13 Halloween Games And Activities For Teens And Tweens

If your teen is throwing a Halloween party for her friends, here’s our list of Halloween games for teens that are experimental and innovative. Halloween holds great significance in many parts of the world. People celebrate it on 31st October by throwing spooky parties and having fun. The festival is celebrated to honor martyrs, saints, and departed souls. Since Halloween is based on the theme of horror, people love wearing scary costumes, playing spooky music, pumpkin carving, potion making, telling ghost stories, and frightening each other. Going to an escape room or a haunted house is also a fun-filled activity for Halloween. If you are wondering how to help your teenagers come up with great party ideas, try adding some interesting games. Children are always excited about games, and if these are horror-themed, they will enjoy them more. So, read on to choose suitable games for the party.

protip_icon Did you know?
The majority of academics concur that Halloween as we know it dates back to around 2,000 years ago when Celtic people in Europe celebrated Samhain to mark the end of the harvest and the beginning of a new year (pronounced “sow-win”).

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7 Fun Halloween Games And Activities For Teens

1. Bob for apples

Bob for apples Halloween activity for kids

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Bobbing for apples is fun and is considered one of the best halloween party activities for teenagers.

You Will Need:

  • A big barrel full of water
  • 15 to 20 apples

How To:

  1. Fill the big barrel full of water
  1. Place apples in the barrel
  1. Challenge your teen friends to pick the apples up without using their hands

2. Wrap the dead body

Wrap the dead body Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

      • A big roll of white tissue paper or white cloth

How To:

  1. Divide teens at your Halloween party into pairs.
  1. One teen from the pair has to play a dead body.
  1. Give the roll of white tissue paper or white cloth to the other teen in each pair.
  1. Another one has to wrap the teen playing dead with the white cloth or tissue.
  1. One who completes wrapping first is the winner.

3. Halloween night candy hunt

Halloween night Candy Hunt Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Lots of candies
  • Empty bags
  • Flashlights

How To:

  1. Place candies at different places outside your house.
  1. Once it is dark outside, tell teens at your Halloween party to go out on a nighttime candy hunt, which is the same as a scavenger hunt.
  1. Divide the teens into groups of 3 or 4 teens
  1. Give each of the group the bags for collecting candies
  1. Also, give them flashlights to help locate the candies dark.
  1. Whichever group collects greater number of candies is the winner

4. Dare to scare

Dare to scare Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Two dozens of sheets of paper.
  • An empty bowl

How To:

  1. Give every teen who attends the party one sheet of paper.
  1. Instruct the teens to write one dare on the sheet that someone else from the party can perform. Likewise, each teen has to write ten ‘dares’ if there are ten teens.
  1. Develop paper chits out of the sheets and put the paper chits in a bowl.
  1. Start playing, passing the parcel.
  1. Whichever teen loses in each round has to pick up a random chit from the bowl and perform the mentioned ‘dare’ in it.

5. Hit the streets

Hit the streets Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Spooky costumes
  • Candles, pumpkins with spooky carvings, and other spooky materials.
  • A portable music player with spooky music.

How To:

  1. You and all your friends should dress up in spooky costumes at the Halloween party and plan to scare people on the streets.
  1. Get out on the streets at dark hours.
  1. Carry lights candles, scary pumpkins, and other spooky materials in the dark and emit scary sounds.
  1. You can play spooky music if you are carrying a portable music player.
  1. Make sure you don’t go overboard with this act, and you all should know where to draw the line.

6. Halloween trivia

Halloween trivia games can be a fun and engaging way to celebrate the spooky season.

You Will Need:

  • A list of questions
  • Answer sheets or buzzers
  • Timer
  • Prizes

How To:

  1. Divide the participants into teams and briefly explain the rules of the game, the point system, how answers should be recorded, etc.
  1. Begin the game by asking questions one by one. Allow a designated time for participants or teams to discuss and write down their answers.
  1. After the time limit, collect the answer sheets or have teams announce their answers. The host should then reveal the correct answer.
  1. At the end of the game, declare the team or individual with the highest score as the winner. Award the prizes.
  1. You can add categories and themes like famous horror movies, scary quotes, or scary facts to make the game more interesting.

7. Watch spooky movies

Watch spooky movies Halloween activities for kids

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Halloween is incomplete without a spooky atmosphere. And what could be spookier than a spooky movie. Here is another of the Halloween party activities for teens.

You Will Need:

  • Some horror movie DVDs or a collection on a pen drive.

How To:

  1. Dim the lights.
  1. Get all the teens to sit in a group
  1. Play some scary, spooky movies on your DVD.

Amy, a mother of three, keeps her Halloween parties for kids fairly simple and tries to arrange everything without stressing herself out. She involves her children in the invitation-making process, much to their glee. Describing the party, she writes, “We played a few new games and I recycled some from last year. We played ‘witch, witch, ghost’ instead of ‘duck, duck, goose.’ Then we played hot potato with a spider.

“I made a witch’s hat ring toss… I filled some recycled jars with candy and had them guess how many there were. And did a little mummy bowling with our recycled bowling pins. I taped gauze and googly eyes onto them and used a black foam pumpkin for the bowling ball… I had prizes for the games and sent everyone home with a Halloween ring pop (i).”

Scary Halloween Games For Tweens

Here are some exciting Halloween party games for tweens that will make the Halloween party truly memorable.

1. Murder mystery

Murder mystery Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen

How To:

  1. Create a gripping story, character list and solution to the murder mystery. Do not tell the kids about it.
  1. Now assign the kids a part in the story and hide the clues around the house.
  1. Tell the tweens to act their role and figure out the murder mystery together. It cannot get spookier.

2. Worm bobbing

Worm bobbing Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Whipped cream
  • Gummy worms, 5 per player
  • Empty plates, one per player
  • Table and chairs

How To:

  1. Place 5 gummy worms on the plate and cover with whipped cream. You need to do this for each player.
  1. Tie the hands of the players lightly with a scarf.
  1. As you say, “go,” the players must pull the worms from the plate and place them on the table.
  1. The tween who puts the fifth worm first will be the winner.

3. Scarecrow race

Scarecrow race Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • A pile of old clothes for the skeleton to wear, like gloves, flannel shirts, straw hats and so on.
  • Wrapped candy to reward the winning team

protip_icon Quick fact
Scarecrows have long been associated with the boogeyman, a mythical creature who frequently appears dressed in ragged attire. Scarecrows might deter birds from eating crops in a superstitious agrarian society, but they may also scare kids away from fields where odd things might be hiding. (2)

How To:
  1. Split the teams into 2 to 4 teams. Let them choose which kid they would want to dress as scarecrows. The scarecrow has to stand a few feet from the team.
  1. Now the teams have to dig through the pile, find the appropriate items of clothing and run to dress the scarecrow.
  1. The players have to move back and forth until their scarecrow is dressed.
  1. The team that dresses the scarecrow first will be the winner.

4. Ghost bingo

Ghost bingo Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Bingo cards
  • Halloween related images, black cat, a bat, ghost, witch, pumpkin and so on

How To:

  1. Make a Halloween-special Bingo card, but place a Halloween picture instead of numbers. You can also get the children to draw the images.
  1. Now hands each player a copy of the bingo template.
  1. If someone gets a bingo, he has to yell ‘boo.’

5. Witch’s relay

Witch's relay Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 2 broom
  • A group of kids

How To:

  1. Create a starting and ending point in the playing area.
  1. Now split the kids into two teams and tell each team to line in a single file.
  1. Now give the broom to the first player in the team.
  1. The first team player has to run around the playing area flying on his broom. Then he has to pass the broom to the second player and then stand at the end of the line.
  1. Continue the game until all the tweens get the chance to fly on the broom.

6. Cornholes

Cornholes Halloween activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Tabletop Cornhole Board
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • 1/4″ double sided tape
  • Silver Glitter
  • Toy Spider
  • Corns

How To:

  1. Paint the cornhole board back and create a spider web design using a black tape.
  1. Spread silver glitter over the entire board. Brush off the excess glitter.
  1. Apply a coat of garnish to prevent the glitter from falling.
  1. Affix a spider on the cornhole.
  1. Now have the kids toss the corn into the cornhole.
  1. The child who throws the maximum amount of corn in one minute will be the winner.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I make traditional Halloween games more enjoyable for teens?

You may provide them with delicious treats and beverages with a spooky theme and encourage them to wear costumes to make a Halloween party more enjoyable. You can also ask them to play music, have a candy stash, and create spectacular decorations to get the most out of the parties.

2. Are there any safety considerations when hosting Halloween games for teens?

Halloween games for teenagers should be well-planned and organized; they shouldn’t cause the participants to wander the streets at night. Ensure the games are lighthearted and enjoyable rather than extremely frightening and do not involve taking any risks.

3. How can Halloween games for teens be used as a tool for stress relief and relaxation?

Halloween games can help lighten the atmosphere, which can help teens let go of stress and enjoy the moment. They temporarily distract teens from everyday stressors and help them relax and unwind. Since these games can be played with friends or family members, they help foster positive social connections. Several Halloween games involve activities that allow teens to tap into their creativity and express themselves freely, which can be calming.

4. How can technology be integrated into Halloween games for teens to enhance their entertainment value?

You can organize a digital costume contest where teens can submit their Halloween costume photos or videos online and vote for their favorite costume. Alternatively, you can design a virtual escape room where teens can use video conferencing platforms to collaborate and unravel mysteries. Halloween-themed multiplayer games and AR-based scavenger hunts are other ideas where teens use their smartphones or tablets to connect and engage in interactive gaming experiences.

5. What benefits do Halloween games for teens offer regarding socialization and teamwork?

Since Halloween games are often multiplayer, they allow teens to interact with new people, make teams, and work together to achieve a goal. Playing in collaboration teaches them essential skills like problem-solving, active listening, and creative thinking. These games also allow teenagers to engage in fun and laughter, which makes social interactions more enjoyable.

Halloween for tweens and teens is more than tricking and treating in the neighborhood. They experience great excitement by engaging in a range of activities such as visiting haunted houses, attending murder mystery parties, and watching horror movies. When hosting a Halloween party, add these fun Halloween games for teens for some extra spunk. Games such as bobbing for apples and wrapping the dead body can be organized at home with minimum expense. Discuss with your teen to understand which games they and their peers would prefer. Further, you can tweak these games as per their liking, for example, graveyard scavenger hunt can be the tweaked version of night candy hunt and pair them with some spooky music and decorations to create the perfect Halloween vibe.

Infographic: Celebrate The Halloween Season With These Games

Delight your teens this Halloween season by introducing them to new games and activities. The entertaining games in the infographic below will keep them engaged for long periods. They will also help children get into the spirit of Halloween. Scroll on!

fun halloween games for teens and tweens (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Halloween is celebrated to honor martyrs, saints, and departed souls.
  • Teenagers may be interested in dressing up in spooky costumes and going trick-or-treating.
  • With a few basic materials, one can create an eerie atmosphere for teens to enjoy on Halloween.
  • Dare to scare, murder mystery, and ghost bingo are some games that teens can play with their friends on Halloween.
Halloween Games For Teens_illustration

Image: Stable Diffusion/MomJunction Design Team

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Elisa Yi
Elisa YiEarly childhood educator
Elisa has 17 years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher and a director. With a passion to work with young kids, she did her post graduation in Education and received her online teaching certificate from California State University, East Bay.

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