Last year everyone came to the realization that there is a way to do practically anything virtually. Zoom opened a world of possibilities, and companies were able to adjust their everyday operations to accommodate remote work and even remote fun. You can plan a virtual Halloween party and find a way to celebrate. Without food and decorations to function as the party center, the games become the main attraction, and you’ll need virtual games. Here are 10 fun online Halloween games you can play in groups, and you’ll find a few single-player games for adults and kids as well.
1. Virtual Escape Room
Escape rooms have become an increasingly popular group activity for years. The typical escape room is a fully immersive experience where groups of three to six can participate in a real-life adventure and solve mysteries. You and your teammates have 60 minutes to decipher a series of clues as the clock counts down; you can compete against other teams for the fastest time. Today, the experience has gone virtual. You’ll be happy to know that you can now find an escape room for free online.
Virtual escape rooms, just like traditional, come in an array of adventure styles, and during the spooky season, you can find scary escape rooms. Using teams, you compete to see which team can find their way through a dark, mysterious castle or solve a murder mystery in ancient Egypt. See how quickly you and your team can make your way to the finish line.
2. Murder Mystery Games
If you have at least eight people to play, murder mystery games are fun group activities for friends and coworkers. Traditionally, they are played in person with props, and everyone has a character. The premise varies from game to game. You could be finishing a movie when the director is murdered on set, or you might be at a family reunion and an aunt mysteriously disappears. Whatever the plot, the goal is the same; you must identify the killer.
There are also many virtual options. With a simple free download, you get instructions, character arcs and clues. Your team can join you online to solve the mystery and figure out who the killer is before they strike again.
3. Zoom Halloween Trivia
Zoom trivia is a great Halloween party game or virtual office activity. You can split participates into teams and have them compete to win prizes. Create your own trivia questions using:
- scary movies
- and Halloween traditions.
If you want to make it a little more professional, you can hire someone to host the game and get a list of questions online.
4. Guess the Halloween Persona
Guess the Halloween Persona is somewhat like the classic game, Guess Who. In a setting where everyone may not know each other very well, it can be a great team-building exercise; for good friends, it’s endless laughs and inside jokes.
The rules of this game are fairly simple. All participants join virtually and chose a leader. The leader then asks Halloween-themed questions, and everyone will send their answers to the leader in a private message. Once all the answers are collected, the leader will share the responses, and each player will write down who they think it is. If you want a bit more excitement, you can have players shout their answers. The first to get it right wins!
5. Halloween Smash
Halloween Smash is a fun online game for adults and kids. If you’re a fan of Bejeweled or Candy Crush, you’ll enjoy this game; the premise is very similar. Players try to line up three or more matching objects to eliminate them until the entire board disappears. The objects are fun Halloween staples like candy corn, skulls, bats, witch hats and pumpkins.
6. Halloween Mahjong
Any real mahjong fan knows that there is a mahjong board for every holiday and season. You can find a variety of Halloween-themed mahjong games for free online. Grave, Haunted House, Jack O’ Lantern, Black Cat, Mean Ghost and Monster House are all mahjong boards with the same pieces assembled in the shape of the title. It’s kid-friendly and equally fun for adults.
7. Jacko Matcho
Jacko Matcho is a great game for young children. It’s a classic memory game where you have to find the match for each jack-o’-lantern hidden behind a candy corn card. If you can remember where you last saw the pumpkins match, you’ll be a winner. Don’t underestimate the level of difficulty, the jack-o’-lanterns all look very similar, and that makes it a great game to teach children patience and help with concentration.
8. Halloween Crossword
Crosswords puzzles are a favorite among individual and group activities. Halloween Crossword is an online game that you can play to compete with other crossword enthusiasts or try to beat your best score. You chose the level of difficulty from easy to expert.
9. Haunted House Tour
Haunted houses are the ultimate Halloween entertainment. Every town has some variation of the Halloween walking tour, but the virtual haunted house has become a popular online attraction. You can explore real-life creepy places like the Island of the Dolls or the Paris Catacombs from the comfort of your couch. You can get all the thrills of a scare with the bonus of being able to close the screen when it gets a little too creepy. You can also find options online for team virtual haunted tours that allow you to invite friends to join in on the fun.
10. Scary Movie Bingo
If you’re looking for a virtual game for a large group, whether it’s work or friends, scary movie bingo is an exciting option with a little fear for fun. You can use an interactive streaming platform, such as Teleparty, to host a scary movie night and turn it into a fun game of Bingo.
Before the viewing, just create your own Bingo cards with stereotypical scary movie moments and tropes. A few examples are:
- a character goes inside a spooky room,
- jump scare music,
- cell phone dies at the worst time,
- group splits up
- or a character ignores danger.
For added fun, make it more competitive with prizes, and schedule the game at night to get the full scary movie effect. You can even go all out and send everyone a little gift bag with treats and Halloween candy.
The Halloween spirit can be just as exciting online as it is in person. Whether you’re working on team building or looking for a family-friendly game to play, the virtual experience has expanded within the last few years to cater to online groups. Take advantage of these fun online games while the season lasts.