With Halloween comes candy, and with candy comes extra energy for the kiddos. Release their extra energy with this poke-a-pumpkin prize game! It’s simple to make and fun to play, plus you get a tasty treat at the end. This game is perfect for teachers, Halloween parties, or even to have on your doorstep when kids come by to trick‐or‐treat!
- Black Foam Board
- Orange Cups (2 or 3 sleeves of 12)
- Orange Tissue Paper or Wrapping Paper
- Green Craft Paper
- Gold Paint Markers
- Black Markers
- Rubber Bands
- Hot Glue Gun (Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Your first move is to write the title of the game on the black foam board. I decided to use a gold paint marker so that it really stood out against the black backdrop.
- Next, draw and cut out two leaves for the top of the pumpkin. This will help distinguish the look. I drew the leaves first in pencil then on the green craft paper, and added black lines in the middle. After cutting them out, I taped them to the board.
- Now it’s time to create your pumpkin! I suggest laying the cups on the board first to mark where you want to place them under your green leaves. I also suggest buying two sleeves of cups if you are going to use the entire board. I used 23 cups total.
- Once you have it mapped out, place the candy inside the cups. (Note: you don’t have to fill each cup with candy, it will make the game more exciting).
- After the candy is placed, cover the top of the cup with tissue paper or wrapping paper. I was unable to find orange tissue paper at the time, so I decide to use orange wrapping paper, which worked great! I used rubber bands to secure the paper to the cups.
- After your cups have been loaded with candy and wrapped up, add hot glue to the bottom of the cups and secure them to the board in their appropriate spots.
- There you have it! Have kids take turns “poking” a piece of the pumpkin and watch their reactions. Such a fun game for kids to play around Halloween and you can recreate this look for any theme or holiday (Poke‐a‐Christmas Tree, Poke‐a‐Balloon, etc.).