Halloween Card Game Ideas

Halloween card game ideas with printable cards for you to download. Have lots of fun with our Halloween snap and match two games. These games are easy to play even for young children. You can adapt the rules to make the games harder for older children.

There are 12 cards for you to download and a printable sheet of card backs to give the cards a professional finish. I have included instructions for both snap and match two and I've included some of the many variations of both games. For both games you will need to print two copies of each set of cards.

Halloween Card Game Printables

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

Printing The Template

Most Printers will allow you to print directly onto thin card. If your printer will only let you print on paper then you can glue the images to card to make them firm enough to use as playing cards.

Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

Materials and Equipment

  • 2 of each of the templates above, this will give you 24 cards. The card back templates are optional (see Mia's Top Tip for more information).
  • Card
  • Scissors

Mia's Top Tip

The card backs will give the cards a more professional finish but are entirely optional.

You can print these separately and glue them to the back of the cards.

Or you can print them directly onto the back of the card depending on your printer.

My printer prints the top of the page first. I printed the card images then turned the card upside down and back to front to print the card backs.

Halloween Card Game Tutorial

  • Print out 2 copies of the cards and backs if required
  • Cut them out along the black lines, you can either keep the corners straight or round them off.
  • If you have printed the backs separately cut them out and glue them to the picture cards.
  • I laminated my cards to make them firmer and easy to clean but that is completely optional.

Halloween Card Game Ideas ~ Snap

Snap can be played with 2 or more players. With more than 4 players you may want to print out another set of cards.

Shuffle and deal the cards to each player.

The players shouldn't look at their cards but keep the pile face down on the table in front of them.

Decide who goes first, this could be the youngest, the oldest or put their names on pieces of paper and draw one from a hat. 

The first player turns the top card in their pile over quickly and places it in the center of the table.

There should be no peeking at the card by the player. To prevent that you can have the players turn the cards away from them so the other players will see the card first if they are not quick.

The next player now turns their top card over and places it on top of the other card.

If the card in the center matches the card turned over that's a snap.  The first person to shout snap takes the cards in the center. If two players call snap at the same time and no one is certain who said it first the cards stay in the center and the game continues.

If you run out of cards you are out of the game.  Continue playing until one person has all the cards, they are the winner.

Snap Variations

Instead of shouting snap the players call out the name of the matching pictures.  Here are some suggestions of what they could call out with this set of cards. 

  • Spider
  • Bat
  • Monster
  • Grave
  • Cat
  • Skull
  • Hat
  • Ghost
  • Broom
  • Pumpkin
  • Moon
  • Cauldron

Halloween Card Game Ideas ~ Match Two

Match two can be played with 1 or more players.

Shuffle the cards and place them face down on the table or floor.

If only one person is playing the turn one card over then another, if they match you take them and place them next to you. If they don't match turn them back over. 

Turn another two cards over and see if they match. You will have to try to remember where you saw the matchng card to find the pair.

Keep playing until you have found all the pairs.

If more than one person is playing then take it in turns to turn the cards and find a pair.

If you do find a pair you get another go. Keep the pairs next to you.

Once all the cards are paired up the player with the most cards wins.

Match Two Variations

Instead of laying out the cards in a grid formation lay them out randomly all over the table. Makes it a bit harder to remember where the cards are.

To make it even harder to find the pairs shuffle the cards around the table or floor after each players turn is over. Make sure they stay face down and only move them around a little bit.



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