of water using just their teeth.


Find out how to play here.


This guide also includes a fun variation on the game called Snap Apples, where the apples are hung from the ceiling on strings. Why not give them both a try?


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Touch and Feel Box Game:

We've all been tricked by a Halloween Touch and Feel Box before. You know the one - you plunge your hand into the box, feeling a chill rise up your spine. Although you know it's probably just a dried apricot or a peeled grape inside, all sense seems to have left you and your mind is reeling with the possibilities of what it could be.

You get so internally fraught that the slightest touch from ANYTHING sends you into a squealing panic!

You retract your hand from the box as if it were the jaws of a shark! You soon realise you merely touched the cardboard of the box itself and everyone bursts into fits of giggles.

A Halloween Touch and Feel Box is the perfect game to get everyone screaming and laughing. Perfect for Halloween fun!


There are loads of great ideas on how to create your Touch and Feel Box and what to fill it with, here.


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Pumpkin Carving:

This Halloween tradition originated in Ireland where they would create Jack O'Lanterns to ward off evil spirits (and Stingy Jack). But the tradition of carving pumpkins didn't arrive until the Irish took the tradition over to America. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland at this time, so they would carve hollowed out turnips and other vegetables such as potatoes or gourds!

Now the pumpkin is the number one mascot for Halloween and carving is a great creative activity for everyone to get involved in at your party.

You could even host a Pumpkin Carving Contest! Just make sure to have an adult on hand to supervise children when carving and stay safe. Or if you have young children, why not try some of these pumpkin carving alternatives.

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Find an easy guide on how to carve your pumpkin here.


Also, you can find a huge collection of pumpkin carving design ideas and templates here. You can even use the pumpkin leftovers as part of your Halloween Party Food.


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Ghost Hunt:

There are so many variations of this game that it is perfect for any Halloween party. It is adaptable to any space; be that indoors, outdoors, at a party venue, in your lounge or any available space that you have spooked up with decorations for the party.

The basis of this game is an ordinary treasure hunt - but what 'treasure' they hunt for is up to you.

Ideas include, hunting for candy, searching for letters to make a word, digging for skeleton bones, or the more traditional game of hunting for clues that lead to a prize. Get creative and let the spooky ideas flow with this game!


After all of these activities, the only thing you are missing for your Halloween Party is some entertainment. Luckily, here at PartyFriendz we've got you covered:

  • Get everybody ghost-busting out those thriller dance moves with our Professional DJ Service.

  • Transform your guests into ghouls with one a Halloween Face Painters.

  • Add some extra fright to your activities by inviting one of our Halloween Party Characters (including our Beastly Bat, Spooky Skeleton and Vicious Villainess).

  • Or if you love the idea of a Halloween party but want somebody else to run your entertainment, our Mini Disco Package is perfect for you.

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Written by Laura Hills-Leigh

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