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.

How To Play Ghosts 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 with 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 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 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.

Stuck together

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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