Halloween game ideas articles usually focus on one age group. But BoardgameBeast insists on doing things a little differently. That’s why we’ve put together our top 5 Halloween party board games with an eye to pleasing all possible party crowds, be they pre-school or on day release from the nursing home!
Top 5 Halloween game ideas for pre-school age kids
Candy Land — what could be better on Halloween than a simple board game revolving around candy? Kids don’t need to be able to read, all they have to do is recognize colors.
Snakes and Ladders — known in North America as Chutes and Ladders, the snake version is far more appropriate for a Halloween game night. Simple arithmetic required.
Hungry Hungry Hippos — finished gobbling the trick or treat loot? Now gobble marbles instead in this loud and funny game. Warning: choking hazard, keep the babies clear.
Twister — burn off some of that excess energy with this classic party game of stretching and giggling. Also suitable for older kids (and their parents, after cocktail hour is over!).
Cranium Hullaballo — a wild, noisy and fun game from the great minds behind Cranium. When your babies want to burn off that sugar rush, this great game will be just the ticket.
Top 5 Halloween game ideas for 5-9yr olds
Trouble — once the first child presses the classic Pop-o-Matic dome, you can forget about meeting bed- and bath-time deadlines! A fun, colorful game that will appeal to wide age groups
KerPlunk! — marble madness with pointy sticks. This is an irresistible game for this age group. Set up time is long compared to the gameplay, but you’ll enjoy watching their faces as the marbles cascade down.
Jenga — a great game for larger groups and available in many themes, including a Halloween Jenga version. Stacking blocks and a steady hand may not go well with candy overdoses, which is all part of the fun. BOOM!
The Game of Life — one for the upper end of this age group, Life is a classic board game with good reason. Its blend of strategy and luck never goes out of style.
Operation — Mr. Boddy needs various parts of his anatomy removing. Don’t touch the sides, or… BUZZZ! Guaranteed to raise laughs from even a crowd of mixed age groups.
Top 5 Halloween game ideas for tweens and teens
High School Musical — the hardest part is keeping up with the versions. We’re up to version 3 already! Combining board gaming with song and dance to DVD or CD, this will appeal to a mostly girl crowd.
Guesstures — like Charades on fast-forward, Guesstures is certain to stretch young minds and bodies. It’s fun, fast and easy to learn, a perfect party game.
Pass the Pigs — this seems so simple, it can’t possibly be fun. Throw two pigs and score points depending on how they land. Easy, yes, addictive, definitely! A good option for party games on a budget.
Lunch Money — this is a rough, tough, dog-eat-dog card game, where violence and bullying wins the day. The sweeter and less bully-like your teens are, the more they will love it!
Ticket to Ride — a longer, more in-depth game suitable for smaller groups, Ticket to Ride has that one-more-go factor that all the best board games possess.
Top 5 Halloween game ideas for adults
Pictionary — quick on the draw? This game is more about a meeting of minds with your team-mates. The better you know your friends, the easier it will be to ‘read’ their scribbled sketches and guess the clues!
Eat It! — why should the kids have all the fun when the candy’s being handed out? Test your snack, sweet and candy trivia knowledge while you eat, well, snacks, sweets and candy!
Mad Gab — designed to get even the quietest of the group shouting out answers, Mad Gab is super-easy to learn and a lot of fun.
Apples to Apples — perfect for a larger group, this game is unique, clever and funny. It will bring out the clown in all your guests.
Cranium — its blend of sculpting, humming, scribbling and general knowledge has made Cranium a household name. Loads of versions are appearing now to appeal to all age groups, but the original is still the best adult party game of its kind.