Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

Halloween is coming up fast, and you know what that means. It’s time for costumes, trick or treating, and sweet sugar highs. Here are some great games to conquer the sugar rush.

Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

First after dark game idea is the game of Sardines.

It is played in complete and utter darkness. It can be played outside, but I prefer playing it inside. Playing inside seems a bit more scary and far more controlled. Usually it is played with a medium to large group of people. I would recommend ages of preteen on up because younger children might panic in the dark. Make sure your house is clean and anything really valuable is put away because accidents are prone to happen in the dark.

Close all the blinds and turn off all the lights in the house. You can even cover over backlit clocks and such to eliminate as much light as possible. Set clear room boundaries: for example you can keep it all on one level or designate certain rooms as off limits.

Then choose one person to go off and hide while the rest of the party waits in a small room or even outside the front door for 1-3 minutes. The person hiding must find a spot and STAY THERE and be as quiet as possible!

After the time is up, everyone starts looking for the person that is hiding. Remember to go slowly and give your eyes time to adjust because nothing ruins a great game faster than someone getting hurt. The seeking party can talk or in my case giggle uncontrollably and nervously. Whoever finds the person hiding must hide with them until everyone finds them. This usually ends up with everyone crammed in the same spot like…Sardines. 😀

The object is to be the first person to find the person hiding because that makes that person the next one to hide. But there is nothing quite so eerie as being the last seeker, feeling all alone in the house that you know is filled with people…somewhere.

We have had parties where we were all crammed in the bathtub and along the walls and such. Or the time where it took about half an hour for the first person to find the person hiding because she was underneath a pile of clean laundry on the counter! It was brilliant! That’s why it’s important to clean your house before hand because you never know where people will hide and seek.


Another great night game that will get kids to burn off the candy outside is Flashlight Tag.

You are going to need a flashlight for every kid playing. There is one child that is “it” and his/her flashlight remains on.

The “it” player needs to get within a couple yards and when his/her flashlight lights up one of the other players. The player that is tagged has to freeze in place and shine their flashlight on themselves.

The other players can free the frozen players by tagging them. Then the frozen player can turn off their flashlight and rejoin the game.

The object is to have a whole yard of frozen players or “statues”. It is a good idea to limit the number of times someone can be unfrozen; otherwise it could be an unending game.


There are lots of other great games you can enjoy with your family after dark.

I found this great post from for more great ideas for outdoor, after dark games with kids.

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Stay safe and have some great, frightful, family fun this Halloween! And please remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

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