Halloween has always been the holiday my family looks forward to. After all, who doesn’t love to dress up? But to make things more fun for your family and friends, up the ante with these incredible Halloween games for teens!
Create the perfect party for your kids with the right Halloween activities for teens. If you’re looking for games your teen can enjoy, here’s a list of the ones I highly recommend!
The Best Halloween Party Games for Teens and Tweens
Teens love games that are thrilling, challenging and even slightly spooky. We’ve found 25 that they’ll love!
Try these games for an extra dose of fun. Your teen’s Halloween bash will be the talk of the town for all the right reasons.
1. Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are always fun, and what better way to spend time celebrating this spooky holiday than with a scavenger hunt themed around it?
When you throw a Halloween scavenger hunt, ensure everything is on a Halloween theme. Make things more cohesive by considering an interesting story that can tie together the objects in your hunt and your setting.
Here’s how to set yours up:
- Create a list of Halloween – themed items that participants have to find, such as plastic spiders, mini pumpkins, or fake vampire teeth.
- Hide the items around your party venue or outdoor space.
- Divide participants into teams and provide them with the scavenger hunt lists.
- Set a time limit for the hunt and let the teams search for the items.
- The team that finds all the items on their list first, or finds the most items within the time limit, wins.
2. Mummy Wrap Competition
Mummies are some of the most well-known Halloween characters you can easily recognize. So, why not let your teens try to recreate the look and make a competition out of it?
For this fun Halloween party game, the rules are straightforward, and you just need your party guests and lots and lots of toilet paper.
Here’s how to play:
- Break your party guests into teams.
- Give each team a roll of toilet paper.
- Pick one person from each group to be the “mummy.”
- The other team members wrap the “mummy” in toilet paper.
- The first team to use all their toilet paper wins!
- Make sure everyone takes turns being the “mummy.”
3. Pumpkin Carving Contest
If you’re looking for a classic game to add to make your Halloween party more interesting, look no further than pumpkin carving. You can even ignite the competitive spirit among teens and tweens while showcasing their creativity by making it a competition.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Gather Supplies: Purchase pumpkins, carving tools (e.g., pumpkin carving kits with safe tools), and decorating materials (paints, markers, stencils).
- Set Up a Carving Station: Designate a carving area with newspaper or plastic tablecloths to minimize mess. Arrange tables and chairs, ensuring good lighting.
- Let the Teens Get Creative: Provide each teen with a pumpkin and carving tools. Encourage them to carve, paint, or decorate their pumpkins in their own unique ways.
- Display the Finished Pumpkins: Once the pumpkins are ready, showcase them in a well-lit area for everyone to admire.
- Host a Voting or Judging Session: Allow partygoers to vote for their favorite pumpkins or have a panel of judges. Announce winners and award small prizes for categories like Most Creative or Scariest.
- Enjoy the Carved Pumpkins: Place the finished pumpkins around the party area for festive decorations. Consider using battery-operated tea lights for safe illumination.
4. Halloween Movie Trivia Game
Looking for a simple, fun Halloween version of a well-loved party activity? Another game your tweens and teens can try is Halloween trivia about movies.
Other than testing their knowledge about horror films, it’s also a good way to introduce more movies to horror movie fans who might be participating. Here are some great Halloween movie trivia resources:
- 100 Horror Movie Trivia Questions
- 50 Halloween Trivia Questions and Answers
- Halloween Comedy Movie Trivia
5. Halloween Charades
The best Halloween games and activities often draw from well-known classic games that many of us already know. One such game is charades. Easy to organize yet always exciting, you can organize several rounds of charades with a Halloween twist.
Just write down Halloween terms, movies, etc. on pieces of paper (or print off some pre-made Halloween charade cards) and toss them in a bowl. Then, divide into teams, and take turns drawing from the bowl and acting out the terms to get each team to guess the phrase before time is up.
6. Halloween Pictionary
Create one of the most fun Halloween games for teens by making a well-loved board game spookier! You can use the same words from the charades game but instead of acting the terms out, the players will draw them.
You’ll need a large dry erase board and some markers. If you don’t already have those items though, you can play the game with plain paper and pens.
7. Halloween Family Feud
Halloween-themed Family Feud is another fun activity you can organize. It can be exhilarating, and you may also find yourself listening to ridiculously funny answers as each team tries to guess.
You’ll need a whiteboard that you can use to display correct guesses on. You’ll also need the questions and survey results specifically made for Halloween. I like this set but there are plenty of options on Amazon.
Divide into two teams (works best for teams of 4-6 players). Then, to play:
- Choose a host or game master to read the survey questions and keep score.
- The host reveals a survey question, and the first player from each team races to buzz in or raise their hand to answer. If using buzzers, the host acknowledges the first player to buzz in.
- The player who buzzed in has a limited time (usually 5-10 seconds) to give an answer that they think will be on the survey. If they give a correct answer, their team earns points equal to the number of people who gave that same response in the survey. If the answer is not on the survey, they receive a strike.
- If a team gets three strikes (either from incorrect answers or time running out), the other team has a chance to “steal” the points. The host asks the other team to give one answer they think is on the survey. If they guess correctly, they steal the points; otherwise, the original team retains the points.
- Continue playing until all the survey questions have been used. The team with the most points at the end wins.
8. The Gross Food Game
See how much courage your teens and their friends can have with this fun and unique party game. Many of us eat with our eyes, and we usually associate what we see with the taste of the food.
9. Costume Catwalk
What’s a Halloween party without costumes? Let your guests show off their costume creativity by setting up a catwalk (just clear a path for each person to walk back and forth on).
You can also create categories and add prizes to recognize those who put some effort into creating some amazing DIY Halloween costumes.
10. Witch’s Broom Relay
The Witch’s Broom Relay is a fun and entertaining Halloween game that can be enjoyed by teens and even adults. It combines teamwork, balance, and a dash of witch skills.
You’ll need two broomsticks (one for each team). Then, you’ll set up Halloween-themed obstacles.
The key to making this a memorable game is the obstacle course setup. Here are some ideas:
- Tombstones: Set up cardboard tombstones with spooky epitaphs that participants must navigate around.
- Spider Webs: Create spider webs using string or yarn and hang them between trees or posts. Participants must duck under or go around them without touching.
- Pumpkins: Place large pumpkin cutouts on the ground, and participants must jump over them.
- Witch’s Cauldron: Set up a cauldron filled with dry ice (for a spooky effect) and bubbling “witches’ brew.” Participants must go around it without getting too close.
- Ghosts: Hang ghost decorations from trees, and participants must avoid touching them as they pass.
You can use Halloween-themed path markers for added ambiance. For example, you can use:
- Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins: Get some glow in the dark pumpkins or use glow-in-the-dark paint and Halloween pumpkin stencils to mark a path for participants to follow at night.
- Jack-o’-Lanterns: Place carved or painted jack-o’-lanterns along the route to serve as markers (this is a great way to put the pumpkins from the decorating contest to use!).
- Bats: Hang bat decorations from trees or posts as markers.
- Witches Hats: Set up witches hats on the ground to mark the course. Participants can weave between them.
- Candy Corn: Create a candy corn trail using paper cutouts or chalk on the ground to guide participants.
11. Witch’s Hat Ring Toss
We all know what a witch’s hat looks like – cone-shaped and pointy – making it the perfect target for a Halloween-themed ring-toss game. You can easily make a DIY version of this game, but you can also find ready-made sets that you can use!
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12. Murder Mystery
One of my favorite Halloween games is solving a murder mystery, and they can be fun for your teen kids, too! While you can create your own engaging mystery, you can also easily find templates for this that you can follow for convenience.
13. Mystery Box
One scary Halloween activity you can organize for your kids is a “Face Your Fears” mystery box. The idea is simple: use the fear of the unknown to your advantage.
Players have to feel whatever is in the box without seeing it and guess what it is. Make things interesting by finding simple everyday items with spooky or unnerving textures.
Here are some suggested items:
- Cooked Spaghetti: Feels like worms
- Cold, Cooked Rice: Feels like maggots
- Peeled Grapes: Feels like eyeballs
- Peeled Tomato: Feels like a heart
- Sprinkles: Feels like rat droppings
- Dried Apricots: Feels like dried-up tongues.
- Slivered Almonds: Feels like fingernails.
- Cooked, Chilled Spinach Leaves: Feels like swampy, slimy vegetation.
- Faux Fur: Feels like animal fur or a mysterious creature.
- Wonton Wrappers: Feels like skin.
A twist on the game is to label each box with what the item feels like, rather than having players reach into mystery boxes with no idea what they are about to feel.
14. Halloween Bingo
Next in our list of Halloween games you should add to your party is fairly simple: Halloween Bingo. However, instead of letters and numbers, use familiar Halloween icons instead. This is one activity that you can either DIY or buy ready-made supplies for!
15. Halloween Would You Rather Questions
Halloween Would You Rather is a great activity to bring teens together. It can be an icebreaker game for teens who are not yet acquainted with each other.
At the same time, it can make friends closer. It also allows them to express their thoughts and open up through their answers. It may not be a laugh-out-loud game, but it surely is an insightful one!
16. Halloween Heads Up!
Another exciting Halloween game idea that you can easily organize is the mobile party game Heads Up! You need two players per round: a guesser who can only ask yes or no questions and one who can answer. As a bonus, setting this up is a breeze, as you can create a custom Halloween-themed deck on the mobile app itself!
17. Spooky Bean Bag Toss
A classic bean bag toss game is always a welcome pastime at any party. Of course, to fit the day’s theme, you can get bean bag toss supplies that are spooky or Halloween-themed!
18. Pumpkin Ring Toss
While many ready-made spooky-themed ring toss items are on the market right now, why not give it a homey twist? Line up pumpkins and use glow necklaces as the rings. The teens can wear the glow necklaces afterwards and keep them as party favors.
19. Feed the Monster
This is a fun twist on the classic birthday party game “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” that we’ve changed up to make more challenging for teens and to work on Halloween.
First, you’ll need to make a “monster” out of a cardboard box. Simply take a large cardboard box, cut out a large hole for the monster’s mouth, then draw the monster’s face and body.
You’ll also need sets of colored balls (one color for each team) that will be the “monster food.” I like the spiky bouncy balls since they look like something a monster would eat.
The goal is to be the team that successfully feeds the monster the most food. To make the game challenging, either have the players throw the food from a far distance OR blindfold the players while they throw.
20. Catch the Apple
Bobbing for apples is a classic fall activity and has been a long-time favorite Halloween game. I prefer a hygenic-alternative: Using something other than their mouths to try to catch the apple.
It doesn’t really matter what you use, as long as it makes it challenging to capture an apple — chopsticks, an oven mitt (and players are limited to using the hand that is wearing the oven mitt), or a small metal spoon. If you limit players to picking the apple up by the stem, you can have them use a clothespin, tweezers, or tongs.
21. Halloween Bowling
Bowling is a fun activity for all ages and it’s easy to create a Halloween version. Paint empty plastic bottles white and draw ghost faces on them and line them up like bowling pins. Use a pumpkin as the bowling ball.
Depending on how much time you want to spend playing, you can keep score like a regular bowling game. Or, for a quicker version, set a goal of the first person/team to get 3 strikes (knocks all the pins down) wins.
An alternate version is to stack 10 items in a pyramid and have players try to knock them down by rolling a ball at them. You can decorate cans as Halloween characters, or simply draw ghost faces on rolls of toilet paper.
22. Mystery Board Board Games
In recent years, tabletop board games have become popular, and many easily fit the creepy and spooky ambiance of a Halloween night. So, some of the best activities for teens and tweens you can organize are several rounds of these board games.
My whole family loves One Night Ultimate Werewolf. The larger the group, the more fun it is!
Mysterium is another fantastic party board game perfect for Halloween since it’s all about solving the murder of a restless ghost.
23. Pumpkin Twister
Give the classic Twister game the Halloween treatment with Pumpkin Twister! Use this simple tutorial for a DIY Twister game.
Instead of simple dots and colors though, print out images of pumpkins in different colors. And print out smaller versions of the images to use on your spinner.
24. Marshmallow Toss
This is a hilarious game and super simple to set up and it can be played indoors or outdoors.
Set up a row of large bowls or paper plates. Line players up several feet away and provide each player with a generous supply of marshmallows.
Set a time limit (one minute is usually a good amount) and have players toss their marshmallows at their targets. The player who gets the most marshmallows onto their target wins.
25. Pumpkin Chuckin’
For this game, you’ll need a large open space in your yard and several pumpkins that are similar in size. Divide the players into teams.
Each team takes turns throwing their pumpkin as far as they can. The team with the furthest throw wins.
What are other must-have elements for an incredible Halloween bash?
Apart from fun games and activities, you can create a wonderful party for your teens by having great Halloween-themed food and drinks and a nice venue with fun Halloween decorations. You can serve “Monster Mash” punch made with green soda and lime sherbet for a fun and refreshing drink.
For snacks, you can make “Witch Fingers” by using pretzel rods dipped in melted white chocolate and adding sliced almonds for the fingernails. Another tasty treat is “Ghostly Pizza Rolls,” where you wrap pepperoni slices in crescent roll dough to create mini mummy-like pizzas.
To set the eerie atmosphere, decorate your space with black and orange streamers, fake cobwebs, and spooky lanterns. Use carved pumpkins with flickering candles inside to create an eerie glow.
Hang fake bats from the ceiling or trees outside for an extra creepy touch. You can also place plastic spiders on tables or scatter them around the room for added fright.
By incorporating these themed foods and decorations into your Halloween party, you’ll create a festive ambiance that will delight your guests of all ages while adding to the spooky fun of the celebration.
Yes! These games and Halloween themed activities are perfect not only for teens but also tweens at your party.
Add more fun to your teen’s Halloween by offering DIY games, scavenger hunts focused on popular characters or use free printable halloween activities that they would love!
Games make every party more fun because you get all kids -teens and older kids involved which creates an active, lively vibe at your gathering.
Not at all! With simple planning involving a list of interestingly awesome ideas such as creating unique versions of their favorite games; an answering Halloween questions contest or having them try on various funny costumes can turn into a super exciting experience!
Creating a Memorable Halloween Party
Halloween is where people of all ages can have fun, interact, and create amazing memories. It shouldn’t be limited to just dressing up!
As a mom, I try to find ways to let my kids create fond memories as they grow older, be it with games or whipping up spooky treats. This doesn’t stop, even as they become teens or young adults.
Take advantage of this holiday and see it as an opportunity to help your teens develop their social and creative skills without sacrificing fun.