Pin The Nose On The Pumpkin Halloween Game
Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin brings a whimsical and slightly eerie charm to your October birthday parties and festive autumn gatherings.
This playful Halloween adaptation of the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey game is sure to evoke laughter, excitement, and spirited competition among your friends and family.
Whether you’re hosting a spooky-themed birthday bash or simply looking for a unique way to infuse some seasonal fun into your get-togethers, this special game promises an unforgettable experience filled with thrilling moments and shared memories. So, gather your loved ones, don your costumes, and get ready for an October adventure that’s as heartwarming as it is spooky!
What’s Included In Our Pin The Nose On The Pumpkin Game
Our funny pumpkin game features three different jack o’ lanterns. Two of them display wacky, wicked grins that will give your guests a family friendly scare. The third has a friendlier expression, which may be more approachable to younger and more sensitive children. Every pumpkin has its own page, each with a set of four noses.
What You Will Need
- Our Pin the Tail on the Pumpkin sheets
- Scissors (preferably child safe ones)
- Push pins (the regular kind will probably be fine, but there are less pointy ones made of all plastic) or double-sided tape
- A pen or marker
- A small container (a cup or bowl will do)
- A surface that is safe to poke holes into and/or tape things against
- A blindfold (a handkerchief, napkin, or other piece of cloth is fine)
Setting Up To Play
If you feel your child is able to do so safely, you may want to let them help you. It can be a fun activity to bond over and may give them a sense of accomplishment by allowing them to make their own contribution to preparing the game. Follow these steps:
- Print out the sheets. You may want to make at least two sets so you will have extras in case of an emergency.
- Trim off the part of the page with the noses.
- Cut along the lines and separate the nose pieces from each other.
- Write the names or initials of each guest who will be participating somewhere on one of the nose papers. If you have more than 12 guests, you can get more noses from extra sheets and set aside the spares as backups.
- Put the noses in the small container to help keep them from getting lost or damaged before it is time to play.
- Store the pins or tape you will be using near the noses, being careful to set all of it out of the way and high up so they will not get knocked over or played with ahead of time.
Secure the pumpkin papers to a cork board, foam board, piece of cardboard, or any other safe surface at eye level for the children. If the kids vary a lot in size, set different pumpkins to different heights.
How To Play
- Make sure everyone understands the rules before you begin.
- Have the children form a line to minimize the chaos when it’s time to figure out who will go next.
- Prepare each child’s nose for them at the start of their turn, poking the pin through the paper at the top or sticking double-sided tape to the back before carefully handing it to them. Be sure to monitor small children carefully so they do not prick themselves or try to put anything in their mouths.
- Blindfold the child and spin them until they are dizzy.
- Gently guide them in the direction of their jack o’ lantern, letting them take the last few steps on their own so they can try to pin their nose to the pumpkin.
Whichever players get their noses closest to the blank white circle at the center of a pumpkin’s face wins!
How To Make the Game More Fun
Encourage everyone to chant the current player’s name as they go to put their nose on the pumpkin and cheer for them when it is placed. This keeps everyone involved, even when it is not their turn, and fosters a sense of good sportsmanship.
Reward each player with a single piece of candy, a paper hat, or other appropriate treat to congratulate them for making their attempt. This way, no matter who wins, everyone gets a little something.