Make Halloween this year the best it’s ever been with these fun Halloween activities! Tons of fun things to do on Halloween whether you want to celebrate Halloween at home, go trick or treating, or go to a Halloween party!
There are so many things to do other than just trick or treating so if you’re looking for some fun things to do, here are enough Halloween activities to try something different every day of October!
Halloween Activities At Home
Don’t want to go out? Try out some of these at home Halloween activities instead. They’re things you can do right from the comfort of your own home.
1 – Have a Costume Contest
Give people categories and see who can come up with the best costume. Let everyone vote on their favorites and give out prizes to the winner!
Another alternative is to play this fun Halloween dress up game where players have to come up with their best version of a costume on the fly from a bucket of props, in just minutes. Creativity counts!
2 – Play a Printable Game
There are so many different Halloween games you can play, here are just a few to get you started!
Click on the game name to get full instructions for each of the games!
- Ghoulish Recall – Players get shown nostalgic Halloween images and have to see how many things they can remember about them!
- Halloween pictionary game – this Halloween drawing game is kind of like Pictionary but with a twist. Super fun for all ages and very interactive!
- Halloween bingo – A Halloween version of the classic! If you need a game that’s a bit easier for younger kids, this monster mash version is perfect!
- Halloween charades – your typical charades game but with Halloween words!
- Halloween name that tune – Use the songs from this Halloween name that tune game to play with everyone. The first one to guess the song wins!
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3 – Play Would You Rather
Ask these fun Halloween would you rather questions then talk about them as a group. It can be hilarious to see how differently people think about certain topics!
You could also make this more interactive and have people run to one side of the room for choosing one option and one side of the room for choosing the other!
4 – Play Truth or Scare
Use these fun (and kid-friendly) Halloween truth or dare questions for a fun round of Halloween truth or scare. There are silly Halloween questions and challenges like dancing to Thriller or eating candy corn blindfolded!
5 – Have a Movie Night
There are a gazillion Halloween movies that you could watch together.
Have a Halloween watch party with a Halloween dessert board and treats that go along with the themes.
6 – Have a Halloween Party
Obviously there’s always the option to do a Halloween party at home! Whether you do a costume party, a dance party, or just a Halloween themed party, this is always a fun option!
While many of these Halloween party ideas require you to get out and about, you can still have a blast celebrating Halloween right at home with your own family!
7 – Make Halloween Treats
Treats are a huge part of Halloween, so don’t skip them – embrace them instead!
8 – Eat “Gross” Halloween Treats
See who can guess what bat wings and pumpkin teeth are in this fun blind-folded guess the food game! There’s a version for kids and one for teens/adults!
9 – Have a Minute to Win It Competition
See who in your family can win the most of these Halloween minute to win it games! They’re inexpensive, quick to play, and fun enough that they’ll keep people’s minds off what they’re missing!
10 – Play Halloween Games
Try out any of these 50+ Halloween games that are great for families to play together at home!
11 – Play Family Feud
Invite close family members in your pod over for a rousing game of Halloween family feud! See who can come up with popular Halloween movies, songs, and treats and who can’t come up with anything!
12 – Tell Scary Stories
Turn the lights out and using only flashlights, tell scary stories but with a twist. Instead of one person telling a story, have one person start the story but only tell a line. The person next to them then has to pick up the story and add a line. Then the next person and so on – trying to come up with the scariest story possible.
It may actually end up being the funniest story possible, but it’ll be fun one way or another!
13 – Have a Halloween Dance Party
Turn on songs from these Halloween party songs and have a Halloween dance party! There’s something that makes you want to dance about songs like Thriller and Monster Mash.
14 – Do a Halloween Craft
There are a ton of cute Halloween crafts out there that would make fun Halloween activities for kids! These are some of our favorites to try:
Neighborhood Halloween Activities
Get your neighbors (or friends) involved and try out some of these fun Halloween activities outdoors but still close to home!
15 – Do a Group Text Scavenger Hunt
Get a group of friends together on a group chat and try out this fun group text scavenger hunt where the host sends a word and people have to send back photos of the Halloween items throughout the day!
It’s a super fun and interactive way to get everyone involved and enjoying the Halloween season with people who may not be home with you!
16 – Halloween Treasure Hunt
Instead of door to door trick or treating, have families hide Halloween treasure boxes full of individually packaged treats in their yards. Give out clues and let people search for them throughout the day – not all at once.
I’ve got more details on how to do a Halloween treasure hunt here PLUS some other fun options if you want to do this with people other than neighbors at a local park.
And I know I said instead of trick or treating, but you could do this on another day too!
17 – Halloween Decorations Hunt
Give everyone this Halloween decorations scavenger hunt and see which family can find all of the decorations listed first or in the shortest amount of time.
Split into teams and turn this into a game and see who can find the full list first!
18 – Neighborhood Costume Parade
Have an outdoor neighborhood costume parade. Let people know that the kids (and adults) will be coming around for a parade so people in the neighborhood can come out and watch!
This gives kids a chance to dress up more than just once and everyone gets to see costumes in the light!
19 – Trick or Treat Tree
Try setting up a trick or treat tree like this with tricks in some and treats in others. Let people in the neighborhood pick a pumpkin and get the treat or do the trick!
20 – Pumpkin Carving Contest
Have everyone setup a pumpkin carving station in their own driveway. Give everyone a theme and have families carve pumpkins in their own driveway as a family.
Set a time limit and once everyone is done, have people display their pumpkin with a number. Families can then walk around to check out the pumpkins and vote on their favorites by sending in the number to a group text or filling out a scorecard!
21 – Outdoor Movie Night
Get a big inflatable screen and blow it up to show a Halloween movie on Halloween night. Make some Halloween treats like these Halloween rice krispy treats, Halloween pretzels, and popcorn bagged up with these cute Halloween gift tags!
22 – Boo Your Neighbors
Put together Halloween boo buckets with these printable you’ve been booed signs and drop them off at a couple of your neighbor’s doors. Then watch as they boo others and the booing spreads throughout the neighborhood!
23 – Do Rotating Stations
Setup fun Halloween stations with themed Halloween activities like any of these Halloween games, these pumpkin worksheets, or one of these Halloween crafts. Let kids rotate through and do any or all of them!
At each station, kids can still get a different treat or little favor like these Halloween prizes.
Halloween Activities Instead of Trick or Treating
If your kids aren’t old enough to trick or treat or if they’re too old to trick or treat (if there’s such a thing), try out one of these fun candy and prize inspired activities!
Or like everything else in this post, you could do any of these activities along with trick or treating or on another day!
24 – Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Print Halloween scavenger hunt clues then hide treats and clues for kids (or adults) to find! It’s a great alternative to trick or treating but beware, kids may start asking for scavenger hunts for every holiday!
Good thing I’ve got scavenger hunt ideas for every theme and occasion!
25 – Play the Ghostbusters Game
There’s a reason this game went viral all over social media! It’s a super fun way to give out prizes without just handing them out to people!
This fun Halloween punch game is one that kids, teens, and adults all will enjoy!
26 – Play the Candy Bar Game
Skip the fun size treats and buy a bunch of full size candy bars instead. Use dice and candy bars to play this fun candy bar game instead – it’s my personal favorite!
27 – Do a Pumpkin Hunt
Switch out Easter eggs for plastic pumpkins and do a plastic pumpkin hunt using some of these creative Easter egg hunt ideas. It’s a fun way to still give out treats to your kids without just handing over a bag of candy.
28 – Break Open a Pinata
Get a Halloween pinata and fill it with favorite candies and prizes. Break it open then do the standard post trick or treating candy swapping and sorting!
You could also use the candy to play one of our favorite birthday party games using candy!
Other Halloween Activities
And of course, there are always the Halloween activities you can do outside the house! Here is just a quick list if you need some great ideas!
- Go to a haunted house, forest, or something else spooky.
- Go to a local trick or treating activity – there are tons pretty much everywhere!
- Go to a restaurant for a Halloween themed dinner. Plenty of places will do Halloween menus!
- Go to a pumpkin patch or corn maze.
- Go pick out caramel apples to enjoy as a family! Or you could setup your own caramel apple bar at home!
- Go to a big Halloween event like Mickey’s Not So Scary Party or Oogie Boogie Bash.