A ghoulish variation of an all-time-favourite game, spook bowling provides heaps of Halloween fun! Plus, kids will get to put their arts and crafts skills to the test and explore their creativity.
Top tip!If you prefer to use felt-tips, pencils or crayons, make your designs on plain paper and tape them around your tin cans.
Six to twelve clean, empty baked-bean tins or soup tins
About the activity
First you’ll need to make your Halloween tin targets. The easiest way to do this is for kids to paint clean, empty tin cans – baked bean tins or soup tins will work well. What scary designs would they like to paint? A Frankenstein face? A black cat? A wicked witch? A ghost or ghoul? Encourage the kids to be creative and use all sorts of patterns, images and colours.
To play the game, find a safe, open space for your bowling aisle, ideally four to six metres in length. Then arrange your Halloween tins as you so wish – you can either build a ‘house’ from the tins, or arrange them in separate stacks of two or three together.
The aim of the game is to bowl the tennis ball down the length of the aisle and knock over the tins. If you wish to keep score, you can record how many attempts it takes players to knock them all down. Alternatively, you can organise a bowling tournament in the style of ten-in bowling, recording how many tins players knock down each go.
The main aim? Have lots of super-spooky fun!