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Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for apples is one of the most common Halloween oriented games even though it's a relatively modern invention. Though not directly associated with ancient Samhain tradition, the fact that apples are a common harvest fruit and that Halloween is close to harvest time, it stands to reason they would meet. To play, a large basin is filled with water, and several apples are placed in it. Each player must try to pull an apple from the water using only their teeth. Some claim that the game is a Roman tradition honoring the goddess Pomona, but no real proof can verify this claim.

Mummy Wrap

Mummy wrap is a fairly simple game that only requires toilet paper. Separate all the people playing into pairs and give each pair a roll of toilet paper. When the game starts one person tries to wrap the other person up in toilet paper much like how a mummy is wrapped in bandages. Which ever team is the first to go through the entire roll first is the winner.

Snap Apple

Snap Apple is a very old, and sometimes dangerous, game. An apple is hung from a string and a coin is pushed into it. Two players must try to bite at the apple without the use of the hands. Who ever bites out the coin wins. For a more interesting game, play with one player and stick a burning candle into the apple as well and then spin the string so the apple spins as well. People with facial hair may want to stay away from this one.

Pass the Pumpkin

This game works like hot potato and musical chairs. Each person sits in a circle and a small pumpkin (or ball) is passed around the circle while music is playing. Every so often, at a random time, the music is stopped, and who ever is holding the pumpkin is out. That person leaves the circle and the game continues. When only one person remains that person is the winner.