Back when I was in elementary school, the school threw a Halloween carnival every year. Sadly, the schools in that every same Florida district are not allowed to acknowledge that October 31st is anything other than the last day of the month. Heck, when I was in elementary school we got to wear our trick or treat costume to all classes. Right-wingers successfully lobbied to get such fun tossed aside. Now, if you want your younger kids to have a good time playing Halloween games, you’ll have to make it a DIY project.
If you have younger kids, you might already have some plastic bowling pins hanging around the house. If not, a plastic bowling kit bought for Halloween can be stretched out through the year. The Halloween version of mummy bowling involves wrapping the pins in an Ace bandage and drawing eyes on the head. You can decorate the mummy to your discretion. Some ideas: a scarab, one of those jackal animals and hieroglyphics.
Pin the Tail on the Werewolf.
Sure, it’s just like pin the tail on the donkey, but who the heck is scared of donkeys. Make your own werewolf on a piece of cardboard or construction paper and then cut out a tail made with faux fur. Blindfold and spin the kids until they are almost ready to upchuck and have them try to pin the tail on the werewolf. Since this is Halloween, you don’t need to limit yourself to a tail or a werewolf. You could play Pin the Bolts on the Frankenstein Creature or Pin the Fangs on Dracula.
Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s Sorting Hat Ring Toss:
Get a hat like that which tells the students at Hogwarts whether they belong to Gryffindor or Slytherin and reinforce with wires to keep it steady. Buy some plastic rings that can be tossed so that they slide down over the tall part of the hat. If you’d like, you can even split the kids up into teams representing Gryffindor and the rest. (You probably already know which kids are going to wind up in Slytherin!)
Scary Movie Poster
This can be a Halloween contest and the winner should get some kind of creepy prize. Hand out art tools like pens, glue, construction paper, scissors and anything else that you think can be used to create a movie poster. Separate into groups or let it be an individual contest. Come up with a scary movie title like The Cockroach That Destroyed New York and let the kids come up with their own idea for a poster. Let either an uninterested party be the judge or let the kids be the judge with the caveat that they can’t vote for their own poster.
The scariest part to this Halloween game is that it really comes alive if someone comes dressed and acting like Simon Cowell. Put on your own creepy version of American Idol by setting up a karaoke device that allows kids to sing songs Halloween songs like the Addams Family TV show theme, “I Put a Spell on Your,” The Aquabats’ “Cat with Two Heads,” “Monster Mash,” and Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party.”