The dreaded kids Halloween party (for the parents anyways) is one feat that can sometimes get scary, if you know what I mean. It really gets us into the Halloween mood fast, mopey, scared and nervous. We ask ourselves, should I go with the traditional bingo or pin the wart on the witch’s nose? How much money is this going to cost? And can I make this fun AND educational? Some really scary questions.
To these questions I say, neither, next to nil and YES!
A Kids Halloween Party Game
Okay, so I know you’re thinking, what’s Rolling for Pumpkins? Well the name is made up by me (and it’s quite catchy if I do say so myself, you’ll see why down below), but most of the game goes back to a very old game called Snake Eyes, a board game that uses cards and dice. As a child, I played this with my great grandparents and then with my grandparents and it has become a family favorite. It’s so old now it’s vintage. I’ve searched to find a game of my own online, but there are not many out there, so I decided to make my own. I’ve modified the original rules a bit to make it exactly how we played as a family.
This fun game has got it all and both the kids and the parents will be happy. The friendly pumpkin characters will have your little ones talking and this project is super easy to make (ahem, I mean print!) Hallelujah, says the parent! Kids will practice their addition by adding the numbers from the dice and if they’re younger, be able to help turn cards over, practicing number recognition. So it is educational, after all!
Rolling for Pumpkins
Rolling for Pumpkins is the perfect addition for your kids class kids halloween party. Just print the download, cut into cards and bring, and of course it doesn’t hurt to bring a little candy or a dollar store prize for the winner. If you have really little ones, like I do, you could use this instead of regular dice to help them out, but my two year olds love to roll the dice and flip the cards, we help them, just a tiny bit! It’s simple to play and even addicting for me as an adult, so it’d make a fun family game as well.
How to Play it
Number of Players:
Object of the Game:
Get all of your cards face down first.
1. Each player gets a set of 10 pumpkin cards numbered 2-6 and 8-12.
2. Place all 10 cards face up in front of each player, arranged by numerical order in two rows. (2-6 and 8-12)
3. First player will begin by throwing two dice and turning the corresponding numbered card face down. Proceed to roll, turning cards until a 7 or a number already turned is rolled.
4. If player rolls a 7, turn one card of choice face up and end turn.
5. If player rolls a number which they have already turned over, the next player (in order of the roll) who needs that number will turn their card face down and begin their turn. Sometimes players get skipped if this happens. If all players have the number turned face down, player will continue rolling.
6. Game ends and player wins when they are able to turn all cards face down first.
How to Make it
If you really want to keep it simple, all you have to do is print on cardstock and use a paper trimmer and cut the cards out. Easiest kids Halloween party game ever! If you have time and want to jazz it up, you can add some fun color to the back.
I printed on cardstock and used spray adhesive to add some Halloween scrapbook paper to the back before I cut them. Be sure to spray the adhesive in a well ventilated area, like your garage. Let the adhesive sit for a minute until it’s tacky before adding your scrapbook paper. Lastly, cut out and have some fun!