Halloween Games: Warning! Treasured Fun of the Past and Present
Anyone hosting a Halloween party might want to have a few games for their guests to play. They provide the perfect way for new friends to get better acquainted and help begin a night off with laughter.
Searching for the best Halloween games in which to achieve this goal may have some hosts exploring Halloween games which were played in the past and these can yield a few surprises.
Halloween Games of the Past
In an old book I have, Parlor Games by Helen Hollister (Penn Publishing Company, 1896) there is a chapter dedicated to Halloween games or frolics. Within the chapter are many suggestions of games which are played for “celebrating the night.” The common game of bobbing for apples is listed but then there are a few other games suggested which may leave you wondering what the goal was for playing those games.
Was it for breaking the ice or for breaking their legs? They must be treasured for smiles given today!
One of the listed games in question is called The Mirror of Fate. The host of the party is supposed to give each guest a lighted candle and a hand held mirror. They are then guided to the very top of the house (attic included) and are instructed to walk all the way back down (cellar included). The ‘game’ is that they must walk down backward using only the mirror as their guide. They are never to turn their heads around during their way down.
The description for the game does offer a warning for the players. In the book it is written; “The traveler should use great caution in descending, as a misstep might cause a terrible fall.”
Anyone hunting for the best Halloween games to play at their party may be advised to skip over any games which offer warnings of ‘terrible falls’ or ‘use great caution.’
However there is another game listed which should have ‘use great caution’ in the description but doesn’t. This game is called Snap-Dragon and should probably be avoided also. In this game the host of the party is supposed to place an abundance of raisins in a dish and pour alcohol over them. Once everyone is gathered around the dish, the alcohol is set on fire and each player is to try and ‘snap’ out as many raisins out of the dish as they can. The winner of this game is the guest which is able to snap out the most raisins before being burned.
Halloween Game for the Present
After reading some of the past games suggested for Halloween fun, a host of a party may be happy to read about a game which is found in the present. The following game is called ‘Whose Blood is it?’ This game provides lots of laughter as the players try and guess what type of juice(blood) it is that they are drinking.
The host of the party fills small plastic containers (shot size) for each of the players with a variety of ‘red juices’ and numbers them. The guests of the party are to then taste each and try to correctly guess ‘Whose blood is it?’(What type of juice). The guests write their answers down on a numbered sheet of paper. The winner of the game is the person with the most correct answers.
The following are suggestions for ‘red juices’:
*Strawberry Flavored Drink
*Watered down Ketchup
*Watered down Tabasco sauce
*Water (Red food colored)
In the above game guests will not have to be concerned about falling down steps but they will still need to be aware of their senses. And a host with common sense will avoid Halloween games which may leave their friends with broken bones or burn down houses.
Having a fun, but safe Halloween party should be the goal for any party. 🙂
Treasure the Adventure!
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