School Halloween Carnival Game Ideas

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When planning a school Halloween carnival it’s important to include lots of fun games for the kids to play. Playing games, competitions and winning prizes make the event so much fun for the students.

Many times each grade or class will have their own game booth. The game idea that your group picks should be age appropriate. There are a wide variety of game ideas that are good for each age level.

There are some games that students will expect to see each year, such as the bean bag toss. Be sure to include the most popular games that your school carnival had last year. Students also like to find something new and different. So finding a few unique, fun Halloween carnival games will bring some new excitement to your event.

Traditional Games

Just about every carnival should include the traditional, tried and true games that everyone enjoys. Some of these are kids games and others can be for older siblings and adults.

Dunking Booth – Who can resist dunking their teacher, classmate or school principal. You just need to prepare for the logistics of hosting the booth, making sure it works properly and is safe. If you don’t want to build one, check with local rental companies.

Duck pond – This is great for toddlers to grade 1. Fill a galvanized tub with water and colorful plastic ducks. Each duck has a number on the bottom that corresponds to a prize with that same number. The child picks up a duck from the pond and the person working the booth awards the prize. Easy and fun for little ones.

Darts – You cannot have a carnival without the traditional balloon dart game!

High Tech Games

Why not incorporate technology into your Halloween carnival?

Wii games – Have a Wii set up to play one of the sports like bowling. Have a time limit!

Wii tournament – Even better have a Wii tournament.  Each player signs up for a time slot ahead of time, paying an entry fee.  Players come back to play one another in the tournament rounds to determine who the best player is.

Guitar Hero or Garage Band – These are other very popular games that kids enjoy.

Jeopardy – This long standing TV show is available as an interactive game.  Classroom Jeopardy is customizable with your own questions or you can just use one of the Jeopardy software programs for your game system.

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Big Event Games

Draw a crowd — plus media attention and publicity ahead of time — with an unusual game.

Super-sized board games – Take your regular, old fashioned board game and make it BIG.  How about putting together lots of Twister sheets for the “world’s largest Twister game?”  One group found success with a life size checkers game.

Sports tournaments – Hold a tournament at the same location of your school Halloween carnival.  Great for teens who are “too old” for kiddie games and costumes.  You could have several age brackets to make it fair.  Start filling up the entry level brackets and times before the day of the carnival so people know when to be there.

Inflatables – There’s so much more to inflatables than just a simple bounce house!  Now there are activities like obstacle courses, bungee competitions, and slides.  Check with your local party rental place to see what’s available near you.

More Game Ideas

Here are several great websites that have more ideas to help you create fun carnival games:

A to Z Carnival Game List – Long list of many popular carnival games & variations

Muscular Dystrophy Association Carnival Game Ideas – Carnivals are held for MDA fundraisers. They offer some ideas that may be good for your Halloween carnival too.

Carnival Savers – Has a lot of ideas for Halloween carnivals – fast & easy games, build it yourself game booths, popular foods, petting zoos and other fun activities

These school Halloween game ideas should get you started on the right path. With some creativity you can probably come up with many other activities that your kids will love!   Is there an unusual game that’s worked for your school in the past?  Let us know in the comment box below:



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31 Responses to “School Halloween Carnival Game Ideas”

  1. on 20 Jan 2010 at 12:12 am Witchie

    These are great game ideas for Halloween. I’m pretty sure everybody will have memorable fun with these games.

  2. on 26 Jul 2010 at 12:41 am Kids Spelling

    These are some great suggestions. What about something educational? Maybe a spelling game that focused on Halloween oriented words!? I know I know, no fun right?!

  3. on 29 Aug 2010 at 1:43 am Mike @ DFO Wiki

    Yup Nintendo Wii is ALWAYS great for family/friend gatherings!

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    This best youngster games are with good moral, life lesson games. This will help youngster to learn more, enjoy more and grow for better.

  6. on 18 Sep 2010 at 1:26 pm online payday loans

    I loved playing this game, because I was actually kind of good at it. I just didn’t like how some of the workers are kind of picky about not leaning forward when tossing the bean bag.

  7. on 11 Oct 2010 at 4:41 am Pickz @ Pig Costume

    me and my kids always go on traditional like duck pond…they enjoy a lot…that is why i also enjoy joining them.

  8. on 25 Oct 2010 at 7:24 am spelling test

    Well, after i implemented the Wii platform into my class, i must say i am the “best teacher ever” and also my class is the best in school. So, I am thinking of online spelling tests tournaments for my children to go against other children around US.

    In my opinion, implementing technology in our daily teaching programs is a must !

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  10. on 30 Nov 2010 at 1:37 pm Sarah

    Inflatable rentals are a super fun way to perk up any event! 🙂

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    I remember we always used to have a cake walk! That was always my favorite!

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