Ghostbusters party games

When it’s party time & you’ve got slime. You need entertainment so who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters party planners?

Here’s some games kids can play at Ghostbusters parties. Feel free to add more games / ideas in the comments below.

Ghost tag

This game is played similar to traditional tag, but has ghosts in them. Before the game starts, pick a few kids to be ghosts and the rest of the kids can be Ghostbusters. Give the ghosts a white sheet or white towel to put around them. Give each Ghostbusters a can of silly string that they can use to spray the ghosts. When a ghost gets sprayed it’s out. See which team (ghosts or ghostbusters) can outlast the others.


Ghostly treasure hunt

Make a map (from scenes in the movie) and hide ghost treasures around the yard. Have enough at each location so that each child gets one.

Wait until it gets dark outside and give each child a flashlight to search for the treasure. The treasure could be glow toys that are placed at each location. Or if you have a large space indoors to turn off the lights just for the hunt.


Ghost Bottle Bowling

You can make ghost bowling pins by painting ghost faces onto clear cups or rolls of toilet paper.

Set them up like bowling pins and use a small ball for some backyard, ghost bottle bowling. If playing at night, put a glow stick inside each bottle to give it a ghostly glow.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

In this game, your backyard becomes the graveyard, which you can decorate with tombstone props if you wish.

Before the game begins, choose a spot to serve as the safety base, such as the back porch, the patio, a specific tree or a section of fence.

To play, assign one player to be the ghost. The other players must cover their eyes and count to 100, as the player who is the ghost finds a hiding spot. When they have finished counting, the kids begin wandering around the graveyard, trying not to be caught by the ghost. When the ghost sneaks up on a player, that player must run to the safety zone before being tagged. Anyone the ghost tags before they reach the base is out of the game. Play continues until the ghost tags all but one player. That kid is the winner.

Ghosts Float

Blow up several white balloons and use a black magic marker to draw ghost faces on the balloons.

Have the kids gather to form a circle. Toss one ghost balloon into the circle and challenge the players to keep it from hitting the floor. After a minute or so, toss in a second ghost balloon. Keep increasing the number of balloons and watch players scramble as they try to keep all of the ghosts afloat.

Ghost Busters

To play this game, blow up as many white balloons as you have players. Draw ghost faces on them with a soft-tipped marker. Hang the balloons so that the dangle from the ceiling at a height where kids can reach them. Tie the ribbons loosely around the balloons so they can easily be untied.

On the word “Go!” kids will race to untie a ghost and then bust it by sitting on it. When a ghost balloon is popped, that player may collect a prize. Have enough trinket prizes on hand for everyone, but the fastest poppers get the first pick of the prizes.

Ghost Catcher

In this game, kids will gather around a table and make ghost lollipops. When the lollipops are done, tie equal lengths of ribbon to each one. Place the ghost pops in the center of a table, forming a circle with the heads facing in and the lengths of ribbon stretched out facing each player. One player is the ghost catcher, and he gets a paper cup instead of a lollipop.

Once everyone has their ghosts on the table and the ghost catcher has his cup in hand, play some music, and then stop it at random intervals. When the music stops, the kids must pull their ribbons as the ghost catcher thumps his cup, upside down onto the table in an attempt to catch a ghost inside. When a ghost is caught, the player whose ghost is trapped becomes the new ghost catcher.

Ghost with the Most

To play this game, give each kid a ghost-themed treat bag. Hide several ghost lollipops or other treat all around the party area before guests arrive. Set a timer and send kids on a hunt to retrieve as many ghost treats as possible before time runs out. When the timer rings, count the pops. The kid with the most in his ghost wins the game. All kids get to keep their treats.


Musical Ghosts

This ghost-themed game is based on the classic children’s party activity of musical chairs. Instead of lining up chairs, however, scatter some sheets around the party space, leaving one less sheet than there are players. As music plays, kids can dance in the middle of the room. Every time the music stops, the kids must race to grab a sheet and put it over their heads like a ghost costume. The player left standing who isn’t a ghost is out, a sheet is removed from the game, the music starts and play continues like this until only one ghost is left wearing a sheet.


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