If this is the year you are going to throw the best Halloween party ever, it’s time to start preparing. After you’ve sent the invitations, picked out your costume and stocked your bar full of fall favorites, you also need to think about your music selection, decorations and some fun Halloween-themed party games.
We’re here to help with the last item on that list. Below, we’ve put together 11 of the best Halloween party games for adults. From murder mystery sets to spoon races, these games will add a lighthearted element to your party this October 31st. So what are you waiting for? Maybe you won’t win “best dressed” at the costume contest, but you still have a chance to win Halloween in other ways this year. Add these games to cart to kick off the fun.
1. University Games Murder Mystery Party Game
Put on a classy Halloween party for adults by hosting a murder mystery dinner party. The University Games Murder Mystery Party Game includes everything you need to throw a successful mystery for eight people, including character booklets, name tags, clues and a helpful party planning guide. The game is set around a body being discovered at a California vineyard. You and your guests have to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.
2. Murder in the Dark
Murder in the Dark is a fun Halloween game that can be played with any deck of cards. To play, you’ll need at least three players, a dark space and a deck of cards with all but one ace, king and jack removed. Deal the cards. The player with the ace becomes the murderer, the player with the king becomes a police officer and the player with the jack becomes the detective. When the lights turn off, the murderer walks around the room tapping people on the shoulder to make them sit down and “die.” When someone comes across one of the bodies, the lights go back on and the detective must determine who the murder is. This is a fun game that can be played over and over again with people of all ages.
3. Endless Games Horror Trivia
BEST FOR FANS OF SCARY MOVIES
Test your knowledge of scary movies and Halloween pop culture with Endless Games’ Horror Trivia. This game can be played with two players or a large group split into teams. The object of play is to collect weapons to defend yourself against the ultimate evil. Of course, you could also forgo the weapons collection in favor of a good, old-fashioned trivia night instead. Either way, your guests are sure to love testing their knowledge.
4. Halloween Spoon Eyeball Game
BEST FOR OUTDOOR PARTIES
Bring a bit of childhood fun to your adult Halloween party. A spoon race is an ideal way to get everyone up, moving and laughing. This kit includes six colorful spoons and 24 bouncy ball eyes. Ask your guests to race each other holding the spoons in their mouths or in their hands. This is an especially fun game after your guests have had a few drinks.
5. Anton Publications Halloween Charades
BEST FOR FAMILY PARTIES
Are there any better party games than charades? We’re not sure, and this set of Anton Publications Halloween Charades ensures all the prompts are appropriately themed for your party. The prompts, which include things like “cemetery,” “Friday the 13th” and “trick or treat,” are all family friendly. Because of its innocent nature, this game of charades makes a fun addition to Halloween parties for adults, families or children.
6. Fun Express Wheel of Potion Shots
BEST DRINKING GAME
To get everyone a bit tipsy at your Halloween party for adults, break out the Fun Express Wheel of Potion Shots. Fill each hole with a different fall-themed shot and take turns spinning the wheel. Wherever the pointer lands, follow the directions. This wheel could be combined with a different game to slow it down or used on its own to ensure everyone is drinking enough to keep up with the fun.
7. Candy Guessing Game
Probably the easiest game you could include in your Halloween party is the classic “Guess How Many Pieces of Candy in the Bowl” game. Place this Mars Halloween Candy Variety Mix in a glass bowl and ask each guest to write down their guess. The closest person to the actual number wins all the candy in the bowl or a separate prize. Either way, be sure to order some extra candy for all your guests to enjoy.
8. The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook
MOST UNINVOLVED GAME
There’s something a bit spooky about having your fortune told, even if you don’t believe in it at all. And even though it’s more of an activity than a game, adding a deck of tarot cards and a guidebook to a table in the corner is a great way to let your guests participate in tarot readings without needing to have dedicated game time during your party. This particular set has a beautiful hardcover book that tells you how to use the included tarot cards and what each combination means.
9. Mattel Games Escape Room in a Box
BEST FOR SMALL PARTIES
Although you and your friends could head to a real Escape Room for your Halloween celebrations, you can have the same experience at home for a fraction of the price with Escape Room in a Box. This werewolf-themed escape room scenario is ideal for Halloween, requiring everyone to work together to solve 19 different puzzles before you all become werewolves. This escape room game can be played with two to eight players, ages 13 and up.
10. Pick Your Poison Adult Card Game
BEST NSFW GAME
While it’s not strictly designed for Halloween, Pick Your Poison makes an ideal Halloween party game thanks to its poisonous name. In this NSFW party game, players choose which of two scenarios they would rather partake in. Each round means plenty of laughter as you and your friends discuss the possibilities and decide which scenario to choose. This card game would also make a great drinking game with some additional rules.
11. Halloween Scavenger Hunt
MOST INVOLVED GAME
Take your party on the move with a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Put together a list of spooky things for your guests to find and take photos of. Think items like a pumpkin carved in the shape of a Star Wars character, someone dressed up as a ghost or a specialty Halloween cocktail from a local bar. The team with the most photos from the list wins! Of course, this can be played using camera phones, but to keep things fair, why not invest in a pair of instant cameras like this Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?