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Halloween Target Games

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This week the Fall Family Fun Night Challenge is more active, and I promise…loads of fun! We will start with the MAKE portion by creating Halloween themed targets from brown paper lunch bags. There will be 2 versions for you to choose from, based on the amount of time you want to spend on the MAKE part of your family time together. Then we will PLAY the monster mash game by throwing a ball at our Halloween themed targets. And finally, we will SNACK on something truly amazing and scrumptuous! So, without further ado, let’s get started on our Halloween target games MAKE and PLAY! (Did I mention that these also make great Halloween Party games!?!)

If you missed the past weeks of our FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT CHALLENGE, check them out here: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3. All of the Fall Family Fun Night activities are meant for a great evening at home…no need to go out for a great time! And sign up so that you can get them sent straight to your inbox, along with other goodies along the way. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this great opportunity to build memories this Fall!

MAKE: Jack-o-Lantern Targets (Version 1)

Halloween Kids' Game
Halloween Kids’ Game


  • 5 (or more) brown paper lunch bags
  • Orange paint
  • Green paint
  • 5 (or more) green pipe cleaners
  • Newspaper
  • Medium pompoms
  • 2 Clothespins
  • Scraps of black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

I know how busy you all are…but I also know how important it is to spend genuine, hands-on time with our kiddos. And the days just go by so quickly. Sometimes those spare moments creep up on us, and we are not prepared to take advantage of them. So, let me help. Visit our “fill your bag” page for the FREE printable list so that you will be ready to create with your kids. When you make your kit, you will have everything you need to make every single project on this blog, no exceptions!

Step 1

  • Leaving the paper bag flat, place it on a piece of newspaper
  • Then squirt out a little orange paint on the newspaper
  • Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Now use your paint brush to paint the bottom 2/3 of the paper bag orange
  • Repeat this for each of the paper bags so that you have a collection

Step 2

  • Squeeze a little green paint onto the newspaper
  • Next, create another “paint brush” by pinching a pompom with a clothespin
  • Last, paint the top 1/3 of the paper lunch bag green
  • Allow the paint to dry
Pumpkin Target Game Step 1
Pumpkin Target Game Step 1

Step 3

  • From the black construction, cut triangles for eyes and a nose
  • Cut a jack-o-lantern mouth from the black construction paper
  • Glue the face pieces into place
Halloween Target Games Jack-o-Lanterns Step 3
HaPumpkin Target Game step 3

Step 4

  • Open up the paper lunch bag
  • Stuff it loosely with crumpled newspaper
  • Twist the top so that the green part forms a stem
  • Secure at the base of the stem with a green pipe cleaner
  • Curl the excess pipe cleaner to make a vine accent
Halloween Target Games Jack-o-Lanterns step 4
Pumpkin Target Game step 4

Step 5

  • Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have as many jack-o-lantern targets as you want to play your game. I made 5, but you can make more or less.

*These decorated pumpkin paper bags would also make great Halloween decorations for your home or Halloween treat bags!

Save it for later! Pin this Pumpkin Toss Game to your favorite Pinterest board…

Jack-o-Lantern Target Game
Halloween Kids’ Game

MAKE: Monster Mash Targets (Version 2)

Did I mention that there is a second version of this fun Halloween activity? This will definitely take you more time for the MAKE portion, but I think that the results are so worth it! Each family member can make their own monster for the game and be as creative as possible!

Halloween Target Games Monster Mash
Monster Mash Target Game


  • 5 Brown paper lunch bags
  • 5 Medium pompoms
  • Clothespins
  • Newspaper
  • Paints-light green, dark green, white, gray, brown
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of construction paper-black, purple, red, white
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler with staples

Step 1

  • Lay out newspaper to control the mess
  • Pinch each pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Paint each paper lunch bag a different color (gray, white, light green, green, brown) and let them dry completely

Step 2

  • Add the details to each character. I made a vampire, ghost, Frankenstein, witch and werewolf. You can even choose to make completley different characters. Use your imagination and make whatever monster comes to mind! Get creative!

Step 3

  • Open up the paper bags and fill with crumpled newspaper
  • Fold the top over and staple closed

PLAY: Halloween Target Games

These games have no real rules, other than take turns and HAVE FUN! This is how you play…crumple up a piece of paper (I used an orange piece of construction paper, so that it looked like a mini pumpkin). Line up the monsters (or jack-o-lanterns, depending on which set of targets you made) in a spot inside or outside of your home where you have room to step back and throw at the targets. You can decide how far back to stand through trial and error. You may let the younger ones in the group stand a little closer and older kids stand farther away for more of a challenge. If you need rules, set them at the start so that there is no bickering after the game starts. Maybe each monster is worth a different amount of points…

*You can also use these cute monsters as Halloween decorations in your home or as Halloween treat bags!

SNACK: Mini Pumpkin Donuts

After an in-depth Google search for the best fall inspired yummy snacks out there, I came across these absolutely delicious mini pumpkin donuts! Don’t they look just amazing! You can find the recipe from Katie at {Made to Be a Momma} HERE. If you do not have a mini donut pan, use a mini muffin pan and make donut holes instead. You may need to slightly adjust cooking time. So, pay close attention.

Save this for later for a fabulous fall night with your family! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…

Halloween Monster Target Game
Halloween Monster Mash Target Game

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