10 Halloween Games for Teenagers

strawman_girlHere are 10 fun Halloween party games for teens that will be sure to get your adolescent guests laughing and having a great time. They’re quick and easy to organize as well, which makes them even better. You’ll find indoor and outdoor games that range from spooky to funny to just plain gross.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!


1. Mystery Caller

nokia-1239390_2This is a hide-and-seek game inspired by the movie Scream. Be sure to play this game in the dark, preferably outdoors. Hand one person a cell phone and, if possible, a Ghost Face mask. This person is now known as the Mystery Caller and must hide from the rest of the group. He/she should ensure their phone is on silent.

The other guests will work together and try to find the caller. They’ll share one phone, which can be either a cell phone or the house phone. They can only answer this phone, and must never use it to initiate contact with the caller.

The caller, on the other hand, can continuously relocate to a new hiding spot, and should give hints about his/her location by calling  the group phone every few minutes. The hints should be short, spooky, and just a few words in length (example: “I can see your back” or “Wrong tree”). The game ends when the Mystery Caller is found!


2. Mystery Pinata Balloons

Use black balloons (one per guest). Fill approximately half of them with candy, prizes, or funny gags for guests to do with/to the party host. Fill the other half with gross fillers like cooked, oiled spaghetti or cream coloured green with food dye. Hang the balloons from various tree branches or from a clothesline.

Guests then take turns popping a balloon of their choice with a long stick (I like to use metal marshmallow roasters but you can use sharpened branches or long kebabs).


3. Would You Rather?

This helps guests get to know each other better. First, you’ll need to obtain the game Would You Rather? if you don’t already own it. You can disregard all of the instructions and rules that come with it and simply use the cards for our purposes here.

Write everyone’s name on pieces of paper and toss them into a bag, bowl, or hat. Each player takes a turn pulling out a name and a card, and must ask the person that question. The answers can be hilarious!


4. Cucumber Pass

This is a game commonly seen at bridal showers, but it works very well at teen parties as well. Get your guests to stand together in a circle. The first player places the cucumber between their knees and turns to the person next to them. That player must then grab the cucumber with their knees and turn to the next person.

If a player drops the cucumber while trying to pass it on, they are out of the game.  Play continues until there’s only one player left. This game is particularly funny when you have players of different heights!


5. Boo-Yah!

Give each player a bag container 5-10 pieces of wrapped candy or small prizes. Players try to get each other to say any of the following “forbidden” words during the party:

  • Halloween
  • Costume
  • Party
  • Pumpkin
  • Candy

If you catch someone saying one of the words on the list, you have to say ‘Boo-Yah!’ to call them out. The person you’ve caught must then give you a piece of candy or loot from their bag.

When someone runs out of loot, they’re out. The last person remaining wins all of the loot. This game works really well if you have a pirate themed party. All you need to do is replace some of the words with “Pirate” and “Booty”.


6. Doctor Nasty’s Parts

Doctor Nasty, an evil surgeon who liked to experiment on his patients, finally got what was coming to him and was dismembered.

Decorate four shoe boxes, cutting a hole in the top large enough for a hand to fit inside. On each box, write “Eyeballs,” “Guts,”, “Skin,” and “Teeth”. Place the following inside each box accordingly:

  • Eyeballs: Peeled grapes
  • Guts: Spaghetti (cooked, then tossed with olive oil)
  • Skin: Soft flour tortilla (brushed with olive oil)
  • Teeth: Popcorn (not popped)

Guests place their hand inside each box to feel Doctor Nasty’s parts. No winners, no losers – just grossness!


7. Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

pumpinpie_6Play this game outside or someplace easy to clean up.

Before the party, pick up some pre-made pumpkin pies (or add pumpkin pie filling to graham pie shells) and top up with a dollop of whipped cream.

Line up one pie for each player along a table. Players begin eating at the same time. Whoever finishes first wins.


8. Pumpkin Bobbing

Apple bobbing but with pumpkins! Definitely play this outside.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 large tubs (steel or plastic)
  • Small, apple-sized pumpkins
  • Towels

Divide the players into two teams of equal numbers. Fill the tubs with water and add small pumpkins. You’ll need at least one for each player.

Each member of a team has to get a pumpkin with their teeth without using their hands. When they’re done, the next member of their team goes. The team to secure a pumpkin for each player wins.


9. Pumpkin Hunt

What You’ll Need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Black marker
  • Prizes

A Halloween-style scavenger hunt. Mark the bottom of each pumpkin with a number and label one prize with the same number. Hide the pumpkins throughout the house (or yard if you’re playing outdoors).

Say “Ready, set, go!”. When a player finds a pumpkin, they win the prize that matches the number on their pumpkin.

You can restrict players to only one pumpkin (i.e., when you find a pumpkin, you’re done) or you can allow players to find as many pumpkins as they can, which will be more competitive. It all depends on your crowd.


10. Eyeball Pong

Remember beer pong? This is the innocent Halloween version.

What You’ll Need:

First, turn the ping pong balls into eyeballs by drawing on them with the markers. Use black for the pupil, blue/green for the iris, and red for the veins.

Give each player 5-7 eyeballs. They must bounce the ball into a pumpkin pail. The player to bounce the most balls wins!


11. BONUS – Horror Film Festival

Ask your guests to record a quick horror movie, just a few minutes in length before the party and to bring it with them when they arrive. Play all of the videos and have guests vote on which one was the funniest, scariest, and most original. Use Oscar-style awards for prizes.


Need more Halloween party ideas? Check out the Ideas section. If you need a primer on how to plan a Halloween party, be sure to read Halloween Party Planning 101.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment below to share your thoughts and questions!

12 thoughts on “10 Halloween Games for Teenagers

  1. Hee hee. I had to laugh at myself while reading this because this is the part of planning parties I dislike. But you make it easy with these games.

    I especially like the “Would You Rather” as the ice breaker because it will for sure loosen people up.

    These games sound like something all ages would like. They’re fun, engaging and you can win a cool prize.

    By the way…your instructions on how to play each of them was easy to read, short and laid off effectively so they’re easy to understand.

    • Thanks Rawl! Glad you enjoyed the read and found the information useful. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

  2. The Mystery Caller was the one that caught my attention.
    I love how many descriptions you provide to make this day so special.

    The bonus one at the end will be the perfect way of wrapping up the evening. Everyone can watch the movies while enjoying the candy treats.Thank you for sharing!

    • You’re welcome, Juan! Mystery Caller is definitely one of my favourite games, especially for teenagers. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  3. You have some really interesting ideas in there.
    I will have to share this with a friend of mine who has a pre-teen – she tried doing something for his birthday, end of classes, and all the kid wants to do is “chill” with his friends and their ipods or iphones in the basement be left alone. Maybe watch a movie. Haha.
    I’ll have to check out the game you mention at #3, because I’ve never heard of it.
    Interesting ideas, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Catherine! I’m glad to hear that you find the ideas helpful. Adolescents can definitely be a challenge to entertain because of the very specific range of interests different groups of them have, and because of how easy it can be to turn them off. If you or your friend need any help at all, please feel free to leave a comment or question and I’d be more than happy to lend a hand!

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