This fun party game is sure to get the gang in the scary spirit. Letting the kids piece together their own ingenious costumes is a wonderful way to combine entertainment and education -- they'll use the creative side of their brains to knock out the competition!

Ages seven and up
4 to 8 people (though the more the merrier!)
Indoors or Outdoors
Materials Needed:

  • Video camera to record the creative process!
  • Shopping bags filled with identical items. For example:
  • 1 White Sheet
  • 1 Red scarf or bandanna
  • 1 Black magic marker
  • 2 yards string (any color)
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 baseball cap or hat

How to play:

  • Divide the group of children evenly into two teams.
  • Provide each group with a bag. The bags will contain the exact same items. With the items given, the group must create a spooky character and decide who will model it for the judges.
  • Agree upon a time limit for costume creation. Say "go!" and videotape the process.
  • An adult can select winners in various categories so that everyone is a winner. Costume ideas may include: a ghost, a witch, a scarecrow, an alien, etc. Prize categories may include: Most Frightening, Most Original, Most Silly, Best Teamwork, Fastest Workers, etc.
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