Halloween Charades - The Game of Acting Out Spooky Films, Songs and Books!

Are you too old for Trick-or-Treating? Or maybe what to try something new to celebrate Halloween this year? Gather friends, family, ghouls and ghosts and play a fun game of Halloween Charades! This printable party game can be enjoyed by the whole family and the great news is there is no limit to how many people can participate. Guests can drop in, and out, of games and the rules are flexible enough that you can make the game your own.

 Halloween Charades - The Game of Acting Out Spooky Films, Songs and Books!

How to play Halloween Charades

Divide your group into teams and give yourself a winning team name. To play Halloween Charades each team should take it in turns for one person to draw a card and act - without talking - what is depicted on the card. It could be a Halloween film, song or book. Their teammates have 1 minute to correctly guess the card. Each card that your team can correctly guess is worth 1 point. If your team fails to correctly guess the card play passes to the opposing team ; they can confer and have one opportunity to steal the card from you.

We like to play to the first team to score 10 points wins but carry on for longer if you are all enjoying yourself and on a roll.


Another way to play. Start a timer, we'd suggest 2 minutes, and take it in turns to work your way through as many cards as you can in the allocated time. You cannot pass a card. When the timer ends count up all the cards your team successfully guessed, this is your score for the round. Play passes to the opposing team.

Halloween Charade Cards - Films, Songs and Book

Here are an example of some of the cards you'll find in our Halloween Charades printable game ; the perfect party game to help you celebrate this year.

Halloween Films

  • Zombieland
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Get Out
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Parasite

Halloween Songs

  • Witchy Woman
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • Black Magic Woman
  • Boogie Monster
  • Skeleton in the Closet
  • Sympathy for the Devil

Halloween Books

  • When Things Get Dark
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Interview With a Vampire
  • White is for Witching
  • Dark Harvest
  • Haunted

Helpful tips for acting out phrases in Halloween Charades

  • Number of words in the title : Hold up the number of fingers.
  • Which word you're working on : Hold up the number of fingers again.
  • Number of syllables in the word : Lay the number of fingers on your arm.
  • Which syllable you're working on : Lay the number of fingers on your arm again.
  • A small word : Hold your index finger and your thumb close together.
  • A big word : Hold your index finger and your thumb far apart.
  • The entire concept : sweep your arms through the air.
  • Sounds like : Cup one hand behind an ear.
  • Longer version of : Pretend to stretch a piece of elastic.
  • Shorter version of : Do a "karate chop" with your hand.
  • Plural : link your little fingers.
  • Past tense : wave your hand over your shoulder toward your back.
  • A location : Make a circle in the air and point to as if pointing on a map.
  • A person : Stand with your hands on your hips in a pose.
  • A phrase : Make quotation marks in the air with index fingers and middle fingers.
  • An event : Point to the wrist as if wearing a watch.
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