In the Graveyard {games and activities}

Here are just a few games and activities for your Halloween parties. What are some of your favorites?

Supplies needed: lots and lots of toilet paper rolls!
Game play: Everyone will need a partner for this game. One will be the mummy, the other will be the wrapper. The wrappers have to wrap their mummy completely in toilet paper within the time given. The team closest to wrapping the mummy in the time given wins!

Whether you make it part of an official Halloween party or challenge another family (or more) to a game of Which Witch is Which Hunt... I promise you trick-or-treating will a bit more fun.
Game Play: Each team needs to have a camera or video camera and a list of Halloween characters to find while trick-or-treating. Have a meeting place and time for the judging to take place later in the evening.
Example list:
Cartoon Character
Knight in Shining Armor
Football Player
At the end of the night, gather 'round the television set and view or watch each other's video footage. You could always have prizes for 1. most characters on the list found 2. most unique costume found 3. best decorated yard ... etc.

The good ol' game of O' So Gross! A guessing game, played in a darkened room.
*Read the story below to see what needs to be prepared beforehand.
Game Play: Have everyone sit in a circle. Pass out paper and pencils to each person. Explain the game - A story will be read. As the story is read, cups will be passed around one-by-one. As the cups are passed around everyone will FEEL what's inside - then WRITE DOWN what they think is really in the cup. Shut out the lights and start *the story:
Once in this town there lived a man named Brown.
Twas years ago this very night that he was murdered out of spite.
They say these are his remains:
Here is his brain, which now feels no pain.
(Pass around a cup with something like a wet squishy tomato inside it.)
Here are his eyes, still frozen with surprise.
(Pass the second cup which hold two frozen peeled grapes.)
Here is his heart. Be careful lest it start!
(Pass around a cup with a large lump of uncooked liver.)
Now we have his hair, which once was so fair!
(This cup contains a handful of corn silk or wet fur or yarn.)
Feel these drops of his blood. All the rest turned to mud.
(A cup with a little ketchup thinned with warm water.)
One hand all alone, just rotting flesh and bone.
(A damp plastic glove filled with mud or ice.)
Now touch his ear. He nevermore will hear!
(Pass around a cup holding a dried apricot.)
This is his nose. T'will never smell a rose.
(Use a soft piece of chicken bone.)
These worms are all that's left to feel. For them Brown was a lovely meal!
(Pass around a cup filled with wet, cooked spaghetti noodles.)
When the story comes to an end and everyone has finished writing down their guesses, turn up the lights and collect the papers. As you check their guesses, you can show everyone what was really in the cups.

Supplies: All you need is a package of index cards (or slips of paper), something to write with, and a room full of imagination.
Game Play: Write a line on each card that makes you think of Halloween. Then, pass around the deck of cards, face down. Have the first person choose a card. Have someone begin the story using the line on their card. They have 60 seconds (or less) until the person on their left takes the deck of cards from them. They choose a card and take the story in another another direction using the line on their card. This continues until everyone has had a chance to take a card from the deck (go around as many times as you would like). The last one to choose a card ends the story.
Here are some ideas:
the crystal vase was filled with blood the door opened. It was Count Dracula!
there was a ghost, rising from the grave
in the corner, lay a body. It was...
the candlelight flickered
it was a cauldron, and a skull bobbed inside
it was a giant swamp spider
the hand belonged to a wolf man!
the skeleton shook itself, and moved toward me
the casket creaked
rats scattered across the floor
from beyond the grave
the burial certificate had my name on it
it was a zombie nightmare
the severed head spoke
a ghost coughed
I tried to run, but I couldn't move!


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