Games and Activities For a Kids' Halloween Party

Keep kids entertained by creating stations where they can freely move from one game or activity to the next (sort of like circuit training at the gym). Bigger games that require a host, such as musical chairs, should be timed for every half hour.

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Photo By: Michael Hall

Musical Chairs

Let the party goers run off some of their sugar-high as they make a mad dash for fewer and fewer chairs. Adults play music, periodically pressing pause. When the music stops the kids run for a seat.  Remove a chair each round so that there is one less seat than there are players until one child and one seat remain.

Egg and Spoon Race

This relay race can be played again and again thanks to painted wooden eggs from the craft store.

Egg and Spoon Race

Decorate the spoons with funny Halloween faces and colorful yarn.  But, If you're running out of time before the party starts,  just use orange and black paint or decorative tape. 


A popular Ikea table was hacked into a checkerboard that can be used anytime of year. For a Halloween version, the checkers were made from cork discs that were decorated with silly witch faces. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Spider Web Toss

A web woven from masking tape onto a hula hoop makes the perfect target for kids to throw spider eggs (cotton balls). Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Witch Bowling

This spooky version of lawn bowling not only entertains, it recycles. The labels were removed from 10 plastic water bottles and then painted and wrapped in yarn to resemble witches. The bottles were filled with a few rocks to weigh them down. Then the witch pins were lined up to be knocked down.


It is always a good idea to have crayons and coloring books on hand for the artistic shy set. Use Halloween muffin tins to make your own themed crayons.

Cake Walk

Tiny chocolate snack cakes can be decorated as elaborate deserts for this fun game.

Witch Tent

Turn a kids' circus tent into a giant witch's head. It makes a great lawn decoration and a fun hideaway for the little ones.


Kids don’t need a formal lesson they will just have fun hitting balls with mallets. If you happen to find a used set, be sure to paint in themed colors.


Depending on the age of your attendees, Playdoh is always a safe bet. Keep things in theme by suppling Halloween cookie cutters and a handful of googley eyes.

Haunted House

Treehouses, playhouses, forts and tents always equal fun for kids. Why not dust off that old plastic playhouse that has been collecting dust and killing your grass and give it a Halloween-themed facelift.

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