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Carrie Grosvenor

Looking for Trick or Treat Alternatives? Try Minute to Win It Games

By October 29, 2012

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With the unsettled weather affecting a large population of the US and Canada, quite a few parents I've spoken with are trying to decide what to do about Halloween this year. Some will be keeping their kids home instead of trick or treating if the weather is as wet as it looks like it might be. (And they're stocking up on candy now too!) Many of these parents are trying to throw together an alternative gathering so the kids can still get dressed up and spend some time having fun with their friends.

If you're looking for some quick and easy ways to keep the kids entertained, there are loads of Minute to Win It games that can be used straight-up or adapted for a Halloween theme. Here are just a few ideas:
  • Nose Dive is like bobbing for apples, except the apples are cotton balls and you use your nose instead of your mouth. So not really like bobbing for apples but still a lot of fun!

  • Noodling Around uses pasta as props. Everyone has pasta in their cupboards, so it's simple to set up.

  • Matchmaker requires players to sort candy into cups. It's Halloween, so you've already got plenty of candy on hand.

  • Johnny Applestack is just like it sounds: Stacking apples. Perfect for kids.

  • Frankenstein. The game is called Frankenstein. What could be more perfect? (Actually this one's best for older kids.)

  • Face the Cookie is a classic, and ends up with the players eating cookies.

  • Dizzy Mummy is the Minute to Win It version of the toilet paper mummy game.

  • Junk in the Trunk is goofy and fun, perfect to get some laughs and exercise at the same time. Gotta start working off some of those fun-size candy bars, right?
Check out our complete list of games from Minute to Win It and you'll be inspired to add all kinds of great games to your party or gathering. And stay safe - this storm looks to be a big one.

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