How to Play: Ghost Hunter

Filed under: Holidays, Kids' Games, Activities: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Activities: Big Kids, Activities: Tweens, Activities: Family Time

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Hide "ghosts" to play this game. Credit: Ian Muttoo, Flickr

What you need: Lollipops, ribbon, paper and tissue paper. You also may want a Styrofoam base to stick the ghosts into during the game.

How to play: Select five to 10 Halloween terms. Make ghosts by covering a lollipop with tissue paper, tied with ribbon, and use a marker to add eyes and mouths. Also use the marker to write letters from one of the Halloween terms on each ghost. You'll need one ghost per guest or a specified number per team, but have extras so each child gets a ghost. Next, hide the ghosts. Divide the kids into ghost hunting teams of three to five kids per team. Each team is given clues. Don't place all the ghosts together, or the kids will grab the first ghost they see, rather than find the ghost their clues point to. Tell them not to untie the ghosts until after the game is over.

The rules: Give the kids clues and send them off to find the ghosts. If there are young children playing, have an adult go with them for safety and to assist if they don't understand the clues. Clue examples: "I live near the large tree in the backyard" or "At night I come out from under Mr. Wilson's (Dad's) favorite chair." Modify as needed and increase difficulty with age. Each team will return with three to five ghosts with letters.

The corresponding letters will spell or help spell a mystery word that relates to Halloween. Use short words, so all the letters can be used: bat, witch, cat, hat, broom, ghoul, etc. One team at a time, take the letters and mix them up. The ghost hunting team whose ghosts are being used get the first try to guess the mystery word. If they guess the word correctly, they get a point. If they miss the word, the other teams have a chance to get a point. Have players raise their hands if they know the answer, one guess per team. If no team guesses the word, then a simple clue is given and the process is repeated until the word is guessed. If there is a tie, use a tie-breaker mystery word that is a little harder.

How to win: The team that scores the most points wins.

What else you need to know: For older children, use harder words, like pumpkin, headless, horseman, haunted, goblins, Sleepy Hollow, etc. Arrange the letters in correct order leaving spaces for missing letters.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.