Here are some fun Halloween Games and Activities for kids from Kid Activities.
PUMPKIN AND FOOT RACE
Set up starting and finish lines and have the children race to see who can get their smallish pumpkin over the finish line. Only feet can be used to push pumpkins along. There can be no kicking; if any kicking is observed, that child goes back to their starting line. This would also be a good team relay race.
Divide children into two or more teams.
Have a start line and turnaround line, 20 ft apart.
The first child in each line rolls a pumpkin from the start line, to the turn-around line and back.
The next person does the same, etc. The first team to have everyone play wins!
PUMPKIN & BROOM RACE (Can be played in outdoors or gym!)
- This is a simple race but since pumpkins are not smooth balls and refuse to roll in straight lines, you’ll need plenty of room! You need medium pumpkins and sturdy sticks (or brooms); Use one pumpkin and stick/broom for each team.
- The racers line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides.
- On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line.
- Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick.
- If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race.
- When playing inside use smaller pumpkins.
PASS THE PUMPKIN RELAY
Line up into 2 teams.
- The first person passes the pumpkin OVER his/her head to the next person in line.
- The next person passes the pumpkin UNDER his/her legs to the next person, and so on.
- When you get to the end of the line the last person runs up to the front and starts it all over again.
- Whoever has the first person that was in line at the beginning of the game— in the back of the line WINS.
FIND THE PUMPKIN
Ten pieces of white paper
Five pieces of yellow paper
Five pieces of orange paper
1. Draw ten white pumpkins, five yellow pumpkins, and five orange pumpkins. (Or adjust the numbers to reflect the number of your group)
2. Cut out all the pumpkins.
3. Decorate each pumpkin with a funny face.
4. Write the “number 1” on the backs of the white pumpkins.
5. Write the “number 5” on the backs of the yellow pumpkins.
6. Write the “number 10” on the backs of the orange pumpkins.
7. Hide all of the pumpkins.
8. Kids try to find as many pumpkins as they can before the leader says “Stop!”
Players add up the numbers on their collected pumpkins. The player with the most points wins! This can also be played in teams.
Supplies: 3 small pumpkins, 30 empty 2 liter clear soda bottles (less if your group is smaller!), a bag of gravel or pebbles placed in bottom of bottles
- Ask parents to save empty, clean 2 liter soda bottles for your game.
- Add about a cup of sand or pebbles in each bottle so they will stand without falling over.
- Divide kids into several teams of 3-8 kids each…line up and take turn at bowling!
- The small pumpkins are the bowling balls. If it’s for a party- consider prizes.
- The kids that get a Strike receive another turn to bowl a strike. If they bowl another strike, they receive a prize. When using prizes BE SURE EVERYONE GETS SOMETHING for playing!
PUMPKIN HUNT – While the kids are out of the room – hide paper or small gourd pumpkins around the room. Challenge kids to find them all! When they have found all pumpkins you can serve a special snack or give each child a ‘goodie’.
PUMPKIN BOCCE BALL- Object of Game: Roll a pumpkin closest to the big pumpkin. You need a large pumpkin. Also purchase several miniature or round sugar pumpkins. To play: Place the big pumpkin several feet away. Give each player a small pumpkin. Each player rolls (No tossing or throwing) their pumpkin and tries to be the closest to the big pumpkin. The player closest wins …
THROW PENNIES IN THE PUMPKIN
Carve out a pumpkin (Do NOT make it a Jack-O-Lantern); line the inside with plastic or aluminum foil.
- Make the top opening large. Option is to use small plastic pumpkins which are quicker and not messy!
- To play the game—place the pumpkins a couple feet away.
- Give each player about ten pennies…and try to get them in!
- Each time one gets in–a point is earned… (You could also use a plastic Halloween pumpkin container)
PUMPKIN RACE (Like the above Pumpkin Race– but using sticks instead of brooms)
Can be played in a yard, garage or even inside using small pumpkins!
This is a simple race but since pumpkins are not smooth balls and refuse to roll in nice straight lines, you will need plenty of room!
You need two large pumpkins and two sturdy sticks.
The racers, line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides.
On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line.
Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick.
If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race.
CHALLENGE THE KIDS with how many words they can come up with letters in the word ‘PUMPKIN’ ? This can be an individual challenge, or two or three kids teamed together.
(Nip, pup, ink, pink, mink, in, pin, kin, pun, nun, pump, up, nip, )
WIN THE PUMPKIN!
Place children in a circle.
Start some music and pass a mini pumpkin from one person to another.
When the music stops-the person holding the pumpkin is out.
The last one left keeps the pumpkin!
RING THE PUMPKIN
Line up three large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss.
Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope and duct tape.
Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring a pumpkin stem.
Variation: Try to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula hoop!
MR. PUMPKIN HEAD
Do you have Mr. Potato Head game pieces???! The kids can have some Fall fun using them with small pumpkins!
Using a smallish to medium sized pumpkin, poke some holes where the eyes, nose and mouth would be (include hat and ears). Have the children decorate “Mr. Pumpkin Head” using Mr. Potato Head pieces.
MAGIC PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds, small paper bag and small pumpkins
- Show the children a small bag of pumpkin seeds and explain that you believe these are magic pumpkin seeds.
- Take the children outside to the playground (or your yard) where they toss the seeds onto the ground. Have them make up a few magic words, if they want.
- The next day, before children go outside–gather the seeds and put small pumpkins in their place.
- Take the children outside and delight them with the ‘magical’ pumpkins that have grown.
If you have enough pumpkins, the children can take the pumpkins home and/or first decorate and paint them to add to theme of your space.
Idea adapted from preschoolrainbow.org
TRADITIONAL GAMES WITH A TWIST…
1. Instead of Simon Says, play ‘THE PUMPKIN SAYS…’
2. Instead of Duck-Duck-Goose—‘Play APPLE-APPLE-PUMPKIN’
3. Play ‘PASS THE PUMPKIN’ like Hot Potato. Use a tiny pumpkin…
4. Instead of playing Pin the tail on the Donkey—PLAY ‘PUT THE STEM ON THE PUMPKIN’
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