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Active Halloween Games to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

From trick-or-treating to pumpkin carving, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween without getting too wild. Check out this list of active Halloween games.

Halloween Games and Activities That Will Keep Everyone Moving

Trying to keep fit during the Halloween season can be a daunting task. After all, it's the time of year when tempting sweets are everywhere you turn. However, there are some active Halloween games that can help you burn off those extra calories while still enjoying the holiday. For example, instead of just handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, why not have them earn it with a little exercise? A pumpkin toss or a ghost sack race are great ways to get everyone moving.

What Games Can You Play for Halloween?

Here are some active Halloween games that are easy to set up, don't require too many materials, and will get everyone moving.

Pumpkin Piñata Smash

Fill a paper pumpkin piñata with candy and small toys, then take turns swinging at it until it bursts open. You can even turn it into a relay race by dividing your group into teams and seeing who can break their pumpkin open the fastest.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Participants can play this game both indoors and outdoors. Make a list of Halloween-themed items for your players to find, such as a black cat, a jack-o-lantern, or a piece of candy corn. The first person or team to find all the items on the list wins!

Bobbing for Apples

A Halloween classic! Fill a tub with water and add some apples. Players take turns bobbing their heads in the water to try to grab an apple with their teeth. The player who collects the most apples in a set amount of time wins.

Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin

This twist on the classic game Pin the Tail on the Donkey is perfect for Halloween. Using a large poster or piece of construction paper, draw a big pumpkin face. Cut out small noses from construction paper and write each guest's name on one. Then blindfold your guests one at a time and see who can come the closest to pinning their nose in the right spot.

Halloween Relay Race

Divide your group into two teams and line them up at opposite ends of the room or yard. At the other end of the room or yard, put a bowl of Halloween-themed items such as plastic spiders, cotton-ball "ghosts," etc. On "go," the first person of each team runs to the bowl, grabs one item, and then runs back to their team and passes it off to the next person in line. The first team to finish wins! You can also make this into an egg-and-spoon race by using hard-boiled eggs as "eyeballs" instead of bowls of items.

Mummy Wrap

Divide your group into pairs and give each pair a roll of toilet paper or streamers. One person in each pair will be the "mummy" while the other person wraps them up! The goal is to wrap up your mummy partner as quickly as possible without using hands; whoever finishes wrapping up their mummy first wins! You can also play this game with teams of three or more people; just make sure everyone gets a turn being wrapped up!

Balloon Pop

This is an excellent game for younger kids. Blow up some black or orange balloons and scatter them around the room or yard. When you say "go," everyone must try to pop as many balloons as possible using their feet only (no hands). Whoever pops the most balloons wins! You can also make this a competition by seeing which team can pop the most balloons in a certain amount of time; just make sure to have enough balloons for everyone.

What Are Some Common Halloween Activities?

Love it or hate it, Halloween is just around the corner. And while some people see the holiday as an opportunity to dress up in costumes and party all night long, others prefer to keep things low-key. If you're in the latter camp and don't want to play active Halloween games but still want to get into the Halloween spirit, never fear — here are some common Halloween activities you can do to celebrate without getting too wild.


This activity is popular among children and usually involves going door to door in costumes to receive candy or other treats.

Halloween Parties

These can be held at a person's home, in a public space such as a park, or even online. Partygoers often dress up in costumes and play Halloween-themed games.

Pumpkin Carving

This is a popular activity in which people carve scary faces or other designs into pumpkins.

Haunted Houses

These commercial attractions usually feature spooky decorations and live actors who jump out to scare people.


These are just a few ideas to get you started — there are endless possibilities for active Halloween games! So get creative, have fun, and Happy Halloween!


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