If you’re holding a post-trick-or-treat Halloween party for a group of 12-year-old boys and girls, you’re going to need games to relieve all of them of their candy-induced sugar rush. Some easy, inexpensive games will be just the trick to entertain your preteens.
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Bobbing for Apples
Play the classic game bobbing for apples, but give it a ghoulish twist. Place the apples in a large bucket of water with a few drops of red food coloring. Drill a hole into a few apples and place edible creepy crawlers in each, such as gummy worms. Have each contestant wear a pair of fake teeth to give the game an added challenge. Set a timer and give each party guest 30 seconds to retrieve apples with his mouth. Whoever gets the most apples wins a prize. Make sure to wash the apples and break off the stems before you place them in the bucket.
Purchase a large amount of toilet paper for a mummy building game. Break the children into teams of two or three, depending on the size of the group. Ask one child from each team to volunteer to be the mummy. Give each team several rolls of the toilet paper and instruct them to wrap their mummy as quickly as possible. The first team to completely construct their mummy first wins. Remind each team that the mummy must be put together neatly to win.
Place 20 to 25 Halloween-themed items on a large tray. They can be anything from a piece of candy corn to a pair of fangs to a candied apple. Give each party guest a small notebook and a pen and allow them to look over the items on the tray for 1 minute. After the time is up, remove the tray and ask each child to write down everything they can remember. The person who correctly recalls the most Halloween items wins a prize.