Get Outside And Have A Ghost Race!

Whether you’re trying to keep your own kids occupied or trying to entertain a whole party of little ones, this game will keep children of all ages busy and entertained! Not only is it cheap to make, but it’s also simple to construct, making it perfect for Halloween parties or fall family gatherings. Be the coolest mom on the block this season by setting up this game, and join in on the competition to show them who’s really the head honcho of Halloween games! Here’s what you’ll need to get outside and have a ghost race:


  • String
  • Scissors
  • Straw
  • Tape
  • White balloons
  • Black marker
  • Sealing pegs

Set Up:

1. Secure one end of your string to an outdoor feature that is fixed in place such as a tree, soccer net frame, or light pole. Moveable objects like chair backs and table legs can also be used.

2. Cut a section of straw and put your string through it so that it freely moves while being guided by the string. Secure the other end of the string to another outdoor object so that it’s tau

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 so that you have at least two parallel race courses of the same length. 4. Next, pass out a balloon to each child and let them draw a spooky ghost face on it using a marker.

5. Instruct the kids to blow up their balloons (or do it for them if they’re not able) and secure the balloons shut using sealing pegs, like the kind you would use to keep a chip bag closed.

6. Once everyone has their balloons ready, it’s off to the races! Using a piece of tape, secure the inflated ghosts to the straws and position them at the starting point of the string. 7. Count it down with a “ready, set, go!” and have the kids release their sealing pegs. The escaping air will send their ghosts flying off towards the finish line. 8. The first ghost to make it to the end of the string wins!

If you’ve got a large group of kids and only two racing strings, use a system of knock-out elimination to narrow down your final winner. If you’re finding that your balloons aren’t making it to the finish line, angle your sting on a downward slant to help assist the ghosts to the end of the string. Let us know how your ghost races go by leaving us a comment! For more outdoor games that will keep your kids entertained while the weather’s still decent, consider making your own pipe ball game for endless backyard fun! What outdoor games do your kids like to play? Tell us in the comments below!