Halloween Board Games for Kids
As a kid I really didn’t care for Halloween, I’ve never been into creepy or scary. Boy howdy I liked the candy though.
Halloween just isn’t a great day for people like me. Since we started Gameschooling, I’ve kindled at least a small liking for Halloween.
I picked these particular games because of their themes, age-appropriateness, and my experience with some of them.
I hope you too are able to enjoy a little spooky – or go on with your bad self and start with the last category of games.
Not-So-Spooky Games (4-7+)
Pumpkin Can Toss – Having trouble getting PE in right now? Take it indoors with this irresistible carnival game.
Time: no limit
Skills: Body movement, large motor control, hand-eye coordination, good sportsmanship
Zombie Labyrinth – Collect brains! And more brains! And some more! This cute zombies-for-kids game has great features, like a constantly changing board.
Time: 15 minutes+
Skills: Dexterity, adapting to change, motor control
Halloween Board Games for Kids (8-12+)
One Night Ultimate Vampire –You’re either a Vampire, an Assassin, a Gremlin, or have a secret role. Roles change as you play, but you have just 5 minutes to find the vampire.
Time: 10 minutes
Skills: Vocabulary, deduction, bluffing, Debate
Horrified – They’re coming for you! DON’T GO IN THE BASEMENT (Yet they go to the basement anyhow.) Horrified is a cooperative board game, perfect for an alternative to movie night.
Time: 60 minutes
Skills: Cooperation, communication, multiple challenge levels
Last Defense! Nefarious monsters are trying to take over the city! Work together to rescue the scientists you’ll need to take your city back.
Time: 20 minutes
Skills: Cooperation, communication, planning
Adaptation: There is a companion app that narrates the set-up and rules of the game.
Mysterium – You were the victim of a murder in your very own house. Help your friends figure out who the killer is, and bring them to justice! Oh, did I mention that you can only communicate via formless colors & knocking?
Content Warning: There is a large variety of murder story cards to pick from, please go through and remove any that are upsetting.
Time: 42 minutes (not a typo)
Skills: Communication, interpretation, deduction skills
Haka Onna – Haka Onna is the English translation of a super-popular game in Japan. This is a horror game of hide & seek. One player is Hako Onna, the woman in the box. The other players are just trying to escape.
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Communication, strategy, reading comprehension
Super Creepy Board Games (13+)
Letters From Whitechapel – Based on the infamous hunt for Jack the Ripper, you play as Jack himself or as a detective chasing him down.
Note: This game boasts being as historically accurate as possible
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Body language, history, deduction, teamwork
Arkham Horror – Featuring 4 unique ways to play, Arkham Horror is loved worldwide for its theme, background story of characters, and a replayability score of 8. Based on the works of HP Lovecraft.
Time: 2-3 hours
Skills: Reading comprehension, Mythos
Stupid Deaths – Did Clay in Arizona die on the toilet from food poisoning after eating raw lizards, or did they jump out of a plane with a cow, armed with razors? Either way, Clay is dead. You have to determine which demise is fact, and which is completely fake.
Time: 20-30 minutes
Skills: Fact vs fiction, light reading
The Shining – Fun fact! I lived near where this movie was filmed. It’s cold there, can confirm. That said, work your way through a Shining of your own in the very same hotel where Jack has his.
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Deduction, strategy, language arts (compare & contrast book/movie)
Other Games I Love
Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.
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