What is Ghost in the Graveyard?
A popular game that has been around for many years, Ghost in the Graveyard does not involve real ghosts or being in a graveyard. What the game does include is a lot of fun and suspense. You can think of it as a bit of a cross between hide n seek and tag.
Children playing Ghost in the Graveyard enjoy themselves a lot as they run, laugh and interact with each other outdoors, instead of playing with each other on online forums behind their computer or laptop screens.
For those of you who are curious about the game or are not exactly sure about its rules, but you are too embarrassed to ask anybody (since everybody seems to know about the game), you are in luck.
In this piece, we have explained how to play Ghosts in the Graveyard and everything else you need to know about it.
How to Play the Game
So, the game is actually very simple. As we mentioned earlier, it is somewhat like a cross between the games of hide n seek and tag, but there is obviously more to it than that.
Where Should You Play Ghost in the Graveyard?
The very first question that people have is where they can play Ghost in the Graveyard. The best thing about this game is that you can play it anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. But, you can ramp up all the excitement and enjoyment by playing it outdoors.
Choose any space in the outdoors. It could be a backyard, the space between a couple of houses or any spot in the neighborhood. You need to designate an area where you will be playing the game. It is always a good idea to select an area where you can find plenty of spaces to hide. This will make the game far more fun, interesting and challenging.
Who Can Play the Game?
Literally, anybody can play this game because it is very easy to understand, learn and play. In order to be able to play Ghost in the Graveyard, you just need to know how to count, be able to run fast and how to hide properly. At least three people are required to play the game, but you know how they say, the more, the merrier.
A large group of people makes for a much longer game, which eventually turns out to be more enjoyable than a small group of only three people. You can even get your whole family to play this game since there are no age limits, but it is better to let the kids have some fun. Ideally, you should get all the kids from the neighborhood together because this will give everyone the chance to interact with each other and spend quality time outside.
Starting Ghost in the Graveyard
Once you and your family members / friends have picked an area where you can play Ghost in the Graveyard, it is time to set a home base. Choose one specific place in the playing area where everybody playing the game can fit in easily. It can even be touching a tree or an area defined on the ground somewhere. This is where all the players are going to be “safe” from the ghost.
Next up, you need to choose one player who will be the ghost or “it”. The ghost stays at the home base and has to count to fifty without looking around. During this time, everybody else will run and find hiding spots within the playing area. As the ghost finishes counting, they will open their eyes and then start to hunt for all of the other players.
Playing Ghost in the Graveyard
Now once the game starts, the ghost will be looking around and hunting the players that have all hidden. Other players will have to try and make it back to the home base without being tagged “it” by the ghost. It is always better to try and reach home base without being seen.
Whenever the ghost sees another player, they will try to chase down and catch the person. If the person is tagged by the ghost before reaching the home base, they become “it”. Whoever makes it back to the home base is completely safe and the ghost will have to search for all the other players.
The game will come to an end when either all of the players have been tagged by the ghost or are at the home base, safe and sound. When this happens, the person who was either the first person to be tagged by the ghost will become the ghost in the next round.
If nobody was tagged by the ghost in a round, the person who made it back to the home base, in the end, will become the next ghost. That is how you begin the game again.
A Few Key Things to Remember
There are several variations on how to play Ghost in the Graveyard. This is one of the most amazing things about it. The variation we talked about can be played during the night or day and it can be easily played indoors or outdoors.
Ghost in the Graveyard has other variations where the ghost is the one who hides and everybody else tries to look for the ghost. That is a variation played in the dark and it can be quite interesting as well.
Here are a few key things that you should remember while playing this variation of the game:
- Everybody has to play within the agreed playing area.
- The last person who remains untagged or the first person to make it to the home base is the winner of the game.
- Make sure that you have permission to play in the designated area before you start playing the game.
- There has to be more than enough area to run in the designated area so that nobody trips.
Now that you have learned how to play Ghost in the Graveyard, try it out with your friends and family. Just make sure that you stay safe and have a lot of fun! Learn how to play a traditional game of kick the can.