25 Halloween Games for Adults That Are Hair-Raisingly Fun

Updated October 8, 2021
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From costume parties to casual get-togethers, there's plenty for adults to do on Halloween. Whether you're hanging out at home after taking your kids out trick-or-treating, or you're attending a costume party with friends, these Halloween games for adults will make it a fun evening for everyone.

Outdoor Games for Grown-Up Fun

If you're having a Halloween party outside, there are lots of ways you can have fun. These outdoor games are super entertaining for adults.

Scavenger Hunt With Photos

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Create a scavenger hunt by hiding spooky items around your yard or neighborhood. Make a list of Halloween items everyone needs to find within a specified time limit. When participants find the item, they need to take a photo of it as proof. The person or group who gets the most items wins. These are just a few of the spooky things you might consider including in your Halloween scavenger hunt for adults:

  • Badly carved pumpkin
  • Someone dressed as a zombie
  • Bucket of candy
  • Skeleton
  • Halloween-themed cocktail

Spider Web Limbo

Limbo is always a fun party game, and it's more challenging the older you get. Instead of a limbo pole or rope, hang some fake spider webs between trees in your backyard. Lower the spider webs for each round of the limbo challenge.

Grown-Up Pinata

Everyone loves taking a swing at a Halloween-themed pinata, and it's even more fun when it's filled with things you might actually want. Everyone loves candy, but give it an adult twist by including some other goodies. Mini bottles of liqueur (in plastic bottles), LED flashlights, bottle openers, and other little goodies will make opening the pinata even more exciting.

Spider Cornhole

The back yard game of cornhole is always fun, but you can give it a Halloween twist by using tape or paint to make a spiderweb on the board. You can also stretch fake spider webs over it. Then attach pipe cleaner legs to black bean bags to make spiders and take turns throwing them into the web.

Horror Hide and Seek

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Kids love hide and seek, but adults can play a grown-up version of the game that's plenty of spooky fun. Wait until it's dark outside and turn on some scary sound effects. Then decide who is "it" and instruct everyone to hide.

Hands-Free Donut Eating Contest

Hang donuts all around the house. You can attach strings and hang powdered sugar donuts from trees, doorways, and anything else that's high enough. The object of the game is to get your fill of donuts without using your hands. Don't forget to take pictures of this hilarious game.

Indoor Halloween Games for Adults

If you're having a Halloween party inside, there are lots of fun games adults will love. Try one of these:

Name That Spooky Tune

Get out your Halloween music playlist and start the clock. The first person to be able to name that spooky tune gets a point. Keep score and see who can name the most Halloween songs.

Horror Trivia Contest

Think you know more than anyone else about horror movies? Challenge everyone to a horror movie trivia contest to see who has seen the most scary movies.

Spooky Charades

Charades is a classic game that's always fun, and it's even better when you're playing on Halloween. Come up with a list of Halloween-themed charades clues, such as the following:

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Death Becomes Her
  • "The Monster Mash"
  • Morticia Addams
  • Zombie apocalypse

Ghost Story Game

As you invite people to your party, include the first part of a ghost story. It can just be a couple of lines - enough to set the stage. Each person should write the rest of the story to share at the party. The person with the most terrifying tale is the winner.

Halloween Murder Mystery

Murder mystery party games can be fun any day of the year, but Halloween is the perfect time to break them out. Invite all your friends and challenge everyone to find the murderer. For added fun, randomly turn out the lights in your house to make it super spooky.

Tarot Card Readings

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If you have a deck of tarot cards, you can take turns giving tarot readings to one another. Take some time to learn about the tarot deck and the meanings of each card. Then have fun seeing what the cards have in store for each of you.

Halloween Drinking Games

If you're having some adult beverages at your Halloween get-together, there are lots of Halloween drinking games for adults that can be fun to try. You can also try these with non-alcoholic alternatives.

Trick-or-Treating Drinking Game

If you'll be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, make it into a drinking game. Ahead of time, agree on a list of situations where you'll take a sip of your drink. Here are some examples:

  • A child says, "trick-or-treat!"
  • Someone is dressed as Yoda.
  • Someone has wings.
  • A child remembers to say "thank you" after taking candy.
  • You can't recognize a costume and have to ask.
  • Someone brings a baby trick-or-treating.

Halloween Cocktail Blind Taste Test

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A blind taste test is always fun, and it can be even better with some Halloween cocktails. Try a Witch's Brew or a Poisoned Apple and see what everyone likes best.

Trick-or-Treat Jello Shots

Jello shots don't have to be standard flavors. In fact, you can mix them up in lots of different ways. In addition to the standard fruit varieties, use plain gelatin to make shots from things like salad dressing or unsweetened lemon juice. Some shots will be tasty (the treats), and some will be downright disgusting (the tricks). The object of this game is to avoid the tricks, but no one will know for sure what they are getting until it's too late.

Two Halloween Truths and a Lie

Halloween is a great time to play Two Truths and a Lie, especially if you keep it focused on a Halloween theme. Before playing, have everyone come up with two truths and a lie about their past Halloween experiences. Then play a drinking game where people can vote on which statement is the lie. If they're wrong, they need to drink.

Halloween Jinx Drinking Game

Pick some words no one is allowed to say this Halloween. If someone says them, they have to drink. Try some of these examples:

  • Witch
  • Pumpkin
  • Costume
  • Midnight
  • Trick
  • Halloween

Costume Party Games for Adults

If you're having a costume party, you can make it even more fun with some great games for adults to play:

Last Minute Costume Contest

Open up the closets in your house and set a timer. The person who comes up with the best Halloween costume from your closet in a period of five minutes is the winner.

Guess My Character

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When people arrive, give everyone a tag to put on their back or forehead. Each tag should be a costume or character. It won't match the costume the person is wearing, which adds even more challenge. The object of the game is to ask questions of other partygoers to find out what your tags says.

Toilet Paper Mummy Contest

You may have attended a bridal shower where you had to make a toilet paper wedding gown. This is the Halloween version of that game. Divide everyone into teams and give them plenty of toilet paper. Instead of having to create a bridal gown, they need to turn one team member into a mummy.

Adult Face Painting Contest

Kids love getting their faces painted, but adults can have fun too. Set out a bunch of face painting supplies and create a contest where everyone needs to paint someone else's face for Halloween. Some people will be better at face painting than others, which can make this game hilarious. At the end, everyone votes on the winner.

Adult Tabletop Games for Halloween

Tabletop games are another awesome way to have fun on Halloween. Try one of these:

Ouija Board

Set up the Ouija board and start trying to contact some spirits. This can be a super spooky way to spend a Halloween evening with friends.


Sure, you may have played Clue as a kid, but it's even more fun with a group of adults. The murder mystery theme is perfect for Halloween. Familiarize yourself with the characters of Clue and get started.

Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror is a fun and scary cooperative board game. This adventure board game contains over 700 pieces and has players take on different roles to fight monsters in the streets of the city of Arkham.

Call of Cthulhu

This horror-based role-playing game is filled with action and adventure and has players set out to battle evil. It's a super spooky way to spend several hours at a Halloween party.

Fun for Grown-Ups Too

Halloween isn't just for kids. No matter what game you decide to play, adult Halloween parties can make this holiday incredibly delightful and frightful for grown-ups too.

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