Fall Festival Games
by Sheila in Alabama / ga10092006
She collected these games from various websites, including this
SUCKING UP A SEED
An inexpensive, fun, exciting game. You need: pumpkin seeds, paper cups, and
straws. Each child receives 1 cup, 1 straw and 5 pumpkin seeds. They then
attempt to suck the seed to the end of the straw, pick it up and drop it in
the cup. The first child to suck, and place all 5 seeds in cup wins.
We did a fun version of musical chairs (for lack of a better way to explain
it). It was "Musical Hats." Instead of walking around chairs, the chairs
were in a circle with everyone sitting in one (yes, facing the center). All
but one person had a hat on his or her head. As the music played, the person
who had no hat would take the hat from the head of the person to his right
and put it on his own head as fast as he could. Then, of course, this
continued as fast and furious as they could around the circle. When the
music stopped, the hatless person would be out.
The lady who was in charge of the game had a large collection of various
hats which made it extra fun, but you could just use bucket hats or baseball
caps or whatever people had around. The hats just
need to be able to take a bit of abuse.
PASS THE PUMPKIN GAME
Have the children sit in a circle. Start music and have them pass a small
pumpkin around the circle. When the music stops, the one that is caught with
the pumpkin is out. Continue to you have a winner.
ROLLING PUMPKINS RELAY
Line up into 2 teams. The first person passes the pumpkin over his/her head
to the next person in line. The next person passes the pumpkin under his/her
legs to the next person, and so on. When you get to the end of the line the
last person runs up to the front and starts it all over again. Whoever has
the first person that was in
line at the beginning of the game in the back of the line WINS.
CANDY CORN CATCH (for kids and adults)
Divide guests into groups of 3 teams, 4-5 per team. Tie a plastic pumpkin
around one team member's waist (use a man/boy). Give the remaining team
members a basket of candy corns. Play music. When the music begins, Yell,
"Go"! Each team tries to toss the most candy corns into their pumpkin from a
certain distance. Stop and start the music to give team members a chance to
change turns. When the song is over, count the candy corns and the team with
the most wins! Watching the men try to get the candy corns to go in their
pumpkins is hilarious!
You just get some small pumpkins and they are your "bowling balls." You also
get some empty two liter pop bottles and rinse them and fill them part way
with water. These are your "bowling pins." Then, of course, you just bowl
the "pins" down with the pumpkins. Kids love it!! Be prepared with a
couple of extra pumpkins as occasionally they split. (Whitney Larson)
BALLOON ANIMALS - Someone make balloon animals for kids
CANDY CORN DROP - Kneel on a chair and drop Candy Corn in a jar...
see how many you can get.
FEED THE COWS (or PIGS): Use a picture of a pig or a cow as the
target- big opening for mouth. You could make the beanbags out of felt to
look like corncobs, or use dried or plastic corncobs.
FISH POND- Bamboo poles, back drop, with fishing scene, line with
FACE PAINTING- Keep the designs simple and provide a limited number
of choices so you can move lots of kids through.
PARATROOPER LANDING - Player throws a figure with attached parachute at
prizes scattered on the floor. Player gets the prize they land nearest to.
PING PONG SHOOTOUT - Instead of using candles, set ping pong balls on
top of weighted 2 liter pop bottles. The player must shoot the ball off the
bottle using a water gun.
PUMPKIN GOLF (hit the golf ball into the mouth of a pumpkin)
RING TOSS - Kids stand on a line and try to toss a hula hoop around
pumpkins painted with numbers (the higher numbers are further away from the
starting line). Three tries for each child. The highest score wins.
SWEET RING TOSS GAME:
1.Three rings (at least 6 inches in diameter) -- these can be made out of
cardboard, wooden craft rings, needlepoint rings or rings cut from coffee
2. Individually-wrapped candy and/or novelty toys
3. A plastic/vinyl table cloth (Halloween or fall colors are nice) or a bed
What to do: Spread candy and toys on the table cloth on the floor.
Have children take turns tossing the rings (each may have three tries) on
the cloth. They "win" anything that is within the ring. You can make this
game harder or easier by having children stand farther or closer to the
sheet with candy.
TIC TAC TOE
For the bean bag version, just mark out the lines on the sidewalk,
cardboard, floor or a mat. Three in a row wins!