Old Fashioned Halloween/Fall Games

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions,Family Fun,Kid Stuff

We have a monthly family party to celebrate all the birthdays that month. They’re always great fun with lots of good food and games. For our October/Halloween party, we played some old fashioned games that were really fun.

bobbing for apples halloween fall party games

The first gave was bobbing for apples, which is an old standard. If you haven’t done that in a while, pull out a bucket and some apples and watch your kids and their friends go at it. Make sure you have your camera because it’s pretty funny to watch. The youngest player in our family licked all the apples instead of biting at them. Another nephew nearly drowned himself trying to get an apple. Watching everyone play was so much fun and it will be an activity the kids remember for a long time.

toilet paper mummy halloween party game We also played the toilet paper mummy game. You divide your group up into small teams of 3 or 4 people, and each group gets a roll of toilet paper. All the groups begin at the same time and use their roll of toilet paper to mummify one of the group members. This game has two winners – one for the fastest mummy and another for the best looking mummy.

My group won the fast award – I volunteered to be mummified and grabbed the end of the toilet paper and started turning myself in circles as fast as possible. I got sooo dizzy and was afraid I was going to hurt everyone, but I stayed on my feet. My son thought something bad was happening to me and ripped the toilet paper off, so I didn’t have a costume to show in the end, but we won the speed contest! Just a tip for the competitive spirits out there…

popcorn and beans

The last game, harvesting corn and beans, was my favorite. On a large white sheet in the middle of the floor, dump out a bag of popcorn kernels and a bag of raw beans (or two similar small objects/food items) and mix them together. Assign popcorn kernels to the boys and beans to the girls. Everyone has one minute to gather as many of their respective items as possible. The person with the most wins, but 5 points are deducted for each wrong kernel or bean.

The kids and adults both enjoyed this game. After that first time playing I figured out a pretty good strategy, so when I play again…watch out!

All these games are lots of fun for kids and adults alike. Your family will love an evening of old fashioned games, so set a date and do it! Happy Halloween!

{photos from jupiterimages.com}


1 Adele October 21, 2008 at 1:49 am

I see bobbing for apples done every year and have to say that I think it is so disgusting… I guess I am too much of a germ freak to enjoy that game… but the other two games sound very fun- I have never heard of either one of them. I’ll have to try them out this year!

2 Angela October 21, 2008 at 7:47 am

It makes me laugh you have a strategy for one of the games. I miss playing games with you and Boyd.
Those are great ideas for a Halloween party.

3 Tiff@Three Peas October 21, 2008 at 9:56 am

I love the games!!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

4 Aunt LoLo October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm

That is so funny that your son ripped off your mummy costume!! Your party sounds like a lot of fun. :-)

5 Marie @ Make and Takes October 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Harvesting Corn and Beans is the best game! I’ve never heard of it. I can’t wait to play. This would occupy my kids forever! Fun day, thanks for sharing.


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