Top 10 Halloween DIY Carnival Games

In the lead up to Poppets birthday, I have spent a lot of time researching halloween games and fun for her party, (read: in bed looking through pinterest!) and in doing so, I came across a lot of ideas and themes. I have picked a handful to make myself, which I will share with you later, for now heres my round up of my top ten choices for halloween diy games.

Kicking off at number 10 is:

10. Spooky Tic Tac Tae game with halloween painted rocks.

I love this ideas, as not only is it a great game idea for a small party, but the children get to join in painting the rocks before the party even begins. This game would be ideal for 4+ year olds and a small party with a handful of guests.

Its tic-tac-toe but with painted rocks to look a little spooky, but I think not only are they adorable, they aren’t scary either, which is perfect if you have sensitive little children.

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I think any younger and there will be temptation to eat the rocks, or lick them, you know generally drool all over your hard work, and even though I always supervise when little ones around, its always best to keep small objects out of the way if you have a mix of ages.
For my second point, I think a smaller party group would be best, as children no matter how old can get a little impatient at having to wait a turn.

Still I love how the creation can be a family event. Finding rocks and painting them, fun before the party/games even start. I am not so sure, my children painted faces would look as cool as this, but it would be something I would love to try in the future. As we have nearly 25 children at our party – this game will have to wait.

(Lovely idea from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots)

9. Poke – a – Pumpkin

This may not be a smashing piñata, crazy game but when you have a room full of excitable 5 year olds, smashing a stick against a floating piece of hard cardboard, doesn’t seem too appealing, but if like me, you like the idea of a twist on lucky dip and want something different to a party bag, this might just be for you.

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I especially like how when stuck to a piece of backing board, it looks like a pumpkin. Each cup has a prize in and when a child breaks through the tissue paper, the prize will be revealed.

Ideal for parties, as you can make it as big or small as you want. The prizes can range from sweets right up to a small toy if you new so inclined. I imagine it is fairly easy to make – i havent attempted my version yet, as I still havent quite made my mind up on design but if  you want to see how to make your own head over to Project Denneler for a step by step guide.

8. If you’re a little more creative and talented this next one, might be for you.

Wooden Monster Bowling Set by Ideas Evite.

I imagine this skittle/bowling set will look beautiful in real life, if looking at the picture online is anything to go by. I would have loved to make these for my poppets birthday but my husband is currently away and a girl only has so much free time for making games for a party. These may have to wait for another year, but I will a set.

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Best Halloween Skittles I have seen, so original and unique. If anyone wants to take pity and knock me a set up, I would be so happy, I might make you a cake!

7. If you find you only have a day to go until your party and you need a quick game that anyone can make up, and you will have everything you need at home, this next one is for you.

Toilet Roll Bowling

Its exactly what it says on the tin. Draw a ghostly face on 6 toilet rolls, stack them up and throw something at them. Easy as that! I have found lots of examples of this over on Pinterest – and each is unique depending on what faces you draw. For added halloween bonus, get a small pumpkin to roll into your creation.

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6. Pumpkin Lollipop Holder

This next one is not necessarily meant as a game – on all the pins, it was just being used as a holder. A cool decoration with a purpose.

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I am taking this idea, and running with it as a carnival game. Normally, lots of lolly are stuck in a board (which might be painted to look like a treasure map or a place) and the end of one lolly will be coloured in. This lolly is the winner and gets a better prize, and each child gets a lolly to keep!

I still just like this because its a halloween decoration and has purpose, it might also be perfect for decorating at halloween and your trick or treaters can take a lolly from your pumpkin. If you would like to make one yourself, head over to the craft/home/all round goddess that is Martha Stewarts website.

5. Pumpkin Toss

I’ve got to be honest I love the games at the fair, where you have to knock over the clown heads, or through the basketball through the hoop etc. So I have two halloween themed bean bag toss games. My first is cool because it shaped like pumpkins stood atop each other. Its a cardboard cutout, so easy to replicate at home and you can make it however you want, so it can as imaginative and original as you want to make it.

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 17.55.36.png I like this design is basically a pop with holes cut out – it makes the clean up so easy, as all the balls are still in the box. You can them behind, being contained by the box. Anything that can save me having to cross a room 70 – 80 times to collect balls  is alright with me.

You can all sorts of versions of this game, not just halloween, but for this specific one visit bhg – halloween parties.

4. Bean Bag Monster Toss from The Photographers Wife.

I love this version of the bean bag toss game because the monster is so cute, and you can add a bit of originality to it, just by changing the monster up a bit. Its really simple and easy to make, and the children could even make it themselves, before playing the game.

I love when a game can stem from a craft/ art activity. Its at least two days worth of activities all rolled into one.

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3. As we near the end, the ideas are incredible and can be achieved at home, with a lot of items we all just have around the house. These are my favourite types of activities. Easy, cheap and can be managed even by people that aren’t necessarily used to being crafty.

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If you head over to the DIY network, you can create your own spider web game with Hula Hoops and duct tape. The website here has really cute spiders to throw at the webs, but cotton wool balls or regular pom noms would have the same effect.

Basically, hang the webs made out of hoops and duct tape, and throw the items until they stick! Simple yet genius.

2. My second choice is something I have attempted with various degrees of success, probably doesn’t look as good as the author from Somethings Creative, but does anyones replica of something they have seen on pinterest ever look like the original.

I like this game purely because I am a big Harry Potter fan, and I think cute witches around halloween can be quite funny. I like the decorations and cakes with witches legs sticking upside down.

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This is the halloween take on hoopla, and it uses witch hats as the cones. In my version, I am making hoops out of glow sticks. I am hoping it will add a level of cool to my game, hopefully it will hide my not so perfect witch hat cones. 🙂

And my number 1 is one of my favourite fair/carnival games ever. I am not sure how easy or hard they make the game, I have never won. But that could also be because my aim is terrible, truly terrible, and I throw like a toddler. I have sense many different versions on Pinterest but this is probably my favourite.

  1. Halloween Tin Can Alley

I love Red Ted Art, I love looking at the different arts and crafts, myself and the children have tried a few in our time. But as soon as I saw this, I knew we had to have our own version for Poppets birthday! How could we not?! Cute, Halloween monster tin cans, its my perfect, and ideal halloween game!

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I hope my version will turn out just as well as the ones above. These may be the most amazing things, I have ever seen in my life, ever! If you head over to Red Ted Art, she has taken some wonderful photos of her little boy painting these tins, and a whole bunch of other arts and crafts.

I would like to thank all the sites I have mentioned above, I love seeing other craft ideas, and these have been some of the most inspirational blogs I have ever read. I have got so many ideas for Poppets birthday, I’m just not sure I have a lot of time to do them all.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10, please feel free to leave me a comment and keep an eye out for some of my own versions of these games.

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