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Ghost In The Graveyard Game

Ghost In The Graveyard Game

If Hide and Seek had an opposite, it would be Ghost in the Graveyard. When you play traditional Hide and Seek, everyone except one player who is ‘it’ hides, but in this version, there is only one hider and many seekers. Thanks to its simplicity, you can play Ghost in the Graveyard indoors or anywhere you have at least three players and enough space to run around and hide.

Ghost in the Graveyard is an excellent game to play during the fall ‘spooky’ season and at parties where you have lots of space outdoors or kids playing at night. The darkness adds to the game’s ambiance, but it’s not necessary. You don’t need anything to play with except people. Since you can easily scale up or down to accommodate players, you can use this game for larger groups like school classes. Best of all, anyone can learn to play in just a few minutes, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment. Here is everything you need to know about the Ghost in the Graveyard game.

What is the Ghost In The Graveyard Game?

The Ghosts in the Graveyard Game is a version of hide and seek where you have more seekers than hiders, and the ‘ghost’ who is ‘it’ is the one hiding. Once someone spots the Ghost and calls out, the ‘ghost’ tries to catch (tag) someone in their ‘graveyard.’ You can play this game with as few as three people; all you need is a space to run around with places to hide. See the rules for ghost in the graveyard below.

How to Play Ghost In The Graveyard Game: Step By Step

How do you play ghost in the graveyard?

The purpose of Ghost in the Graveyard is to have fun and run around while most players evade capture. The seekers count together at their ‘base,’ and they go ghost hunting when the count is done. Whoever spots the Ghost calls out a warning. After that, all the players must run or sneak back to base before the Ghost can get them. If the Ghost tags you, then you are it. That means you’ll be the next Ghost. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to play.

  • Collect what you need first. In this case, all you need is three players. Set a boundary to how far the Ghost can go to hide, and choose a base for the ghost hunters to start at.
  • Once all the hunters are at the base, they should face away from the playing area and count together loudly. Typically players count to 50 or 60, but you can adjust the amount of time based on the size of your playing field and the age of your players.
  • The Ghost should run and hide while everyone else is distracted counting. Pick somewhere unexpected where you can see or hear the ghost hunters coming.
  • The players should spread out and go ghost-hunting when the count is over. The goal is to be the first to find a ghost in the Graveyard.
  • The first player to find a ghost should call out, “Ghost in the Graveyard!” Doing this warns everyone else that the Ghost is free and chasing anyone they can catch.
  • Once someone calls out, all the players must run back to base as fast as they can.
  • The Ghost has to try to tag someone so they can be the next Ghost. If they succeed, their turn is over.

Ghost In The Graveyard Rules

Ghost in the Graveyard is a fun, simple game with tons of benefits, including developing spatial awareness, patience, and cooperation. Players also get to run around and use up a lot of energy. You don’t need many rules to play, but we’ve listed some basic guidelines below.

  • If the Ghost tags you, you are ‘it’ for the next round.
  • The Ghost cannot change hiding places (unless you’re playing a specific variation where that is allowed).
  • Always count loudly when you are a seeker so the Ghost knows you are still at the base. Being loud also helps cover up the Ghost’s movements so they can hide better.
  • Never leave the boundaries of the playing field. Keeping everyone within reasonable borders is just common sense safety.
  • Don’t call out until you’re sure you see the Ghost.
  • Although it is not technically forbidden, don’t hide near the base very often. Not only will you get found too quickly, but the players won’t have a reasonable opportunity to get back to safety.

Ghost In The Graveyard Game Variations

Although Ghost in the Graveyard is a variation on the better-known Hide and Seek, there are also other versions of this game. The four variations listed below are designed to add difficulty, make things easier, even the playing field, or keep things pleasant for everyone. You can make up your own variation to adjust any part of the game that isn’t working for your players and space. In summer, a ghost might ‘tag’ with a water gun, or you could count for a group of very young children or even have them sing a silly, spooky song instead if they are still learning numbers. Use these variants as a jumping-off point to make your best version of Ghost in the Graveyard.

Multi-Player Ghost in the Graveyard- If you have a larger group of players, you may want to have more than one Ghost. The easiest way to accomplish this is to line people up and have them count off by fives. The first person in every group is a ghost; the rest can be seekers.

Zombie In The Graveyard- In this variation of the classic game, the ‘ghost’ is actually a ‘zombie.’ This means they can hide and still tag you from where they are concealed. There’s an extra fun creep factor in knowing that if you don’t spot the monster when you pass by, it can still ‘get’ you.

Flag-Ghost in the Graveyard- If you’re concerned players might not tag gently try playing the game flag-football style. Instead of tagging each other, players must pull off a velcroed flag from the person they are ‘catching.’

Moving Ghost in the Graveyard- This version of the game allows a ghost to move from one hiding spot to another. A sufficiently varied playing field can make for more exciting and challenging rounds. Seekers must avoid getting jump-scared by the Ghost and tagged before they can call out when you play this way.

Stacking Ghost in the Graveyard- When you play this game’s ‘stacking’ variation, a ghost can only tag one person per round. However, anyone who is tagged becomes a ghost and stays that way, hiding with the other ghosts every round. Gameplay continues until there is only one player left who isn’t a ghost.

Ghost In The Graveyard Game Tips and Tricks

Whether you use a variation with a large group of people or a classic game with a couple of friends, there are always a few things to remember that can help things stay silly while you play. Ghost in the Graveyard is one of the very few outdoor games that are even better at night so long as everyone watches their step and follows the rules. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make playing Ghost in the Graveyard safer and more fun.

  • Always play in a well-lit area when playing after dark. Tripping hazards are worse at night. It’s best to avoid playing this game somewhere you have trouble seeing or where there’s a lot of debris and uneven ground. No one wants to fall in the dark.
  • Call out where you see the Ghost to help other players.
  • Set the base in a corner or on one side of the playing area. Doing this allows all the ghost hunters to face away from where your Ghost is hiding, so they have a fair chance of remaining undetected.
  • Don’t hesitate to start running if you see the Ghost. You can call out as you move, but standing there will probably get you tagged.
  • Use a smaller field for younger players. They will have more fun if they don’t have to run across a football field to get back to base. It’s also important to know that very young players, kindergarten and first grade age, may not be able to count to 50 or 100 yet.
  • Don’t forget that ghost hunters can be sneaky too. Not letting the Ghost know where you are can become a significant advantage, especially if they run over to where the base is before you can get back.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a Halloween or spooky-themed game for kids (or adults), there’s no better option than Ghost in the Graveyard. This overlooked and underrated game is ideal for outdoor fall festivities, but you don’t need to wait until the leaves change to play unless you want to. Ghost in the Graveyard is fun and active, but best of all, it is simple. All you need is a couple of friends and a place to play with lots of hiding spots. You can easily change things up with a variation of the game to make it easier or more challenging. Better still, Ghost in the Graveyard is easy to scale up since it doesn’t have teams. You can include new players anytime.

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Ghost in the Graveyard Game Rules and Instructions

instructions and rules on how to play ghost in the graveyard

Ghost in the graveyard is a popular game that has been played for a long time. You won’t find a real ghost but  the game does include is a lot of fun and suspense . You can think of it as a bit of a cross between hide-n-seek and  tag.

How to Play Ghost in the Graveyard 

1. Find 3 or more players

2. Designate a playing area ( the field )

3. Designate a home base

4. Choose 1 person or kid to be the ghost

5. The kids count to midnight like ” 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock etc ” while the ghost needs to hide

6. When completing the count yell ” midnight, midnight! I hope I catch a ghost tonight! “

7. Players begin to search for the ghost

8. When a player sees the ghost he yells ” Ghost in the graveyard! ”

9. All the players now need to make it back to the home base without the ghost tagging them.

10. The ghost tries to tag the players as they run back to home base

11. If another player is tagged, they are the next ghost

12. If no player is tagged, the last player to make it to home base is the next ghost

ghost in the graveyard rules poster.

Where Should You Play Ghost in the Graveyard?

The very first question that people have is where they can play Ghost in the Graveyard. The best thing about this game is that you can play it anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. It tends to be more exciting playing it outdoors and perhaps in the dark.

Choose any space in the outdoors. It could be a backyard, the space between a couple of houses or any spot in the neighborhood. You need to designate an area where you will be playing the game. It is always a good idea to select an area where you can find plenty of spaces to hide. This will make the game far more fun, interesting and challenging.

Who Can Play the Game?

Literally, anybody can play this game because it is very easy to understand, learn and play. In order to be able to play Ghost in the Graveyard, you just need to  know how to count , be able to run fast, and how to find a good hiding spot. At least three people are required to play the game, but you know how they say, the more, the merrier.

A large group of people makes for a much longer game , which eventually turns out to be more enjoyable than a small group of only three people. You can even get your whole family to play this game since there are no age limits, but it is better to let the kids have some fun.

Ideally, you should get all the kids from the neighborhood together because this will give everyone the chance to interact with each other and spend quality time outside.

Ghost in the graveyard variations

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There are several variations on how to play Ghost in the Graveyard. This is one of the most amazing things about it. The variation we talked about can be played during the night or day and it can be easily  played indoors  or outdoors.

Ghost in the Graveyard has other variations where the ghost is the one who stays at home base and everybody else finds a place to hide.

Here are a few key things that you should remember while playing this variation of the game:

  • Everybody has to play within the agreed  playing area .
  • The last person who remains untagged or the first person to make it to the home base is the winner of the game.
  • Make sure that you have permission to play in the designated area before you start playing the game.
  • There has to be more than enough area to run in the designated area so that nobody trips.

Warning: Keep playing area clear of any potential tripping hazards. Playing in the dark can be fun but increases the risk.

Now that you have learned how to play Ghost in the Graveyard, try it out with your friends and family. Just make sure that you stay safe and  have  a lot  of fun ! Learn how to  play a traditional game of kick the can .

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This post will tell you how to play the Ghost in the Graveyard game , a traditional game that is one of the most popular plays for kids .

I have written tons of articles about fun plays and other fun things to do with friends on our site here , including one about outdoor party fun activities that have been read over a couple of thousand times already. So, believe me when I say that this night game is an amazing graveyard game to bond with friends and family.

Let the fun begin!

What is it? - #What-is-it?

What is Ghost in the Graveyard Game?

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Ghost in the Graveyard is a traditional children's game similar to Tag and Hide-and-Seek, except that is played at night time. The goal of this game is to find the "it" hiding within the play zone. The player who finds the "ghost" should alert the other participants by shouting, "Ghost in the Graveyard!". Whoever gets tagged, or is the last to reach the designated "safe zone", will be the next "it".

Ghost in the Graveyard Play Rules

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Anyone, young and old alike, can join this fun game. Also, more players mean more fun!

  • Choose a home base where all players will run once they find the "it" player. There should also be a specific spot in the base/safe zone that they should touch so they won't be the next "it."
  • While the rest of the players are in the safe zone, the "it" should hide in a secret spot within the play zone. Once the "it" finds their hiding spot, players chant "One o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock..." until they reach midnight. After that, they will say, "Midnight, midnight, I hope I catch/see/don't see a ghost tonight!" and then leave the base to search for the "it."
  • The "it" has to tag a player and be the next Ghost. If the player sees the "it," they should "Ghost in the Graveyard!". All of the players have to run back to the home base. The last player who reaches the home base, or is tagged by the Ghost, will be the new "it" in the next game.
  • Continue playing the game until everyone gets to become the Ghost.

How To Play Ghost in the Graveyard

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Have you already chosen a play zone? Have you already decided who's going to be the "it"? Are the rest of the players ready? Then, you need to consider these 3 things first before playing Ghost in the Graveyard.

Things to prepare before the game

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All of the players should understand how to play this game. Before starting the game, participants should also look for a spacious outdoor area. Players also can use a flashlight to ensure safety while running around and searching for the "it."

The best area to play the game

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The best area to play this fun game is in an open outdoor area so everyone can run freely, and the "it" has lots of spots to hide at. It can preferably be in someone's yard or a specific location in a neighborhood park.

Designate a spot in the playing field that will serve as the "base" where everyone should race back to when the "it" is found. It can be on the front porch, back patio, or a large tree in the backyard or park, anywhere that all players can stand on or physically touch.

You can also set a rule that if one of the players goes beyond the assigned boundary, they will be eliminated or become the "it" in the next round.

Choosing the players

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At least three players can play this scaringly fun game, one of whom will play as the "it." The more game participants, the better and more chaotic fun it will be.

Players get to decide who becomes the "it" will be through the following:

  • Ask someone to volunteer.
  • Play rock, paper, scissors
  • Gather everyone in a circle using each player's hands or feet. One of the players says a rhyme while tapping each hand or foot for each word. When the verse ends, the participant removes a hand or foot. Repeat the steps until there is only one hand or foot left. That player will be the next "it."
  • The next "it" will be the one who got tagged by the Ghost, or the last one to reach the home base.

How to start the game

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The participants must stand within the designated "safe zone" while the ghost finds a hiding spot. The players will then have to find the ghost within the play area... and that's when the fun starts!

Ghost in the Graveyard Play Pro Tips

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Add more suspense and feels while playing this  night game  with some props, decor, and background music.

Here is the Ghost in the Graveyard game pro tips to take note of: 

1. Add more fun by setting up Halloween vibe decorations.

Add more fun by setting up Halloween vibe decorations.

Putting up  Halloween yard decorations, as seen on our site here , can also add to the overall feel of playing this outdoor childhood activity. Put everything back in its container when you're done playing (assuming that the Halloween season is over).

2. Play scary background music.

Play scary background music.

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Choose a piece of Halloween-themed music and play it in the background while you are all running around in the play area. You can check out tracks on Spotify or download some from your favorite music streaming platforms.

3. Do it yourself creative Halloween costume or make up for the ghost player.

Do it yourself creative Halloween costume or make up for the ghost player.

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Top up your game a notch by donning Halloween costumes. No need for elaborate costumes. Try wearing a scary mask or make your own from your closet. Find someone who can also do makeup for the ghosts for maximum playing impact.

Ghost in the Graveyard Safety Tips

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We all want to have fun with every game we play, whether indoors or outdoors. However, everyone's safety should also be a top priority, especially when playing outdoor activities (and in the dark, too). Here are safety tips every player should remember when playing this outdoor game:

This game is scary! Make sure everyone is prepared. Get the parent's permission before allowing kids to join.

Expect several jump scares and even accidental trips when playing in a play area with little to no lighting. That is why safety should be a priority during the activity. Make sure everyone is safe and injury-free during and after playing the game.

Find a safe outdoor space with no holes or hills that could cause accidents, falls, and injuries. Ask the parents' permission before letting kids join the game.

Fun Variants of Ghost in the Graveyard

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There are other ways to enjoy this traditional outdoor game. For example, you can use flashlights during the game if you are not familiar with the play area or when the players are young children.

You can also opt to divide the group into two, of which half of the players will play as ghosts, and the rest will have to look for them.

Or, instead of the players looking for the ghosts, try doing it the other way around (the "it" searching for the players hiding -- similar to the traditional hide-and-seek game).

Meanwhile, here are fun variants of the Ghost in the Graveyard:

Variant #1: Santa in his Sleigh

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Another traditional game you can play with your friends is Santa in his Sleigh. Perfect this holiday season, adults and kids can enjoy this guessing game.

  • First, you will need a small sleigh figurine or ornament. Have the participants form a large circle. You can choose to play inside or outside the house.
  • Then, choose a person who will be blindfolded. Hand the figurine to another participant. The player with the figurine should say, "Santa, Santa, where's your sleigh? A thief has come to take it away." Then the blindfolded participant has to guess who has the figurine.
  • The blindfolded participant has three chances to guess the participant with the sleigh figurine. If the guess is right, the participant with the sleigh will be the next to be blindfolded. Otherwise, the sleigh figurine will be given to another participant, and the game should start over again.

Variant #2: Prison Break

Prison Break

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Prison Break or JailBreak is another fun outdoor activity. Everyone, from kids and the kids-at-heart, can play and enjoy this activity without the props needed!

  • Invite players -- the more, the merrier! Choose who will be the captain of each team. Make sure that the teams have the same number of participants.
  • Choose a designated spot that will serve as the "prison." That space should accommodate all of the players in each team.
  • Decide which team will hide first and look for the other team. The seeking team will count until the hiding team has already found a hiding spot. Once done counting, it's time to find the hiding players.
  • If they find the hiding players, the opposing team members should catch them. The hiding players are allowed to run and not be caught by the opposing team. Once a participant from the seeking team sees a hiding player, the former has to hold on to the latter and say, "1,2,3... You're my man!"
  • The captured players must stay in "prison." To "free" the participants in prison, an uncaught participant should touch the jail and shout "Prison break!". The prisoned players can run free again.
  • The game ends when everyone in the hiding team is caught. You can restart the game by switching sides; the seeking team will be the one to hide and vice versa.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You don't have to be a kid to be able to play childhood fun plays. Everyone is welcome to enjoy such kind of fun experience. But first, you might have other questions about this popular children's game that we'd love to answer.

How many times should you say the Ghost in the Graveyard chant?

The participants shall chant each hour (1, 2, 3, 4... and so on) until they reach midnight. After that, they will say "Midnight, midnight, I hope I see/don't see/catch a Ghost tonight!" The players will then go out of the home base to find the Ghost.

How many people do you need for ghosts in the graveyard game?

This game needs at least one participant who will play the "it." However, you can also level up the activity by dividing the team into two. Half of them become the "it," while the rest are the players who will look for the ghosts.

Can you play Ghost in the Graveyard online?

Yes, there are online versions of this evening game that you can play for free. For horror/suspense/thriller fans, you can also check out the movie of the same name starring Jake Busey and Kelli Berglund and directed by Charlie Comparetto.

What is the best scary music to fit into use for this game?

Check out "50 Sounds of Horror: Creepy Halloween Music" on Spotify and play it in the background. You can also download classical music that will send chills down your spine. Some popular classics include Danse Macabre (Camille Saint-Saëns) and Dies Irae (Giuseppe Verdi).

More Awesome to Fun Games to Explore

Who says only kids got to enjoy outdoor sports? We also love to have a good time (and get a little sweaty). We won't stop rediscovering good old plays from our childhood days.

  • Planning a get-together with friends and family soon? Add extra fun to your bonding moments with these popular water games .
  • We may have to wait next year for the summer season. But make sure to keep these swimming pool games  on your list for your future pool parties.
  • Check out our  minute to win it games   because sometimes a minute is all it takes to have fun.
  • Thinking about new activities to teach your little ones? Check out these classic parachute games  that they will surely enjoy and keep off from gadgets from time to time.

In Conclusion

There are no limits to finding  fun things to do with friends just like what you can find in Mantelligence .   Add more fun and happy memories to your usual gatherings by playing  outdoor party activities .

Age is just a number. Everyone from 2 to 92 can still enjoy fun outdoor activities that will surely relieve our childhood fun plays, such as the classic Ghost in the Graveyard and other activities for kids .

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Archer is our resident nerd, geek, and dork… and yes, he is DEFINITELY proud of it. He loves any type of game (virtual, board, and anything in between). His love of games includes word games like riddles and brain teasers. When he is not gaming, he loves comedy, funny movies, and telling/collecting jokes.

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How to Play Ghost in the Graveyard

By James Holloway

Updated September 22, 2017

Ghost in the Graveyard combines several of the best parts of kids' games. Not only does it have a hide and seek element, but there's also frantic running and chasing. To play the game, you'll need at least three players -- preferably more -- and a large playing area, preferably outdoors. If you're playing at night for maximum atmosphere, you'll need flashlights, glowsticks or similar light sources for the players.

Select your playing area. Make sure that it has a number of places for players to take cover. Point out the boundaries of the playing area to all players. Designate one location within the playing area as the base.

Select one player to be the ghost. While the other players cover their eyes and count, the ghost finds a hiding place. The number the players must count to will vary depending on the size of the playing area.

Spread out and search for the ghost. The player who finds the ghost must shout out "Ghost in the graveyard!"

Run for base. The ghost will pursue the fleeing seekers, trying to tag one of them. Tagging a player makes them the next ghost. If the ghost fails to tag a player, they remain the ghost for the next round.

Vary the rules to keep things interesting. In some versions of the game, the player who finds the ghost is immune to being tagged. Only the other players may be tagged. Alternatively, allow the ghost to tag other players even before being found, as long as she can do so without being spotted.

If you're playing at night, check the area for obstacles and tripping hazards before play starts.

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Dr James Holloway has been writing about games, geek culture and whisky since 1995. A former editor of "Archaeological Review from Cambridge," he has also written for Fortean Times, Fantasy Flight Games and The Unspeakable Oath. A graduate of Cambridge University, Holloway runs the blog Gonzo History Gaming.

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How do you play Ghost in the Graveyard?

  • by Annabelle Stephenson
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How do you play Ghost in the Graveyard?

Ghost in the Graveyard is a classic outdoor game that has been enjoyed by children for generations. It combines elements of hide-and-seek and tag, creating an exciting and spooky experience. If you’re unfamiliar with this thrilling game, here’s a guide on how to play and some frequently asked questions.

How to play: 1. Gather a group of friends: Ghost in the Graveyard is best played with a group of at least four or more players. 2. Choose a location: Find a suitable outdoor area with plenty of hiding spots, such as a backyard, park, or playground. 3. Designate a ghost: One player is chosen to be the ghost. They will hide while the other players count to a predetermined number, giving the ghost time to find a hiding spot. 4. Seek the ghost: After counting, the remaining players search for the ghost. The objective is to find the ghost’s hiding spot before they can tag you. 5. Shout „Ghost in the Graveyard!”: If a player discovers the ghost, they must shout „Ghost in the Graveyard!” to alert the others. At this point, all players must run back to a designated safe zone, such as a tree or home base. 6. Avoid being tagged: If the ghost tags a player before they reach the safe zone, that player becomes the new ghost for the next round. The game continues until all players have had a chance to be the ghost.

Frequently Asked Questions: Q: What is the objective of Ghost in the Graveyard? A: The objective is to find the ghost’s hiding spot before they can tag you.

Q: Can the ghost move from their hiding spot? A: No, once the ghost has found a hiding spot, they must remain there until discovered.

Q: How many rounds can be played? A: The number of rounds can vary depending on the players’ preferences. Typically, players take turns being the ghost for each round.

Q: Is there a time limit for finding the ghost? A: There is no specific time limit. Players can search for the ghost until they find them or decide to give up.

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OBJECTIVE OF GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD: The objective of Ghost in the Graveyard depends on which role you are playing. If you are the ghost, then your objective is to not be found. If you are the hunters, then your goal is to find the ghost.  

Number of players: 3 or more players , materials: flashlight for each hunter  , type of game : outdoor game , audience:  ages 12 and up , overview of ghost in the graveyard  .

Ghost in the Graveyard is a fun nighttime game for kids that holds similarities to Hide and Go Seek. As the ghost hides, the other players search for them, hoping to find them first. Once they find them, they will announce it to the whole group, staking their claim on the next turn of being the ghost in the graveyard.  

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SETUP  

To setup the game, choose a player to be the first ghost. Each of the hunters should then be given a flashlight. The game is ready to begin. 

GAMEPLAY  

To play the game, the ghost will go hide in a certain area. This area may be the backyard or the woods, but it must have boundaries in order for the game to be finished in a timely manner. Once the ghost picks their spot, they are unable to move.  

After a time, the hunters will begin their search, using their flashlights to find the ghost that has hidden themselves in their graveyard. When a hunter finds the ghost, they should yell “Ghost in the Graveyard!” This announces the finding to the other hunters.  

The player who finds the ghost will become the next ghost. The game continues in this manner until the players are finished.  

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END OF GAME  

The game comes to an end when the players are done playing. There is a winner each round, but there is no final winner in the game.  

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Ghosts In The Graveyard (Rules, Instructions & Tips)

Ghosts in the graveyard is a traditional game that every child enjoys. This article consists of guidelines on how to play the game, rules, tips, and variations to the classic game. After reading this article you will be fully equipped to have as much fun as you can with this game.

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How to play ghost in the graveyard.

‘Ghosts in a graveyard’ requires a minimum of 3 players.

The ideal setting is outdoors. A large indoor space with places to hide will work as well. If you are playing outdoors, begin by setting a boundary for the game. It need not be precise but ensure that all players have a fair idea of the space being used for the game.

Now, designate a space as the base. The base must be a place where all players can fit. Find a long wall or a thick tree that all players can get their hands on.

Choose a player to be the ‘ Ghost ‘. The method to choose can vary – claps, numbering, and picking, chits, etc. The Ghost must find a place to hide in the designated space. All other players must stay at the base.

The players must slowly chant the hours till midnight – one o clock, two o clock, and so on. Once they reach midnight, they must chant – ‘Midnight, midnight, I hope I catch a ghost tonight!’ As they chant, players must stay at the base with their eyes closed.

After chanting, all players must go in search of the Ghost. If someone sees the Ghost, they yell,’ Ghost in the graveyard!’ All players must run towards the home base. The Ghost must try to tag any player before they reach home base.

The Ghost cannot tag players after they reach the base. The object of the base players is to run towards the home base without being tagged by the Ghost. Meanwhile, the aim of the Ghost is to tag at least one player before they return to home base.

The Ghost can change positions discreetly across the space when the other players are looking for them. To make things hard for the others, the Ghost can silently creep up on the players and tag them.

The person that the Ghost tags becomes the Ghost in the next round of the game. If the Ghost does not tag anyone, play another round with the same Ghost. Play as many rounds as the group wishes.

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Ghosts in The Graveyard Rules & Warnings

  • Ensure that all players are familiar with the designated place where the game will take place. Going outside the boundary is not allowed. If the game is being played outdoors, it may be risky for players to venture outside the boundaries.
  • Indoors or outdoors, make sure the space where the game is being played is clean and not littered with too many obstacles. Survey the space thoroughly if the space is not very familiar.
  • The people who have not been tagged in all the rounds played, wins the overall game of Ghosts In The Graveyard.
  • Ensure that all players are familiar with the rules. Carry torches and headlights for the safety of all players.
  • The game is better enjoyed in the dark. It makes for a perfect camping or sleepover game.

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Tips To Play Ghosts In The Graveyard

  • The game is best enjoyed by a larger group of players. Though it can be played with a small group of 3 players, having 10-12 players enhances the experience of the game.
  • Choose a space that most players are familiar with. If the game is being played at night, ensure that you have permission to be in the space at that time.
  • If you want to continue the same game the next night, keep a score of who was Ghost how many times.
  • All players must have their parents’ permission and must not wander off on their own.

Variations Of Ghosts In The Graveyard

Working in teams.

Divide the whole group into two teams. One team is the Ghost Team and the others are the Base Team. The Ghost Team goes and hides as the Base Team chants at home base. If even one Ghost from the team is spotted, all Ghosts must try to tag the Base Team. Keep score of who was tagged and who was not. Change positions in the second round. This variation works better for larger groups of 20-25 people.

Reversing the roles

To spice things up, reverse the roles of the Ghost and the other players. Make the Ghost chant at home base. All other players must go hide. The Ghost must try and find all players before they reach home base.

This variation proves a challenge for the players looking for the Ghost. Have all the players hold hands as they look for the Ghost. When the Ghost is spotted, they can let go and run to home base before being tagged by the Ghost.

Ghost In The Graveyard is a classic game that children of all ages will enjoy. Since it is best played in the nighttime, the game is best played during a sleepover or at camp. Various types of groups can enjoy this game. Go get your ghost!

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How to Play Ghosts in the Graveyard: The Game Your Students Will Beg For!

Find out how to play Ghosts in the Graveyard today! This game is an easy-to-learn, action-packed review game that’s sure to entertain your students. It’s the perfect way to reinforce important topics through friendly competition and teamwork.

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  • Use a study guide to create challenges . Each challenge should have 2-3 questions. Make copies of your challenges (I do a class set)
  • Divide students into groups of 3-5 and give them an assigned number and a Team Captain.
  • Make enough copies of the recording sheet for each student.

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  • Each group will receive the first challenge.

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  • When done, the team captain will be in charge of bringing the challenges to get checked!

During the Game:

  • After students complete a challenge, the Team Captain will bring their answers to you to be checked.
  • If all answers are correct, the group can choose a tombstone to move their ghost to. 

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  • Each tombstone is worth a different UNKNOWN point value. This is what makes the game so fun! The group can then move on to the next challenge.

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  • If any answers are incorrect, the Team Captain returns to their group and they try to fix their mistake(s)! 

At the end of class, the point values of the tombstones are revealed and the group with the highest score wins!

Tips for playing the Ghosts in The Graveyard:

  • Encourage friendly competition among the groups but also remind them to work together and everyone needs to show their work (if math class).
  • Have your answer key in a file folder so they can’t see the answers as you check each challenge!
  • Use a marker to write checkmarks on each challenge.
  • Provide a variety of challenges to keep the game exciting and cater to different learning styles. My challenges typically increase in difficulty as they play!
  • Throw in a negative point value!
  • Make sure students understand the game is NOT about speed, it’s based on luck.

Why we love playing Ghosts in The Graveyard!

  • My students love playing Ghosts in the Graveyard because “The smartest students don’t always win.”
  • I love playing because every single student is engaged when we play and they have to learn how to work together! 
  • This game is also great because it works for ANY CONTENT AREA and ANY GRADE LEVEL!
  • My students loved it so much that I started creating one for each time of the year! ⬇️

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Ghost in the Graveyard is a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping game that has been played by generations of children and has remained a popular choice for parties, sleepovers, and camping trips. The objective of the game is for one player to act as a ghost hiding in a designated area while everyone else hunts them down. Once the ghost is found, it’s a race to get back to the starting point without being tagged by the ghost. In this article, we’ll explore three different ways to play this classic game!

1. Traditional Ghost in the Graveyard

In this classic version of the game, designate a base as the starting point, and choose one player to be the ghost. The ghost hides somewhere within pre-defined boundaries while everyone else counts at the base with their eyes closed. When they’ve finished counting, they search for the hidden ghost together.

Once the ghost is found, whoever discovered them yells out “Ghost in the graveyard!” and everyone races back to base. If you’re caught by the ghost before making it there, you become the new ghost for the next round.

2. Team-Based Ghost in the Graveyard

Want to add a little teamwork into your game? In this version of Ghost in the Graveyard, players are split into two teams—the ghosts and the hunters. Like traditional gameplay, designate a base for safety. The team of ghosts hides within predetermined boundaries while hunters count loudly together.

The twist? Now there are multiple ghosts trying to reach base before they’re caught! If a hunter finds a ghost, they yell out “Ghost!” and rush back to base. The goal is for hunters to find all hidden ghosts before any makes it safely to base. Trade roles after each round so everyone can experience both sides of the competition.

3. Flashlight Ghost in the Graveyard

Ideal for nighttime play or an extra spooky atmosphere, this variation requires each player to have a flashlight. The game format resembles traditional Ghost in the Graveyard, but with one key difference: players must use their flashlights to find the hidden ghost.

Upon discovering the ghost, the discoverer yells “Ghost in the graveyard!” and everyone races back to base. However, if the ghost manages to get within flashlight range of a player during this scramble, they can tag that player who then becomes a new ghost for the next round.

Get ready for hours of entertainment with friends as you experience these three ways to play Ghost in the Graveyard. Whether you’re revisiting childhood memories or introducing this game to a new generation, each variation offers unique and exhilarating thrills. Grab your friends and start playing today!

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Johanna Kuiper 0:00 You know the saying practice makes progress. That rings true for our students in a math classroom because students need intentional math practice on a regular basis to boost their mastery over math skills. But why not make it fun by turning it into a game? In today’s episode, we’re joined by Aisa Hines who is going to give us the rundown on how to play Ghost in the graveyard. Let’s get started.

Johanna Kuiper 0:24 Welcome to solving for the undefined podcast. I’m your host Johanna, founder of Miss Kuiper’s Classroom, the place that equips teachers and creating a healthy math classroom where students can thrive, no matter their academic abilities. But it’s not always about the numbers. And that’s why I’m here, bringing you the formulas to solve your problems, math and otherwise, plus strategies on cultivating that necessary math mindset. And that’s what you can count on.

Johanna Kuiper 0:53 Alright, hello, hello. Welcome to a brand new episode. Today we are continuing our series talking about games that we can use in our classroom to further student thinking. And today we are joined by Aisa Hines talking about my favorite game ghost in the graveyard. Welcome.

Asia Hines 1:10 Hi, Johanna,

Johanna Kuiper 1:12 Can you go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself?

Asia Hines 1:15 Yeah. So hi, everyone. I’m Asia, and I’m the face behind the sassy math teacher. I’m currently close to wrapping up my seventh year as a seventh grade math teacher here in Northern Virginia, about 30 minutes outside of DC. So yeah,

Johanna Kuiper 1:31 Awesome. What is your kind of like, favorite thing about the math world.

Asia Hines 1:37 I love how it’s easy to like, get engagement. And it’s easy to like put up a problem on the board that has something that they can think about. So I love doing things like you know, which one doesn’t belong, because it’s pretty open ended. But also I fell in love with math when I was in seventh grade, because I had a math teacher who had this wonderful way of connecting things through stories. And so she gave us like stories for just about every lesson. So I will, I’d like to say that I am as creative as she was. But I love that you can make math connect to so many different things and make it interesting for the kids.

Johanna Kuiper 2:17 Yeah, and I love the idea of using which one doesn’t belong. Because of that open ending. We talk a lot about the on the podcast about using open ended problems to further student thinking. Because those are the moments where you get true insight into not only who the student is, but also how they are thinking about the math as well. It’s like a really good picture. Whereas like a very close problem doesn’t have that ability as much. Great. So you have so many incredible ideas about engaging students in the classroom. I’ve loved so many of them, can you share a few of your favorite ways to engage students?

Asia Hines 2:57 Absolutely. And thank you, you’ve got some great episodes about some of my favorite things, too. So it may sound repetitive for some of your listeners. But I usually try to stick to one of three areas at least once a week when it comes to engaging students. So I either incorporate some sort, some sort of movement, choice or competition. And so one way that I like to encourage movement is through everyone’s favorite scavenger hunt. But it doesn’t have to be something that’s like pre made, it could just be a worksheet and you just cut it up and put it around the room. And then I like to give students choice and that you can do a whole lot of different ways. But the easiest, of course, is just splitting up a worksheet and posting it around the room. And then for what do I say, don’t lose my train of thought? I don’t think so. And the last one you said was competition. Okay, there we go. So competition is for ghosts in the graveyard, which is my go to. And so it’s great because it’s not necessarily based on the speed instead, it isn’t really like a lot of speed, because some of them it’s math. So they need you know, some time to process. So one of my favorites for sure. Is ghosts in the graveyard. Yes, I love that. I love choice. And I love that you use choice, like cutting it up and putting it around the room too. So you’re combining that choice with movement. The more things we can combine together, the more fabulous it is.

Johanna Kuiper 4:28 Yeah. So you mentioned one of my favorite things that you shared is ghost in the graveyard. Can you break down? What is ghosts in the graveyard?

Asia Hines 4:37 Yes, absolutely. So basically what ghosts in the graveyard is is a game of chance. So students work together in teams to collect points by answering a series of challenges. So each challenge has three questions. And each time they get all three questions on the challenge correctly, they get to choose a tombstone for their team’s ghost. There are a total of three two headstones, but the trick is that there’s a mystery point value assigned to each of the tombstones. And those points aren’t revealed until the end of class. And so we have about six out challenges. And so students get about six ghosts per team. And so let’s say for example, at the end of class, they put three ghosts on the first tombstone. And the first Tombstone is worth five points. And that means they have 15 points after that first tombstone, but some of the tombstones at least one, I have negative point values. And so that’s the kicker where they lose points. And they always hate that or love it, if it helps their team out. So yeah.

Johanna Kuiper 5:42 I played it one time, and I use five instead of three. And just because we had a bigger class, and what we did was one was worth like 20 points, just to have like a really high point value one. And then we had one that was worth zero, as well as some negatives, just to kind of make it a little bit more interesting. And some of the teams were so upset, because it was the first time they played it, I didn’t tell them that there were negative point values or zero point values, I wanted that shock factor. And they were like, they had so much like, pent up like anger inside of them after that. But then they knew once we played the game again, they knew that there were some zero and negative point values. I just, I love that aspect of ghosts in the graveyard.

Asia Hines 6:32 Yes, I’m gonna have a steal that zero points is a great idea.

Johanna Kuiper 6:36 So what are the pros of this game?

Asia Hines 6:40 The Pro, as I said earlier, is that students love competition. The other thing is that because you’re checking them off, for each challenge, you get to check in on their understanding while they work. And so I like to give them a little hint, if they get something wrong, then that student goes back to their team. And, you know, since that information, so I love that. And then they’re forced to collaborate, which is a skill that middle schoolers don’t always do very well at, but it’s good practice. And again, it’s not based on speed, and my students have said they liked that it’s not based on the smartest group, because it’s all based on chance. So even if you’re the group that answers all the questions correctly, quickly, that doesn’t mean you’re going to win. So that’s one of my favorites.

Johanna Kuiper 7:21 Yes. And I think that’s one thing that a lot of teachers get stuck on is, the games that they use in the classroom is always or most of them are based on speed, or you have a certain amount of time to answer a question. And it doesn’t allow for students who need that extra thinking time, it doesn’t allow for that differentiation. But a game like ghost in the graveyard, like you said, allows for students to work through something at their own speed. And they still have the possibility of winning, because like you said, it’s based on chance, not on the speed of their math abilities. And I think that’s super crucial to help students who even have like math anxiety, feel more comfortable and feel safe, because students can’t do math if they can’t, if they don’t feel safe.

Asia Hines 8:10 So true.

Johanna Kuiper 8:11 So what are the cons of doing or playing ghosts in the graveyard?

Asia Hines 8:17 I’d say one of the cons is that engagement gets pretty high. And so your classroom may disturb your neighboring classrooms, if you share a wall. I know for me, we have like one of those magnetic walls in between. So noise travels really easily. So I try to make sure I don’t do it on a day when they’re testing. But yeah, it can get kind of loud. And the only other con is, sometimes the lawn can get a little backed up with the students getting their papers checked. So I’ve developed a better system over time with that. And it works really well when I have my math coach in the room because they can also get their papers checked with her. So that’s the only way the downside since nice.

Johanna Kuiper 8:55 We used to have those like very flimsy walls in our in our building as well. Oh, they were terrible. We had it was like the accordion walls for us. And I remember before we got construction this past summer, one of the accordions wouldn’t close all the way. And so we had like a two foot gap in between the classrooms that we could do nothing about. It was insane.

Asia Hines 9:23 Wow.

Johanna Kuiper 9:24 Yep. So like talk about noise level was awful.

Asia Hines 9:28 I can’t even imagine. Wow, yeah.

Johanna Kuiper 9:32 But what a great problem to have students are highly engaged. And so it has so much noise because they’re collaborating and having so much fun.

Asia Hines 9:40 Yeah.

Johanna Kuiper 9:41 So tell us about the variations you have created because I feel like I had never even considered doing anything other than like tombstones with ghosts. You’ve gotten so creative with it.

Asia Hines 9:52 I have and shout out to my students giving me ideas and teachers on Instagram. Who requested it. Oh yeah, we’ve gotten a little creative. So ghosts in the graveyard is the original. And then I have turkeys in the oven for Thanksgiving, for winter of snowflakes on the roof. New Year’s stars in the party hat, St. Patrick’s Day, pots of gold. So they’re putting, you know, gold in a pot, and then flowers in the garden for the springtime. And at some point, I hope to make one for Valentine’s Day, and maybe Christmas as well. So

Johanna Kuiper 10:28 I just love that creativity of taking something and adapting it for the time of year. Because I think one thing that I know I struggle with is finding themed activities that still fit the concepts we’re working on. Because I feel like most of the products that you see on like TPT. They are themed but they’re like generic concepts to try and fit like, oh, maybe you covered this a while ago now review, but it has the theme of like winter. But like ghosts in the graveyard, when you have like that themed the snowflakes on the roof. It can go with whatever concept you’re working on, because that’s just the playing board rather than the problems that you’re working on. And I just I love that idea.

Asia Hines 11:13 Oh, thank you. Yeah, it does work really well when you have a template. But yeah, especially with math, and everyone’s teaching things in different order. So it’s really hard to find premade resources for the perfect season.

Johanna Kuiper 11:25 Yes, I agree. And can you share because I think it’s a really cool aspect of your template, the way that the template works, especially at the end when you reveal, yeah,

Asia Hines 11:37 so creating resources is my jam. And so the template is in Google Slides. And the way it works is that, so picture a slide. And so with the tombstones, they’re the three tombstones and then the corner, I have a pumpkin. And the pumpkin is kind of like a magnifying tool that was or like it’s just uncovering the mystery point in value, right. And so in the bottom corner of each of the tombstones, you can’t see it until you like drag that pumpkin over the number. So the teacher who’s using it knows where to find the number and where to drag it. So it reveals itself. But yeah, so the students can’t see it until you drag that little pumpkin pumpkin across to reveal the point value, which is pretty cool.

Johanna Kuiper 12:19 It is really cool. You’re such a genius when it comes to creating resources. Yeah. So say I’ve played this game, which mice with my students, which I have, and they love it, what are some similar activities or games that you would suggest I do next?

Asia Hines 12:38 Okay, so one of my other favorites is prize bags, which I think you may do as well, or brown paper bags. The way it works is that students have questions on pieces of paper. And so after they answer their question, they fold it up and choose a bag to put it in. So the bag could be a vinyl sticker, a ticket because of a ticket store, it could be for candy, or whatever. They love gum and snacks. So those are like five things you could do. And so Oh, the other thing is, so there’ll be a number written on the bag that says how many people will win. And so it’s like a little raffle. But the trick is that their answer has to be correct. So at the end of class, let’s say as the vinyl sticker bag you choose to students? If the answer is not correct, then that student gets you know, moved out. But the two that when love it does, it’s easy. And they don’t know, like necessarily, if they got it wrong or not. It’s like the whole class doesn’t know when a student gets it wrong, because that’s private, so you can just see it. And they’d love that, you know, mystery of oh, well, I win. That’s a cool,

Johanna Kuiper 13:46 I think that’s a little bit different than what I do. And I really liked that because one of my favorite games that I do is the unfair game, where you like spin the wheel and like you check on a student’s work. And it doesn’t have that anonymity if they’re incorrect. And so that can be very damaging to students, math psyche. So when you have a bag and you’re just pulling it out, you’re checking it if it’s wrong, no one’s the Wiser of who that student was. And so I liked that it protects students a little bit more than maybe like the unfair game. So that’s a cool idea. I like that.

Asia Hines 14:23 Yeah. And I do love the unfair game, too. Yes.

Johanna Kuiper 14:27 Oh, it was something I found, I think last year but I just hadn’t had a chance to play it and but I’ve played it so many times this year just because my students love it so much. And if you haven’t listened to the episode yet, for our listeners, definitely check out episode 47 where we break down the unfair game, just kind of like how we broke down and ghosts in the graveyard today. So what are some resources that can help teachers learn more?

Asia Hines 14:55 Okay, so if you want to learn more about ghosts in the graveyard, I would definitely go Go to my website. If you go to the sassy math teacher.com/ghosts. There’s a post there, and a couple of other posts about my favorite review games out there as well. So my blog is definitely the best resource. But you can also find me on socials. And I share over there too.

Johanna Kuiper 15:21 And you sell those templates for ghosts in the graveyard?

Asia Hines 15:24 Oh, of course. Yeah. So I have them where you can purchase them individually. And I just remembered I do have one for basketball too, which you could use all year if your students are very like sports focused. But you can buy them individually. Or you can buy the bundle of all of them. And that bundle is still growing. Because like I said, I hope to add Valentine’s Day and Christmas. And any other suggestions. If you have an idea, just shoot me a message and I’d be happy to make it. So that’s in my Teachers Pay teacher’s store the sassy math teacher.

Johanna Kuiper 15:55 Awesome. And I will have all of those linked down in the description and the show notes on my website. So you can just click and be transported to awesomeness. Alright, so this next question is probably my favorite one and I ask it in every single interview. What is your favorite math related joke or pun?

Asia Hines 16:15 There’s a lot of pressure. Okay, so I’m gonna go with Why wasn’t the geometry teacher at school today? Because she sprained her ankle.

Johanna Kuiper 16:24 Oh, my goodness. I have never heard that one. That’s awesome. Because she sprained her ankle. That is fantastic.

Asia Hines 16:35 Like when we just wrapped up one and about ankle, so it’s perfect timing.

Johanna Kuiper 16:38 Nice. Yes, it is perfect timing. All right. So tell the people where they can find you and learn more about who you are and all that you share. Okay, so

Asia Hines 16:48 you can primarily find me on Instagram, and Tiktok Instagram, I’m the sassy teacher. No math, and then tick tock is the sassy math teacher.

Johanna Kuiper 16:59 Awesome. And definitely please follow Asia. It is so much fun seeing everything that she shares. And I’ve learned so much, especially the the ketchup, the mustard and the pickles. Yes, exactly. I love that. And I use that. And it’s just like, wow, that is so cool. Because it just adds that like fun little spin on like a choice board type thing. That’s great. Thank you. Well, thank you so much for sharing your expertise today. I appreciate it.

Asia Hines 17:30 Thank you for having me. This was fun. Yes, it

Johanna Kuiper 17:32 was. And with that, Oh calc-u-later Thank you so much for tuning into today’s episode. To find all the links and resources to things talked about in this episode, head on over to Miss Kuiper’s classroom.com and click on podcast

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Ghost In Graveyard Game: Rules And Instructions

Ghost in the Graveyard is an old-fashioned kid’s game that is ideal for warm evenings. A giveaway, a quick social media tip, and more are among today’s ideas, which also explain how to play the enjoyable nighttime game Ghost in the Graveyard. Learn how to win the game Ghost in the Graveyard by reading this article.

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What Is Ghost In The Graveyard? 

A well-known game that has been around for a while is called Ghost in the Graveyard. Although there isn’t a real ghost in the game, there is plenty of excitement and suspense. It is comparable to a combination of tag and hide-and-seek.

What Places Are The Best For Ghost In The Graveyard?

Where can I play Ghost in the Graveyard? This is usually the first query that people ask. The best aspect of this game is that you can play it both inside and outside. Playing it outside, possibly at night, is more thrilling.

any outdoor area of your choosing. Any location in the neighborhood could be the backyard, the area between a couple of homes, or any other location. You must choose a location where you will play the game. Picking a location with lots of places to hide is always a good idea. This will significantly increase the game’s enjoyment, interest, and difficulty.

Who Can Participate In Ghost In The Graveyard Game?

Because it is so simple to comprehend, learn, and play, anyone can play this game. Simple math skills, the ability to move quickly, and the ability to locate a good hiding place are all you need to play Ghost in the Graveyard.

The minimum number of players for the game is three, but as they say, the more, the merrier.

A longer game that involves a larger number of players ultimately proves to be more entertaining than one that only involves three players. Even though there are no age restrictions for this game, it is best to let the kids have some fun instead of forcing your entire family to participate.

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To give everyone the chance to interact and spend quality time outside, you should try to gather all the neighborhood kids together.

How Do I Play The Game Ghost In The Graveyard?

  • Establish the game’s parameters. Workable options include a sizable yard or a particular section of a nearby park.
  • Choose a location where everyone can congregate, like a front or back porch or a sizable tree.
  • Choose a “Ghost” in whatever way works best – pick a number, ask for a volunteer, etc.
  • While all the other players remain at home base, the Ghost hides somewhere.
  • Players chant the hours together until midnight when they say any of the following: “Midnight, midnight, I’m hoping to see or not see a ghost tonight!”
  • In order to find the Ghost, all of the players leave the home base.
  • The Ghost should run off to a hiding place, but the rest of the players should remain at home base.
  • The home base players are currently looking for the Ghost.
  • The Ghost makes an attempt to emerge and tag players in the meantime.
  • If someone sees the Ghost, they yell, “Ghost in the Graveyard!” and run back to home base.
  • If the Ghost captures someone, that person takes on the role of the new Ghost.
  • Continue until every player has turned into a ghost.

Rules Of Ghost In The Graveyard

  • Make sure everyone knows where they are playing and stays there.
  • The winner of the game is the final participant who has not been tagged.
  • This game must be played in the dark

Tips On Playing Ghosts In The Graveyard

  • With many players, this game performs best.
  • In order to play this game where you choose, make sure you have permission.
  • Before playing, ask your parents for permission.
  • Have a player keep track of when the game needs to end if you have a deadline.

Variations Of Ghost In The Graveyard

  • When flashlights are used, Ghost in the Graveyard is not as spooky. If you have very young children playing or if players are unfamiliar with the playing area, doing so works well.
  • You can split the group in half, with half of the players playing as ghosts and the other half acting as ghost hunters.
  • Try hiding the players while the Ghost looks for them. If a player can get back to home base before being tagged, they are unharmed.
  • Try having the home-based players hold hands as they look for the Ghost as well. Players break off their handshakes and sprint back to home base when the Ghost is discovered.

Warnings Of Ghost In The Graveyard

  • Before playing, make sure to tidy up the play area and remove any hazards that could cause tripping or falling.
  • Assure players that this game contains some scary elements.

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GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD

Ghost in the Graveyard is the fifth installment in the lively Project Play series of children’s books. Set on Halloween, each action-packed chapter promises a "spooktacular" adventure for Sam and his Edgebrook friends. After returning from a night of trick-or-treating, the gang joins the older kids for a Halloween-themed party, where they learn how to play Ghost in the Graveyard—one of the classic backyard games. As the friends search for the ghost in the pretend graveyard, they discover secret hiding places and learn new strategies for being "IT." The book comes with the rules and the inspiration that young readers will use to get out and play the game with their own friends.

The book is part of the overall Project Play movement to inspire families and neighborhoods to play games that demand imagination and foster creativity so that children channel those skills into their adult lives.

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Supernatural Villains prowl the moonlit graveyard, each scheming to seize unsuspecting mortal trespassers and ensnare the most quarry in their dungeons. With the Break of Dawn looming, only the Villain with the cunning to trap the most Victims and safely return to The Dark retreats victorious!

Step into the ghastly realm of Ghost in the Graveyard—where The Dark is both sanctuary and setback, Gravestones strangely shift and slide, winding perilous pathways; and the frightful night sets a stage for a suspenseful showdown…

Could you be the Terror most Treacherous...

The monster most malevolent..., the fiend most frightening…, the vilest villain of them all.

Players compete against other graveyard villains to capture and hold the most victims in their dungeon and safely return to the Dark before the Break of Dawn (end of game). Gravestones serve as obstacles in the graveyard for villains to maneuver around. Players roll to move their villain to spaces occupied by other players and to attack other villains or capture victims in the graveyard. Coffin cards held by players may allow for graves to move, victims to be manipulated, enhance your dice rolls, or special one-time powers to make dynamic moves against your opponents. The villain safely in the Dark with the most victims in their dungeon is the winner. Optional play styles allow for enhanced abilities, tougher obstacles, and heroic foes.

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Ghost in the Graveyard 3D Printable Gravestones and Pawns available at Thingiverse and Filament Farm. Please note that The Game Crafter does not currently supply 3D Printed graves or pawns/minifigs for this game. This game includes the cardboard punchout set of graves and sticker pawns supplied by The Game Crafter.

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