A couple years ago I took on the entire first grade Halloween party at the last minute. I struggled to find activities that would be easy to explain, fun for everyone and inexpensive. In math that year, the kids had been working with dice – as a visual of how to add two numbers together. I used the dice as the starting point for my Halloween party game. As I was wandered hopelessly through the craft store late one night, a tub full of foam Halloween stickers caught my eye. That’s when I knew what to do. I grabbed a pack of black construction paper, some chalk and I was set.
One of the best parts about this game is that it takes very little advance preparation, so it’s perfect for classroom parties and family activities. Here’s how to play:
Gather your supplies:
- Black construction paper – the tall kind allows for a two-story, extra spooky haunted house
- Foam stickers – I stock up at the craft stores right after Halloween when they’re 70% off
- White chalk
Step 1. Use the chalk to draw a house on the construction paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. After all, haunted houses are more creepy if they’re crooked and crumbly, right?
Step 2: Make a quick guide numbered 1-6 for what each number on the die represents. 1 = spider, 2 = ghost, etc. (or better yet: do this beforehand).
Step 3: Start playing. Roll the die and earn the corresponding sticker. Use the sticker to decorate your haunted house. My two-year-old especially loved this part. Each time he got a sticker he fist pumped, then cheered “I won!”
Step 4: Pass the die and keep going. For larger groups I like to have at least two dice going at once so there’s not a lull in the action. By the time they peel the backing off their sticker the die should be almost back around to them.
And there you have it. Probably the easiest Halloween game in the history of Halloween games. Happy haunted house building!