As we step into October, I started thinking about games for our student ministry that had a little bit of a "fall" or "halloween" theme. I also wanted something little more original then the same old games I've played in recent years. So off to the local dollar store to roam the isles looking for ideas.
If you haven't discovered the benefits of stores like, the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Five Below, or the 99¢ Store (and others like them), you really need to make them part of your ministry planning. These stores offer all sorts of odd and unique products at lower prices tags. Frankly, you never know what you might find on one of their shelves.
I already had the idea for a game. I wanted to have some kind of candy toss. I knew I needed a bowl for candy, a bag of halloween candy, and something to catch the candy with. Fortunately, our local Dollar General was well stocked with halloween supplies and decorations.
Here's the game.
You'll need the item above, plus a chair and some tape to mark the throwing line.
The goal is to toss and catch as many pieces of candy in the basket as possible, before time runs out. Mark on the floor the throwing line with tape. I always use blue painters tape because it's easy to pull back up. About 8 to 10 feet away from the throwing line set up your chair. The student who wears the basket will sit on the chair to catch the candy. On "GO", the student throwing begins tossing the candy, one piece, at a time towards the student catching. The student catching must try to catch the candy without moving the chair or leaving the chair. I gave each pair 60 seconds.
Here's how I played the game with our students!
Halloween Candy Toss. Simple. Easy. Fun. A perfect ice breaker or upfront game to use with your students this halloween season.
I'd love to hear from you! Did you try Halloween Candy Toss? How did it go? Any ideas that made it better?
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Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.