I am SO EXCITED!!! I have been looking for my notes to Capture The Ghost for years now. I remember it being so much fun at Halloween time with the school age (K-8th) kids I worked with. Sometimes, I would have 10 kids playing this game at once and EVERYONE would be having fun. This is great for parties or large groups of kids or you can keep it low key and play it just with your family. If I am unclear in any of my explanations, please leave me a comment below and I will try to make things more clear. To start you need to make the ghosts! Very easy and here is what you will need,
- White paper towels (two per ghost)
- Pieces of string or yarn about 3 feet long (one per ghost)
- a black sharpie marker
Lay out one of the paper towels and you or your child crumple up the second paper towel and lay it in the center, like pictured below.
This is what it will look like when done!
- Tape, to make a circle on the floor.
- A plastic cup, to use as the cage to capture the ghosts.
- Two or more dice
- ten pennies per player
Here is what it will look like when you are ready to start! You tape a circle on the floor and lay the ghosts inside with the strings coming out of the circle. One person is chosen to start as the ghost catcher! The ghost catcher sets their ghost aside and is holding the dice and plastic cup. All of the other people have a ghost inside the circle and are holding on to their string!
- When your ghost is captured you have to give the catcher a coin.
- If you pull your ghost out when the number called didn't show up on the dice, you must give a coin to the catcher.
- If the catcher catches you without the number called being rolled, the catcher gives the person who ghost was caught a coin!
Everyone gets a chance at being the catcher! Just go around the circle clockwise. I say, the game stops when someone is out of coins or when everyone has had a chance at being the catcher twice. You can make up your own rules to stop the game depending on the number of children and their age. After the game is over, I let the children keep their money and give everyone a treat for playing (a sucker, homemade cookie, or a choice of halloween candy, etc). No losers and everyone has fun!
This game is great on practicing number skills!
*You can easily use this for your adult halloween party. Anyone playing puts in their own ten one dollar bills, used instead of pennies, and you play till someone has no more money.
*Another example of how the game can be changed is: My friend Sara is having a Halloween party and the theme is Spiders. Play Catch The Spider and make spiders instead of ghosts. Also, when you tape out your circle on the floor you can tape out a spiderweb!