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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2010


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.


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  • 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)


  1. Cover foam board with burlap; secure in back with duct tape. Adhere it to wall with hooks.

  2. Fill balloons with confetti (using a funnel) and candy. Leave a few treat-free to add to the suspense.

  3. Inflate the balloons (a pump makes it faster); tie off with a knot. Attach balloons to board with T pins, in a pumpkin shape.

  4. Cut a stem shape (download the template) from green paper, and secure with T pins.

  5. Cut ribbon; tie onto pushpin handles to make them easier to hold on to (and find, if dropped).

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