Looking for some fun ideas for your Halloween – Harvest Parties? I’ve created and compiled many Halloween-Harvest games for both adults and children. The best fun is laughter and good times together. Make some memories with these games and activity ideas.
Use a small mini pumpkin. Participants “roll” the pumpkin towards plastic bottles set up in bowling fashion. Each person gets two tries. With small groups, you may repeat and add the score from earlier tries. Judge the distance by the age of your participants.
Gather the Pumpkins:
Using small candy pumpkins, set them behind lamps, books, and in various places around the house. Use a disposable cup and kids need to gather and find as many as they can in 3 -5 minutes.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
Set out duct tape, Washi tape, markers, self-stick foam, acrylic paints, pom-poms, stickers, buttons, eyes, yarn, ribbon, raffia, etc. and let them decorate a pumpkin. Have prizes for funniest, craziest, sweetest, scariest, cutest, most artistic……you get the idea. Give a time limit – 30 – 60 minutes.
Contestants move artificial or pressed fall leaves from one area to another by sucking them up with a straw. Give a time limit for each contest or use as a relay.
Leaf or Pumpkin Match:
Each person has an envelope with twelve different pairs of cut-out leaves. On a given signal, each opens up the envelope and matches the pairs. This works with pumpkins, too. Just make them slightly different shapes.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey Variation:
Pin the nose on the Pumpkin, Pin the Tail on the Cat, Pin the nose on the Witch, etc……..
Guess the number of Pumpkin Seeds!
Take a pumpkin and have kids guess the number of seeds there will be in it. Cut it, clean it, and count the seeds!
Take a pumpkin, small, medium or large (size depends on age of participants) and see how far they can toss it. (outside)
Fill a bin or large container (it needs to be deep) with dried corn (buy at a feed store). Add pennies or nickels in with the dried corn. Kids have a certain time to find all the coins they can.
Throw dried corn out on your yard. Kids have 3-5 minutes to find as many kernels as possible. Left over corn will be appreciated by the wildlife!
What is IT?:
Have several covered boxes with bowls inside. Put various items in each bowl that need to be identified by just feeling. Contestants are blindfolded and need to say what it is before removing their hand. Give them 10 seconds. Examples….mashed bananas, peeled grapes, spaghetti, cut-up tomatoes, baked beans, oatmeal, cottage cheese……. Who identified the most?
Since Halloween and Harvest Parties are often about candy, here’s a few candy games….. (They work for other holidays, too!)
The Candy Game:
Go to GuesstheCandy.com There are twenty pictures of candy bars. It is a multiple choice game to name each one. A different variation is to buy several candy bards, number them, and place on separate dishes to pass around the group. Participants need to write the name of the candy bar down. The one who identifies the most wins! Be sure to break them in half so it shows the inside.
The Candy Bar Match Game:
Go to FamilyReunionHelper for this game
Roll the Dice Candy Game:
Go to IceBreakerCandyGame
Have several buckets or containers labeled with point values. From a starting line, Individuals or teams take part by throwing mini-pumpkin into one of the containers. Count the points toward the team or person’s score. Determine the number of tries for each team or person.
Variation: Try dropping candy pumpkins into a small container by kneeling over the back of the chair. (similar to dropping clothespins in a bottle)
Draw an eyeball on a ping-pong ball. The object is to bounce the eyeball into a plastic pumpkin (with a large opening).
Decide distance depending on the age of the participants.
In this version, roll the eyeballs across the table into numbered cups. Give 5 chances and add up the score.
This needs a large outside area to play. Players move the pumpkin around obstacles to a finish line using a hockey stick, broom, or long stick. Time each participant. Shortest time wins. Using as a relay, divide into two teams and move to a marked area in a gym or outside and come back again. Hand off to the next person.Variation: for indoors, use a broom and move around a marked area (around furniture, chairs, etc.) One person plays at a time.
Free Printable Game Sites:
For another activity, try these Pumpkin Carols!
Pumpkin Carols at Night.net
Also…. Peanuts Pumpkin Carols
Hope you enjoy these Halloween – Harvest Games!
You may want to check out other holiday games that I have posted….
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