Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games

Written by diane steinbach | 13/05/2017
Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games
An '80s theme party is always full of great music and fun. (annees 80 image by yannik LABBE from

Parties that celebrate the 1980s are popular among the 40-plus crowd, and the music, clothing and overall styles of the '80s means the parties are full of outrageous laughs. When planning your '80s theme party, you'll be considering your food and music choices, but a great party will involve guests with some kind of theme-related game as well. Whether the games revolve around the music or style of the decade, your guests will be happy to move away from the appetizer table to participate.


Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games
Trivia games are a great way to get even shy guests interacting with other partygoers. (games image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Trivia about the 1980s is entertaining and helps remind partygoers of all the things that made the 1980s great. Print trivia questions from online sources, or use a game such as Trivial Pursuit: The '80s Edition to get plenty of fodder for an hour of fun. Break partygoers into teams for larger parties or play individually, with elimination rounds until you have a trivia champion.

American Idol: '80s Edition

Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games
Karaoke can bring out the ham in all of us. (backstage microphone image by Roman Barelko from

Appoint a trio of "celebrity" judges from your costumed guests, and encourage partygoers to sing karaoke to popular 1980s songs. Rate each singer on a scale from 1 to 10, and also keep scores for best dance moves, best overall performance and most humorous performance. Give winners a 1980s music compilation CD or a gift card for iTunes.

"High Hair" Contest

Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games
'80s hair was extreme, so celebrate it. (girl with hairspray image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Invite guests to come to the party in their '80s best, and be sure to let them know ahead of time of your special "high hair" competition. Once all the guests have arrived, use a ruler to measure female guests' hair from the top of the head upward to get the height of the hair. Give a prize for the most gravity-defying hairstyle and one for the most "bulletproof" hair--to the woman with the most hairspray.

Boom-Box Relay Race

Ideas for 80s Themed Party Games
A boombox relay race works best at an outdoor party. (Man Boom Box image by Maria Bell from

No one can forget the famous boombox serenade scene performed by John Cusack in the '80s movie "Say Anything." Looking back, younger people might be amazed at the size of music machines of the '80s, but those who lived through it know that hefting the device on your shoulder and walking down the street was acceptable behaviour. Celebrate the clunky past with a boombox relay race featuring classic '80s stereos. Find old boom boxes at thrift stores, and form three teams to run the boom boxes down a course and back, with the team finishing first being the winners. Give the winning participants an iTunes gift card or a 1980s-compilation CD.

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