How to Play Halloween Tag

Halloween Tag is a fantastic game to get kids in the spooky spirit! It is a quick and easy group game best for medium to large groups that gets blood pumping and energy levels up.

This is a simple icebreaker game to help group members introduce themselves in a fun and energetic way!

Features of  Halloween Tag Game

 ★  Game Name Halloween Tag
 ★  Group size large
 ★  Age any
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill chasing and fleeing
 ★  Place indoor
 ★  Time up to 5 – 10 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials not necessary

Aim of the Game

All group members have a Halloween character and if you get caught out, you’ll end up in the graveyard! The aim of Halloween Tag is to be the last one standing.

Group Size

To play this game, the bigger the group the better as the harder it becomes and the longer it lasts! You need to make sure if you are playing with a large group that you have enough space for the kids to safely run around.

In terms of age, we recommend playing Halloween Tag with kids 6 – 9 years old. If you have an energetic group, this is a fantastic way to blow off some steam and get your group moving.

Preparation and Materials

All you need to play Halloween Tag is a big room or a sports hall that is large enough for all group members to run around safely. You do need two walls to play this game, so it is best suited to be played indoors.

How to Play Halloween Tag

Playing Halloween Tag is simple and easy, yet heaps of fun. To start, get the kids to line up and assign each individual a spooky Halloween character such as a werewolf, mummy, or zombie. You should have three different characters so that the group is split into three.

All the kids then line up against a wall apart from two people who are “it”. These people stand in the middle of the room and call out one of the spooky characters. If they call out “zombie” and you have been assigned a zombie, you have to run to the other side of the room and touch the wall. The people who are “it” have to try to tap as many zombies as possible as they run across the room.

Any tagged zombies then get sent to the “graveyard” and have to sit down in the spot they were caught. The players who are “it” then decide on another group to call out who have to make it across to the other side of the room. Any kids sent to the “graveyard” can tag the runners and get them out, but only from where they are sitting cross-legged on the floor.

The game continues until there are only two people that haven’t been caught. These two players then become the next people who are “it” and round 2 begins!

Alternative Variations

Halloween Tag is similar to the well-known game “Run Rabbit Run” and very easy to modify.

For example:

  • you can add another rule in to make the game last longer. In this version, only the players who are “it” can send people to the “graveyard”.

When kids are sent to the “graveyard”, instead of sitting down on the floor they have to stand still with their arms stretched out like a cross. Any runners can resurrect players from the “graveyard” by running under their arms (by tapping them three times) and bringing them back to life!

  • Another option is to use a hoop. The game starts with one zombie who has to move around the playing area while dragging a hoop with one of their feet. The zombie must tag other players who turn into a zombie and also gets a hoop.

This is a high energy and fun group game for Halloween festivities!

Similar games:

Wolves and Rabbits
Duck, Duck, Goose
Homeless Rabbit
Cat and Sparrows