Scary Halloween Classroom Games

Scary Halloween Classroom Games
Most children love all things Halloween .​
As adults,​ we​ assume it's because Halloween means candy and children generally love candy .​
But many children love more than just the​ abundance of​ candy at​ Halloween time .​
They really get into the​ ghoulish aspect of​ the​ holiday and delight in​ the​ displays of​ goopy brains and squishy body parts.
Halloween games,​ therefore,​ can be really fun and goopy,​ if​ you wish .​
The kids will go with it,​ don't worry.
First up,​ a​ brain game .​
There's a​ fun game on​ store shelves where you pick through a​ rubber brain to​ figure out what's in​ it .​
You can create this easily yourself .​
Make some jello and fill it​ with a​ variety of​ items,​ like gummy worms and other gummy candies,​ some small candy and trinkets and other items .​
Tell the​ children to​ root around in​ the​ bowl of​ jello (call it​ a​ brain if​ this will get the​ kids more interested) to​ figure out what's in​ it .​
It's goopy and messy and kids love it .​
Best yet,​ color the​ jello black so it's too dark to​ see what's inside and it​ looks more like goopy brain matter (the way kids see it,​ anyway).
In that same,​ or​ similar vein,​ kids love the​ spaghetti game .​
Be sure they are wearing a​ smock over their clothes or​ are wearing play clothes before playing this game .​
Make a​ big bowl of​ spaghetti and fill it​ with all kinds of​ items,​ like plastic bugs,​ gummy worms and other items that might feel a​ bit strange .​
Make the​ children feel around in​ the​ bowl of​ spaghetti and identify the​ items they feel .​
Once they are done and cleaned up,​ have them list as​ many items as​ they can remember .​
Whoever gets the​ most items listed (and right) gets a​ prize .​
Spaghetti,​ anyone?
Another similar game that's always popular is​ to​ take a​ cardboard box and paint it​ black,​ both the​ inside and outside .​
Carve a​ small hole in​ the​ top,​ really just large enough for the​ children to​ get their hands into,​ and fill the​ box with a​ variety of​ items .​
They can be related to​ Halloween (like a​ small pumpkin) or​ not (wrapped Tootsie rolls or​ a​ tiny toy Hummer car) .​
Have the​ children guess what's inside the​ box and award the​ box itself to​ the​ child who guesses the​ most number of​ items correctly .​
To make this goopy and silly,​ be sure to​ include some items that might feel like body parts or​ brain matter.
Kids love creating silly fictional stories,​ often with absurd plotlines .​
Halloween is​ the​ optimum time to​ let them run wild with their imaginations .​
Have them spend a​ bit of​ time writing out the​ scariest story they can think of .​
Some children might need some direction not to​ make it​ ridiculously grotesque,​ so use caution with these children in​ your clarification of​ this assignment .​
Once the​ stories are written,​ have the​ children hand them in​ and then have a​ guest reader for each one of​ them .​
Each child will come to​ the​ front of​ the​ class and read the​ story with as​ much dramatization as​ they can muster .​
Once the​ story is​ read,​ everyone has to​ guess who wrote the​ story .​
The writer should play along,​ otherwise everyone will know it​ was their story! the​ winner is​ the​ child who wrote a​ story so intriguing and unusual that nobody knew it​ was his or​ hers!
Kids love the​ word find games when you give them a​ word or​ words relating to​ a​ holiday or​ something else and have them find words within those words .​
In this case,​ give them Halloween-related words and ask them to​ find as​ many scary words as​ they can .​
For example,​ you might give them the​ word Halloween and see how many scary words they can make from the​ letters .​
Or you could give them a​ series of​ words and let them rearrange the​ letters in​ all of​ the​ words to​ create scary words,​ or​ even create a​ story from the​ scary words .​
Put a​ time limit on​ this game and award a​ prize for the​ child who creates the​ most words in​ the​ least amount of​ time .​

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