Halloween-Harvest Games

Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Games, Halloween | 40 comments

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.

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Pumpkin Bowling:

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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.

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Leaf Relay:

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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!


Pumpkin Toss:

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Take a pumpkin, small, medium or large (size depends on age of participants) and see how far they can toss it. (outside)


Corn Hunt:

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.


Corn Scatter:

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


Pumpkin Throw:

Halloween-Harvest Games grandparentsplus.com 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)


Eyeball Bounce:

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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.

Eyeball Roll:

In this version, roll the eyeballs across the table into numbered cups. Give 5 chances and add up the score.

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Pumpkin Hockey


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!

Have fun!



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  1. These are great! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to do these with my kids! You have been shared on FB and pinned! I found you on The Alder Collective Link Party.

    • Thanks and have fun with them!

  2. Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks! Hope to see you again this week!

  3. I’m gonna save these games. Need some for our upcoming party. WE have so many different age kids… + my mom this year. best to plan ahead in DETAIL… Thank you so much for linking this up at SHARE IT 30. We’ll open a new party tomorrow! It would be great if you would join in again.. ~ Rose, http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

    • It makes it easy to plan once you have all the games ready! Have fun!

  4. These are some great ideas for a Fall party. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    • Thank you and have fun with them!

  5. Cornhole a huge part of our family’s festivities at all gatherings. 🙂 SO FUN!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Thanks! I’m sure it will be a wonderful time!

  6. These are very good games. We also have Birthdays this month and these will be great!

    • Glad you like them. Enjoy!

  7. These sound like such fun Halloween games! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty!

    • Thanks, they are!

  8. This is such a great list of games! My kids would really enjoy pretty much all of these and it gives me some ideas to do with my daycare kids! Thank you so much for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday!

    • Glad I could be of help to your daycare kids games! Have fun!

  9. You have some awesome ideas. I am going to be doing a class party for my sons class so I’m pinning this list. Thanks!

    • How fun! Thanks!

  10. Shared on my Facebook page this evening. Best wishes to you, my friend.

    • I appreciate that! Thanks!

  11. Great fun ideas!

    • Glad you like them! Enjoy!

  12. Fun ideas!! I love fall themed activities.

    • I do, too! Have fun!

  13. These look like so much fun!

    • Fun for families!

  14. What a great collection! Pinning.

    • Have fun and make memories! Thanks for pinning!

  15. These are such great ideas! Can’t wait to try these out with my kids!

    • Thank you and have fun!

  16. Thanks for sharing these pumpkin games at my last Fabulous Friday Party. Stop by this coming Friday for another party. These Game ideas are so fun! Maria

  17. Really great games. The corn hunt is my favorite but I imagine there would be corn everywhere with boys like mine. Thanks for linking up on Merry Monday!

  18. OMGosh! Some of these crack me up. I can see it now…my daughters flinging pumpkins down the driveway. That would be a hoot! Awesome ideas. I’m sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and linking up for Scraptastic Saturdays.

    • Thanks for sharing this post! I appreciate it!

  19. Absolutely brilliant ideas! I need some of these – I particularly liked the guess what it is one, I am using that! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  20. some great ideas and such fun 🙂 I am going to try out a few of these when the grands are down next! Thanks for sharing with us @ Snickerdoodle!

  21. Great ideas! We are hosting a Halloween party this month so I will have to use some of these ideas! Thank you for linking up with Show Me Satudays

  22. I love this post! Thanks for linking at The Fabulous Fall Party! The linky goes through the end of the month. Come back over join anytime.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  23. Great post. Really great ideas. I’d love you to link at The Fabulous Fall Linky Party!
    Since your post feartures pumpkins it will be entered in the give a way. Come and join the party!

  24. What great ideas for Halloween games, I am always on the look out for great game ideas for my Sunday School class some of these would be fun to play at a Harvest party. 🙂 I would like to invite you to share you fall posts to my 2014 Harvest Hop Linky Party. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ll be over to share this post.


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