Passing Pumpkins

Thanksgiving is upon us and we’ve got you covered. Passing Pumpkins is a simple and fun group game to play with your friends or family for Thanksgiving.  Really, you can use this game any time during the fall or even during the Halloween season next year. It’s guaranteed to get your group up and moving and fill the room with plenty of laughs. Here’s how Passing Pumpkins works.

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – At least 1 mini pumpkin per team

GAME TIME – 2-5 minutes (depends on size of group)

PARTICIPANTS – At least 2 teams, but can divide up into smaller groups

INSTRUCTIONS

Passing Pumpkins is pretty much what it sounds like. If space allows, have teams stand in a circle so they are all facing each other. If you’re tight on space, have them stand in a single file line.

Once everyone is in position, hand one person on the team a mini pumpkin and explain that the goal of the team is to pass the pumpkin around the circle as quickly as possible until it reaches the person it began with. The team to do so first wins.

Ah, but we can never make it that simple at stumingames.com. Mix it up by telling them they can’t use their hands for the game. This will allow them to get creative with passing techniques.

Your other option is to give them a method for passing. Some suggestions for passing pumpkins are: feet only, under your chin, elbows only, knees only, or whatever your mind can conceive! Pick your favorite, or if you have a smaller group, use multiple methods and race against each other.

By the way, if they drop the pumpkin, they simply pick it up using the method you’ve listed- remember, no hands!

Once teams start passing pumpkins, we can assure you that hilarity will ensue!

BONUS TIPS

1. Have a few extra mini pumpkins on hand. They usually don’t split open, but it is possible.

2. Bust out the phone and go live or share your game on Snapchat or Instagram stories for everyone to see.

3. Spray paint a pumpkin with gold paint and award the team the “Golden Pumpkin” award.

4. Experiment with larger pumpkins if you really want to go big!

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Top 25 Christmas GamesChristmas is almost here, but we’ve got you covered with our Top 25 Christmas Games! You’ll find plenty of games to make your Christmas gathering, party or event a hit. Everything from relay races and team activities to fun up-front games and trivia. Check out our Top 25 Christmas Games, get your game on, and have a very Merry Christmas!!

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS RELAY

A simple fast-paced relay game involving the 12 Days of Christmas. Get some paper & bottles (buckets or cans work as well) and you’re ready to go!

AN AWKWARD CHRISTMAS

If you’re looking for something different, this is the perfect game for your group! Use our awkward Christmas photos and head out to reenact them with random people. Trust us, hilarity is sure to ensue!

ANTLER UP

A fun up-front game or one that everyone can participate in. Pantyhose, balloons and a frantic race are a great recipe for laughter and fun for everyone.

CANDY CANE CONNECTION

This team game gets people working together to see just how many candy canes they get connected in 60 seconds or less. Be careful not to snap those candy canes if your team wants to win this one!

CHRISTMAS JINGLE JUMBLE

Work together to put Christmas Songs back in order with Hershey Kisses. Super simple and super fun for everyone!

CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNT

Head outside for an exciting hunt for some common and unique Christmas items. Find enough of them fast enough and your team may just wind up winning!

CHRISTMAS SONG CHARADES

See how well your group can act out some Christmas Classics. Creativity & quickness are key if you are to be victorious.

CHRISTMAS TRIVIA PPT – WORLD RECORD EDITION!

Test your useless Christmas knowledge with this great trivia game. Everything is on PowerPoint, so all you have to do is upload and play!

COVERED IN COTTON

It may or may not be snowing where you are, but this game is sure to get one of your team members covered in white. Pick up some duct tape and cotton balls and you’re ready to roll!

KRISPIE CREATIONS

One of our most creative games involves Rice Krispies Treats and a whole lot of imagination. See what creations your groups can come up with- they may just shock you with what they craft.

NAME THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE POWERPOINT GAME

Are you a Christmas Movie buff? Put your knowledge to the test with our downloadable PowerPoint game.

PROBLEM SOLVED?

You’ve got a problem and someone else has a solution. Put these comical situations together and get ready to for a good laugh!

SANTA’S SLEIGH

Need a little chaos? Then get your group up and moving with this awesome relay that everyone will enjoy. Make sure to be videoing this one- it will be an instant classic!

UNWRAP BATTLE

Want to say thank you to your team or group? Or maybe you just want to watch people go crazy for some prizes. Either way, this is one of the most intense and fun games on the list. Get some prizes and watch people go wild!

WRAP BATTLE

Decorating a tree is a lot of fun, but decorating a person is even better! Do your best, or worst, decorating job and see who comes out on top.

Minute To Win It Games

Select one or play multiple Christmas Minute To Win It Games. These are great to play, but also a ton of fun to watch!

#1 Deck The Balls

#2 Merry Fishmas

#3 Christmas Jingle

#4 Christmas In The Balance

#5 Christmas Cliffhanger

#6 Jingle In The Trunk

#7 Face The Gingerbread Man

#8 Wreath Relay

#9 Lollipop

#10 Christmas Ball

Bonus Game: Holiday Kiss

There you have it, our Top 25 Christmas Games that your group is sure to enjoy!

Make sure to check out over 200 games in our free Game Archive and make your gatherings great all year round.

Have a great game that you think others would enjoy. Shoot us a message on our Facebook page for the opportunity to be featured in our Game of the Month blog starting in January!

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Unwrap Battle

A couple years ago we introduced you to Wrap Battle, so today it makes sense to present Unwrap Battle. That’s right, win fun prizes by testing your unwrapping skills. When we recently played we had a blast, plus we learned some important lessons we’ll share with you from our go at it last year. Unwrap Battle is a great and fun way to show appreciation to your team for all their hard work during the year. Of course, it can be played by any group.

PREP TIME – 10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED100 Feet of Saran/Plastic Wrap (minimum), 2 Dice, Paper Plate (or something to roll dice on) Candy, Money (optional), Gift Cards (optional)

GAME TIME – 5-15 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – Everyone

INSTRUCTIONS

In preparation for Unwrap Battle you will need to purchase candy, several prizes (gift cards) or have some money available. take individual prizes and candy and intersperse them within the plastic wrap. For example, take your largest prize and begin to wrap it in the saran wrap. Once you’ve covered it sufficiently, add another card with some candy. Repeat this process until all the plastic is used and all the prizes and candy are used.

Once everything is prepared, get two dice and a small plate that can be passed around. To start the game, get everyone into a circle and select someone who will be first to unwrap the ball of plastic wrap. Before they start, give the plate with two dice to the person on their left.

The goal is for the person who is rolling to try and roll doubles as fast as they can. Once they do, the person who is unwrapping must stop immediately and pass the ball of plastic wrap to them and the dice move to the next person on the left who starts rolling. Anything that is unwrapped and falls (or is taken) out belongs to the person who unwrapped it.

Two important rules to the game. First, if you are playing with families or spouses, they can not sit next to each other. Let’s just say we had a few people gaming the system.

Second, they must keep the ball in their lap as they unwrap. No throwing it to unroll it faster or raising it up in the air. A good rule of thumb is that one hand must be on the ball at all times, allowing them one free hand to unwrap it as they hold onto it.

We had an absolute blast with this game and we bet you will too!

BONUS TIPS

1. Play some Christmas music in the background for better atmosphere.

2. The amount of prizes will depend on the size of your group, but make sure you have plenty in there so everyone at least has a chance to win something.

3. Take some pictures or video of the action and use the post to thank people in your group.

4. If you use money, we recommend folding it up a few times. Paper is fairly easy to tear through in the chaos of the game.

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Christmas Jingle Jumble

You’re going to love Christmas Jingle Jumble! We recently played it at a Christmas gathering and I immediately knew we had to share it with you. It’s a fast-paced, fun game that involves some healthy teamwork and focus- and someone who knows Christmas songs is a definite plus!

PREP TIME – 10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDEDHershey Kisses, Words to Christmas Songs (suggestions below), Black Sharpie, Ziploc or Christmas Bags

GAME TIME – 2-5 Minutes Per Song

PARTICIPANTS – Minimum of 2 Teams (3-8 per team)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you gather, purchase some Hershey Kisses and select your songs for Christmas Jingle Jumble. We’ve recommended some Christmas songs below and let you know how many words are in each song/chorus so you know how many Hershey Kisses to purchase. On the bottom of each kiss, write one word from the song. Once you have all the words, mix them up and place them in a Ziploc bag.

Joy To The World – 36 Words

Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

We Wish You A Merry Christmas – 39 Words

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings to you wherever you are
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year

Jingle Bells – 43 Words

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- 88 Words (44 in first half, 44 in second half)

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
Then how all the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history

Teams will work together to reorder the song in it’s proper order. Once a team is done, they will let you know and you can verify the correct order. Play one round or several depending on the size of your group and time available. Whichever team gets the most songs is the winner!

BONUS TIPS

1. Play some upbeat Christmas music in the background or even play the song they are trying to unscramble to help them get the order right.

2. To know how many Hershey Kisses you need, you can always check the bag, but in general, you will find 100 pieces per pound.

3. Use FB or Instagram Live to capture some of the chaos. If you’re group is remotely competitive, this game is gold!

4. Let teams know that the winning team gets all the Hershey Kisses from the game. It gives a little extra incentive for anyone with a sweet tooth!

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Candy Cane Connection

Candy Cane ConnectionCandy Cane Connection is the game that combines finesse, speed and best yet, mini candy canes! Seriously, what’s better than one candy cane? How about 50 miniature ones!

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDEDMini Candy Canes, Upbeat Christmas Song

GAME TIME – 2-5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 2-5 Teams of 5 (or more!)

INSTRUCTIONS

This game is a fantastic one to highlight teamwork and creativity. Each team is given a minimum of 50 miniature candy canes. You can unwrap them or leave them wrapped. If you choose to leave them wrapped, I recommend giving them each a bonus minute to unwrap them before the game begins.

Once the mini candy canes are unwrapped, explain to each team that they are to see how many of those candy canes they can hook together in 60 seconds. The team with the most candy canes connected at the end of the 60 seconds is the winner!

It sounds easy, but the candy canes will break if too much pressure is applied, so teams that can combine finesse and speed will win. Whoever has the most candy canes on their chain at the end of sixty seconds wins!

Note: Some people were asking for a picture to clarify. Here is one sent in from Gloria Halfacre and her group. As you can see, they are connected together and we’ve seen off shoots on these as well. In 60 seconds, most groups will get 15 or so connected, but we’ve seen 30+! Let us know how many you get!

Candy Canes - Gloria Halfacre

BONUS TIPS

1. Play some fun Christmas music to enhance the atmosphere.

2. Check to make sure candy canes aren’t broken before handing out to teams.

3. Play the game up front or involve everyone. Either way, it’s a great win!

4. Take some pics and video to put on social media. Go live during the action to share the fun with friends.

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