a classic Halloween game, this holiday amusement dates at least as far back
as ancient Rome, when it was believed to be performed
during the Roman harvest festival that honored the Goddess Pamona.
All you need for this
fun filled Halloween game is a large plastic, metal or wooden tub filled most of the way to
the top with water and some fresh apples. Plastic Halloween tubs
like the one shown to the right are ideal for this game and can be
found at most department stores during the Halloween season. Just be sure
that you clean out the tub completely before using it for
you will want to remove all of the
stems from the apples and wash them thoroughly. Not to make to any harder than it has
to be, we like to use smaller apples, as they tend to be easier to
bite into. Next, fill the tub with
an apple for each player and then fill it to within a few inches of the top with
water. Its also a good idea to have some towels available
for players to dry their faces off with.
The players now take turns trying to retrieve an apple with only
their mouth by placing their heads in the tub. This is
actually more difficult than it might seem, since the apples bob
around as you try to bite into them.
Players who are able to
retrieve an apple are rewarded with a prize. In the old days, a
player who successfully retrieved an apple won a kiss from the
player of his or her choice.
Another version of this game is to hang apples with string by there
stems from the ceiling or if outdoors, from tree limbs at head level.
Just like in the water version above, the object is to retrieve an apple
using only your mouth. Just make sure to attach them
securely or they will be pulled down as the players try to bite
The same applies in this version for
the variety of apples, with smaller one's being easier for players to bite into.
This is great for an outdoor Halloween party as you can hang several
apples from tree limbs for multiple players to try to bite. What we
really like about this version is that it is much more sanitary and
you don't need to worry about spilled water.