10 Activities for Spooky Pool Fun This Halloween

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Are your customers interested in treating themselves to a spookier swimming pool this Halloween season? Perhaps throwing a pool party? Below are 10 different activities to share with homeowners to enhance their Halloween pool experience this year. The activities are great for both children and adults, and some are strictly on-deck, so those who want to stay dry can still participate in the fun.


CostumeCostume or Swimsuit Contest

Rules: Have guests dress up as their favorite spooky character, and then vote on whose costume they like best.

GhostGhost Hunters

Supplies: Clear/translucent water bottle

Rules: Fill a plastic water bottle with water and throw it into the pool. Have guests try to find it as fast as they can.

GamesDark Sea Treasure Hunt

Supplies: Coins, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, etc.

Rules: Grab a handful of coins and throw them into the pool. Then, have players jump in and collect them. Whoever collects the most (in quantity or value) wins.

ZombiesZombies and Survivors

Rules: Designate a swimmer to be the initial Zombie, and have the rest of the players line up on the opposite end of the pool as Survivors. Designate a bystander to call out "Survivors." When the team is called, they must swim to the other side of the pool without being tagged by the Zombie(s). Survivors can only be tagged/converted into a Zombie while above water. The game ends when all but one player has been converted into a Zombie.

Candy CornCandy Corn Ring Toss

Supplies: Traffic cones, circular glow sticks

Rules: Place a traffic cone, or a few traffic cones, in the middle of the pool (don't worry, they float). Have swimmers toss circular glow sticks at the cones; the goal is to get one of the rings (glow sticks) to land on one of the cones (candy corn). Whichever guest does this first, or the most times, wins.

FloatsFloating Musical Chairs

Supplies: Pool Floats

Rules: Begin the game with a bunch of floaties in the middle of the pool; make sure there is one less floatie than a total number of people playing. Once the spooky Halloween music starts, everyone must swim on the outskirts of the pool. When the music stops, swimmers must find a pool float. The person who does not is eliminated that round. Continue the game until only one person in a floatie is left.

PumpkinsPush a Pumpkin

Supplies: Mini pumpkins, Vaseline 

Rules: Have all players line up at one end of the pool with a mini pumpkin (slather all of the pumpkins in Vaseline prior to starting the game for an extra challenge). The goal of the came is to push the pumpkin across the pool without using their hands. The first player and pumpkin to reach the other side wins. 

ApplesBobbing for Apples

Supplies: Apples

Rules: According to the number of people playing, place that amount of apples in the swimming pool. Upon a bystander yelling, "Go!," players should jump into the pool and, with only their mouths, grab an apple. The first player to get back out of the pool with an apple in their mouth wins.

FoodTaste of Terror

Supplies: Halloween food/dishes: (1) Frankenstein kiwis; (2) Mummy cake pops; (3) Ghost banana popsicles; (4) Monster apple bites; (5) etc. 

Rules: Make a collection of gross tasting, or weird looking, Halloween foods. Blindfold guests and have them guess the dish — and, for an extra challenge, the shape of the monster the dish comes in. The person to guess the food and monster the fastest wins. 

Shutterstock 716068162Cauldron of Mystery

Supplies: Caldron, Trinkets (plastic fishing worms, gummy eyeballs, vampire teeth, plastic spiders, etc. 

Rules: Fill up a cauldron with gross/weird items for guests to stick their hands into and guess the object they touch. The person who correctly guesses the most objects in a designated amount of time (say 30 seconds) wins.

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