15 Halloween Board Games for Kids


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.

15 Halloween Board Games for Kids

Not-So-Spooky Games (4-7+)

Pumpkin Feelings

 

Pumpkin Feelings Jack-o-Lanterns lend themselves easily to a feelings game, and how cute are these anyhow?

Age: 3+
Players: 1+
Time: 5-10mins
Skills: Memory, emotions, conversation skills

Pumpkin Can Toss

 

Pumpkin Can Toss – Having trouble getting PE in right now? Take it indoors with this irresistible carnival game.

Age: 3+
Players: 1+
Time: no limit
Skills: Body movement, large motor control, hand-eye coordination, good sportsmanship

Spooky Castle (6+)

 

Spooky Castle – In this cooperative game, players work together to help junior ghost Spooky study for his admission exams to Spooky Castle. Kids will love the magnetic game board and Spooky mask!

Age: 6+
Players: 2-4
Time: 20 minutes
Skills: Teamwork, dexterity, adaptable challenge

Shaky Manor

 

Shaky Manor – Legend says that the house on the corner contains hidden treasures. Before you can claim the treasure, you’ll have to get by a few residents.

Ages: 7+
Players: 2-4
Time: Set your own limit
Skills: Dexterity, motor control, patience, good sportsmanship

Zombie Labyrinth

 

Zombie Labyrinth – Collect brains! And more brains! And some more! This cute zombies-for-kids game has great features, like a constantly changing board.

Age: 5+
Players: 2-4
Time: 15 minutes+
Skills: Dexterity, adapting to change, motor control

Halloween Board Games for Kids (8-12+)

One Night Vampire

 

One Night Ultimate VampireYou’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.

Age: 8+
Players: 3-10
Time: 10 minutes
Skills: Vocabulary, deduction, bluffing, Debate

Horrified

 

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.

Age: 10+
Players: 1-5
Time: 60 minutes
Skills: Cooperation, communication, multiple challenge levels

Last Defense

 

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.

Age: 8+
Players: 2-6
Time: 20 minutes
Skills: Cooperation, communication, planning
Adaptation: There is a companion app that narrates the set-up and rules of the game.

Mysterium

 

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.

Age: 10+
Players: 2-7
Time: 42 minutes (not a typo)
Skills: Communication, interpretation, deduction skills

Hako Onna

 

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.

Age: 10+
Players: 3-5
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Communication, strategy, reading comprehension

Super Creepy Board Games (13+)

Letters From Whitechapel

 

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
Age: 14+
Players: 2-6
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Body language, history, deduction, teamwork

Arkham Horror

 

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. 

Age: 14+
Players: 2-6
Time: 2-3 hours
Skills: Reading comprehension, Mythos

Stupid Deaths

 

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.

Age: 13+
Players: 2-6
Time: 20-30 minutes
Skills: Fact vs fiction, light reading

The Shining

 

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.

Age: 17+
Players: 3-5
Time: 60-90 minutes
Skills: Deduction, strategy, language arts (compare & contrast book/movie)

Evolution: Climate

 

Evolution: Climate Change – The scariest horror story of our times. This $h!t is real & we are the only solution. Here are some online games for younger kids:

NASA Climate Change online game

Climate Institute’s online games

EPA online games about the environment

Kids Against Climate Change

 

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