Finding a fun spooky Halloween game for kids to play that won’t scare the pants of little guys is not always a simple task. This game is simple, spooky but not at all frightening. As I was making it I wasn’t so sure of how we’d play but the rules evolved, and we’ve been playing it all weekend. The giggles were epic, and the only screams were when I forgot the spiders are fake and walked into the living room and saw them on the floor. This activity works on balance, problem-solving and can be adapted for various levels.
- Gather your materials. You will need some painters tape, plastic spiders, a prize for the end of a glow stick and if the simple version ( explained below) is too easy have some other obstacles like these ghosts ready to make it a challenge.
- Start by making a web with tape on your floor. You can do a full web or if like me space is limited just do a half.
- Make an obvious start and finish. We call our finish home base.
- Add some spiders around the web and the prize ( glowstick) in the center. After the first go I let my son scatter the spiders himself.
- Time to play. So the object of this web walking game is to stay on the web and pick up all the spiders then the prize ( glow stick) without falling off the web. Now, this can be made very difficult by requiring tippy toes or much easier by only counting a fall onto the floor as a true fall. For us, he was out and had to start again if he took a step off the tape.
- It was not a big enough challenge, so we added ghosts! He could step over them, but if his foot touched one, he was out. Another way to make it much more of a challenge for older kids is to turn it into a timed challenge with a stop watch.
- When he did step off, I’d make a cackling witchy laugh and proclaim ” You fell into the goo, ew, ew, ew! ” He’d laugh and start again
Spooky … a little but definitely not scary! I think this game will be coming out every October for years to come.
You may know the song ” One Elephant” This is a Halloween version that fits this activity perfectly. In my class, I used to sing this with me starting at one side of the circle time rug calling each child over. My assistant teacher would be last. I have had so many requests for songs; I couldn’t ignore this perfect match of song and activity.
One little ghost went out to play upon a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun that he called for another little ghost to come.
Two little ghosts went out to play upon a spider’s web one day
They had such enormous fun that they called for another little ghost to come.
And so on and so on…