Fun Halloween games to play virtually with friends and family

Ally Head
·6-min read
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Photo credit: SeventyFour - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Halloween is normally a riot of eerie, enchanted fun. An evening of kids dressing up in their scariest ensembles, knocking door-to-door for sweets, and carving pumpkins. It's also a great excuse for adults to don their best fancy dress and decorate the house with cobwebs, paper ghosts and skeletons.

But Covid-19 and the restrictions around meeting up mean Halloween is going to feel different this year. Which means... Zoom Halloween is a-go!

Keen to read up on the best spooky games both friends and family can play online? You’re in the right place. We’ve asked some of the UK’s leading party planners and Halloween-enthusiasts to share their favourite games. They're easy to follow, fun for all ages, and can, indeed, be played on Zoom.

Enjoy, and remember: Halloween will be fang-tastic, however you celebrate.

Here are the best Halloween games to play via video call...

Halloween game - Spooky Charades

How to play: Each party member acts out a Halloween-themed item or animal or spooky film of book title. It could be a bat, pumpkin, witch or vampire – the possibilities are endless. Get creative. The spookier, the better.

Equipment needed: Just yourself and some charade-based enthusiasm.

And the winner is...? The person with the most correct guesses, wins.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Family influencer Aimee (@our.london.life)

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Photo credit: FamVeld - Getty Images

Halloween game - Ghoulish Window Decorating Competition

How to play: Why not challenge your children (or game-playing adults) with the task of creating a spooky piece of art to display in your window?

Equipment needed: Paper, pens and any arts and crafts materials you might use, such as paints, paintbrushes, stickers, glue, pom poms or tissue paper.

And the winner is...? Come party day, get everyone to unstick their spooky creations from the window and showcase on a video call. When all have been shown, everyone votes. The one with the most votes is the winner.

Halloween game idea courtesy of event planning expert Justin Stevens

Halloween game - Costume Caricature Race

How to play: Everyone has a dice, and the children take it in turns to roll. The first to roll a six has to put on a Halloween hat (a witch or wizard's hat is ideal) and draw as many Halloween caricatures as they can before the next person rolls a six. When another six is rolled, the new winner puts the hat on and starts drawing, while the previous winner goes back to rolling the dice when it's their turn.

Equipment needed: Pen, paper, dice and a witch or wizard's hat.

And the winner is...? At the end, everyone votes for their favourite spooky drawing. The time pressure means some really funny sketches are normally produced!

Halloween game idea courtesy of Lauren Prentice, children's party planner and owner of Nutritional Ninjas


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Photo credit: kokouu - Getty Images

Halloween game - Spider Racers

How to play: Blow through your straw to make your plastic spider ‘scuttle’ to the finish lineas quickly as you can.

Equipment needed: Plastic spiders (available to order on Amazon) and a couple of straws, plus something to mark the finish line.

And the winner is...? Each household times theirs and the quickest to the finish line, takes the top spot.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Nalini Raman, founder and creative director at Party Genie

Halloween game - Fancy Dress Costume Contest

How to play: An oldie, but a goodie. Get every party attendee on your video call to show off their Halloween fancy dress costume, explaining what they are and why.

Equipment needed: Your best fancy dress costume and the chosen amount of money to enter.

And the winner is...? As with the window decorating contest, every party attendee votes for their favourite. The one with the most, wins.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Aimee

Halloween game - Express Fancy Dress Costume Contest

How to play: Fancy getting your fancy dress on but don’t have time pre-party? No bother: This challenge lets you create great costumes in minimal time. Cut up one bit of paper for every party attendee you have and write a different Halloween character onto each – for example, a ghost, a pumpkin, a witch and a werewolf. Pull out a character at a time, assigning a different one to each party attendee, and then give everyone two minutes to come up with the best outfit they can, made only of household items. It’s creative and you’ll be laughing out loud with some of the insane ideas people try to rock.

Equipment needed: Whatever household items can be used as fancy dress props and some imagination.

And the winner is...? At the end, everyone votes for their favourite (or funniest) fancy dress attempt. The beauty of this one is there will likely be multiple that really make you laugh.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Justin


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Photo credit: SolStock - Getty Images

Halloween game - Pumpkin Bowling

How to play: Stack some rolls of toilet paper on top of one another to act as skittles in a bowling alley. You can make them look like ghosts by drawing on eyes and a mouth, if you like. Using a small pumpkin as the bowling ball, roll the pumpkin towards the ghost skittles. Strike!

Equipment needed: Rolls of toilet paper, a pen and a small pumpkin.

And the winner is...? Whoever, after taking it in turns, knocks over the most 'skittles' in total.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Lauren

Halloween game - Halloween Bingo

How to play: Who doesn’t love bingo? It’s so simple and the whole party (or video call) can enjoy. Once everyone has a bingo card ready, the host starts by calling out all the different images at random – for example, ghost, pumpkin, haunted house, devil, bat.

Equipment needed: Every player needs a bingo card, ideally of Halloween theme, and a pen or pencil. Either the party host can make these and send them in the post, or they can instruct each household how to make at home or where to download templates online.

And the winner is...? The first person to cross off all of the images on their card takes the crown. Result!

Halloween game idea courtesy of Nalini

Halloween game - Halloween Hunt

How to play: This will take some coordination, but is worth it for the fun you’ll have. Each household should hide the same amount of Halloween treats around the house. If you have the time, you could even make clue cards, like an Easter egg hunt. It's a nice way for kids to fill their buckets with treats without being able to go trick or treating.

Equipment needed: Hidden treats.

And the winner is...? Whichever partygoer finds the most treats in a set amount of time.

Halloween game idea courtesy of Aimee

Halloween game - Cyclops Pong

How to play: Imagine a game of beer pong, but less frat house, and more ghost house. Children take turns bouncing the ping pong 'eyeballs' on the table, aiming for the cups.

Equipment needed: 10 plastic cups, a bouncy ping pong ball and a flat, hard surface to play.

And the winner is...? The competitor with the most ‘eyeballs’ in the cup come the end of the game, wins. Enjoy!

Halloween game idea courtesy of Justin

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