Halloween is an undeniably awesome time for a party. But how can you make yours stand out from all the other monster mashes? With a little fright-filled fun! A ‘Fear Factor’ party is messy, mysterious, and will go down in your family’s history books as one of the most memorable Halloween events ever. Here are fourteen kid-friendly Fear Factor challenges that are going to make this Halloween spooktacular!
Find the Monster Eyes
Add red food coloring to a tub of water and thicken it with powdered sugar to make fake blood. Toss in some peeled grapes (monster’s eyes), as well as small super balls and marbles. Blindfold the kids one at a time and see how many monster eyes (the squishy ones) the kids can get out in one minute. This one gets messy so have some old towels ready!
Monster Brains Treasure Hunt
Put three boxes of boiled spaghetti in a cleaning bucket. Add basil pesto so it has a slimy green appearance. Mix in small objects like pennies, paper clips, and beads in the spaghetti. Small rubber bugs would be even better! Have the kids see how many items they can retrieve in thirty seconds.
Frog Egg Slurp-a-Thon
Mix green food dye into tapioca pudding and fill up some small cups. Have the kids suck up the frog eggs (tapioca balls) one by one with a straw. First one to empty the cup wins!
Dinosaur Egg Smash
Boil enough eggs so that the kids all have four eggs each. Tell them that there are some raw eggs mixed in with the boiled ones. Have the kids break the eggs on their forehead. The first one to break all their eggs wins. The kids naturally go slow because they’re anticipating a raw egg mess (that never comes)!
Fill a bucket or large bowl with lots of ice and some water. You want the water to be very cold! Put marbles in the bucket and have the kids try to get as many marbles out with their toes as they can in two minutes. This one will get them screaming! The kid with the most marbles wins!
Place ten gummy worms at the bottom of a pie tin and then fill it with whipped cream. Have the kids put their hands behind their backs and try to get all ten worms out with their mouth. Get out your camera because this is some super messy fun!
Put pieces of rice in a large doll’s hair (Lucy) or mixed in a bowl with some yarn. Give all the kids chopsticks and tell them they need to delouse Lucy. The person who can pull out the most in 30 seconds wins.
Monster Egg Smash
Blow up small balloons and scatter them all over the floor. Tell the kids that these are monster’s eggs and that you need to smash them before the monsters hatch. Have the kids jump on all the balloons at the same time till they are all popped. Everyone wins at this game, and it is great for toddlers!
Put small items like jelly beans or candy corn inside a pumpkin that has not been cleaned out. Have the kids pull out as many as they can in thirty seconds. Everyone loves the gushy insides of a pumpkin, so this is another one that’s good for younger kids.
Body Part Feel & Find
Put almond slices (fingernails), cauliflower (brains), grapes(eyeballs), peeled tomato (heart), and baby carrots (fingers) in jello. Make enough bowls of jello so every kid has their own. Blindfold the kids, have them reach into the jello, and name each body part they can feel. First one to call out all the body parts wins.
Pair the kids up and have a third one wrap them up together with toilet paper or paper towels, (you can use it later to clean up all the messes). See which team makes the craziest and the silliest mummy with four arms and legs. If you don’t have enough kids to do double mummies just wrap up one kid. Everyone’s a winner in this game because they’ll all look hilarious.
Dangle doughnuts from the ceiling or tree branches with string. Tell the kids they are sharks biting at fish in the ocean. They can’t use their hands, only their mouths to chomp on the doughnut. First kid to eat the doughnut wins.
With an adult standing behind the child, have them close their eyes and fall backwards into the adult’s arms. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds! Anyone that does it wins a prize.
Kitty Litter Cake
As if the kids haven’t eaten enough gross food in this game, we’re also including a recipe for Kitty Litter Cake. If you want to turn it into a game you can, but otherwise just have it be the gross, yummy snack you eat when you take a break.
You should make it clear that not all kids have to participate in all the games. Don’t coax a kid into doing something that truly scares them. The games are all a little gross, but they’re also very silly so most kids will have a great time. As far as points and prizes go, make sure everyone leaves with some ghoulish goodies. It’s should be super fun, not super competitive.
Have more ideas for kid-friendly fear factor challenges? Share them in the comments!