Halloween Target Games

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We’re going to teach you how to make and play two Halloween target games. And you can make both if you want or pick one. Of course, the most fun is in the playing of the Halloween game that you create. 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!?!)

This activity is part of our FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT CHALLENGE. Make some family memories without even leaving the house. And each of the 6 Fall activities in this series won’t break the bank either. You might want to check out the Halloween Paddle ball for a start.

MAKE: Halloween Party Game (Version 1)

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: Paint the Bag Orange

  • 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: Add the Green Paint

  • 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: Add a Face to Your Jack-o-Lantern Craft

  • 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: Stuff the Pumpkin Craft

  • 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
Pumpkin Target Game step 4

Step 5: Make It Into a DIY Halloween Game

  • 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 DIY Halloween decorations for your home. Or make them into the perfect Halloween treat bags. Just add candy and treats instead of newspaper.

Watch and Craft along as we Make this Pumpkin Craft

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

Jack-o-Lantern Target Game
Halloween Kids’ Game

MAKE: Halloween Monster Game (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: Prep the Bags

  • 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: Design Your Halloween Monster Crafts

  • 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: Stuff It

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

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

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.

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 Halloween Activity for later! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…

Halloween Monster Target Game
Halloween Monster Mash Target Game
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