kids outdoor Halloween party games

The following are my top fave outdoor Halloween party games for kids. I have quite a variety of different types of Halloween games. I have halloween relay races, Halloween treasure hunts, Halloween obstacle course ideas, etc... If you have a fun game that should be added to the list please let me know at

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
eyeball spoon race

This is just like a traditional egg/spoon race but instead of using eggs you will use plastic eyeballs (found at the dollar store or you can paint ping pong balls to resemble).You can have races where all the children hold a spoon and races to a finish line balancing the eyeball on the spoon. They cannot hold or shield the eyeball with their hand and if it falls off their spoon they are out. Another way this game can be played is as a relay race.

To play this version divide the children into two groups and line them up at the start line.

The first player on each team places their plastic eyeball on the spoon and race to the finish line and back.

If they drop the eyeball they must freeze for five seconds before picking it up and resuming the race. When they get back to their team they pass the spoon and eye to the next player who continues the race.

The first team whose members complete the race wins.

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
ghost relay race

In this relay race teams must race the ghosts (white balloons) to and from the finish line by keeping them up in the air.

The players can never grab or hold the balloon; they must keep it up in the air by hitting it.

Each team is given their own ghost balloon. You can draw a face on it to add a bit of fun. On the start of go the first player from each team bumps their balloon with their hand or head to the finish line and back to the start where the next player on the team takes it over. The team that finishes first claims victory.

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
DIY Halloween obstacle course

You can set up a fun Halloween themed obstacle course in your backyard with household items and a few cheap props.

Players can run through the obstacle course for best time or just for fun.

The following are a list of Halloween obstacle ideas for leg. A leg is an individual section of the course, each leg has a different obstacle and the end of one leg usually is next to the beginning of another. but if you use your imagination you can probably think of some more.

  • Broomstick Rider: have children straddle a broomstick and “ride” it as fast as they can through the leg. 

  • Ghost Chaser: Have the player bop a white balloon (ghost) from one end of the leg to the other. 

  • Gut Diggers: Fill a kiddie pool with cooked spaghetti. If you don’t mind getting messy mix in fake blood. Hide small Halloween related items in the spaghetti such as plastic spiders or mini skeletons. Players must reach in and retrieve one before moving to the next leg. 

  • Bob for Apples: Fill a barrel with water and apples and players must retrieve an apple before moving to the next leg. 

  • Ghost Ring: Create Ghost by tying white helium balloons to the ground with small stakes. Cover with white trash bags or similar white lightweight material. This creates the illusion of floating ghosts. Players must ring a ghost with a hula hoop to pass this leg.

  • Hay Bale Jump: Set up a series of hay bales for players to jump over to get to the next leg. 

  • Graveyard Crawl: Purchase a crawling tunnel or use large cardboard boxes to create a tunnel for the players to crawl through to get to the next leg.

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
balloon burst

Divide the children into two groups.

One team will get orange balloons tied around their ankle

and the other team will get black balloons tied around theirs.

On the start of go both teams must try and pop the other teams balloon while keeping theirs “alive”.

When a balloon gets popped the person wearing it is out.

The team with the last balloon alive wins!

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
worm pie

This game can be played indoors, but I included it because it is messy so you may prefer to play it outside.

To play place five gummy worms at the bottom of a pie tin (or paper plate) and cover with whipped cream.

You will need to make enough of these for each player. On the start of go players must place their hands behind their back and dig into the pie with their face.

The first player to pull out all five (or eat all five) worms wins!

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
scarecrow contest

Provide scarecrow items such as old clothes (shirts, pants, over-alls, hat, shoes etc) and other items such as hay and pumpkin for each team.

Depending on how much supplies you have you can divide players into 2 -4 teams.

Give players 20 minutes to build a scarecrow.

Award prize for best, scariest, silliest, etc if you would like.

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
skeleton hunt

You will need to dismember two sets of plastic skeleton bones. Next, hide the bones throughout your playing area. When you are ready to play, divide kids into two teams.

The first team that finds and reassembles their skeleton WINS!

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
ghost chompers

This game is a bit messy (and hilarious).

You will need dowel sticks, string, and powdered donuts (ghosts).

Divide players into pairs.

One player is the “eater”, the other player is the “dangler”.

Cut string into about 3fit sections (one for each pair), loop through a donut, and tie together as if you are creating a large donut necklace.

Loop and tie the end on the dowel sticks.

It should resemble a fishing pole with a donut for bait.

On the start of go the danglers must hold the donut up for the eaters.

The eaters must eat the donut as fast as they can without using their hands.

If they touch the donut they are disqualified.

The first player to eat their entire donut wins!

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
printable kids Halloween treasure hunt

Our outdoor Halloween treasure hunt game is perfect for kids between ages 6-13 and it can be played anywhere because it is customizable to your desired places.  Kids race from one Halloween themed clue to the next - they must solve one to get the location to the next. Each clue features a different challenge.

outdoor Halloween party games for kids
the guts and glory of captain bloodbeard

You will need kiddie pool and A LOT of spaghetti noodles along with plastic body parts you can buy from your local dollar store - you will also need plastic gold coins (you can also use pennies if you prefer). 

Fill the pool with cooked spaghetti noodles.  Mix in the body parts and coins.  If you don't mind the mess mixing it all with fake blood is a great effect. 

This pool is the remains of the evil pirate Bloodbeard, along with his treasure!  

Each player is blindfolded and has 30 seconds to find as many 'gold coins' as they can - in which they can then trade in for real candy or treats.

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