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16 DIY Carnival Games for Your Next Big Bash!


Here’s an amazing list of DIY carnival games, carnival games for kids, simple carnival games, indoor carnival games, best carnival games, outdoor carnival games, carnival game signs, carnival games for teens, and Halloween carnival game ideas that you can make at home!

Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to start thinking of fun party ideas! There’s Halloween Parties, Christmas Parties, New Year’s Eve parties and if that’s not enough, there’s no better time for a Carnival Party!

DIY Ring Toss Carnival Game

As always, the Tip Junkie Halloween and Thanksgiving sites have hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for autumn and fall. You can always search there if you’’re looking for more pictured tutorials. {wink}

Carnival Games

Carnival Games

1.  Bean Bag Toss ~  This traditional carnival game is super fun for all ages! Use beanie babies for toss toys!

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2. Bean Bag Toss ~ This game is particularly great at a school party where math is being reinforced. Earn points by tossing a bean bag into a designated bucket.

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3. Donut Eating Game ~ You can’t go wrong with a game that requires participants to try to eat their donut that’s hanging by a string the fastest. Did we meantion their hands have to remain behind their back?

Carnival Games for Kids

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4. The Ultimate Carnival Party ~ Get tons of ideas for the ultimate carnival party including games and how to set them up!

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5. Pool Noodle Race ~ Grab some match box cars and a pool noodle for this super easy carnival game.

 Simple Carnival Games

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6.  Simple Carnival Games ~ Fast ball, darts and a coin toss are all simple games that you’ll find at every great carnival. Here’s a great idea for making the game fronts out of wood.

Outdoor Carnival Games


7. Magnetic Fishing Hole ~ Here’s a great carnival game to be played outside. Kids will have tons of fun “fishing” with the magnetized poles and fish.

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8. Spray Away Game ~ Children try to “spray away” golf balls from golf tee’s using a squirt gun. Super fun.

Indoor Carnvial Games


9. Face Painting ~ Face painting is an activity that is perfect for indoors in case of inclement weather. It’s always nice to have extra seating in case there is a line! Get lots of carnival party ideas here!

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10. Temporary Tattoos ~ Remember how exciting it was to get a temporary tattoo when you were little? That excitement is still there for your kiddos. And the nice thing? TEMPORARY.

Carnival Games for Teens

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11. Balloon Darts ~ Here’s how to make a balloon dart game like you’d see at a real carnival. The key is using a peg board!

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12. Photo Booth ~ If you are going to have a party with teens, you have to have a photo booth. This idea for using frame on a dowel is genius. There’s tons of other great ideas for your party here, too.

Carnival Game Signs

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13.  Free Printable Carnival Signs and Printables ~ These free printable signs are going to make your carnival event a whole lot easier. Just download, print and display!


14. Fall Festival Game Signs ~ If you are having a fall festival, these free printables will be so helpful in your planning and execution!

Halloween Carnival Games


15.  Tin Can Bowling ~ Upcycle some of those old soup cans and turn them into a fun Halloween game!

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16. Pumpkin Toss Game ~ There’s a downloadable pattern to make this pumpkin toss and you’ll need tennis balls. Super fun to play and make!


   halloween printables

If you love these Halloween crafts then you’ll find a THOUSAND more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Halloween site!

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