Who says party games are just for kids? Halloween is the best time of year to let loose and have some fun—for everyone. Here are our ten favorite Halloween party games for adults.
1. Monster Mash
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After your guests have had a couple of drinks are starting to hit the dance floor, ask them to pair up (this is a great opportunity for them to get a little bit closer to that mysterious stranger they’ve been eyeing all night) and give each pair a single sheet of newspaper. The rules are simple: dance away, but when the music stops, both people have to fit onto the sheet of newspaper. The difficulty—and fun!—starts when they have to fold the newspaper into a smaller sheet every round, which means they have to get closer and closer, and try not to lose their balance. The winners are the last pair standing.
2. Don’t Say Halloween
When guests arrive, provide each of them with two themed clips (we love spiders) and tell them they’re not allowed to say the word ‘Halloween’ for the duration of the party. If they get caught saying it, they lose a clip. The winner is the last person with remaining clips. This is a lot of fun to play as the night progresses and you’re trying to catch people out.
3. Murder Mystery
In your party invite, send each guest a character profile and ask them to come prepared to act out that character at the party. When they arrive, set up a murder scene and have the guests question each other to find out who the “murderer” is. A murder mystery is a great icebreaker, particularly for smaller parties where all of the guests don’t know each other.
4. Themed Scavenger Hunt
Set up lots of themed Halloween items (for grown-ups, of course) around your party venue. When your guests arrive, have them draw a name of another person to team up with (or decide this in advance if you’re good at playing match-maker!) and give them a list of the items they need to find. You can hide things like miniature drinks bottles, and give out bonus points of they bring them back empty. The first team to find all of the items on the list wins a bottle of champagne.
5. Scary Treasure Hunt
Put your guests into teams of 3 or 4 and give them each a clue that will help get them closer to a treasure that you’ve hidden. Each clue should lead to the next, and have a Halloween-themed puzzle or riddle that needs to be solved. Our favorite treasure? An ice-cold bathtub filled with champagne bottles.
6. Horror Movie Trivia
Place a stack of cards with horror movie trivia questions on the drinks table at the party, and ask guests to take turns picking a card and answering the question on the card. If they answer correctly, they get to choose a beverage of their choice. If they answer incorrectly, however, they have to take a shot of a mystery drink of your choosing.
7. Guess the Villain
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When your guests arrive at the party, attach the name of a movie villain onto their backs so they can’t see it. They can then ask other guests yes/no questions to try to guess which villain they are, and they can have conversations with other guests to help them figure out theirs. This game is easy to put together, inexpensive, and a great way to get people talking to each other.
8. Magic Potions
Pass around trays of “magic potions” for guests to enjoy (this can be an assortment of shots, cocktails, and mocktails) and attach a tag to each potion. After drinking each potion, your guests have to do what the tag says. You can include things like questions (for example, tell the person you’re currently talking to about your worst fear/best Halloween memory) or even dares (kiss the person standing closest to you).
9. Trick or Treat
Set up bowls/trays of miniature beverage bottles (you could also do this with jell-o shots or glasses). Guests can pick one item from each of the different bowls/trays to enjoy, but they won’t know until they taste it whether it’s a trick (fruit juice) or a treat (alcohol).
10. Scary Photo Booth
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While not a game per se, photo booths are always a lot of fun. Set up a themed Halloween photo booth—think moody lighting, spider webs, and creepy props—and have your guests come and pose in their costumes. You can use a polaroid camera so guests have an instant memento they can take home to remember the best Halloween party ever (because you wouldn’t throw a bash that isn’t totally awesome, right?).