On October 18, my cousin is having a Halloween party. She already has the decorations, but doesn't know what to do for games. We had a brainstorming session over the phone, and this what we came up with. I think we'll need a lot more, because these games, except for the scavenger hunt, will only be fun a for a little while. My cousin, her friends, and I all have very short attention spans. She renamed the games so they would be Halloweeny. The list is just so you all know what we have so far, and the directions are just in case anyone cares.
1. Body Count
(originally Sardines) - one person hides, and everyone else individually searches. When a seeker finds the hider, the seeker (without making a sound), hides with the hider. Eventually, there is only one seeker left (
loser!). The first person to find the hider wins and gets to hide in the next round. OR, if the hider didn't pick a spot with enough room, it becomes very obvious where the hiding spot is when only a few have hidden.
2. Sleeping Pirate
- Players (aka. thieves) form a semicircle around and in front of the pirate (pirate="it". If you're "it", you're the pirate!). The pirate has treasure (candy, prizes, etc) in front of him/her. The pirate closes his/her eyes, and one by one, people from the semicircle try to steal some treasure. As soon as the person is front of the pirate, the pirate can open his/her eyes and beat the shameless thief with whatever they like (fists, inflatable weapons, house slippers, rolled up newspaper, crushed chalk inside of an old sock, etc.) BUT, if the thief is silent enough, his/her thievery will go unnoticed. The pirate may NOT open his/her eyes unless they hear someone approach (this can be footsteps, heavy breathing, heartbeat, rustling of someone's clothing, whatever). The pirate may not run around. He/she must remain in one spot, whether they are crouching, sitting, or standing. This continues until all the treasure is gone or everyone starts to get bored.
3. Chalk Fight
- Put some chalk inside of a mid-calf (or longer) high sock, and tie a knot around the part of the sock that would usually cover your calf. Beat the sock with a hammer or heavy textbook (or whatever) until you can't feel any chalk lumps left. Running it over with a car will also work. Once everyone has their chalk completely pulverized, begin the battle.
4. Speed Simon Says
- Simon says different things as fast as possible.
5. Night Tag
- This is one of our favorites. This can be done indoors or outdoors. DO NOT leave out knives, rakes, logs, breakable things, or anything else that might cause injury. It's just like regular tag, but it's at night. Turn off all the lights if you're indoors, and have as little light as possible if you're outdoors.
That's it! The only great idea is a scavenger hunt, which is what I REALLY need help with. I think we should have a bunch of short rounds, one after the other. Not everyone is going to arrive to the party exactly on time, and not everyone who arrives will want to play as soon as they get there! By having it divided up into rounds, anyone can join whenever. That's pretty much where it ends. Candy and glow sticks are okay prizes, but I want the last item found at each round to be something really cool. It has to be cheap and easy to make. Not stupid easy, but something a person with little motivation and a short attention span can complete. The clues will be either an object or a short poem. For example, an object clue: a rubber ducky. The inside of the house will be off-limits, so it can't be the bathroom where they'll have to search next. Duckies float on water, and can be considered a pool toy, so the next place they would have to look would be around the pool area.
I don't yet know what objects we will hide, so I haven't been able to come up with any clues. I do know that we'll probably hand out mini flashlights and a pillow case to collect the items they find. Also, we'll lug out my cousin's 50 lb karaoke machine and maybe have a raffle, but those are quick things. I'm looking for more 'main event' type activities. They don't have to something EVERYONE at the party will be doing at the same time, but something big and fun for a large group of people. I wasn't able to make it to my cousin's party last year, but I heard it was awesome. The word has gotten around, and she is anticipating at least fifty people to show up this year. Yay! Cheesy Halloween is my favorite holiday, and my family never does anything but hand out candy. In past years I've tried to make it fun, but when no one else cares, it gets discouraging. I also have zero willpower. EDIT
: I've already looked online and found lots of lame games. I need creative ideas from creative people! My cousin wants me to make a banner for the rave we'll have once it gets late and dark. It won't be a real rave, but we'll still have glow sticks play loud techno. So far, all I can think of for the banner is to write "RAVE PARTY" in graffiti lettering, and put random messy doodles surrounding it. I'll probably string Christmas lights around the edges...but I'd like some other ideas.