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Best Halloween Mystery Box Ideas for School Parties & Home

Best Halloween Mystery Box Ideas for School Parties & Home

Halloween Mystery Boxes are a super fun Halloween game for kids to do at home or at Halloween school parties. A Mystery Box is easy to make and adds a spooky and surprise element to the party.

All you need are a few supplies you already have at home to whip these up for your next Halloween party.  

The great part about these Halloween Mystery Boxes which are also called Sensory Boxes is watching the kid’s reactions when they feel around inside the box. They’ll wonder is it really a Warlock’s brain or just spaghetti, is it a witch’s eye, or just grapes?

A simple and easy Halloween game to add to any Halloween party or family game night at home.  


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How to Make Halloween Mystery Boxes 

Fun Halloween Mystery Box Ideas for Kids Halloween Parties. These sensory boxes are great for school parties or Halloween parties at home. They are simple to make with tissue boxes, construction paper and spooky fillers. Don't worry I'll give you lots of ideas. Check it out and use this game at your next Halloween Party!

Are you ready to create this fun & spooky Halloween game for your kids? It’s been a huge hit with my kids at their Halloween classroom parties. But be warned you might hear lots of screams or Yucks when the kids feel the creepy contents of the box (: It really is a fun activity your kids will want to do every year.

Add some more easy Halloween games to your parties like our Printable Halloween Game Bundle with 18 fun games,   Halloween Bingo, Halloween Would You Rather Kids Edition, or Halloween Bozo Buckets

Kids will have so much fun playing these printable Halloween Games. The ready to go halloween games can be played at Halloween parties, in the classroom or at home for family game nights. Just print them out and your ready to play!

Supplies for Your Mystery Boxes

  • Tissue Boxes, Shoe Boxes, Small Cardboard Box
  • Construction paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Markers
  • Mystery Box items to feel (listed below)

How to Make Halloween Mystery Boxes

Follow these simple steps to make these Halloween-inspired sensory boxes the kids will love!

Step 1:

Make your Halloween Mystery Boxes with Tissue boxes and construction paper.

Find an empty tissue box to use for your Mystery box. I started saving up the boxes about a month before and setting them aside.

If you don’t have time for that just take out the tissues and refill another box with them later.

Step 2:

Use items like construction paper to decorate your Halloween Mystery Boxes with spiders, and witches.

Halloween Mystery Boxes Complete

Cover the boxes up with construction paper (orange, black, purple) or any other fun stickers or things you have at home. Your goal is to give the box a Halloween theme.

I created one to look like a Witch with a black hat and a green face. Another box I covered with black paper and used a white crayon to draw spiders on the outside. You could also use masking tape to look like a mummy.

Have fun with this part and make them your own.  



What to Put in Your Halloween Mystery Box


Step 3:

Make a Halloween Mystery Box or Sensory box with spooky items the kids will squeal to touch. Put inside the box grapes for eyes, candy corn for teeth, spaghetti for brains and more. Find out how easy these are to make. They are sure to be the hit of your next Halloween Party.

Here’s a full list of ideas to fill your Halloween feel box. You’ll want to fill each box with different gross things for the kids to guess what it really is.

Other than the food the rest of the items I find at the dollar store. Here are some mystery items to use:

  1. Peeled Grapes =Witches Eyes
  2. Cooked Spaghetti = Zombie brains
  3. Witches fingers = Witches Fingers
  4. Plastic Spiders Rings = Spiders
  5. Cut up balloons – Dry & Withered Skin
  6. Candy Corn = Monster teeth
  7. Pipe Cleaners = Spider Legs
  8. Water beads = Monster Eyeballs
  9. Banana Peels & little olive oil – Witches Tounge
  10. Popcorn Kernels – Rat droppings

Note: If you are bringing this to a school party just make sure that these food items are allowed in class. Also, make sure no one attending your party has any allergies to these items because the kids will not be able to see what’s inside.

You could substitute grapes for squishy bouncy balls or water beads and Spaghetti for wet yarn.  

Step 4:

Simple Mystery box labels to let kids know what their feeling in this fun Halloween Game Idea.

In front of the boxes put a label with what you want the kids to believe is inside. Then let them reach their little hands inside and start guessing what it is inside. It’s going to be so much fun!

Label Example – Witches’ Eyes, Monster Teeth, Spider Legs

How to Play the Mystery Box Game

Now that you made your Mystery boxes the kids can play. Set out your boxes on a table with the label in front. Then let the kids one at a time feel what’s inside and guess what they are feeling. Is it really a witch’s finger?

After everyone has guessed let them know what they are really feeling. 

If you don’t want this to be a group game but more independent on the back of the label write what is inside. After the kids feel the box and guess to themselves they can flip the label and see what’s inside. 


When to Play This Game

A great place to use this game is as a School Party Game. It’s easy for teachers or room parents to make ahead and have it ready to play.

You can also play this at home with your kids or at a Halloween party, you throw. 

More Halloween Games & Activities

Here are some more great games & activities to play at a classroom Halloween party or at home. 

Kids will love playing these fun printable Halloween games at Hallowen parties, in the classroom and at home. The ready-to-go Halloween bundle just needs to be downloaded and printed. Then your set to play.
Super Fun Printable Halloween Bundle with 18 great games to play

Plan your whole classroom party with these fun school party games with a Halloween theme.

Fun Elementary School Party Games & Ideas to help plan your Halloween Party

20 Spooky Halloween Bingo Cards & Calling Cards for classrooms & kids Halloween parties. These free printables are an easy Halloween game just print it out and play.

 20 Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards & Calling Cards

30 Funny Would You Rather Halloween Questions for Kids. Play this fun party game at Halloween parties or in the classroom. Just grab your free printable questions and start playing today.

Free Printable Halloween Would You Rather Questions – Kid Friendly

30 Free printable Halloween Color by Number worksheets to help kids with number recognition and fine motor skills. 30 pages to use as a classroom activity or at Halloween parties.

30 Free Printable Halloween Color by Number Worksheets

I hope you’ll enjoy creating and playing the Halloween sensory box game. This is a really fun and easy Halloween activity. I hope these Halloween Mystery boxes add to all the fun your family has this Halloween!!

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Another fun family activity is creating an awesome Halloween family photo shoot with a Pumpkin Head Photoshoot. It’s all the rage and will look super cool!

Don’t forget to pick up fun Halloween Costumes for your kids. We found a great Halloween discount site we love and you might too. See if Halloween Costumes has that cool costume your kids really want this year! They have great family costume ideas too. 

Let me know any great Halloween Mystery Box ideas you may have to add to these boxes. Leave your ideas in the comments so we can all learn from each other. I love hearing from my readers. 

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Classroom Parties, Virtual Parties & Games at Home 

Find more ways to throw a Halloween party at school or home.

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Challenge the kids to these 20 Minute to Win it Games you can turn into a family Halloween contest too.

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More Cool Fall Ideas for Families

40 Awesome Things to Do in the Fall with Kids. Find ideas like visiting your local pumpkin patch, taking fall walks, create DIY crafts

Bake delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Make No-Bake Oreo Balls that look like Ghosts & Mummies

Find out How to Make Cheap Fall Decorations from Dollar Tree That Look Expensive.

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Bonus, you’ll get our free printable Halloween Bingo Cards to use at your next party or family game night.

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Saturday 12th of September 2020

You could also have this set up as a Halloween party game for kids. It would be perfect for a home or classroom party. Maybe go easy on the gross stuff if there are kids involved.


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Yes definitely great for parties too. I have used them several times at my kids school parties.

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Monday 12th of November 2018

This post is really the best on this valuable topic.


Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Thank you. Hope you had a great Halloween!

Josephine | Better as Us

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

These are great! As a former teacher I really think the kiddos would love something like this! Thanks for sharing!

Josephine | Better as Us


Thursday 1st of November 2018

Thanks Josephine!