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Halloween party game – Witch Pitch

by: Chica

Halloween party game – Witch Pitch
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Jo asked me to come up with an easy game the kids could play at her neighborhood Halloween party this weekend, and I was happy to put my thinking cap on and see what I could come up with. As I looked around my craft room, I spotted some very inspirational items. The first was a half bag of candy corn left over from the candy corn bracelet I made. The second was a pile of little plastic cauldrons that we had left over from — believe it or not — a St. Patrick’s Day game that Jo had created. Isn’t it funny how they would work just as well for Halloween?

Surely I could come up with a game that used these items, right?

Witch Pitch - Halloween party game

I sure did, and I called the game Witch Pitch. You’ll see why in just a few minutes. I started by taking a large piece of black foam core board and cutting it into the shape of a witch’s hat.

Witch Pitch - Halloween party game

Then I used a hot glue gun to add a trim to the hat with candy corn.

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To outline the hat and make it really pop, I glued 1/4″ strips of orange cardstock around all the edges. This is pretty simple for the straight parts of the hat, but you might think it’s tricky for the curved brim. I have a technique to make it easy, though. Start by tracing the contour onto a piece of cardstock.

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Cut along the line with a pair of scissors. Then cut again, 1/4″ in from the first cut, making a strip that’s perfectly suited for the curve.

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It looks so much better trimmed, I think.

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For the game’s title of “WITCH PITCH”, I cut letters out of more cardstock and glued them in place. (A Cricut would be very helpful here.)

Witch Pitch - Halloween party game

The last step was to hot glue a few of my mini cauldrons in place on the hat. Then, I played for a while and got pretty good at pitching the candy corn into the cauldrons!

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You can score the kids based on how many candy corns they get into a cauldron, or you can just let them toss and play with no score. It’s fun either way!

Witch Pitch - Halloween party game

Witch Pitch - Halloween party game

Halloween party game – Witch Pitch
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30 comments so far:

  • 1
    Noreen 10/28/2010 at 9:38 pm

    Very cute idea! And you did a great job designing it, too.

  • 2
    Chica 10/29/2010 at 7:10 am

    Thanks, Noreen!

  • 3
    Morgan 09/14/2011 at 8:38 pm

    this is such a clever idea. I love it!

  • 4
    Mel 09/24/2011 at 8:26 am

    Love this!!! Did you hang this on the wall?

  • 5
    Chica 09/24/2011 at 9:38 am

    Mel, we put the game on the floor. It sure would look pretty on the wall, but I think it would be way harder to pitch the candy into the cauldrons.

  • 6
    Kelly 10/16/2011 at 6:26 pm

    We are doing this for our first ever Halloween party this year! Thanks for a great and cute game!

  • 7
    Chica 10/16/2011 at 6:43 pm

    That’s awesome, Kelly. Let us know how it goes!

  • 8
    Erin 10/26/2011 at 1:40 am

    I am using this for a 1st grade class. Do you recommend taking turns? Like 10 candy corns each? Or would you sit in a circle and have them toss one at a time? Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks

  • 9
    Chica 10/26/2011 at 7:19 am

    Erin, I think either idea would work. It might keep their interest longer if they went around one at a time, though… otherwise they might want to get up after their turn is over?

  • 10
    Beth 10/28/2011 at 8:54 am

    I think it might be worth noting that candy corn is not considered “nut free.” Our school is nut free & they nixed the candy corn. I’ve got to go try to find some other kind of candy to play this game with! Just didn’t want anyone else to make my mistake…

  • 11
    Whit 10/08/2012 at 1:04 pm

    Just curious as to the how tall and wide you cut your foam board to make the hat? Also, how big are the cauldrons? Can’t wait to make this for my 2nd graders Fall Party! Thanks for sharing this!!

  • 12
    Chica 10/08/2012 at 3:56 pm

    Whit, I made the hat as big as I could with the piece of foam core I had. If I remember right, it ended up being somewhere between 2 and 3 feet tall. The cauldrons are about 3″ wide.

  • 13
    Alese 10/24/2012 at 12:43 pm

    Cute! I blog over at and this Thursday I will be doing a round up of Halloween treats and party ideas. I plan to include this. Please let me know if you are not ok with that:)

  • 14
    Chica 10/24/2012 at 4:32 pm

    We’re happy to be included in your roundup, Alese!

  • 15
    Staci 10/30/2012 at 11:40 am

    How tall are your letters?
    Thanks so much!

  • 16
    Chica 10/30/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Staci, my letters were about one and a half inches tall, but you may need to adjust depending on how big your hat is.

  • 17
    Matt 10/20/2013 at 12:41 am

    We’re making this game for a 4th grade class. Hat is cut out, cauldrons ready, now just need to add the trim. Great idea and easy to follow. Thanks for the step by step!

  • 18
    Danielle 10/30/2014 at 8:20 pm

    Not sure how it will work yet, but I am going to use marshmallows “ghost” instead of candy corn to keep it nut free. Now. I just need to think of something to use in place of the candy corn on the hat.

  • 19
    Lindsay 10/03/2015 at 3:18 pm

    Danielle, what did you end up doing? I like the marshmallow idea & it being nut free. Thanks!!

  • 20
    Janna 10/24/2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi! I’m making this as one of the centers in my daughter’s classroom. The problem we ran into is that there is a strict “no food, candy etc.” rule in place. Instead of candy corn we are using ping pong balls that are painted like eyeballs and plastic jumping spiders, both from the Dollar Store. Instead of “Witch Pitch” I renamed it “Witches Brew” and the first to get an eyeball and spider into any cauldron is the winner. Thanks for the idea!

  • 21
    Jo 10/26/2015 at 3:19 pm

    Janna, what a great alternative! So glad we could help.

  • 22
    Stephanie 09/03/2016 at 11:27 am

    What a cute and cost effective Halloween game! Thank you for sharing!

  • 23
    Tifany 10/06/2016 at 9:39 pm

    How big did you make the hat? I want to make this game for my churches harvest carnival for Halloween.

  • 24
    Chica 10/07/2016 at 10:26 am

    Tiffany, I made the hat as large as I could on the sheet of foamcore I had. It was about two feet tall.

  • 25
    nikki 10/08/2016 at 5:12 am

    How did u empty the cauldrons at the end of each game, dump the entire board upside down?

  • 26
    Jo 10/14/2016 at 9:01 am

    Nikki, yes we did! But we didn’t let the kids eat any of the game candy corns, since they had been handled so much.

  • 27
    Kay 10/14/2016 at 4:49 pm

    I live in a retirement community and am making this for my Halloween party. Great idea for us old kids

  • 28
    Chica 10/15/2016 at 9:38 am

    Kay, that’s a fun idea. Have a great party :)

  • 29
    Samantha 10/21/2016 at 1:59 pm

    This is a fun idea we might do this for our first Halloween party! Where did you get the stuff and can you list it for me plz?!?!?!?!

  • 30
    Jo 10/21/2016 at 3:55 pm

    Samantha, all of the supplies are listed within the tutorial above.

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