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Halloween parties combine all of our favorite things: great costumes, great home decor, and great friends. But while Halloween is a great theme in and of itself, it takes more than your Monster Mash playlist playing on loop to keep your guests entertained. Enter Halloween party games. Whether your crew is into spooky trivia, murder mysteries, or the quintessential bobbing for apples, there are plenty of on-theme (and actually fun) Halloween party games for adults with rules that don't take 30 minutes to explain.
Some easy Halloween party games are holiday versions of games you already know. To put a seasonal spin on some of your favorite drinking games like beer pong or flip cup, simply draw an eye on the ball or use red food coloring to give your beverages a vampiric twist. If your Halloween party is more low-key like a movie night or a small cocktail party, games like trivia or charades can add another level of fun. For those who prefer tournament-like escapades, plan a pumpkin-themed festival and tally points from pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin checkers, speed pumpkin gutting, and more.
To really immerse yourself, try a Halloween party game like a murder mystery kit where everyone plays a part like our Masters of Mystery and Avalon Hill picks below. You could build your entire Halloween party around the plot—food and drinks, candles, music, decorations, and of course costumes.
No matter what your Halloween festivities look like, we've rounded up the 10 best Halloween party games for adults to keep any size crowd engaged, entertained, and in the spirit all night long.
Horror Trivia Card Game
Put your cinephile knowledge to the test with this horror-themed trivia game that will take you from Scream back to Psycho and hit every cult classic in between.
Charades is a crowd-pleaser no matter the age range of your group. This version with a Halloween twist is sure to provide ample laughs.
Eyeball Ping Pong Balls
Beer pong is an adult party classic, but it's not very festive—unless you embrace this Halloween upgrade. Use Ping-Pong balls that look like creepy eyes staring back at you to raise the stakes and remind you to focus.
Stupid Deaths The Party Game
Tired of jump scares and suspense? Take a break from the spooky side of Halloween with a game that makes light of everyone's biggest fear: death.
Roulette Shots Drinking Games Set for Adults
Speaking of suspense, turn the anticipation up a notch with a classic roulette game—this time, with shots of your beverage of choice.
Halloween Best Costume Skeleton Trophy
The original Halloween party game, costume contests are what every Halloween lover plans for all year. Reward the best-dressed characters in your bunch with a trophy that celebrates their creativity.
Pick Your Poison Card Game
When the night starts to die down, play a haunting round of this Halloween-themed version of "Would You Rather…?" It just might have you reconsidering all your life choices before the sun comes up.
Halloween Friendly Feud Game
Want to get your different friend groups to bond fast? Mix them up and pit them against one another in a super-competitive and fun game. This Halloween version of Family Feud will generate many debates and new friendships.
Halloween Murder Mystery Game Kit - Vampire Ball
Let all your Halloween guesswork be taken care of with this all-inclusive murder mystery kit. Assign each guest a character at the door (or ahead of time, if you want to be extra), and let the chaos commence.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
A personal favorite, this spooky game invites you to build your own haunted house—and then try to escape from it without getting murdered. It's great for people who like world-building and immersive games.
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