I am in charge of planning a game station this year for Mase’s Kindergarten class Halloween festival. Finding a game that will appeal to a bunch of 5 year old’s while also taking into account their limited attention span is always a bit of a challenge. The teacher requested that the game not involve candy and would allow for some physical activity. Clearly she is a very smart lady.
After discarding all the games from previous year such as Halloween Bingo and Pin the broom on the witch, I nailed down a fun idea that fit the teacher’s criteria. I tested it out on my kids and their friends at our annual neighborhood Fall Festival this weekend. We love our neighborhood Fall Festival, it’s something we look forward to every year and I was excited to be able to contribute this year. Knowing how many kids I would have to entertain I chose a game that was easy enough to be fun for the little kids and inexpensive enough to not bust my limited budget.
Ghost bowling could not be any easier to set up and the kids had so much fun. All you need to do is grab a 12 or 20-roll pack of Cottonelle Triple Roll toilet paper while shopping at Target. There is even a great coupon you can print out to use at a Target near you for a free box of Kleenex tissues with the purchase of a 12 roll or larger Triple Roll pack of Cottonelle while supplies last.
I used a black sharpie to draw the ghost faces on 10 of the rolls of toilet paper, stacked them up in a pyramid, and let the kids roll a small sized pumpkin as a bowling ball. You might need to cut the stem off of your pumpkin in order for it to roll in a straight line. The kids were excited to help me set up the game. A cheap black vinyl tablecloth for the back drop helped contain the game so when the pumpkin crashed through the toilet paper ghost pins I didn’t have to chase any of it down the yard.
Watching the little kids giggle and shriek as they tried their hardest to knock down all of the toilet paper ghosts was hysterical. Zoey went first and I soon discovered the key to keeping everyone engaged and happy was to have the smaller kids line up closer to the pins while the older kids moved further back to roll the pumpkin.
The game is so easy to set up that I was able to put the kids in charge of re-stacking the pins after every person took their turn. They took this job very seriously and carefully stacked the toilet paper ghost pins in a perfect pyramid formation. They were having so much fun that they even took turns willingly without being asked.
Soon even the big kids wanted to get involved. You know a game must be fun when the 8 and 13 year old are begging for a turn with all their friends! The 13 year old refused all attempts to be photographed enjoying himself but I managed to catch the 8 year old having fun. Oh and when I say big kids I am totally including the husband in that. He took a few turns and had a great time….even if the 5 year old threw more strikes than he did. Ha!
I can’t wait to see Mase’s little Kindergarten friends playing Ghost Bowling this week! Can you imagine all the cuteness? If you’re having a Halloween party or throwing a fall carnival and need a last minute game to entertain the kids, you should try Ghost Bowling! Cheap to put together, easy to set up, and tons of giggles for everyone.