1. Witches' BrewIn this Halloween party game, guests gather around in a circle. You can place a cauldron in the middle of the circle as a prop, but it isn’t necessary to play the game. The first player starts the game by saying, “I am witch making my brew and into the cauldron I just threw frog’s eyes.” Instead of frog’s eyes, the player may say any ingredient she wishes; the idea is to make up something a witch may use in a spell recipe. The second player then continues by repeating the statement of the first player and adding her own ingredient at the end. For instance, she might say, “I am a witch making my brew and into the cauldron I just threw frog’s eyes and a pinch of sage.” The next player repeats the second person’s statement, and adds on a third ingredient. Play continues around the circle in this manner. Any player who forgets the preceding list of ingredients or can’t come up with a new ingredient is out of the game.
2. Witch CharaadesBefore the game begins, write a collection of things associated with witches on individual pieces of paper. Fold them and place them in a cauldron or witch bucket. Divide guests into two teams. Decide which team goes first, and have one player from that team select a note from the cauldron. Turn over an hourglass (or set a timer). The player with the note has until time runs out to act out what is written on the paper. If her team is able to guess correctly before time runs out, they earn a point. Once time is up, the second team takes a turn. When all of the players have had a turn acting out a prompt, the team that scored the most points wins.
3. Broomstick RelayDivide guests into two teams. Hand each team a broomstick and a witch’s hat. The relay race begins with the first players in line for each team donning the hat and “riding” the broomstick to the finish line and back. The hats and broomsticks are then handed off to the next players in line who must also race to the line and back. The first team whose players all complete the relay wins the race.
4. Poison ApplesFill a cauldron with several red and a few green apples. Blindfold players and have them reach in to pull out an apple. The green apples are the poisoned ones, and kids who pull out a poison apple are out of the game. Once everyone has pulled an apple, the players who weren’t poisoned take another turn. Replace the green apples as needed, and continue the game until only one player who hasn’t been poisoned remains.
This game can also be played with kids bobbing for apples the traditional way, and those who come up with green ones are out.