Halloween may be a little, well, dead this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have a grand old time with a few of your favorite ghouls and gals. While you may not be able to bob for apples and scare the living daylights out of each other in person, you can have a spooktacular time by meeting up on Zoom. In fact, there are plenty of bone-chilling Zoom Halloween ideas that are so scary, so nefarious, and so downright terrifying that you'll forget all about how fun it is to go (and host) trick-or-treaters.
Whether you're planning a virtual get-together with a few friends or are getting ready to digitally meet up with a few co-workers for your office Halloween party, we've compiled some awesome Zoom party games to help take your Halloween to new scares.
From kooky costume contests to Halloween charades and even a few horror movie-themed drinking games, vote up all the Zoom Halloween party ideas you can't wait to try.
Halloween Movie Trivia
Are you the self-proclaimed king of splatter cinema? There are plenty of pre-made trivia lists online, but the real fun is in making up your own. Creepy questions could include one-offs like "Which horror movie is currently ranked #1 on Ranker's 'Best Horror Movies Of All Time' list?"
Who's Who Contest
Come up with kooky (and preferable scary) usernames, dress up in a costume that conceals your identity, and then have everyone try to guess who’s who. Think of it as a game of Clue but for the 21st century.
Give Bingo night a macabre makeover with a few fun (and fearsome) Halloween-inspired themes. You can make your own or buy a few pre-set cards like these. Great for kids AND adults.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Pumpkin carving is a Halloween staple, and while social distancing won't keep your gourd from going bad, it will help reduce the chances of those neighborhood ruffians nicking your precious pumpkins. Grab a pumpkin carving kit and let your creativity run wild.
Virtual Murder Mystery
Almost as fun as the real thing, virtual murder mysteries are bound to be all the rage this Halloween. Instead of packing everyone into a cramped car with random food smells and terrible AC, consider bringing the party straight to your desktop this year.
Scary Ghost Stories
Everyone's got a spine-tingling ghost story (or two) to share. Gather your group round a dimly lit computer screen as you regale everyone with sordid tales from beyond the crypt.
Horror Movie Drinking Games
There are so many variations here it's almost insane. Take Friday the 13th for example. You could set the rules so everyone takes a shot every time you see Jason, every time you hear that "chika" sound, and/or every time Jason takes out a camper, etc. Hey, your party, your rules.
Scary Movie Marathon
Get everyone together to live-stream some of Halloween's best. We can't guarantee it won't lag, but at least you'll all be lagging together. And honestly, isn't that the true spirit of Halloween? Popcorn's optional.
Charades: Halloween Edition
While some games have a hard time transitioning over the digital real, Charades isn't one of them. You can take advantage of plenty of random name generators on the web, or you can buy this one and find yourself straddled with hosting duties.
Spooky Costume Contest
The great thing about costume contests is that you don't actually need to be there. Whether you're going in groups, looking for specific themes, or just want to show off your latest ensemble, this one's a given. Bonus points if you can make your costume extra topical.
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
OK, this one might take a little more imagination, but it's definitely worth doing when it's done right. Stay-at-home scavenger hunts can cover all things Halloween—from the candy in the cupboard to the skeletons in your closest and more. Just kidding...or are we?
Scary Background Contest
Halloween Makeup Competition
Who's up for a little friendly competition? Costume contests are one thing, but everyone knows the real scream is in the makeup. You'll want to set some judging criteria first (best overall, most original, etc.), or hand out accolades for a few different genres.
You may not be able to hold hands, but you can still embark on an eerie adventure. Also, who knew virtual Ouija boards were a thing? While it's definitely not as eerie as the real deal, it's still fun to try. Instead of placing your fingers on the pointer, you use your mouse.
Scream Queen (And King) Competition
Make your voice heard (and then some), but belting out your best horror movie scream. Think your pipes are powerful enough to break glass? You'll obviously want to turn the volume down for this.
Horror Movie Reenactments
Everyone picks their favorite horror movie and then proceeds to reenact a particular scene. Actually, you might want to assign people particular movies unless you want a whole bunch of hilarious Hocus Pocus reenactments. Not that that would be a bad thing...
Virtual Haunted House Tour
Long lines and crowded spaces may be a no-go this year, but that doesn't mean you can revel in some of the creepiest haunted houses from the last few years. Spread the virtual scares with your friends.