When it comes to finding fun Halloween activities for adults to do, any brainstorming we do doesn’t tend to last long.
Halloween has its mainstays after all: scary masks, pumpkin carving, and treat or treat. There’s not much to it really.
Not all of us are prepared to fork out a lot of money for Halloween either. Because let’s face it, this is an expensive holiday, and with Christmas so close by, our wallets will be screaming at us for a bit of mercy.
So with all that in mind, we’ve put come up with our own list of easy but fun Halloween activities for adults to do. We’re fans of being silly at Together Kit, so that’s the tone of everything featured below.
Let’s get you started.
If you’re going to play this game, you’ll definitely need quite a few pumpkins bought beforehand. It’s a team game so we would recommend one pumpkin per team of 2 to 3 players max. Each pumpkin needs to be big enough so you can easily carve out a pair of eyes, a mouth and nose for each one. Don’t chuck the cutouts away! These are the key game pieces. You need to mix all these face pieces together, from the different pumpkins, in a single pile.
Get your teams organised, then give each one their pumpkin with the carved out holes. On the count of three, the first player of each needs to rush over to the pile, pick out an eye, mouth or nose quickly, then run back and fit it into their pumpkin.
It has to be an easy fit, no squishing a part that won’t slot in. If they succeed by bringing back a part that does fit, then great, next player can run to the pile. If not, the second player returns this piece to the pile and fetches a second.
Keep the game going until the first team with a completed pumpkin face wins.
Make sure your players know they can’t sort through the pile of parts trying to find those that might fit their pumpkin. This is a grab-and-run game.
First team will all the right parts wins!
Chain Ghost Story
Need spooky fun Halloween activities for adults ? Yep, we got you covered. You need nothing more than your imagination to make this game a success.
Get everyone seated in a circle and turn the lights down until the room is quite dim. Nominate a friend to start making up a few lines of a scary ghost tale. Give them with a flashlight as well, so as they tell their story, they can light up their face as they do.
After about 30 seconds, nominate a new person, give them the flashlight, and have them continue the tale. This player now adds in a few new lines, before passing the story on. Keep going until everyone’s had a go or until the story wears itself out.
You can also make this into a drinking game, where the newest storyteller must take a swig of something before adding their spooky share.
To get everyone in the mood, we like to play some eerie creepy music in the background. You can also ask a friend (whose not part of your party) to make strange noises in the house for you, while the game is playing (for example, a sudden closing door or footsteps on the ceiling).
Record the story as it goes, along with people’s reactions, so you can play it back later. You can also send everyone a copy of this audio file post-party, as a memento of their night together.
To plan this game, you need to buy a deck of index cards, with at least a hundred cards. Number each card 1 to 100. Then, on the blank side, jot down one object, person or symbol associated with Halloween, for example, Broomstick, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, black cats, zombies.
Get everyone sat down together and nominate the first player to pull a card from the deck. Give them 30 seconds to describe their life as the object on the card, only without saying what that object is. Everyone else must guess. The player who gets the most cards guessed correctly in the available time wins.
Get some blank paper and draw across it as many symbols associated with Halloween as you can, for example cats, bats, cobwebs, ghosts, vampire fangs, bones, random limbs. You need multiple copies of each symbol, at least 10 each. Once you’re done, around the symbols and assemble them in a pile. Your pieces need to be the size of a biscuit.
Now give each player a straw. There are 2 ways to play this game: 1) Each person has 30 seconds each to grab as many of the symbols as they can, by sucking the piece up with their straw. 2) One person must find all the pieces related to one symbol and they’ve only got 15 seconds to do it.
Person with the most symbols grabbed the fastest is the winner.
Name That Spooky Music
You will need a CD player along with a few CDs that are compilations of Halloween-related music for this set of fun Halloween activities for adults . These complications can include soundtracks from horror movies and TV shows, well-known pop songs on topics around death, horror, and terror, and other spine-chilling tunes.
Play the first few seconds of the first song and see which player can name it the quickest. Keep track of all the points being awarded as the game goes along. Players can be awarded a bonus point if they can guess certain trivia about the song correctly – for example, the year the film was made; the lead actor in said film or TV show; the next line in their horror pop ditty.
Blind Man Walking
First of all, you need to blow up as many balloons as you can, at least 50. Get some help, don’t run out of breath one your own.
After that’s all been done, you then need to make sure the room you will play in is safe for players. That means checking there are no random cables out there that people can trip on or sharp corners to bang their head against. When you’ve done that, pin up as many balloons as you can.
Blindfold your first player, then spin them on the spot until they have no idea where they’re at. After that, give the player a pin.
Now nominate a second player, whose job is to instruct their blindfolded friend to walk in a certain direction to find balloons to burst. The first one to find all the balloons in, say, 30 seconds, is the winning team of two.
You can have lots of fun with this, by intentionally leading players in the wrong direction.
Who Is The Murderer
Have everyone sitting together again and give each person a playing card. No one must show their card to anyone, it’s for their eyes only. The player who receives the King of Hearts is the murderer; to make sure someone gets this card, have it close to the top of the deck as you’re handing them out.
To “kill”, the murder simply blinks at another player, who must immediately drop dead. When a player thinks they know who the murderer is, they need to shout out “I know who the murderer is”. If someone else calls out too, both players must say the name they suspect at the same time.
If they guess correctly, the murderer is out and a new round of the game can begin. If they’re both wrong, both players are out and the game resumes until the culprit is revealed.
Ring Around the Pumpkin
For this large-scale version of Ring Toss, you must buy at least 5 to 10 different-sized pumpkins, then paint points on them (#1 to #20). Arrange your pumpkins with the highest score furthest away from the start line.
Players take it in turns, by trying to throw a hula hoop around a pumpkin. Each person gets 3-4 goes each in the available time, with their scores added up. Player with the highest score wins.
Murder in the Dark
Need fun Halloween activities for adults with a bit of bite in them? This game is a slight variation on the previous Murder game, and players again need to be seated but around a table this time.
This time, each person gets a small piece of paper that must show no one. All of the pieces must be blank, except for two – the one that says “murderer” and the other with “detective”. The detective announces themselves straight away, whereas the murderer stays quiet. Before the lights go off, everyone must play one hand in the centre of the table. Now turn the lights off.
To “kill”, the murderer simply touches the victim’s hand, who in turn must scream and drop dead onto the table. Lights back on, “body” still dead, the detective must now question everyone to find out whodunnit. If the murderer isn’t found after 3 questions, the lights go off again. And the murderer “kills” again.
Keep going, until the culprit is found.
I hope our little list of fun Halloween activities for adults inspires you. Happy Holidays.
Image: JD Hancock