Candy Game: Halloween Bingo

posted on 10/5/14


Bingo: the ultimate game of chance. I’m not afraid to admit that I love a good game of Bingo every now and then. Bingo is painfully simple. It’s a great game to play with family or friends. Or, if you’re like me, it’s a great game to play with your college roommates at your annual Halloween party. In that case, Bingo goes from friendly time killer to all out battle royale. People can get seriously competitive with numbers on a flimsy piece of paper. Take, for example, this classic scene from everyone’s favorite ‘90s television show, Roseanne.

Bingo’s roots go all the way back to 1530, when Italy decided to run a statewide lottery. For a small jackpot, players watched a man pull numbers from a bag with the hope of hitting the big number. Bingo hasn’t changed drastically in the last 500 or so years, but we’re going to change it right now.

One of the great things about Bingo is that it is an easily adaptable game. With a few craft supplies, you can adapt your Bingo card to meet any season or holiday. Since Halloween is right around the corner, we’re going to upgrade Bingo to a candy game. If you or your family members are making your own cards, get creative! Pick up some Halloween-themed stickers and let the kiddies go wild. Grab some orange and black crayons, markers, or colored pencils and draw all the little squiggly bats and pumpkins your heart desires. Outline your card with a gluestick and sprinkle orange or black sparkles around the edge. Remember–part of the charm of the Bingo candy game lies in the superstition. It really doesn’t matter what you put on your bingo candy game board, so long as you make up an elaborate backstory. Another reason why the Bingo candy game is great for family parties is because of how easy it is to teach. It’s a great way to help kids brush up on their numbers.

Okay, so, let’s talk about the candy part. Traditional Bingo games use little plastic chips or markers to keep track of numbers. Since we’re prepping for Halloween, it’s only fair to use pieces of candy! Sugarless Bubble Yum, Dum Dums, big or small Lollipops, Bubblicious, Smarties, or Mike and Ikes are all great ways to keep track of called numbers. Players may be tempted to eat pieces off their candy game before the game is over but, in the long run, that will only hurt their chances of winning the candy game!

Of course, the jackpot of this fun candy game is, you guessed it, a huge pile of more candy!

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