Halloween is a wonderful time of year to spice up your traditional playground games. Turn off the lights and add a few glow in the dark accessories to create a ghostly game out of an old time favorite.
AgeSchool-age, Tweens, Teens, Adults
Number of Players5 to 10, 10 to 20
Team DivisionBuddy up (pairs of two), Teamwork! (divide into teams)
CompetitivenessEither/or (can be played either way)
DifficultyAttention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Indoor or OutdoorEither
Space NeededMedium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage), Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Mess FactorClean and tidy
Prep Time5 - 10 minutes
Game Time LengthIndefinite (as long as you want!)
1. Provide each child with two glow bracelets and a glow necklace.
2. If you are playing a game that needs teams give each team different color glow accessories to designate the teammates.
3. Turn off the lights (if you are playing an indoor game).
4. Wait until it is dark outside (if you are playing an outdoor game).
5. Be sure to clear the outdoor space of sharp items or mark harmful items, that can't be moved, with twinkle lights or other glow in the dark accessories so the children steer clear of them.
6. You can also use twinkle lights to mark off safety zones.
How to Play
1. Follow the rules of any game as you normally would but give kids glow accessories so they can be seen in the dark.
2. Make sure the games you choose are safe - don't choose games that would include a great deal of physical contact - for example, midnight football is probably not a great game to play unless you are looking for injuries. Games like hide and go seek work really well. Games with controlled, as opposed to free for all, running are best.
Suggested Games that work well -
"ghosts in the graveyard", "hide and go squish", "hide and go seek", "piggy wants a signal", "what time is it Mr. shark", "duck-duck-goose", "button-button where's my button" (play with a light stick instead of a button), "doggy-doggy where's your bone"(using a light stick for the bone", "red light, green light", "mother may I", "musical hula hoops"
1. Be sure to remove valuable items if playing an indoor game as well as table edges and chairs so nobody trips and falls.
2. For outdoor games mark sprinklers, ditches, and slippery spots to prevent injuries.