We all know that Halloween 2020 will be a lot different this year – that’s why these eleven great Halloween minute to win it games are sure to come in handy!
Have you ever played minute to win it games? They are really fun, simple to put together, and easily keep kids’ attention because each game is only one minute long! These Halloween minute to win it games can be the foundation of a fun and memorable Halloween activity for your kids.
With the worldwide pandemic still spreading across the globe, many parents are already wondering what they will do to make sure Halloween 2020 will be special and memorable for their kids.
Whether or not trick or treating or the super popular trunk or treat activities will happen is up in the air for many neighborhoods and communities.
To help your kids not feel too disappointed, it’s a great idea to start planning now for a fun Halloween night at home!
Grab this fun printable pack to invite the Switch Witch to your house or start the Neighborhood Boo. Not sure what those are? Read this Halloween fun post here!
At our house, we are still planning to dress up in our costumes (Harry Potter villians this year!) – but we’re buying them big enough to possibly wear next year too! We’re going to have one or two other families come over for these fun Halloween minute to win in it games and an in-house (or backyard!) trick or treat event.
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Keep reading to see what Halloween minute to win it games we’ll be playing as a family.
But first, here’s a quick list of all the supplies you’ll need to play the games. And here’s a great bonus – many of the supplies are re-used from game to game.
Halloween Minute to Win It Game Supplies
This list is divided into edible and non-perishable items, so you can start preparing early and buy the non-food items over the course of the next two months.
- Mini plastic pumpkins. These ones are ideal because they have very small “stems” that will work perfectly for the Pumpkin Stack game. They’re also great for little hands to work with.
- Small black plastic cauldrons. This inexpensive 12-piece set comes with a larger 8″x6″ cauldron that would be perfect as a decoration!
- Small Halloween stickers. You want some of the stickers to be small enough to fit on the bottom of a Hershey kiss without sticking out on the sides at all. This set of Halloween stickers comes with tons of extra stickers for goody bags. They could also be a great non-candy alternative to pass out for at-home trick or treating.
- Straws. You’ll want lots of extras to make sure no one is sharing or gets confused if they leave their straw laying around. This pack of 200 paper straws has a ton of bright, festive colors. Also, these straws are paper, so they’re much better for the environment!
- Paper plates. You’ll want a lot of these to keep the spread of germs to a minimum, and you’ll need at least 2 plates per guest for the Suck It Up game. Grab these fun orange paper plates, and you’ll have plenty to actually use for eating too!
- Wooden craft sticks. Depending on the ages of your guests, you may want the jumbo craft sticks or the regular size craft sticks. The wider ones will be easier and are better for kids under age six.
- 3-6 rolls of toilet paper. Don’t worry, I won’t tell your neighbors!
- Plastic spiders. You could give these away as party favors too.
- Clear 12-ounce plastic cups. You’ll need lots. You can add cute ghost faces like this with a simple wide black Sharpie to make them extra festive.
- Paper lunch sacks. This cute Halloween-themed pack of 36 paper bags would do the trick for sure! You’d even have extra to use as treat bags.
- A one-minute timer. A phone works great.
Candy and other edible supplies
- Mallowcreme pumpkins. You know those ones that taste like candy corn? You’ll need at least two small bags.
- Fall themed Hershey kisses
- Halloween candy. A large bag is best.
- Halloween cookies. Any variety will do, at least one per person.
- Halloween M&Ms
- One or two medium pumpkins, often called pie pumpkins
Okay, are you ready to move on and check out the games themselves? Let’s do it!
Halloween Minute to Win It Games
Remember that each game only lasts for one minute, so have a timer at the ready! Also, be sure to have your phone handy to take lots of funny pictures and videos!
Game #1: Pumpkin Stack
In this no preparation game, multiple players make their own stack of mini plastic pumpkins. The person or team with the tallest pumpkin tower at the end of one minute is the winner.
While this sounds super simple, it can be really fun to see how kids can get creative and make a pyramid with their pumpkins or stick with a single tower of pumpkins instead.
Halloween Minute to Win it Game #2: Trick or Eat
This is a fun group game for about five or six people at a time.
Put a little Halloween sticker on the bottom of a Hershey kiss. You’ll need at least one or two stickers under a Hershey kiss for each person who will be playing the game. (If you have a lot of younger kids playing, go with two stickers per person!)
You’ll also need a list of five or six “tricks” for players to perform. Choose short, silly activities like hopping on one foot while waving your arms like a chicken, saying the alphabet backwards, or Flossing (the dance! ha!) for ten seconds. Be creative and have fun coming up with these!
Finally, arrange 30-40 regular (no sticker) fall themed Hershey kisses on a large, flat surface such as a baking sheet. Put the stickered Hershey kisses randomly on the surface as well.
How to play:
Players take turns quickly picking up a Hershey kiss, turning it over, and checking it to see if it has a sticker on the bottom.
If there is no sticker, the person has to perform one of the silly activities from your list.
If there is a sticker on the bottom, the person who picked it up gets to eat that Hershey kiss!
Remember this is only a one minute game, so have your list of funny activities ready!
Game #3: Skeleton Shake
You’ll need six to eight Halloween paper bags and you’ll use the Hershey kisses left over from Trick or Eat.
Put one Hershey kiss in one bag, two in the next bag, three in the one after that, until all the bags are filled with Hershey kisses. If you are playing with younger kids, opt for fewer bags. Fold the tops of the bags over so the Hershey kisses won’t fall out.
Playing the game:
The player picks up one bag at a time and gives it a shake, trying to determine how many “bones” (Hershey kisses) are in the bag. As he picks up more and more bags, the player puts the bags in a row in order from the least number of bones to the highest number of bones.
The person who makes the most correct row of Halloween skeleton bones is the winner!
Game #4: Pumpkin Toss
This crowd-pleasing games is one my kids’ favorites!
Playing the game:
One of the partners kneels down on the ground, facing away from his or her partner, holding the cauldron in two hands.
The other person then tosses a mallowcreme pumpkin forward, over the head of their partner, who then tries to catch the pumpkin in the cauldron.
The team that catches the most pumpkins in the cauldron wins!
Halloween Minute to Win It Game #5: Cookie Face
In this no-prep, super popular minute to win it game, all players are given one Halloween cookie.
The players then drop their heads back and balance the cookie on their forehead.
Then, using only their face muscles, players try to work the cookie down their face and into their mouths! No hands allowed!
Halloween Minute to Win It Game #6: Suck It Up
This simple games always ends in fits of giggles at our house.
Every player needs two paper plates and a straw. Put both plates next to each other on a table and pour a bunch of Halloween M&Ms onto one of the plates, keeping the other empty.
How to play:
When the clock starts, players use the paper straws to suck up the M&Ms one at a time and transfer them to the empty paper plate.
The person who moves the most M&Ms in one minute is the winner!
Game #7: Room on the Broom
This is another great no-prep game.
Each player is given one craft stick and four or five mallowcreme pumpkins. When the timer starts, the players put the craft sticks in their mouths and slowly place the pumpkins on their sticks.
The goal is to balance all of their pumpkins on their “broomstick” for the entire minute. If anyone gets the giggles, watch out!
Remember, this game is much easier with the jumbo craft sticks, so that is a great option if you have a younger crowd.
Halloween Minute to Win It Game #8: Pumpkin Bowling
Take six rolls of toilet paper and draw cute little ghost faces on them. Stack them into two side by side three-roll pyramids on the floor. Divide the players into two teams and give each team one pie-sized pumpkin.
If you are keeping Halloween just your family, you’ll only need three rolls of toilet paper ghosts and one pie-sized pumpkin.
Playing the game:
Players stand a small distance away from the ghost pyramid and roll the pumpkin on the ground as if they are bowling, attempting to knock down the pyramid.
The team that knocks down their toilet paper ghost pyramid the most number of times in one minute is the winner.
Game #9: Spider Race
This is another great no-prep Halloween minute to win it game!
Each player is given one small plastic spider and a straw. Everyone lines up their spider on the same side of a table or counter. Blowing through their straws, players have to aim at their spiders to get them to move across the table.
The first person to get his or her spider across the table first is the winner!
Halloween Minute to Win It Game #10: Mummy Wrap
Using the toilet paper rolls from Pumpkin Bowling, have your players divide into groups of two or three people per group.
Each group chooses one person to be the “mummy.” Their teammates then quickly wrap the mummy with the toilet paper as best they can in one minute.
The host gets to be the judge and choose the best looking mummy!
Game #11: Ghost Stack
Draw simple ghost faces onto 15 clear or white plastic or paper cups. Stack them into a pyramid with five cups on the bottom row, four on the next level, etc.
How to play:
One player at a time quickly puts the cups into one single stack and then re-creates the pyramid.
The person to remake the the pyramid the quickest is the winner. Trust me, this game is harder than it sounds!
Final thoughts on Halloween minute to win it games
While it can be easy to feel down about Halloween this year, having a plan to make it fun and memorable in its own way can help you (and your kids!) feel a little more excited about it!
As a busy mom, I know that it can be overwhelming to put together a big event for your family. And that’s why I love these Halloween minute to win it games so much! They’re super simple and still tons of fun.
I hope you’ll give ’em a try! Be sure to pin this post so you can come back and reference it again as Halloween gets closer!