Night Game – A Fun Game for Families, Groups, or Neighborhood Kids

What ever happened to neighborhood night games? I remember when I was a kid, all the children in the neighborhood would all get together every Friday night and we would play night games for hours. I remember playing ‘Kick the Can,’ ‘Capture the Flag,’ ‘Sardines,’ ‘Hide and go Seek,’ and many other fun night games.

Below is a game that the kids in our neighborhood love to play. Although it is a night game that is not commonly know, it is extremely fun and only requires a flashlight.


# of Players: 4 or more

Objects Needed: Flashlight

Everyone playing will be on their own team. One person will start by being it, and they will have a flashlight. It will count to 100 while the remaining players go and hide; after counting, it will go and try to find the other players who are hiding (much like Hide & Go Seek, but it has to find and shine the light on the players who are hiding). The goal of course is to be the last person found by it.

However, the twist to this fun game is that those hiding do not have to stay in one place – they can move around so long as they are not spotted by it with the flashlight. So, for example, it may walk past someone and not spot a person hiding – that person can (does not have to) then move to a different spot, and keep moving trying to avoid being found by it. If someone is spotted though, and it shines the light on them, that person is out and will go sit on the sidelines until the next round. The last person found receives 3 points. Start another round and everyone will take turns being it. The first player to score 10 points is the winner!