Halloween can be fun for people of all ages. We usually associate the holiday only with younger children, and you can certainly see why. Some of my favorite memories are from trick or treating around the neighborhood. We loved the candy, but getting dressed up in great costumes was especially fun. As I became older I wasn’t quite as interested in the holiday, but one of the things I noticed about it was that it seemed to bring the whole community together in an interesting way. People I had never met or associated with were suddenly bringing their children to the door. And the kids were so happy when they arrived and got a handful of candy. It really is a great holiday, but if you want it to be interesting for your teenager you will need to find some games to keep them interested. Some of the same games that kids play can be great for certain teenagers, although this depends a lot on what their interests are and what they consider to be a good time. Some teenagers love the most childish games if their friends are around, but if they hang with a cool or tough crowd, it could be difficult to get their attention.
Here are a few games that could be great for your teenager on Halloween:
One of the old favorites is bobbing for apples. This is traditionally a kid’game, but teens can have a ton of fun with it if they are in a big group and are silly. The game takes place around a large basin of water. Fill the basin with cool water, and then put some apples in it. Then have each person try to bite on an apple and pull it out of the water with their mouths only. This can be even more fun at Halloween when you put something other than apples in the water. Get creative and try something scary or even disgusting. Teens love to show off to their friends and this could be a great opportunity for them to do so.
Another great one for teens is a pumpkin relay race, in which each person tries to hold a small pumpkin under their chin while running to the next member of the team and passing it to the same place. This can create a lot of fun for large groups, and especially if dating couples are on the same team.
Another good game involves trying to string slippery pumpkin seeds on a string. The game must be timed and the team with the most pumpkin seeds on the string by the end of the time period wins.
An old favorite activity is carving Jack-o-lanterns, but try it as a game. The person who has the best carved pumpkin wins some sort of a prize. You could also have everyone carve a specific design in a pumpkin and then have judges decide which one will receive a prize.
Although not a specifically Halloween-related activity, a pie eating contest with pumpkin pie could be a particular favorite amongst energetic and loud teenagers. Prepare several, basic pumpkin pies and put them out on a large table. Make teams, so that when the person eating the pies is done with one pie, their team mate has to swap with them or at least get them another pie.
These are just a few of many possibilities for having great fun with the teenagers on Halloween.