Halloween Block Party Games: Guess What Is in the Bag

by Dana Sparks
Halloween block parties encourage the whole neighborhood to turn out for a night of frightful fun.

Halloween block parties encourage the whole neighborhood to turn out for a night of frightful fun.

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More than 60 percent of Americans celebrate Halloween either by having a party or decorating their yards, according to the website Halloween Alliance. A Halloween block party brings together neighbors and friends for a night of spooky fun. You can add a little "eeewww" factor to the night with a guessing game that requires party-goers to blindly stick their hands into bags and guess the contents. Fill a line of bags with gruesome, slimy and downright scary stuff, then lead your blindfolded guests from bag to bag to see who can identify the gory contents. If you use paper bags for this activity, line each one with a plastic bag so the "guts" don't leak.

From the Neck Up

Fill the first bag with "body parts" found from the neck up. Peeled grapes feel like eyeballs; damp sponges or mini marshmallows mixed into mashed pumpkin stand in for brains; the tines of a plastic fork turn into vampire teeth; raw corn kernels represent regular teeth; raisins become witches' warts; corn husk silk turns into hair; and dried apple slices imitate ears.

In the Torso Area

Your hint to guests that items in the second bag come from "the torso area" should help them guess that cooked pasta feels like intestines; a peeled tomato becomes a heart; cooked and oiled vermicelli turns into veins; and limp cabbage leaves represent skin.


See if your guests can figure out the "extremities" in the third bag with no hints. Whole cornichon pickles substitute for toes, hot dogs cut in half turn into lopped-off fingers, fresh green beans feel like witches' bony fingers, and a rubber glove filled with flour becomes a dismembered hand.


Prepare a final bag for every guest containing a Halloween treat they actually want to eat, a fitting reward for their derring-do. See if they can identify candy popcorn balls, chocolate spider pretzels, gummy worms, caramel apples and vampire cupcakes by feel. But tell them to proceed gently on this one so they don't squash their surprise.

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