October 31 is the one day out of the year that scaring your family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers is perfectly acceptable. Whether you decide to scurry after your neighbors with an ax or give children nightmares for years about hands in candy bowls, playing a Halloween prank on someone gives a certain satisfaction. However, if you aren't the pranking type, play it safe on Halloween with a couple of harmless games, such as the pumpkin penny toss or the Dead Man's Body Guessing Game.
Pumpkin Penny Toss
The point of the game is to toss as many pennies as possible into a carved-out pumpkin. Choose a large pumpkin. Cut the top off the pumpkin and clean out the insides. Line the inside with aluminum foil. Give each player 20 pennies apiece. Each player's pennies must be color coded. For example, player one has 20 pennies with a small red piece of paper taped to each one and player two has 20 pennies with small blue pieces of paper taped to them. Line the players up a few feet away from the pumpkin. Have all the players try to successfully toss their pennies into the pumpkin. Whoever gets the most pennies in the pumpkin wins the game.
Dead Man's Body Guessing Game
This game requires the use of every player's imagination. Prepare bowls of various foods that represent different parts of the body. Use cold cooked spaghetti and cut-up wet sponges as the brains, peeled grapes as the eyeballs, corn silk for hair and a cold piece of liver for the heart. Also include a bowl with two apricots to represent ears and a piece of cow's tongue to represent the tongue. Blindfold each player and pass around one bowl at a time. Have the players feel the contents of the bowl. Ask each player what he thought the contents of the bowl represented. Write down all of the answers. The person who answers the most questions correctly wins the game.
Ax Man in the Yard
This prank terrifies the old and the young. Dirty and tear a jumpsuit. Add dirt around the knees and elbows. Place tear marks down the leg and on the chest. Put it on and add a pair of dirty work boots to the outfit, a wig of matted hair and a mask with blood and cuts all over it. Arm yourself with an ax and sit in your yard. Remain very still. Allow kids to trick-or-treat at your house and walk away. As the kids get a little farther from your house, take your ax and drag it behind you as you walk slowly toward them. This catches the parents and the children by surprise. Once the kids run screaming down the street, go back to your sitting post and wait for the next victims.
Hand in the Candy Bowl
On Halloween, many people sit on their front porches and hand out candy. This prank adds a little horror to a typical porch setup. Saw a hole in the middle of a table. The hole must be large enough for a hand to fit through with room to spare. The table must be large enough for a human to comfortably sit underneath. Cut a slightly smaller hole in a large plastic candy bucket. The hole in the candy bucket must be large enough to fit a hand through. Cut a large hole through the center of a black or orange tablecloth. Place the tablecloth on the table with the hole in the tablecloth and the hole in the table lining up. Have a cohort sit underneath the table and place a hand through both holes. Place the candy bowl on top of the hand so the hand is sticking out of the candy bowl. Cover the hand with plenty of candy so it is no longer visible. Wait for trick-or-treaters to come up to the porch. Point to the bowl and tell them to take a piece of candy. Hint that the best candy is at the bottom. When a child sticks a hand in the bowl, have the person underneath the table grab the child's hand or move her fingers to scare the kids.
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