What do outdoor games have to do with reading? Print up the rules so that each player has to read them and you've changed the plain outdoor game into a reading activity as well.

I realize that not everyone celebrates or acknowledges Halloween. Therefore I have changed the name to fit with a Fall Harvest Festival. You can change the name to fit any theme throughout the year.

GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD (Scarecrows in the Cornfield)

ZOMBIE HUNT (The Great Pumpkin Hunt)

(Scarecrows in the Cornfield)

A Hide and Seek/Kick the Can Game

Play at dusk or later.  Choose one person as the “Ghost Buster” (Farmer). That person will count:

One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock ROCK; four o’clock, five o’clock, six o’clock ROCK; seven o’clock, eight o’clock, nine o’clock ROCK; ten o’clock, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock MIDNIGHT!

After yelling Midnight, the Ghost Buster (Farmer) will start looking for the ghosts (scarecrows) who are in hiding. The hidden ghosts (scarecrows) will jump out of their hiding place and yell BOO (Scat) while running for the base tombstone (farmhouse) before being caught by the Ghost Buster (Farmer).

The first person tagged will become the Ghost Buster (Farmer) and start counting at the base tombstone (farmhouse) right away (the hidden ghosts/scarecrows don’t have to come out of hiding).

The game continues as before. Make sure everyone has a flashlight for safety purposes.

(The Great Pumpkin Hunt)
A Scavenger Hunt

This was one of my favorite games when I was a teen. Times have changed and it may not be as safe as it once was to send elementary aged children around the neighborhood to find things.  Combine this game with Halloween since most parents go with their children.

Make this scavenger hunt as easy or as hard as you want.  Remember, people will be busy passing out candy and may not be able to help with your request.

The items could be certain kinds of candy, a certain mask or Halloween prop.  They could be things that the scavengers might find out on the streets such as a smashed pop can, bottle cap, a hamburger wrapper, etc. 

Or you could come up with a character for each person or group has to come up with the costume the character would wear. They would have to decide what the character would wear and what the costume look like and find items to create the costume.

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