Have you ever wondered the origin of Halloween? Here’s a great recap of the history of Halloween and some spooky Halloween games for children that you can do on your Halloween party.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain over 2000 years ago in Ireland. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, the day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, a lot of European immigrants came to America. These new immigrants, especially the Irish helped to spread the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from old Celtic traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, this practice eventually became the “trick-or-treat” tradition that we have today. Halloween has become a holiday more about community get-together, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft.
Here are several games for children to play on Halloween:
Halloween Style Telephone Tag
Have the children sit in a circle and whisper a spooky saying into the first child’s ear, such as, “Ghosts and Witches eats snails for breakfast, but I prefer bugs.” Have each child whisper the saying into the next child’s ear until the circle is complete, with the last child in the circle sharing the saying aloud. Normally, the result is quiet different and very funny or scary! Start again with a different phrase, going around the circle in the opposite direction.
You will need a ping pong ball for each team – paint it like an eyeball and a spoon for each team. Divide children into teams, depending on how much invited you have. Give the first child on each team a spoon and a ping-pong ball. Set up the course to where they have to carry the eyeball on the spoon to the end of the course and come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all children have played on the team. First team done wins a surprise candy!
Freeze Dance with Musical Scares
Instead of the traditional musical statues game, we will do musical scares, where the children get into a scary pose when the music stops! You can use Halloween music to make it more frightening such as Superstition, Monster Bash, Headless Horseman, Love Potion #9 etc.
Trick or Treat
Before the party cut several strips of paper; about twice as many strips as there are children. On half of the strips write the word ‘treat’ and on the other half write ‘trick’ with a trick such as “make a scary face””, “walk like Frankenstein”, etc. Then place all the strips in a Halloween bag, one by one have each kid take a paper from the bag and do a trick or receives a candy. You can repeat this several times to make sure all the kids receive a treat. An idea for Halloween treats are this super scary spider lollipops.
First divide the kids into teams of 3 and have them choose 1 child from each team to be the mummy. The other 2 are the mummy wrappers., so give each a toilet paper roll. Have the mummy stand with their hands and at their sides and their feet together. At the signal, all wrappers wrap their mummy from head to foot, the first team to finish wins. Watch out, no clothing can show when the wrapping is done!
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