Trick or treat toss

A twist on trick-or-treating,
Large piece of cardboard (or you can just draw your playing board in chalk on a sidewalk)
Assorted treats in a bowl (little toys or candies)
Pennies (buttons, small pebbles, bottle caps, anything small and flat); 1 per player

1. Make your playing board. This can be done by just using chalk on the sidewalk, or make a portable board with a large piece of cardboard.
2. Draw a bullseye with 4 rings on your playing board.
3. Mark each ring with a different phrase:
Dead center - "Take 2 treats"
1 ring from center - "Take a treat"
2 rings from center - "Do a trick"
3 rings from center - "Take another turn"
4. Mark each corner as "Give a treat"
5. Designate a "throw line" about 5 or 6 feet back from your board.

How to Play

1. Have players stand at the throw line.
2. Hand the player a penny or token and have them toss it onto the board.
3. If the penny goes off the board, they lose their turn. If the penny lands on the board, they do whatever that part of the board tells them to do.
4. Players can either receive 3 pennies and play more than one time in a row, or play like a carnival game where they just get one turn and move on.
5. Have a bowl of treats ready for those that land on "take a treat."
6. When the penny falls on "give a treat" the player must take a treat from their own stash and give it to someone else. If they don't have any treats of their own, then they take a treat from the bowl and give it to someone else.


1. Team Toss: Break into teams. Place the board in the center, and have each team stand 5 or 6 feet back from one of the corners (you can have up to 4 teams). One by one, have the team members take turns, rotating in a clockwise movement around the square. In this version, players can "take" their treats from other teams if they want to, instead of taking from the community pot.
2. Draw your board in chalk on the ground; you can make this a much larger board.
3. Add as many rings as you like -- design your playing board any way that you like.


1. Always make sure you have lots of treats to hand out.
2. Have a list of "tricks" you can suggest, for anyone that is stumped by this command. Simple things, like "spin around like a ballerina," "do an imitation of a chicken," "sing a song while holding your tongue"...
3. If you have very young ones playing, let them stand closer to the board. Be mindful of their reactions to "giving a treat" -- for some little ones, this is a very hard concept to grasp. You may want to give them 2 treats, and have them give away one.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
All Ages
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
Prep Time
10 - 20 minutes
Space Needed
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)
Teamwork! (divide into teams)