Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Haunted House/Corn Maze Tag

Haunted House Tag
OR Corn Maze Tag

I like to play this game in late October when some students may have already visited the pumpkin patch, corn maze,  or a haunted house with their friends/family. 

Tell students we have set up a pretend haunted house(s) (or corn maze).  It is not scary, but we are pretending that it is scary!  The haunted house can be made of a variety of objects, so just be creative and use what you have. 

Here is how I make my haunted houses (or you may refer to them as corn mazes):

House/Maze #1:  Set up 2 gym mats, standing vertically, side by side.  They should be just wide enough to walk through (like a hallway).  Drape a big bed sheet over the top and sides of the gym mats so it is enclosed.  Students will have to walk through this house.

House/Maze #2:  Set up one gym mat laying down on the floor.  Put an expandable tunnel on top of it.  Line the sides of it with small cones so it doesn’t roll.  Tape streamers or ribbon from one end or both ends so you can’t see through the exit of the tunnel (optional).  Students will crawl through this house.

House/Maze #3: 
Use your largest cones and foam cross bars to set up a small tent.  Drape a bed sheet over the top and sides.  Students will have to crawl through this house. 
Equipment Needed:
3 black or orange yarn balls
1-3 Haunted Houses/Corn Mazes (see above for ideas)
Halloween music (optional)

Explanation of Game:
This is tag with NO SAFE.  Players continue to move throughout the playing area for 2-3 minutes, until teacher gives them a signal to stop.  Rotate taggers every round.

To begin the game, select 3 taggers to begin on the end line.  Taggers carry the yarn balls with them and use them for tagging players.   Players begin in personal space.  When everyone yells “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” the game begins.

If a player is tagged, they must go through ONE of the haunted houses/or corn mazes to re-enter the game.  

Note:  Taggers may not “babysit” the exit of the haunted houses and just re-tag players immediately.

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