Holiday Planning & Ideas Halloween Halloween Projects & Crafts Halloween Games: Pop Goes the Pumpkin Looking to kick off Halloween with a bang, not a boo? This version of a classic carnival game also makes a festive wall decoration, and bursting the confetti-and-candy-filled balloons in this Halloween party game will make everyone explode with laughter. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on July 29, 2019 Share Tweet Pin Email Note: Best for kids 6 and older. Pins make it easier for little kids to pop balloons, but darts will work well for slightly older players. What You'll Need Materials 4-by-5 1/2-foot piece of foam board 2 yards of burlap or other fabric Duct tape Removable hooks (such as Command hooks) Thirty-five 12-inch orange balloons Confetti Candy (small, thin types work best) Pump, for balloons (optional) T pins Green paper Ribbon Pushpins (or darts for bigger kids) Balloon Template Instructions Cover foam board with burlap; secure in back with duct tape. Adhere it to wall with hooks. Fill balloons with confetti (using a funnel) and candy. Leave a few treat-free to add to the suspense. Inflate the balloons (a pump makes it faster); tie off with a knot. Attach balloons to board with T pins, in a pumpkin shape. Cut a stem shape (download the template) from green paper, and secure with T pins. Cut ribbon; tie onto pushpin handles to make them easier to hold on to (and find, if dropped).