Ghost In the Graveyard
is best played outside when it's dark.
First, one person is chosen to be Ghost, and a certain
place or item chosen to be your base. The base can be
the swings, for example. Then the Ghost goes and hides
somewhere while the other members count to 50
When they have got to 50, everyone goes out hunting for
the Ghost. When someone finds the Ghost they shout out
"Ghost in the graveyard!" and everyone tries to run back
the base without being caught by the Ghost. If someone
is touched by the Ghost they become the new Ghost. If
nobody is caught then the ghost goes and hides again.
Great fun at Halloween parties, especially when girls
are wearing heels!
should be played in a grassy area outside.
Find as many balls as you can - the more the better. Any
ball will do. Map out a rough "pitch" using anything you
want for 4 corner flags. At the half way line, place the
balls in a line across the pitch.
Now get your people into two teams and ask them to line
up at each end of the pitch.
On the whistle or word go, everybody must rush to the
balls and do everything they can to get as many balls as
possible back to their end of the pitch. Once the ball
is touched down at their end, it goes out of play. When
you get a ball back you can go back for more.
When all the balls are out of play, the whistle is
blown, and the winning team is the one with most balls.
There are very few rules. You can only handle one ball
at a time. You can get the ball back by passing,
kicking, wrestling etc. Have a few referees to make sure
nobody does anything stupid.
Play as many rounds as you dare. This game is
Baby In The Air
least 5 water filled balloons.
Everyone stands in a circle. One person gives everyone a
different number including him/herself. That same person
goes in the middle of the circle and throws the water
balloon high in the air and at the same time yells out:
"Baby in the air, I call number..." and a number.
Whoever is that number tries to catch the balloon.
If the balloon pops or the person doesn't catch it, then
that person has to pick up a full balloon, throw it up
in the air and yell the same thing. They then go out.
If the person does catch, then they stay in, and throw
the balloon, and shout the next number.
The winner is the last person left in.
This is a
good game for everyone. It can be played by parents at a
kids event, or at a beach party, whatever.
You divide the group into two or more teams of about 6
people each. It is more fun if you have guy, girl, guy,
Give one apple or orange to the leader of each team. On
the word "go" the leader must stick the apple under his
chin and, without using hands, place it under the chin
of the next player in line.
The winners are the first team to go down the line.
If the apple gets dropped it must start from the front
of the line again.
It's hilarious to watch!!!
into teams of 4 or 5.
Take two potatoes and put them in one leg of a pair of
nylons (pantyhose). Take the other leg and tie it around
the waist of a player, so that the leg with potatoes
hangs towards the ground.
You then place another potato on the floor in front of
the first player. Then, only using your hips, you have
to swing the potatoes between your legs to hit the
potato on the floor. The objective is to get this potato
to a certain place and then come back and hand over to
the next player.
The winning team is the first with every player back.
Best played outside, not for carpets. You can also use
oranges, apples etc.
Poop The Potato
teams, with a potato for each player.
Put a bucket or small trash can at the goal line. Each
person places their potato between their thighs. The
object is for each team member to hobble down to their
bucket and drop the potato into it. They may not use
their hands except to reposition the potato between
their legs if it should fall too soon.
The first team to "poop" all their potatoes in their
You can also play this game with fruit.
This is a
nice game for couple or pairs.
Get a big hula hoop. Now get the people together with
their partners to stand in a circle.
The partners stand just in front facing each other. Put
on the music and the hoop must be passed around. Before
a pair passes the hoop on they have to go through the
hoop together from head to toe. If the music stops the
pair inside the hoop is out.
The last couple standing wins.
This is a
great game for energising a team, a workshop, or party.
You'll need a strip of paper for every player - get a
newspaper or flip chart, and tear off pieces about a
foot long and 2 or 3 inches wide. Appoint a timekeeper.
Ask your players to form two teams. Give everyone a
strip of paper each, which they must hold in one hand,
in a clenched fist with the paper hanging down. The
objective is to grab as many pieces of paper as possible
from the opposing team.
Tell the teams to get into a huddle and work out a
strategy, for a minute. Then kick the game off. They get
5 minutes to go mad, dash around and grab as many strips
as they can.
If your strip of paper is taken, you are "out".
Officially this is when no more than a fistful of paper
is hanging below where you're holding it - but it's not
too important. If you are "out" you must stop playing
and sit down.
You may not hide the strip of paper by holding it behind
The winners are the team with the most strips of paper
at the end.
to play this outside, with a good length playing area
that has two distinct ends. The ends must be marked out
with a line, or a wall, or just two objects on the
One person is the bulldog and stands in the middle of
the play area. All the remaining players gather at one
end of the area. When the bulldog shouts "Go", everyone
must run to the other end without being tagged by the
bulldog. If you are tagged you become an extra bulldog
and help in the next go. If you reach the other end you
cannot be tagged.
The bulldog then shouts "Go" again and everyone dashes
back to the other end.
Repeat this process until one player is left as the
Balloon Over Under
party goers into two teams. Line the two teams up.
The person at the front of each line is then given a
balloon. When you shout "Go" the balloon is then passed
through the first persons legs to the person behind. The
second person then passes the balloon over their head to
the third person. The game continues as every player
passes under-over-under-over-under-over-under etc.
When the balloon gets to the back of the line then the
last person must run to the front of the line with the
balloon and the game starts again.
The game ends when all the team players have been to the
front of the line and the original first player has
returned to his place at the front of the line. The
winning team is the team to complete this the fastest.
object of this games is try not to burst the balloon.
You need 1 water balloon for each pair of players. Each
person takes a partner and stands face to face. Start
2ft away from each other.
The 2 players throw the balloon to their partner and try
to catch the balloon. If you don't or the balloon
bursts, you and your partner sit down. If you catch it,
1 person takes a step back.
The last pair standing wins.
is best played on a beach , but can work well in the
back garden too.
Be prepared with about 2 dozen eggs and a couple of
large glasses. Mark out a start line and a finish line
about 10 feet away. Now get your people onto two teams
and stand them in two lines behind the start line. Give
everyone an egg.
The first person from each team must get down on hands
and knees on the start line. The objective is to roll
the egg to the finish line using any part of the head
only. No hands allowed. Once you get to the finish line
you must roll the egg into the glass which is placed on
the ground on it's side. A helper can collect each of
the eggs from the glasses as they are rolled in.
If your egg breaks you get given a fresh egg to continue
with. The winning side is the fastest to get all their
eggs into the glasses.
Just like turtles on a beach. Great entertainment for
you and the public!
Never Ever Have I Ever
This is a
fun game where you find out more about people than you
might have wanted to know.
It can be played inside or out, but you will need a big
space. It's set up like a game of musical chairs.
Everyone has a chair except one person who will be the
starter. The starter stands in the middle, and the
others sit down in a circle around the starter.
The starter now says "Never ever have I ever.." and then
says something they have never done (e.g. shoplifted,
had a one night stand, been locked in a police station
Anyone sitting down who HAS done that thing must stand
up and switch chairs. The person in the middle can grab
a chair at this point. The last person standing is the
next person to say "Never ever have I ever.." and
repeats the game.
This game can become very embarrassing for some people,
but it's a lot of fun!
two long sausage balloons, and divide your party into
two teams. If you have a lot of people use more teams,
minimum 4 per team.
Line the teams up in neat rows. Give a balloon to the
leader of each row, who must place it between his or her
knees, pointing forwards.
On the word go, the teams must pass the balloon down
their row, from person to person, between their knees,
as quickly as possible. The balloon may not be dropped,
or burst and you may not use hands. If the balloon is
dropped it must be picked up between the knees. A burst
balloon is replaced by a new one at the front of the
row. The losing team have to take a forfeit
This game is a lot harder than it sounds, especially if
you mix tall and short people.