Okay, this one was super fun to make. I’ve shared plenty of fun Halloween crafts and activities for kids to make over the years. I’ve even shared an awesome Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin bowling game for kids and this Halloween Bowling Game for kids is one of my newest faves! Be sure to check out all of our free printable games for kids.
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Everyone has toilet paper rolls…I know you do! Don’t recycle them, give them a new life. I’ve created 6 printable Halloween characters to use as bowling pins. All you need to add is the little pumpkin bowling ball.
Halloween Pumpkin Bowling Game
The first step is to gather up the toilet paper rolls. In our house, empty toilet paper rolls are stored in the craft room – they’re one of my favorite craft supplies. You can also purchase cardboard rolls if you prefer. Or cut down any cardboard tube – paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll.
Once you have your rolls, it’s time to print off the characters for your bowling pins. We printed ours on heavier card stock, but you could totally use regular printer paper. Use the scissors to cut out each character. This is a great job for the kids.
Wrap the characters around the toilet paper roll and then tape the ends in place. You will see that each character has a distinct front and back. Aren’t they super cute!?
Feel free to color the Halloween characters. You could totally add more details to each monster, ghost, witch, and jack o’lantern. Have fun with them!
When the Halloween pins are ready, it’s time to play. Set up the pin in a traditional 1-2-3 pattern and grab your little pumpkin bowling ball. If you don’t have a little pumpkin or gourd, a tennis ball will totally do the trick. How far you roll your pumpkin will determine how challenging the game is. The further back will be a whole lot harder!
Feeling a little more adventurous? Try stacking the rolls and seeing how many you can knock down. Maybe you could even create a totally different way to play. I know kids love using these little characters in imaginary play, outside of the bowling game.
However you decide to play, this Halloween bowling game will be great for home, the classroom, or a Halloween party. Have fun!
Check out our Halloween Would You Rather Questions for kids
What about writing a spooky Halloween story with our Halloween story writing prompts
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