Kristy Callan enjoys coming up with fun ideas for the holidays ranging from charades lists to party games.
Charades is a fun party game that people of all ages can enjoy. However, coming up with charades ideas can be hard, so I've compiled a list of possible ideas for you!
When choosing an idea for your own game of charades, ensure that every single person will be able to guess it—or at least know what it was when the answer is revealed at the end.
The rules of charades are simple. There are many variations on how to play; here is one of two that I'll cover here:
- You must think of a movie, book, celebrity or something from another category chosen with your friends before the beginning of the game.
- Place these charades ideas written on slips of paper into a hat, a basket, or just laid out on a table (make sure nobody can see what's written on them). Then, have someone draw a slip and show it to the "actor," who then has to act out whatever charades idea you draw.
- Using gestures and your extraordinary acting abilities, you/the actor must then make your friends correctly guess what you are thinking of. You can do this in one of two ways. The first is to give your friends the gist of what you are doing. For example, if you were thinking of "Harry Potter," you may wave an imaginary wand around.
The second method is breaking it down word by word, and acting out individual words. For example, if you were thinking of "Harry Potter," you might hold up two fingers, showing that you are acting out the second word, and then mime forming clay (being a "potter").
- Remember, no matter what, you are not allowed to talk. Whether or not you can make noises that are not words depends on what rules you choose to play by. This should be decided by the group before you start to play.
- Also, you cannot use props. For example, if you were acting out "Harry Potter," running to the bookcase and grabbing your Harry Potter book or running to the attic and grabbing a Harry Potter figurine to show your audience is not allowed.
To add a twist to the game, why not try having a team of two people both acting?
The Devil Wears Prada
Bridget Jones' Diary
The Dark Knight
12 Angry Men
The Shawshank Redemption
Fried Green Tomatoes
Zero Dark Thirty
Toy Story 3
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Lion King
Life of Pi
To Kill A Mockingbird
On the Waterfront
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
The Little Mermaid
The Wizard of Oz
Silver Linings Playbook
The IT Crowd
Game of Thrones
That '70s Show
Sex and the City
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The West Wing
Toddlers and Tiaras
How I Met Your Mother
The Saddle Club
Curb Your Enthuiasm
Dora the Explorer
The Amazing Race
Flight of the Concords
The Big Bang Theory
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
The X Files
I Love Lucy
Summer Heights High
Angels and Demons
The Handmaid's Tale
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
The Da Vinci Code
The Grapes of Wrath
The Catcher in the Rye
The Code of the Woosters
The Pillars of the Earth
A Clockwood Orange
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Gone With the Wind
50 Shades of Grey
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Cat in the Hat
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Hunger Games
Brave New World
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A Tale of Two Cities
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Celebrity and Fictional Characters
The Incredible Hulk
The Book of Mormon
Fiddler on the Roof
A Chorus Line
The Rocky Horror Show
The Lion King
Billy Elliot the Musical
Beauty and the Beast
My Fair Lady
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Phantom of the Opera
Swimming (to make this one harder, make it a particular stroke!)
Moving the lawn
Farting (no, you can't actually fart!)
Playing any other kind of sport
Making the bed
"Modern Family": Movie Charades
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Guesstures is a fun variation of charades that adds a bit of urgency to the game. It is well worth considering purchasing if you have enough time before your party or event by making your charades game stand out and be memorable. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Celebrities Play a Giant Version of Guesstures
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- Charades For Kids Ideas Words List
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Raif on April 11, 2020:
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Paige on November 10, 2019:
This really helped playing and gave great ideas
Hannah on August 06, 2019:
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Luz on January 27, 2019:
My nieces came into town and we had a great time playing charades. Thanks for the great ideas.
Idk on December 31, 2018:
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Madi_2k on August 17, 2018:
I love you
Kk on July 11, 2018:
samidha on July 01, 2018:
this was helpful
hayley leblanc on February 24, 2018:
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Bob on December 26, 2017:
Annabelle on September 30, 2017:
It was fun
Me on August 17, 2017:
My friends suck at this game so it wasn't fun.
Victoria on June 17, 2017:
Nice I love these
Glenn on December 20, 2016:
Thank you for the list, should get the Family laughing on Boxing day!
Kate on September 08, 2016:
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 12, 2015:
Great hub of ideas for future charades and perhaps gestures too.
Marie on July 13, 2015:
That looks like so much fun
Katelyn Hudgens on March 12, 2015:
Singh up on February 27, 2015:
Hi everyone I love charades
Lindsey on December 27, 2014:
It was fun for me
Kaitlyn on August 29, 2014:
This helps a lot.it has a lot of movie chooses. A lot if book characters. And a lot of celebs. I would use this any day if charades was the only game on the planet of earth
Poppy on December 31, 2013:
This was great fun for me and my family on New Year's Eve ❗️
Essence on December 21, 2013:
Every year all of my sisters and i play games with kids after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. This year we had a ball, This website was the best.
Frank on May 07, 2013:
I am having a party June 1 you really helped
Molly on December 27, 2012:
cheers having a new years eve party soon needed ideas thanks a lot!!!!!!
Brianne Bieber :D on December 23, 2012:
Thanks :D Lots Of Help :)
Heather on July 23, 2012:
Great ideas for a rainy night on vacation with six teenagers!
Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on July 22, 2012:
Added around 50 new charades ideas. There's also plenty more in the other articles I've linked to at the bottom of the page.
mellisa on July 14, 2012:
nice but put more
Alyssa Bieber :) on July 12, 2012:
Thank you so much! Im having a party tomorrow and i needed idea for charades, You really helped me!
sophia on April 04, 2012:
love all the charades ideas!
Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on January 01, 2012:
Ace of Spades
The early bird catches the worm
Head over heels
Happily ever after
A stitch in time saves nine
Megan on January 01, 2012:
i need phrases for charades and i need ideas! any suggestions?
Jayde! :) on November 27, 2011:
I am having a birthday party and i really needed ideas so thank you so much! :)
Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on November 26, 2011:
Thanks for your comment, Maddy! I hope your little boy has a fun party!
Maddy on November 26, 2011:
this sight was totally helpful. It helped me plan for my little boys party!