Celebrate this beautiful fall season with some outdoor spooky games for the kids! Today I’m excited to share three super easy and exciting Halloween themed activities, and they’re all a great way to get the family outdoors and being active!
There’s a chill in the air here in the mountains. I love autumn time! But the afternoon sun shines brighter and warmer than ever. We’re enjoying the last few months where we can have play time outside after school without being burdened by jackets, scarves and boots! Before we know it, snow will cover the ground and will keep us from doing the things we’ve been enjoying for the warmer months.
When the kids first get home from school, they’re always tired from the rigors of book work but, after a brief rest and some homework, I send them out to have an adventure. There’s always so much to do in the evenings, but we have made a point of getting in some exercise with creative playtime outside. We want to be healthy over those upcoming winter months, so establishing an active lifestyle is key in keeping us in shape and at our best!
It’s a sad truth that 70% of moms played outside when they were kids and just 31% of their kids play outside today. Which is why, even if my kids whine about it at times, outdoor play has become part of our after school routine. Even a few minutes makes all the difference!
As a special and oh-so-festive family activity, I threw together three quick games to put us in the Halloween spirit and get us moving!
The Candy Corn Relay is a good time for all! I divided the kids into teams and then put a few handfuls of candy corn in two bowls with a plastic spoon in each. The kids lined up and had to take turns getting a spoonful of candy corns and running it to the cauldrons in the distance. The team with the most candy corns in their cauldron at the end of the time allotment was the winner!
The kids of course wanted to wear their Halloween costumes to maximize the fun. 🙂
Pumpkin & Witch’s Broom Race. For this game you’ll need a broom and a small pumpkin for each team. Simply divide up the players into teams, then denote a starting and finishing point. Each witch will need to push or roll the pumpkin on the ground with the broom to the finish line and back to the next witch in line to continue the race. The first team to finish wins! In our case, we just had one team and I timed them to see how long it took for all of the witches to complete their task. 🙂
This one was a huge hit! The kids were cheering each other on and even helping each other out when someone was having a hard time getting that pumpkin to cooperate. 🙂
At this point the kids got a serious case of the munchies and wanted a break, so we stopped for some yummy snacks!
CLIF Kid Zbar®s were the perfect convenient snack while we were out playing! I love that they come in a special seasonal “Goblin Chocolate Chip” flavor! They’re made with organic ingredients and have a way of hitting the spot in those hungry tummies (for both the kids and their mom)! They provided a nutritious pick-me-up that we needed after playing hard!
I served the CLIF Kid Zbar®s up in some mini cauldrons to continue the Halloween theme. Be sure to check out this fun CLIF Kid video that shows kids in their element outdoors!
After refueling, we moved onto our last game, which was Ghoul and Goblin Tag. To play this, I chose one child to be the “Ghoul” and the rest were deemed “Goblins”. The Ghoul had to chase the goblins. When tagged by the ghoul, you instantly become a ghoul as well and have to team up with the rest of your kind to chase the remaining goblins. The last person still standing as a goblin wins!
What are your favorite Halloween games to play with kids? I’d love some new ideas!
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