Fun Event & Activity Ideas

Fear Factor/Faith Factor

How about an evening where you host your own ÒFear FactorÓ competition? With good marketing, this could bring out a ton of new kids!

The sky is the limit for what events to actually use. But the best place to start would be to click on our GAMES page and then click on SICK AND TWISTED GAMES. YouÕll see a ton of great ideas, including a few games starting with the words ÒFear FactorÓ in their title.

This can be an outreach or Halloween event. Have students sign up ahead of time and warn them in advance to wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty.

Before the event, film contestants telling everyone why they think they will win or what their strategy is going into it. After everyoneÕs cleaned up, have a speaker talk on “Fear vs. Faith”.

Make t-shirts for all the contestants and have a cool grand prize for the champion. If you don't have a budget for a good prize, talk to your local malls about donations.

Round 1: Mustard Marshmallows
Have contestants lay on their backs. Place a chair at the head of each contestant with volunteers from the audience standing on the chairs. The volunteers dip marshmallows in mustard, hold their arm straight out and drop them to the contestant's mouth below them. The top 8 to catch and eat the most mustard marshmallows move on to the next round. (The top however many depend on how many you have playing, of course.)

Round 2: Clothespin Slime
Fill two kiddie pools with slime (mix flour, water, and green food coloring). Drop in a ton of clothespins. Have contestants pull clothespins out with their feet and pin them somewhere on themselves. The top 6 with the most clothespins moved on to Round 3.

Round 3: Worms & Pennies
Contestants must place their hands in a bucket of live worms and find as many pennies (pre-placed) at the bottom as they can. The top 4 move on to Round 4.

Round 4: Fear Factor Cuisine
Fill a large bowl with your choice of sardines, pigs feet, or frog legs (purchased at most supermarkets). We recommend a certain amount Ð like 10. Place another empty container at the other end of the room. The student has a designated amount of time to grab a sardine (or whatever you choose to use) in their mouth, run across the room and drop it into the empty container. They must transfer as many food items as possible in the amount of time given but can only transfer one at a time. The first 3 to transfer their 10 items across the room go on to Round 5.

Round 5: Slimy Slip & Slide
Take a Slip and Slide and pour buckets of slime over it (flour, water, and green food coloring). The students slide through the slime, grab a flag at the other side and bring it back to where they started. They can only grab one flag at a time and must get as many as they can within a designated amount of time. The fastest two times go to Round 6.

Round 6: Board Walk
Use a stopwatch or watch with seconds hand for this competition. Secure a 2x4x16 board on top of a few cement blocks (not too high; you don't want a law suit!). Tie several football flags to the 2×4. Have the students walk across it, reach down and pull off as many flags as they can, while being sprayed from all sides with super soakers. If they fall off they are eliminated. The one to walk across the quickest and with the most flags wins the Fear Factor Event.

Added by Renee Bendeck


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Worms and Pennies
    October 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I am so disgusted by this activity, it’s gonna rock!! I wouldn’t do it, but some of the kids should have fun with it 😀 Thanks for the idea!!!

  2. Sharon
    July 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This was an absolute cracker of a night… the best fun we had in ages…

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