Most kids love everything Halloween. As adults, we assume it is because Halloween means candy and children generally love candies. But a lot of kids love more than just the prosperity of candy at Halloween time. They really get into the ghoulish aspect of the holiday and delight from the displays of goopy brains and squishy body parts.
Halloween games, so, can be extremely enjoyable and goopy, if you wish. The kids are going to go with it, don’t worry.
To start, a mind game. There’s an enjoyable game on store shelves in which you select through a rubber “mind” to determine what’s in it. You can make this easily yourself. Create some jello and fill it using many different items, like gummy worms and other gummy candy, some little candy and trinkets and other things. Tell the children to root around in the bowl of jello (call it a “mind” if this will find the kids more curious) to figure out what’s inside. It is goopy and cluttered and children love it. Best, however, color the jello black so that it’s too dark to see what is inside and it looks more like goopy brain matter (the way children see it, anyhow).
In that same, or similar vein, children love the spaghetti game. Make certain that they’re wearing a smock over their clothing or are wearing play clothes before enjoying this game. Make a big bowl of spaghetti and fill it with all kinds of items, like plastic germs, gummy worms and other items that might feel somewhat strange. Make the children feel around in the bowl of spaghetti and identify the items they feel. Whoever has the most things recorded (and right) has a prize. Spaghetti, anyone?
Another similar game that’s always popular is to have a cardboard box and paint it black, both inside and outside. Split a little hole at the top, really only large enough for your children to receive their hands into, and fill the box with many different items. They can be related to Halloween (such as a small pumpkin) or not (wrapped Tootsie rolls or a very small toy Hummer automobile). Have the children guess what’s inside the box and award the box to the child who guesses the most number of items correctly. To make this goopy and silly, make sure you include some things that might feel like body parts or brain issue.
Children love creating silly fictional stories, often with absurd plotlines. Halloween is the best time to let them run wild with their imaginations. Have them spend a little bit of time writing out the funniest story they can think of. Some kids might require some leadership not to make it ridiculously gruesome, so use caution with these children on your clarification of the assignment. Once the stories have been written, have the children hand in and then have a guest reader to get each one of them. Every kid will come to the front of the class and read the story with as much dramatization since they can muster. Once the story is read, everyone has to guess who wrote the story. The author should play along, otherwise, everybody will know it was their story! The winner is the child who wrote a story so intriguing and unusual that nobody knew it was his or hers!
Children adore the word find games once you give them a word or words about a vacation or something else and have them find words within these words. In this case, provide them Halloween-related words and inquire to find as many terrifying words as they can. For example, you might give them the term “Halloween” and see how many scary words they can make from the letters. Or you might give them a series of words and let them rearrange the letters from every one of the words to create scary words, or perhaps make a narrative in the scary words. Place a time limit on this game and award a prize for the child that creates the most words in the least amount of time.