11 Awesome Halloween Minute to Win It Games for Your Family

We all know that Halloween 2021 could be a lot different again 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 2021 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!

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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.

Non-perishable supplies

  • 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
  • Plastic spiders. You could give these away as party favors too. 
  • Clear 12-ounce plastic cups. You’ll need lots. 
  • 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.
  • Craft pom poms. Pick out the orange, black, white, yellow, and green ones to be extra festive!
  • A one-minute timer. A phone works great.

Candy and other edible supplies

  • Mallowcreme pumpkins. Do 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.
  • Fall-themed or 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: Ghost Stack

This simple Halloween game is so much harder than it seems!


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 pulls the cups down into one single stack. 

Then the player needs to re-create the pyramid, one cup at a time.

The person to remake the pyramid the quickest is the winner. 


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.

Game Preparation:

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!)

this fun halloween activity for kids will have them playing fast!

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 backward, 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 leftover 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! 

Free Printable Halloween Bingo

To round out your Halloween minute to win it game playing, set up a little Halloween bingo game for your kids too!

Snag six awesome bingo boards from the Jen Bradley|MOMs Free Printable Library right here. 

free printable Halloween bingo

Game #4: Pumpkin Toss

This crowd-pleasing game is always a favorite!


Put a bunch of craft pom poms into a bowl or a jar. Divide the players into pairs and give each pair a small black plastic cauldron

cauldron toss halloween game

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 pom pom 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 a Halloween cookie.

halloween cookies

How to play:

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! 

Of course, the reward for this game is getting to eat the cookie. 

(P.S. It’s a good idea to have extra cookies on hand for those who drop theirs on the ground!)



Halloween Minute to Win It Game #6: Suck It Up

This simple game always ends in fits of giggles at our house.


Every player needs two paper plates and a straw. 

suck it up game preparation

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!

halloween suck it up minute to win it game



Game #7: Pumpkin Stack

In this no preparation game, multiple players make their own stack of mini plastic pumpkins.

How to play:

Players work together in pairs or a small group to create the tallest tower of pumpkins that they can. 

Creativity is encouraged!

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 what kids come up with to create a tall pumpkin tower. 

Game #8: Room on the Broom

This is a great no-prep game that takes its name from the super-popular Halloween storybook

Each player is given one craft stick and four or five mallowcreme pumpkins.

room on the broom set up


Playing the game:

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! 

This game is much easier with the jumbo craft sticks, so that is a great option if you have a younger crowd. (You can also use fewer pumpkins!)

room on the broom halloween minute to win it game


Halloween Minute to Win It Game #9: Pumpkin Bowling

You’ll need a good amount of space for this game – an open hallway would be perfect. 


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.

These simple ghost faces make this bowling game really cute

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 in one minute is the winner.


Game #10: 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.

spider race halloween minute to win it game


Playing the game:

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 (or the floor!) first is the winner!

spider race halloween game


Halloween Minute to Win It Game #11: Mummy Wrap

Using the toilet paper rolls from Pumpkin Bowling, have your players divide into groups of two or three people per group.

How to play:

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!

Pin the image below to return to these great Halloween minute to win it game ideas in the future!


More Halloween fun

If you’re looking to round out your Halloween game playing, why not snag our Ultimate Printable Halloween Games for Kids from the Jen Bradley|MOMs shop?! 

You’ll get over 40 pages of great games such as Halloween word searches, mazes, Scattergories, I Spys, crossword puzzles, and more! Check it out here!

Halloween printable pack


Final thoughts on Halloween minute to win it games

While it can be easy to feel down about Halloween again 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!


Related articles about Halloween activities for kids:

The 21 Best Family Halloween Costumes this Year

-The Switch Witch (and 3 Ways to Not Miss Out on Halloween Fun)

What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy – 9 Awesome Ideas


Pin the image below to come back to these ideas in time for Halloween! 

room on the broom is my favorite halloween minute to win it game


Do you think you’ll be playing any of these fun Halloween minute to win it games with your family or small group of friends?

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46 thoughts on “11 Awesome Halloween Minute to Win It Games for Your Family”

  1. This is such a perceptive thing to do for pandemic Halloween celebrations. Now I don’t need to worry about how I will make it special for my son.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! It will be interesting to see if trick or treating happens – I have a feeling it will be on a very limited scale where we live. Having a plan in advance is really important for our kids!

  2. These are so fun! My husband and I were just saying how different things will be this year with the holidays! This might just be the kind of thing we need to make things fun this year! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! It is crazy to think about how much in our lives has changed this year. I think getting creative to make the holidays special will be a big help to end the year on a positive note!

  3. These are such great ideas! My son is already super disappointed that our annual fire company Halloween parade is cancelled, so I will definitely be doing some of these to help bring a little excitement to such a strange season.

    1. Bennett, thank you! It is so sad to see our kids disappointed. I hope these little Halloween minute to win it games make your son feel a little happier!

    1. Alexia, I know! It feels crazy to be writing about Halloween already. I’m so glad for your comment – my goal is help mom life be easier and more fun all the time!

    1. Melissa, I feel the same way! I know my kids will be a little disappointed, but having a fun plan in advance is helping them to feel more optimistic about Halloween.

  4. I am loving these ideas! I am actively trying to figure out what we are going to do for halloween as our covid cases continue to skyrocket in hawaii:(

    1. Thanks, Leticia! So sorry to hear about the increase in cases there. I hope these Halloween minute to win it games can bring a smile to your kiddos this year!

    1. Amy! I love the idea to play these Halloween minute to win it games during the day before trick or treating! That’s genius. And thanks so much for pinning!

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  6. These are the best game ideas, heading to the store now to get my supplies. Thanks for helping make Halloween 2020 a little sweeter.

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