Ah, summer and fall evenings by the campfire - there’s just nothing like it. Gathering around a campfire with friends and family are just one of the simple pleasures to look forward to as an escape to our everyday lives. Those precious times around the campfire where we do not have to think about everyday stress - paying the bills, cleaning the house, and running with kids - are times to treasure with people we care about. It’s an easy way to relax, reflect, and reconnect with the people and world around you.
Aside from an escape from everyday life, times around the campfire are times to be enjoyed. Drinks, food, and fun are always high on the list of things to do as we sit around the campfire. Other than eating or drinking, try some of these fun games for adults I listed below at your next campfire gathering!
Fun Games for Adults
Five Daily Facts
While this sounds simple at first, it can get harder based on how tired or inebriated the players are. All players start by listing five facts of their day (Examples: “Today, I swam,” “I got a new car today,” or “My phone rang today.”), they can be silly or normal - it doesn’t matter. After everyone has said their five facts, Player 1 would state a different fact than one of the five they had already listed. The goal is to see how many facts about each player can be remembered as you go down the line.
One of the fun games for adults that can easily be played around the campfire. This game can handle anywhere from 6-16 players, so it’s good for small and large groups. The only equipment needed is a deck of cards. One person must serve as the neutral moderator, but everyone else is split into two teams: The Honest or The Mafia. Check out the complete mafia game rules.
Truth or Dare
This is a classic game that can be played by all ages. One player asks another “Truth or Dare?” The asked player chooses whether they want to answer a truth question or complete a dare. If the asked player does not complete their truth or dare, they pay some sort of penalty - perhaps taking another drink, putting a dollar in a jar, and so on. There are many variations of this game to make it as clean or risqué as players would like.
Another standard game that most people have played at one point or another. Traditionally, one player (considered the “answerer”) selects an object (or a famous person) and does not share who/what that is with the other players. All other players are the “guessers/question askers.” The guessers must take turns asking yes or no questions of the answerer. If one of the guessers figures out what the answerer is talking about, they will become the answerer next round. If 20 questions pass and no players have figured out what the object is, the answerer gets to choose another object in the next round since they have stumped the other players. The biggest rule: no lying allowed.
Crazy Balloon Popping
This game requires a little prep, but it’s a fun take on musical chairs. Write down a bunch of crazy actions on small strips of paper (like “thump on your chest like a gorilla” or “yodel”) and put each strip of paper in a different balloon then inflate them all. Turn on some music and pass the balloons from person to person. Once the music stops, all players sit on their balloons and once the balloon pops, the player must do the crazy action from their popped balloon. Keep playing until all the balloons have been popped.
Make Me Laugh
The classic staredown game! This game can be trickier to play as it gets darker and darker outside. Players face-off and the first player to laugh is the loser. See how long it takes the most serious people to crack!
Name That Tune
This has variations, but having each person “sing” their song could be much more fun. One person sings or plays their song and then the rest of the group guesses based on what they’ve heard.
I Can Tap This Stick
This game doesn’t require a stick! You can use a pencil, a fork, a bat, or any other item that you have around at the campfire. There’s one person who is in the know and they always start with CLEARING THEIR THROAT and saying “I can tap this stick just right,” then the object is passed to the next person to tap just right. It doesn’t really matter how the stick is tapped, the trick is in the clearing of the throat first. Players are watching how the object is tapped, it’s location, how it’s held, and may not necessarily catch the clearing of the throat first. The playing continues until everyone catches on about the throat clearing as part of the process.
The Winking Assassin / Murder
This fun game for adults is especially entertaining - especially for people who use their whole faces to wink! One neutral moderator secretly selects an assassin. After they are selected, everyone mingles around while making sure to look in the eyes of the other players. The assassin’s goal is to wink at the other players to kill them off without being detected. As players are winked at, they must re-enact a horrifying death where they are and they are out for the rest of the round. If a living person thinks they know who the assassin is, they can point and accuse! If they accuse wrong, they are dead for the round. Play continues until only the killer or one player remains. Another game with many variations that’s great for adults or kids.
Hide and Go Scare
This is exactly what it sounds like! Think of ‘Hide & Go Seek,’ but at night. Use the areas around your campfire to hide out and scare other unsuspecting players.
Two Truths and a Lie
Usually an icebreaker game, it’s also fun to play when you want to know more about the friends playing the game! Each person says three statements - two truths and one line. Everyone else guesses the false statement.
Most people have played this fun game for adults at one point or another, but in the dark around a campfire can bring in some unique interpretations.
ABC Name Game
A player begins the game by saying the full name of a celebrity and the next player has thirty seconds to name another celebrity using the first letter of the mentioned celebrity’s last name. Example: First player says “Tom Selleck” and then second player says “Scarlett Johansson.” Third player could say “Jennifer Lawrence.” Play continues as such for three rounds. Fun spin on the rules - if a person says a celebrity whose first and last name start with the same letter (like January Jones), switch direction of play. The player with the most names after three rounds wins!
There Once Was a Skunk
This is a story game that can get pretty silly! The first person begins the story with “There once was a skunk who…” and finishes that sentence however they choose. Then, they randomly choose and point to the next person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” When that person finishes their sentence, they randomly choose and point to the next person who must start their sentence with “Unfortunately…” and once they complete their sentence, they pick a person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” and alternating for as long as the players can continue the story.
Playing this familiar game always warrants a few good laughs! One person whispers a phrase to the person on their right. That person whispers the phrase to the person on their right, and that sequence goes on down the line or around the circle. The last person to hear the phrase says it aloud - no matter how crazy it sounds! It’s funny to hear how much the phrase changes from person to person.
Who Am I?
This is one of my favorite campfire games for adults. Celebrities, historical figures, or superheroes make a great theme for this game! After you’ve chosen a theme, have each player write down the name of a person who belongs to that category. There are many variations on how this game is played. Check out the detailed Who Am I instructions.
Stand Up & Shout!
This game could get really hard to play as the night comes on, but that might add to the fun! Count up the number of people in your group and remember that! Everyone can sit around the campfire and any player can start. Each player can shout only one number, but they must stand up when they shout it out. Though numbers must be shouted in order, there is no assigned order around the campfire - anyone can shout out a number at any time. The big problem, you can’t call out a number that someone else is also trying to call out. If you do, you’re out of the game. Playing gets more frantic as you go since players don’t want to get caught calling out the last number. As more and more people try to call out numbers, there will be lots of opportunities to be eliminated. You may not even get to the last number!
This is less of a game, but rather a fun activity to just see just how many times you can roast a crust around a marshmallow until there is nothing left.
Would You Rather...
A classic game that gets everyone talking. Take turns asking “Would you rather…?” style questions. Example: Would you rather walk on broken glass or eat a piece of metal? The questions can be ridiculous or serious.