Next time you’re throwing a party for your child instead of playing pin the tail on the donkey or beating the hell out of a pinata why not have a go playing Blood and Guts. Blood and Guts is an awful lot of fun but best to play with kids who have just begun their double digits birthdays. This game works best for a Halloween themed party.
For this game you will need: cauliflower (you want it to be a little soft so boil it for a little bit and then let it cool down), peeled grapes, little sausages, peeled whole tomato, lettuce leaves that have been set out for awhile, some type of dried fruit, rubber glove filled with flour, cooked cold spaghetti, unsalted peanuts separated into halves.
You will also need a really good story. The story that was always told to us had to do with a military man that had been killed during war. This may no longer be the best storyline to go with.
The Set Up
Tell your party guests to sit in a circle with their eyes closed and their hands fanned out behind their backs. While the party guests get situated you want to start off by telling them a story. Here is an example of how the story should go.
Tell the guests the name of your victim. Tell a short history of the victim such as where he grew up, what his favorite pet’s name was and what he wanted to be when he grew up. Let your guests know that the victim did in fact grow up to be what he wanted to be as a child. Ask the kids what they want to be when they grow up (this gets the emotionally involved in the story). Next inform the kids that the victim had an accident at work and that he unfortunately died (go into as little or as much detail as appropriate). Let your guests know that the police were able to find bits and pieces of the victim.
This is where the fun begins. First place the peeled grapes into the first guest’s hands and let everyone know these are the victim’s eyes. Talk about the eyes as the guest’s passes them to one another behind their backs. Next comes the boiled cauliflower, this represents the brain. The wilting lettuce leaf represents the skin. The little sausages represent the toes. The peeled whole tomato represents the victim’s heart. The dried fruit (apricot or banana work best) represents the ear. The cooked spaghetti is the guts in general. The unsalted peanuts are the victim’s teeth and a rubber glove filled with flour is the victim’s hand.
Once the story is told and all of the guests have had the opportunity to feel the “body parts” let your guests open their eyes and see what food items were used.
This is a really fun game. It can be pretty gross and the scarier the story the better. The game works best if you do not move onto the next “body part” until all guests have felt the first one. Meaning that, you are not telling them about fingers while someone still has the eyeballs in their hands. If you rush the story it takes a lot of the excitement and realism out of the game.