Are you looking for a new game to have at your Halloween Party? Or maybe do you just want to make your house memorable for trick-or-treaters? Well one way to do this is to add a favorite carnival game to your house. Just give the penny pitching game a Halloween twist. Instead of tossing pennies into a bowl or onto a plate which is common at the carnival, your guests will be tossing them towards pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns.
This game is once again another very easy game to create for your Halloween Party. The supplies you need will be very limited. I would suggest purchasing three or four pumpkins and carving them into jack-o-lanterns before the day of the party. You will also need a large collection of pennies. You will also need several bowls to hold your candy in that you will be awarding as prizes.
Setting Up The Game
The set-up of the game is very simple. As mentioned above you will need to carve your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. Do not put candles inside them though, and leave the tops off of the pumpkins. Next set your pumpkins up in your playing area at various distances. Have one very close, so it’s easy for young children to play. Then set others up at increasing distances with the furthest one away a true challenge. Make sure you have a large bucket of pennies so you don’t have to keep picking them up after each person’s turn.
Playing The Halloween Penny Pitching Game
Have your guests line up in a row, each of them receiving one turn. On their turn hand them a pre-determined number of pennies between 10 and 20. Tell them that the goal is to pitch the pennies into the pumpkins. Also have the candy bowls labeled as to which pumpkin they are for as far as prizes go. Let your contestants know they will receive a piece of candy from the bowl for whichever pumpkin they got a penny in that is furthest away. If they miss completely they get one piece of candy from the bowl for the pumpkin that is the closest distance. If they make it into that pumpkin then they receive two pieces of candy from that bowl. Making a penny into the pumpkins that are further away awards just one piece of candy, but those bowls have larger size. Have the bowl for the furthest pumpkin have jumbo sized candy bars.
There are not a lot of variations of this game. The most common are changing the distances based on the ages of the kids and the number of pennies they are allowed to throw. You can also vary the number of pumpkins and what prizes you award for each pumpkin.
It’s Not Just For Parties
Set this game up outside your house for Halloween night for your trick-or-treaters. This will make you a very popular house in the neighborhood. If you do this though, only allow a small number of penny tosses for each child. Three to five is appropriate. You might even want to consider using small rubber balls instead of pennies if you set this game up for your trick-or-treaters.