I seem to be the Queen of Last Minute. While all of my friends plan the most elaborate Pinterest-worthy celebrations, complete with a million little components that must have taken at least an hour a piece, I prefer to keep things simple. I put on a Halloween Relay Race this weekend for my kids and all of our neighborhood kiddos, and we had a blast. It was simple, easy, and would make a great last minute Halloween party game for anyone!
Seriously, with 4 young and very active kids, I can’t reasonably even HAVE nice things, let alone keep the house clean enough to stay up to that Pinterest Perfect standard.
Instead, I do fun activities, and really enjoy doing things outdoors. This past weekend, I put together a Halloween Relay Race for the kids. Participants ranged in age from 6-9 years old. Everyone had SO much fun. I knew I had to blog about it so that others could enjoy this inexpensive, easy, last minute party game for kids.
Supplies Needed for the Halloween Relay Race:
All supplies are PER team. Teams can be composed of 2 or 3 kids each. We had 7 kids, so we had two teams of 2 and one team of 3.
- 1 roll of toilet paper (I used Cottonelle Triple Roll for extra fun! The kids had to work really hard to use it all up!)
- 1 Halloween bucket or bag
- Several pieces of Halloween candy or treats
- 1 small pumpkin
- 1 permanent marker
- Something to mark your finish line (We used chalk.)
Setting up the Halloween Relay Race
We did the relay race on both sides of my driveway. Here is a little diagram I made to show you how I set up the relay race:
Playing the Game
Someone will need to be the official starter and call out, “On your mark, get set, GO!”
Player 1 runs across to Player 2. Player 1 must wrap Player 2 up COMPLETELY like a mummy with the entire roll of toilet paper. (This is why I used Cottonelle Triple Roll! It took them forever, and it was SO funny!)
Once Player 2 is totally wrapped up, Player 2 has to run across to the candy bucket and put all of the treats inside of the bucket. (This may be difficult since they’re wrapped up like a mummy!)
Once the goodies are in the bucket, they have to run BACK across to Player 1.
Player 2 tags Player 1 and then Player 1 must pick up the pumpkin and draw a face on it. My rule was that they had to draw 2 eyes, one nose, and a mouth for it to count.
Once the pumpkin has a face, Player 1 has to run to the finish line (the X) and place the pumpkin on the X.
The first team to complete it all and place their pumpkin on the X wins!
Halloween Party Games are FUN!
The neighborhood kids have already asked me 7 times when we’ll do another relay race. One little boy said, “What game are we going to play next?” I said, “Well, this was the only game I came up with for today.” He replied, “What about for tomorrow?”
They love playing active and creative games. In fact, one little boy has come up with more party ideas for me. He likes the idea of a pumpkin throwing contest and a scavenger hunt.
Ready to Play?
I got all of my supplies at Target. In addition to the 12 pack of Cottonelle Triple Roll toilet paper, Halloween bucket, candies, pumpkin, and markers, I also bought a few goody bags and filled it with some treats from The One Spot.
While supplies last, there is a great coupon available to use while you’re stocking up on toilet paper at Target like I did! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex.
I can’t wait to do this again. I’d love to try out the scavenger hunt idea that the neighborhood boy suggested. Expect to see a blog post about that if I ever get a good one together. Knowing me, it’ll be thrown together last minute, too. 🙂