10 Super Fun Party Games: Halloween Edition

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Here are some party games that I’ve been using over the years. They are simple to set up and need few materials. They are easy to explain to your assistant and the students. They can be used for different holidays or summer camps by changing the vocabulary and themes. And great for mixed ages and levels so that parents or brothers and sisters can join in the fun!

#1

Prize Walk


What you need:

  • Music
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Numbers (Pictures/Paper Plates/Flashcards)
  • Bag/Hat/Box
  • Prizes
  1. Before the party, tape the pictures in a circle on the floor.
  2. Prepare a bag with the numbers
  3. Play some music while students walk around in the circle for 20-30 seconds. 
  4. Stop the music.
  5. When the music stops, pull a number from a bag and let them read it out.
  6. The person standing on that number gets a prize. Let them go around many times. Have them say the numbers as they pass by.

Tips:

  • You can use ABCs, sight words, colors, numbers, animals, or any topic!
  • For older students, use more difficult phrases or question/answers or word/definitions.
  • Laminate the pictures because they will be stepping on them.
  • Tape them down securely so students don’t slip.
  • Instead of prizes you can give points.
  • For babies/young children, let parents hold their hands or carry them.

#2

Musical Chairs


What you need:

  • Chairs (Make sure to have an equal number of chairs as players)
  • Music
  1. Arrange chairs back to back in the center of the room or in a circle.
  2. Tell the students to stand up and put their hands on their heads.
  3. Start the music and ask them to start walking.
  4. While they are walking, remove one chair.
  5. Don’t let them see, but stop the music. When it stops, tell them to hurry and sit down.
  6. The person without the chair is out of the game and sits to the side.
  7. Then repeat until there is only one person left, they are the winner!

Getting dizzy yet?

Tips

  • Better for primary ages, but even adults can play!
  • Change where they put their hands each time (This helps them resist the urge to cheat by touching the chairs and makes it more fun while practicing body parts)
  • Make sure to keep the play area safe.
  • End any disputes with rock, paper, scissors.
  • Encourage the students who are eliminated be the judges or cheer for their friends so that they don’t lose interest and start causing problems.
  • For younger students, don’t eliminate. Ask the last person standing a question, and then keep going around again. They will have just as much fun!

#3

Limbo


What you need:

  • Stick/broom/jump rope
  • Music
  1. Have the students make a line. Then one by one go under a stick that is held by two teachers/parents/responsible students.
  2. Make sure they don’t touch the floor or the stick. Also they must lean back, not forwards. If you touch the stick, you’re out!
  3. After each student has a turn to go under, then lower it a little bit. Do this 4 or 5 times.

How low can you go?

Tips:

  •  With younger students, don’t eliminate, let them keep trying. Or let them practicing hopping over the stick.
  • Get older students excited about this game by showing awesome videos
  • Use upbeat music!

#4

Dance & Freeze


What you need:

  • Music
  1. Tell the students when they hear music they can move and sing.
  2. Whenever the music stops, they must freeze instantly. Whoever moves when the music stops is out of the game.

Tips

  • Let the students who are eliminated become the judges.
  • Practice more English by shouting out : Fly, Jump, Turn around, fast, slow, dance like a cat/elephant/etc.

#5

Fruit Salad (Change Chairs Game)


What you need:

  • Chairs
  • Headbands with words/Picture cards (optional)
  1. Make all the students sit in a circle in chairs. THEN go around the circle giving each student a “name” for example, “bat, spider, vampire”
  2. Have each student practice a few times saying their name before you start the game. (You could also give them a picture card or headband) Ask, “bats, stand up.“ Then check and make sure all the students you named as bats are standing. If not, remind them gently. Once everyone is standing, say, “bats, sit down.” Repeat the process for each word. You can also practice different movements. “spider, clap your hands.” or “vampires, jump 3 times.” It depends on the level of your students.
  3. Once they are familar with the new words, now it’s time to begin the game.Say, “Bats, go go go” Whenever you say their word, they must jump up and  run to find a new chair. You must hurry to find a chair. There will be one student  left standing. Let them call a new word. There is no winner or loser, just keep playing until they almost feel bored.

Tips

  • Once they’ve got the hang of this, then you can add an extra rule. When the teacher says, “Happy Halloween” everyone stands up and finds a new chair.
  • Settle any disputes with rock,paper, scissors.
  • Be careful because the chairs will move, students may slip, etc. Make sure they are not playing rough.
  • Students cannot move to seats on their immediate left or right.  For example, a person is allowed sit two seats away, but they cannot move to the left or right of their current chairs.
  • You can add more English by having the people sitting ask a question and then use complete sentences to answer. Or they can say two words at once.”What do you like?” or “What are you scared of?””I like bats.” or “I’m scared of vampires and spiders.”

#6

Pin the “Tail” on the “Donkey”


What you need:

  • Blindfold
  • Poster/Picture of “Donkey”
  • Small paper “tails” (or sticky notes are perfect!)
  • Tape
  • Pencils
  1. Place a poster on the wall or use magnets and a whiteboard.
  2. Have each student write their name on the paper and draw a picture of the “tail”
  3. Make the students stand in line. This game is played one-by-one.
  4. Put the blindfold on the first student. Ask the student “How old are you?” and have them turn around that many times.
  5. Point them in the direction of the board/wall and let them walk slowly. They try to place the “tail” as close to the designated spot as they can. The student who gets closest to the target wins!

Tips:

  • Don’t let them feel around with their hands.
  • Too young? Don’t spin them around.
  • Add an extra piece of tape on their tail so it doesnt fall.
  • This game is best with a group of 8-10 students. It’s boring to wait in line too long.

More pin the X on the X ideas:

  • Leaves on a tree
  • Ghosts in the haunted house
  • Bones on the skeleton
  • Wart on the witch
  • Witch on the broom
  • Candy in the Trick or Treat bag

#7

Skeleton Bone Hunt


What you need:

  • Skeleton Bones made from paper
  • Tape
  1. Make the skeleton from paper plates (or draw or print some)
  2. Hide the pieces around the room.
  3. Have the students find them and put them together.

Tips

  • Write the English words on each piece if you want to practice some reading.
  • Practice speaking by having students shout “I found the head!” or “I found the arm bone” while playing.
  • Practice listening by giving hints where it’s at (at, in, under, near, between, etc.)

#8

Elephant Game


What you need:

  • Stockings (search taobao for 丝袜)
  • Ball (a little bit heavy is better)
  • Bottles (empty water bottles)
  1. Prepare the “Elephant Nose” by putting the ball in the stocking.
  2. Put it on the student’s head. Set a time limit. Try to knock over the bottles.
  3. Give a prize if they finish knocking over all the bottles. Remember, no hands!

Tips

  • Let the students help decorate the bottles with paint or tape (ghosts or monsters)
  • Have a parent or student volunteer to help reset the bottles between games.

#9

Pucker Up


What You Need

  • Straws
  • Thick paper
  • Bowl/Cup/Basket/Box

1.    Before the party, ask your students to help you cut ten Halloween shapes, such as ghosts, bats and pumpkins from construction paper. Place the shapes in a pile beside a small bowl.

2.    Using the straw as a vacuum, each player tries to pick up a shape and place it in the bowl to create the Witch’s Stew. Time the players to see who can get all ten in the bowl the fastest.

Tips

  • For more players: Cut out several sets of shapes and let the players race or work as a team.
  • For fewer players: Race against the clock! Use your phone for the timer.
  • For older students: Have them move the bowl and the paper farther apart.
  • For more English practice: Write words/abcs/numbers/etc on the paper and have other students shout out the words as they get them into the bowl.

#10

Straw Races


What You Need

  • Straws
  • Thick paper

1. Cut small Halloween shapes from the paper.

2. Give each player a straw and a shape when it’s their turn.

3. Have them race blow their shape to a finish line or area to win!

Tips

  • Too many students? Have them race in pairs. The winner plays the winner from another pair until there is only one winner left. The loser stands behind the winner and cheers. At the end there should be two students and the class divided in half cheering for each team.

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