Did you volunteer to plan the Halloween party this year for your child’s classroom? Here are some fun game ideas for elementary school kids that will assure your place in the Room Mom Party Planner Hall of Fame! (These games are perfect for ANY kids Halloween party or scouting troop celebration.)
General tip: Class sizes are so large now that setting up game and craft stations is a must for a classroom party, especially for a Halloween party where kids are bouncing off the walls excited about their costumes and candy. I suggest coming up with 4-5 different activities (games, crafts, reading corner) and rotate the kids through to each station. This way, each volunteer parent or helper running an activity only has 5-6 kids at a time. This keeps the kids a little calmer and makes it easier on the volunteer Moms and Dads.
Most of these games can be adapted for any grade but I’ve indicated where a game might be more suitable for younger or older kids.
Freeze Dance – Always a hit and perfect for all elementary grades. Get some spooky music or fun dance music and let the kids dance. When the music stops, everyone freezes. The last one to stop moving is out. Makes for great pictures or video.
Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin – Similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, cut out a large pumpkin out of oversized orange construction paper. Cut stems out of green construction paper and write each child’s name on the back so you know who’s closest. Use a bandana or scarf as a blindfold, turn each child around 3 times and let them at the pumpkin. Whoever sticks the stem closest to the correct spot wins a prize. You can also Pin the Wart on the Witch using a large photo of a witches face and sticky tack for the wart. Perfect for kindergarten through second grade.
Mummy Wrap – For grades 2-6, the Mummy wrap is a blast. Divide the kids into teams of two – one person is the mummy and one person is the wrapper. Give the wrapper a roll of toilet paper and have them wrap their teammate quickly. Whichever team is done first, wins. For a variation for older kids, once the mummies are wrapped, have a mummy limbo contest. Use a broom stick and have the kids limbo as low as they can go without breaking their toilet paper wrapping.
Costume Creation – For a variation on the Mummy Wrap theme, for 5th or 6th grade kids, divide the kids into teams of 4 or 5. Have one person be the “mannequin” and the rest of the team creates a costume for them out of toilet paper.
Halloween Science Experiment – Instead of a game, try a Halloweenp-themed science experiment with the kids. This spooky, swamp water lava lamp is fun. Have each kid bring in a jar to the party or ask some of the other Mom volunteers to help you collect and clean an appropriate amount of plastic or glass jars. For third grade and up.
Read a Halloween Story – I love Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween book. Reading this funny book is good way to get the kids back together and calm them down before the party ends. Want a different Halloween book? Read my post on 10 Great Halloween Books for Kids.
Halloween Bowling – If you have a large hallway to use for your classroom party, try some Halloween bowling. Click on the link to see a variety of options on how to make your own Halloween Bowling set. Have the kids make them in class the week before the party, or Room Moms, you can work on the set with your kids at home.
Have a great party!