Night Games for Kids

By Gerri Blanc

Updated September 22, 2017

When the moon appears in the sky, it's time for fun.
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When you’re a kid, playing games at night can make the games all the more exciting and suspenseful. For hiding and seeking games, in particular the nighttime, especially outdoors, can allow for a better game as the challenges in the game become heightened. When you and your family throw a sleepover party or just feel like having some good old-fashioned fun, try playing games at night to really give the kids a treat.

Graveyard Scavenger Hunt

Whether you want to play this game during the Halloween season or just want an excuse to spook some children, this game will certainly provide some entertainment. All you’ll need are some flashlights, a backyard, some objects to hide and maybe a few volunteers to frighten the children. If you like, you can even decorate the yard to look like a graveyard with fake tombstones and skeletons’ hands popping out of the dirt. The kids will all have to search for the items in the yard with only the aid of a flashlight and a premade list of said objects. Whoever finds the most items wins the game.


Another game involving flashlights in the dark outdoors, two players must find the other players and “zap” them with their flashlights when they spot them. As the two players start out, they count to 30 while the other players try to hide in the dark. Once a player is zapped, he has to take over the other player’s flashlight and continue on with the game, counting to 30 while the person who zapped him gets an opportunity to hide.The game ends when the kids get tuckered out.


Playing on the classic game Hide and Seek, Sardines has only one player who hides, finding a concealed spot and waiting for the other players to come find him. Whenever a person finds the chosen player’s hiding place, she must then hide with him and wait for others to locate them. The last person to find the spot loses the game and becomes the next hider.

Capture the Flag in the Dark

For a large group of kids, you can play this classic game with a nighttime twist. The children will need to be separated into two teams and each given a base at a somewhat distant location. Both bases will be equipped with a flag painted with glow-in-the-dark paint or adorned with glow-in-the-dark objects. The purpose of the game is to grab the other team’s flag before they grab yours. The best battleground for this game is an area that has a lot of hiding spots in between the two bases, such as trees or yard furniture. The first team to grab the other team’s flag and successfully bring it back to their base wins the game.