Halloween Ideas

Halloween Party Game: Pumpkin Pickin'

Entertain Halloween trick-or-treaters or partygoers of all ages with a handmade game of chance that can be refilled with candy or small trinkets to keep the fun going.

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This interactive game is inexpensive to craft and fun to play. Behind each felt pumpkin is a prize; guests just need to slide their hand through the pumpkin of their choice to claim it. Or, you can make the game more difficult by requiring kids to match up like items before they actually win (like Memory) or place textural items, like spaghetti for brains or grapes for eyeballs, behind the panels and require that guests accurately guess what they're touching before winning a prize. We've used felt flaps and opened up the back to make it easy for parents to reload the game to keep the fun going.

Materials Needed:

  • flat-screen TV box (ours is 36.5" x 21.5" x 6.25")
  • kraft paper
  • 1 card-stock sheet
  • 12 6" x 6" square mailing boxes
  • black duct tape
  • craft or utility knife
  • straight-edge ruler
  • scissors
  • glue
  • orange felt
  • black permanent marker
  • black and green craft or poster paint
  • large paintbrush and artist's paintbrush
  • clothespins
  • Halloween-themed candy or small toys as prizes

Create a Kraft Paper Template

To determine the number of columns and rows your TV box will hold, first create a template using a sheet of kraft paper that has been cut to the same size as the TV box. Fold paper in half lengthwise and widthwise to easily find both the horizontal and vertical centers. Then fold both the bottom and top of the kraft paper to the center line and crease. You should now have a sheet of paper with 8 sections that will help you determine the placement of boxes (see diagram below, Image 1).

Finish Template

Make a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square out of card stock to use as a template then determine the boxes' position by tracing around the square template onto the kraft paper (Image 1). Draw a box to coordinate with each of your square shipping boxes. Note: Be sure to leave at least a 1" frame between each of the boxes. Label the top of the paper template with the word "top." Using a craft knife or scissors, cut out the centers of the squares leaving the surrounding frames.

Create Pumpkin-Shaped Holes

Next, tape the kraft paper template to the front of the TV box, making sure the top is in the correct position. Then, draw rounded pumpkin shapes inside the square cut-outs onto the TV box below (Image 1). Remove the paper template and use a craft knife to cut out the rounded pumpkin shapes (Image 2).

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