16 DIY Kids Halloween Party Ideas

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Planning a Halloween party is always a challenge for parents; regardless of how many times they’ve done it in the past. As a parent, you ought to surprise your young one each year with a unique party idea or else you risk having to deal with tantrums and moody kids. 

If you’re struggling to come up with fresh, new ideas for a kids Halloween party, take a moment and check out some of the DIY solutions we’ve covered in this article. The vast majority of these projects are easy to do and don’t require too big of a budget.

Pumpkin Bowling

Pumpkin bowling is one of the easiest games to set up, but it’s also one of those games that don’t keep your kids occupied for too long. In order to set everything up, you’ll need a few rolls of toilet paper and a pumpkin. We would recommend using a plastic pumpkin rather than a real one so that you can eliminate the danger of it breaking and making a mess. 

You can spice things up by painting ghost faces on toilet paper rolls.

Eat the Cookie!

Kids love cookies; there’s no question about it. This particular game is rather simple but still incredibly fun, especially if there are at least three or four kids playing. The rules are simple – put a cookie on your forehead and try to eat it without using your hands. If the cookie falls, you have the option of either taking it from the ground or using a new one and starting over. 

Once the winner is determined, they get a point, a cookie, or have the honor to choose the next game, depending on the rules you’ve agreed upon before the game. Remember to teach your kids how important it is to share their rewards.

Paper Mummy

This is a great game for 3-year-old boys or girls who find the concept of Halloween fascinating. It’s a game that probably won’t cause too much excitement in older kids, but it’s definitely something that will shake a 3-year-olds world. 

The rules are simple – wrap a kid in a bunch of toilet paper so that he or she resembles a mummy. Tell them to scare as many people as possible, and offer a reward for each person who gets scared. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the action!

Pumpkin Pong

If you went to college, then you’re probably familiar with beer pong. This is a similar idea except there’s no alcohol involved, for obvious reasons. In order to set up this game, you’ll need a couple of plastic pumpkins, ping pong balls, and some tape. 

Use the tape to mark the playing field, place one plastic pumpkin per row, and put a bowl of ping pong balls on the start line. The number of rows should correspond to the number of players so that each player has one pumpkin in front of them. The goal of the game is to bounce a ping pong ball from the start line and try to bounce it into the plastic pumpkin. We would recommend filling the pumpkins with cereal, paper, or anything that will prevent the ball from bouncing out.  

The winner is the kid who manages to bounce their ball into the pumpkin first.

The Scavenger Hunt

This is an awesome game for younger kids because it stimulates the development of problem-solving skills. The complexity of this game is solely driven by the parent’s creativity and ability to come up with exciting and creative clues. 

The rules are pretty simple – all you have to do is print out (or write) a bunch of clues on cardboard cards and place them around the house. Your kid’s mission is to find as many clues as possible, and ultimately find the prize. The prize can be anything from Halloween snacks to electric toys; it’s up to the parent’s discretion.

Eyeball Dig

This is another interesting “hunting” game, but instead of being based on written clues, it’s based on your kid’s ability to overcome their fear of the unknown. All you need is a bowl of freshly cooked spaghetti, a blindfold, and a prop (preferably a plastic eyeball). 

Put the blindfold over your child’s eyes and tell them there’s a prop in front of them but they have to work hard to find it. Put a bowl of freshly cooked spaghetti (only spaghetti, no sauce) with a prop hidden in it. Your kid should bury their hands into the bowl and find the prop. Needless to say, they will probably be disgusted, but as long as you offer a worthy prize, they’ll do it!

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Halloween Face Painting

Every kid wants to either be a ghost, witch, or a zombie during Halloween. However, Halloween costumes aren’t always sufficiently scary, and that’s why it’s important to resort to face painting. Kids love face painting, so you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to persuading your child; they will gladly take part. 

One of the things you should remember is to always use face paint from established brands/manufacturers, and make sure to avoid suspiciously cheap body paint kits. You’re messing with your kid’s skin which is quite sensitive, so it is of utmost importance to use only high-quality products.

The Pumpkin Decoration Stand

Similarly to a lemonade stand, this game turns your young one into a (hopefully) successful entrepreneur. All you need for this particular game is a couple of pumpkins and a bunch of stickers, glitter, and paint. The goal of this game is to stimulate kids to do the best decorating job possible and compete with other kids from the neighborhood. 

The winner is determined via a voting system and rewarded accordingly. As far as competitive Halloween games go, this one is definitely among the more exciting ones.

Candy-Filled Balloons

This is somewhat of a win-win game, so it probably shouldn’t be the first choice for kids who are particularly competitive. However, 2-year-old girls and younger kids love popping balloons and collecting candy, so it should be an interesting and exciting experience for younger kids. 

There aren’t any particular rules; all you have to do is fill a bunch of orange balloons with candy and challenge kids to pop them. You could make the game a bit more challenging by setting up “bait” balloons which would be empty, but that may have negative effects on your kid’s mood and mindset, and you wouldn’t want to ruin Halloween for them. So, as far as we are concerned, fill each balloon with candy and let the kids go wild.

Feed the Hungry Monster

This is yet another simple but pretty exciting game for younger kids. The setup is rather straightforward, and all you need is a cardboard box and a couple of props. Paint the cardboard box green (or any other color you like), pin a couple of eerie eyeballs on top of it, and cut a hole where the mouth should be. 

The goal of the game is to throw as many balls into the box as possible. For example, the first kid who manages to hit the score of 5 balls is the winner. Of course, you can change and play with the rules as much as you like.

Spider Races

We all know kids hate spiders and find them quite creepy, so it’s only natural to come up with a game that includes these pesky critters. You’ll need a few plastic spiders, straws, and a flat surface (a table will do fine). 

The goal of the game is to have two kids blow through a straw in order to move their spider to the finish line. As you can tell, it’s a rather simple game but still exciting enough to keep your kids occupied for at least an hour or two. Don’t hesitate to organize a mini tournament and include other kids who are keen on competing for candy.

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Ghost Races

If you’re looking for an extremely affordable way to make kids happy, Ghost Races are an excellent idea. All you need is a bunch of pillowcases and some black felt. Sew the felt onto the pillowcase so that it resembles a ghost, and let the kids race against each other.

It’s nothing more but a potato sack race, but with a Halloween twist. It’s an interesting way to stimulate your child’s social skills as well as help them develop a healthy level of competitiveness.

Mystery Boxes

Children have a tendency to stick their hands where they are not supposed to, so this game is a perfect way of indulging their passion but with a creepy twist. Take a couple of storage containers and paint them, so they aren’t transparent. Cut a hole in the lid with scissors. The goal of this game is to have kids find a prop in the box, which is filled with “disgusting” things like brains, teeth, fingers, and eyeballs. 

We recommend using spaghetti for brains, grapes for eyeballs, carrots for fingers, and corn for teeth. Of course, make sure you blindfold the contestants so that they can’t figure out the contents of the box.

Pumpkin Penny Toss

Take a large pumpkin, carve it out, and make sure to leave a wide opening at the top. Position a couple of kids a few feet in front of the pumpkin and give each of them a handful of pennies. 

The rules are simple – if they manage to toss a penny into the pumpkin – they get a reward. We wouldn’t recommend giving money as a reward to kids; they will probably be much happier with candy. On the other hand, this could be a good opportunity to teach your kids a thing or two about money and explain the nuances of earning money.

Witch Hat Toss

If you’re a crafty parent with a couple of hours of free time, the witch hat toss may just be a perfect party game for your kids. The concept is the same as the well-known carnival game of ring-toss, so it shouldn’t be too hard to explain the rules to kids. 

Craft a couple of witch hats and use them as cones. Develop a point system in which each hat is worth X amount of points. Once a contestant gets to, let’s say, 50 points – they win. Simple, exciting, and most importantly – cheap!

Halloween-themed “Would You Rather?”

This is one of the simplest games on our list as it doesn’t require too much effort aside from having to print out a couple of cards. There are a lot of downloadable and printable Would You Rather questions online; it’s only a matter of finding the ones that are in the spirit of Halloween. Don’t worry; it’s not that hard. 

Would you rather have to eat six fish eyeballs or have to eat a small frog?

As you can tell, there are countless Halloween party ideas for kids; it’s only a matter of finding the ones that cause the most excitement and joy. The majority of games we’ve covered in this article can be DIY-ed, albeit some require you to invest in props. There’s no need to worry though, most of these props cost only a couple of dollars. 

The important thing to remember is to have fun. There’s no need to overthink any of these games, because kids are all about hanging out with each other and playing along, the majority of them don’t care about the rules and strategies. With that being said, make sure to keep the games fair, and don’t make them too competitive or else you might cause kids to argue over trivial things, and we all know that arguing is not something you’d want to deal with during Halloween.

Author: Mary Lynn Holden
Author: Mary Lynn Holden

Proud mom and stepmom to an adorable bunch of kids aged 7 and up. Deeply appreciates three things in life: the help of older siblings in the house, texts on parenting, and strong coffee. Shares her stories and experiences in order to help others navigate the unpredictable waters of parenting.

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