Pumpkin Bowling {Halloween Party Game}

This DIY Pumpkin Bowling Game is so much fun for the kids. This is a great game for classroom parties.  It’s the perfect game for a Halloween Carnival Classroom Party or Fall Harvest Party…


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 Add this to your Classroom Party Stations. Carnival games are a fun way to keep the kids busy at game time. Let kids go from station to station with empty goody bags. After each game is over, give out a little novelty prize for each child to place in their goody bag. Time the stations, and let the kids keep playing at each station until the timer goes off, and they switch to their groups next station.

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Watch this quick video on How I Made This Pumpkin Bowling Set…

Here’s what you’ll need for Pumpkin Bowling…

  • Empty Plastic Water Bottles – around 6 (I used all sorts of empty bottles to create different shapes, like sport drink bottles, water bottles, flavored water bottles, etc…)
  • White spray paint
  • Google Eyes – All shapes and sizes
  • Black Sharpie
  • Low temp glue gun
  • Pie Pumpkin
  • Sand, popcorn kernels, rice or dry beans – to weight the bottles down

Now, Here’s what you’ll need to do to make this fun game:

  • Fill each bottle with a filler like – dry beans, rice, sand, or popcorn kernels – *only enough to give it weight to stand on its own. You don’t want to make it impossible to tip. Replace the caps. You may want to tape them or glue them to secure, so your filler doesn’t spill out
  • Paint the bottles white and let dry

pumpkin bowling game

  • Add google eyes, and use the puffy paint or a black sharpie to make ghostly mouths
  • Now, for the ball, use black puffy paint to make a Jack – O – Lantern face – place the ball onto a cup or small bowl to dry
  • When you’re ready, place the bottles in a V pattern and roll the orange ball to tip them over

Alternative to using a real pumpkin:

  • Use an orange bouncy ball with a Jack-O-Lantern face drawn on by the black Sharpie

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~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com

DIY pumpkin bowling game

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  1. Joanne

    I do the bowling game with my elderly residents. I use toilet paper rolls, add black cut outs for the faces and stack them up. I use the small pie pumpkin but break off the stem so it rolls more evenly. I usually get a spare pumpkin just in case the first one breaks open from the vigorous rolling. They love it!

    1. Melissa

      I love that idea, and having a spare pumpkin is great advice. I always love to hear how games and crafts are used to entertain or help people. Love it!