What’s a party without games? The second rotation of our 4-part Halloween classroom party is station #2: games. We have four fab games as suggestions: spider toss, skeleton says, costume dress-up, and pin the face on the pumpkin. You can do all four games at your party or choose whichever ones fit best with the age group and time allotment. The game station can be run with just one energetic helper.
This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.
Game: Spider Toss.
Supplies: a bucket, 3-5 big spiders
Each child takes a turn tossing the spiders into the bucket. If they miss the bucket you can let them try again.
Game: Skelton Says.
Supplies: a paper or plastic skeleton (optional), printout of the skeletal system
This game is played similarly to Simon Says. The game table leader (a parent helper or the teacher) says “put your hand on your cranium (or femur, or other scientific bone term)” and the kids try to guess where that bone is. It’s supposed to be a funny game, so if the kids guess the bones to be in a wrong spot then just laugh and show them where the bone really is. We have a printable PDF of the skeletal system for you to use, just click on the picture below. PDF image taken from here.
Game: Costume Dress-up.
Supplies: random items from old Halloween costumes such as glasses, shoes, wigs, clothing items, hats, etc.
Sort the costume items into two even piles. Divide the children into two teams. When the table leader says go, have the children race to see which team can put on all of the costume items first. Each person should put on at least one item. The fastest team wins.
Game: Pin the Face on the Pumpkin.
Supplies: a large 36″ orange balloon, black paper and double sided tape or sticky foam cut into pumpkin face shapes
If you can’t find a large balloon, just use a smaller balloon–it will be just as much fun. When it’s their turn, blindfold or have a child close his eyes then have him try to put a jack-o-lantern face piece onto the balloon where the face should go. After everyone has had a turn, laugh at the funny jack-o-lantern face they’ve created.
Photos by Nicole Gerulat.