Costume Party Games

by Lynn Johnson
Costume parties can be thrown any time of the year.

Costume parties can be thrown any time of the year.

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Costume parties are a great way for people to let down their guard and enjoy a party. Often people feel more outgoing when hiding behind a "mask" or costume. It is the perfect opportunity to get guests involved in party games. With a hidden identity playing games is less embarrassing for a shy party guest.

Mummy Relay

This game works great for a Halloween costume party but can be altered to fit a party year round. Divide the guests into two teams. Each team is given one roll of toilet paper per team member. The teams must race to wrap a player with a roll of toilet paper to resemble a mummy. Once the entire roll is gone the player runs to the other side of the room and back. After the first runner returns the team moves to the next player and repeats the process. The first team whose players have all been wrapped with toilet paper and ran across the room wins.

Costume Guessing Game

Each party guest must guess what other guests are dressed up as. Pull party guests to the front of the room one at a time for the other guests to guess. If the guests are stumped let them ask questions to help figure out the costume. After figuring out who or what each guest is dressed as have each person vote for her favorite costume. The person with the most votes wins.

Costume Change Charades

Modify charades with a costume change. Provide guests with props and pieces of costumes. Wigs, boots, wings, suitcases and bags can be used. Take turns having each guest choose two new objects for his costume. The guest should add the new costume pieces to his current costume to change the meaning of the costume. After dressing, each person should act out their costume for the others to guess what or who they are. For example, a princess could add cowboy boots and a lasso to her costume and pretend to be riding a horse illustrating she is a princess cowboy. Guests should not talk while acting, but can point if someone is guessing correctly.

Acting Out

Divide your guests into groups of five people. Try to put guests together whose costumes are very different from each other. Give each group a theme to use in a skit, such as Little Red Riding Hood. Have your guests create a small skit using the personalities of the costumes and incorporating them into the theme. Each person must perform in the skit. After the skits have guests vote on their favorite one.

About the Author

Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.

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