So you’ve decided to throw your own harvest party. These fun harvest games will get kids and kids at heart on their feet and fill the air with laughter. All of these games can be made easier or harder depending on the age of your guest. They can also be played inside or out.
Harvest Party Game 1: Ring the Pumpkin/Gourd
Have you ever been to a carnival that didn’t have the game ring around the bottle. This classic game is easily turned into a harvest game with a few substitutions. Instead of bottles use gourds or pumpkins. For your rings you can use small hoola hoops, varying sizes of embroidery hoops or even a rope formed into a ring and secured with duct tape.
Make a throwing line on the floor or in the yard and then arrange three to five pumpkins in a straight line. The winner can either be the one who rings the most pumpkins or the one who rings the pumpkin that is the furthest from the throwing line. If the game is for adults you can make it harder by using smaller rings and aiming for just the stem instead of the pumpkin. For children you can make this easier by decreasing the distance to throw the ring.
Don’t spend any extra money on prizes. Let the winner pick their favorite pumpkin or hoola hoop.
Harvest Party Game 2: Roll the Pumpkin
For this harvest game you need a couple of pumpkins, rope and a wooden spoon, golf club, stick, etc. Use larger pumpkins for outside and smaller pumpkins for an inside course. The amount of rope you need will depend on how many tracks you set up.
Start by forming your track with the rope, being sure to include at least one curve if the game is for adults. The object is for each player to use their club (the wooden spoon, stick, etc.) to roll their pumpkin through the track. The one who finishes first wins. If you only have enough room or rope for one track time each contestant.
For young children you can make this easier by allowing them to use their hands. For adults you can make this game more challenging by placing the track outside and making sure it goes over some bumps or tree roots on the ground. You can also have each player go back to the start line if their pumpkin goes out of the track. Let the winner pick their favorite pumpkin for the prize.
Harvest Party Game 3: Gourd Bowling
Bowling has always been a favorite pass time and makes a great harvest game. Not only is this game fun but is easy to set up using plastic water or coke bottles as pins and a gourd as the bowling ball.
You can make this easy or challenging by altering the distance between the rolling line and the pins. Keep in mind that the gourd will want to roll every which way but straight when determining the distance. Give each player a set number of turns depending on the age. It is a good idea to keep it between two and four turns. Have the player roll the gourd into the pins. The player who knocks over the most pins in the least amount of turns wins!
Harvest Party Game 4: Scarecrow Relay
This is a great harvest game that guests will love and will also give you a couple of harvest decorations to use around the house or give away as prizes.
Grab up some old clothes, hats, etc and some straw. Divide your guest into teams with the first one making a scarecrow being the winner. This harvest game can have many variations depending on how easy or difficult you want to make it. For small children they should work together as a team with all the items they need in front of them. For older children and adults you can increase the difficulty by turning it into more of a relay race.
To turn it into a relay have each player run to the end of a course to get the stuffing. As they get back to the start line they tag the next player. The first player then begins to stuff the straw they have brought back while the tagged player runs to get more. This continues with each player until the scarecrow is made. You can also turn this into a scavenger hunt by hiding the needed items and placing clues for each team. As a team they can decide whether to stuff the items as they find them or gather all the items before stuffing.
Harvest Party Game 5: Candy Corn Race
Have you ever been to a harvest party that didn’t have candy corn, if only for decoration. You can play this harvest game as teams or individuals. You can make it easy for kids or hard for adults. You will need a lot of candy corn, a few spoons and a couple of harvest style bowls, plastic pumpkins, etc.
If you have a lot guest divide them into teams, otherwise the course can be run as individuals. Place your bowls at the beginning of the course and the candy corn at the opposite end. The object of the game is to be the first to fill up your harvest bowl with candy corn. The easiest version is to give the first runner their spoon and have them run to get their corn and run back to drop it in their harvest bowl passing the spoon to the next runner once they have dumped their spoon. The younger the players the bigger the spoon should be.
To make this more difficult use smaller spoons and increase the distance of the course. You can even have one player stationed near the harvest bowl , one in the middle of the course and one at the end by the candy corn. Each player should have their own spoon. The player stationed at the candy corn starts by filling their spoon and running to the one in the middle. This player then dumps their spoon into the middle players spoon (they cannot catch any that drops, depending on age). The middle player then runs and dumps what is left of the spoonful into the players spoon nearest the harvest bowl who then dumps the candy corn into the bowl. This continues until one team fills their bowl.
The winning team can pick their favorite harvest bowl as their prize and all the players can enjoy the corn that doesn’t land on the floor!