# Unique & FUN Halloween Math Game to Review Any Math Skill

*Looking for an easy and yet super engaging way to review math skills before a test? This Halloween math game can be easily set up and adapted for any math skill, but the fun twist makes it engaging for the whole class!*

Are you tired of using the same old review games before math tests? Are your students sick and tired of study guides? Do you want to **add a little fun and excitement to your test prep days**? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to “Ghosts in the Graveyard,” a game that can transform any boring test prep day into an **interactive, collaborative math experience**. While it’s perfect for Halloween, I’ve created templates for every holiday, so you can use them year-round!

**Test review days don’t have to be boring!**

**This is a guest post from Asia at The Sassy Math Teacher.*

**A Halloween Math Game for All Ages:**

I first discovered this game during my student teaching days, and since then, I’ve made it even easier to play with a **digital template**. But don’t worry; you can still play it the original way if you prefer.

What I love about this game is that it’s** suitable for any math classroom** that knows how to add and subtract, and I guarantee your students will LOVE IT!

**An Overview of Ghosts in the Graveyard:**

Students **work in teams** to answer **a series of challenges**.

Correct answers earn them **ghosts**, which they can place on **tombstones**.

**Materials Needed:**

**16-24 Review Questions**(*A study guide or worksheet you already have would be excellent!*)- Choose one of the following “Ghosts in the Graveyard” game boards:

– **Option A:** 64 Miniature Ghosts Printed on 8 Different Colors of Paper, then Laminated and Cut Out (*8 ghosts of each color; each team will be assigned a color*).

– **Option B:** Ghosts In The Graveyard Digital Template (*I’ll share more about this later in the blog post!*)

**Materials Setup:**

**Question Preparation:**Transform the dull study guide into “Challenges.” Ideally, have 2-3 questions on each challenge. For example, questions #1 and #2 become Challenge #1, questions #3, #4, and #6 become Challenge #2, and so on. You’ll need**a total of 8 challenges**, each on separate pieces of paper. Make**8 copies of each challenge**.**Create a Graveyard:**Draw**3 tombstones on black construction paper**large enough to accommodate several ghosts. Set up a designated area in your classroom or learning space as the “graveyard” by displaying the 3 tombstones horizontally.**Ghost Game Pieces:**Prepare ghost cards – you’ll need enough for**each team to have a total of 8**, one for each challenge. Teams only receive a ghost AFTER they’ve correctly answered a challenge.

**How to Play “Ghosts in the Graveyard”:**

- Split students into
**teams of 4**. - Provide each student with a
**recording sheet**to keep track of their answers. - Place the challenges within easy reach for students.
- Once the game begins, teams work on
**completing one challenge at a time**. - When they finish, one student from the team brings the group’s recording sheet to you to have their answers checked.
- If
**all the answers are correct**, give them**one of their team’s ghosts**and let them choose which tombstone to place it on.*They can even put all their ghosts on the same tombstone if they prefer.* - If
**answers are incorrect**,*provide a hint*and have them**return to their team to fix it**. - Repeat until about 5 minutes before class ends.

**How to Determine the Winner:**

**Each tombstone is worth a mysterious point value**, which you * pre-determine and keep secret* until 5 minutes before class ends.

Once revealed, **each ghost becomes worth a certain point value**.

For instance, if Team #4 has 2 ghosts on Tombstone #1, and you reveal that Tombstone #1 is worth 3 points, then they have a total of 6 points.

**The team with the most points wins!**

“I like that you don’t have to be the smartest group to win!” – 7th Grader

**Tips for a Successful Halloween Math Game:**

- The line to get challenges checked may get long. Consider playing on a day when you have an extra teacher in the room to help.
- Group students with
*at least one friend in each group*.

**Ghosts in the Graveyard Digital Template for Busy Teachers:**

If you’re short on prep time, you can skip the laminating and cutting by using the Ghosts in the Graveyard Digital template.

The digital template includes a **digital graveyard in Google Slides**, **challenge templates**, and **recording sheets**. All you need to do is add your questions, print, and make copies.

**Find out more about the digital template set for Ghosts in the Graveyard here**.

**More Ways to Play “Ghosts in the Graveyard”:**

- Play it
**all year long**with other holiday themes, such as “Turkeys in the Oven” for Thanksgiving. - Make one of the tombstones
**worth a negative point value**for an extra twist.

Transforming a test prep day with a game like “Ghosts in the Graveyard” can make a world of difference in your classroom.

*Give it a try, and watch your classroom engagement soar!*

**Are you ready to turn your next worksheet into a spine-tingling adventure?**

**Grab your FREE Ghosts in The Graveyard Bonus Kit here. **

*Hey! My name is Asia and I am the face behind thesassymathteacher.com. Bethany invited me to write this guest post today because she loves finding ways to engage students in math class just as much as I do. Find more fun math resources on my website!*