Everybody knows this game, and there's a reason why it's so popular. Charades is a classic games night choice because it can get super silly super fast. The game requires you to stand up in front of everyone, and act out a book title, famous person, movie title etc. This instantly breaks the ice and puts people outside of their comfort zones. Although you may not be comfortable acting in front of people (even your friends or family), once you realize frantically waving your hands around with crazed facial expressions is all part of the fun, you won't be able to resist joining in!

How to play Charades

What you'll need to get started:

  1. Notepad and pen to keep track of the scores
  2. Charades phrases, either written them out yourself or you can use the word list included below
  3. Stopwatch to keep time (your phone usually has a built in timer)

Here are the rules of charades:

  1. Choose a player to start. The player thinks of a word that the others should be familiar with.
  2. The player then acts the word or phrase they've chosen in front of the other players
  3. The first person to guess the word or phrase gets a point

And that's it! I told you the rules were simple, but that doesn't mean the game isn't fun. If you have a large group of people, you can also play as teams. The two teams guess the same word and the first team to guess their word correctly wins.

More fun Social Games

Charades is a great game to play with friends. Because it's a social game, you'll often be able to build strong relationships while also having a lot of fun. If you're looking for more games to play you can check out Brightful Meeting Games.

Charade Word List

To help you get started, here's a massive list of words that you can act out. Simply pick one at random, or choose one that you like.

Fish

Rocket

Frozen

Table

Elbow

Pasta

Bird

Desk

Jail

McDonald

Bank

Volleyball

Elephant

Hand

Foot

Pizza

Airplane

Office

Ankle

Moustache

Iron Man

Index finger

Candy

Iceberg

Mouse

Watermelon

Salad

Horse

Bee

Phone

Toes

Knive

Chair

Pepper

Bus

Jedi

Spiderman

Chocolate

Bear

Helicopter

Penguin

Knee

Tree

Wonder Woman

Batman

Death Star

Pool

Raccoon

Onions

Yoga

Dress

Orange

Castle

Fire

Beans

Pancake

Flower

Fork

Butterfly

Hair

Lion

Bicycle

Donut

Lake

Roller blade

Oven

White House

Sushi

Skateboard

Peanut

Ship

Titanic

Sloth

Aladdin

Computer

Ice cream

Burrito

Apple

Darth Vader

Pumpkin

Cat

Turtle

Pear

Coconut

Stadium

Bread

Leg

Head

Church

Wind

Volcano

Parachute

Harry Potter

Alien

Eye

Glasses

Train

Shoulder

Thor

UFO

Superman

Spaceship

Playground

Dinosaur

Truck

Spoon

Waffle

Bed

Car

Moon

Teeth

Rain

Boat

Hat

Sun

Bowl

Cake

KFC

Earth

Eye brow

Dish

Nose

Stars

Pie

Butt

Neck

Skyscraper

Water

Banana

Strawberry

Eagle

Shark

Hospital

Toy Story

Grass

Ant

Carrot

Steak

Cow

Beach

Dog

Grapes

Kiwi

Noodle

Cup

Chicken

River

Sea

Minions

Pencil

Paperclip

Pancake

Bat

Painting

Taxi cab

Chair

Egg

Sticky note

Paper clip

Squirrel

Swim

Golf

Soccer

Football

Basketball

Run

Baseball

Karate

Boxing

Hockey

Cricket

Canoeing

Doctor

King

Clown

Cook

Police

Knight

Wizard

Scientist

Hunter

Queen

Celebrity

Thief

Priest

God

Monster

Guitar

Glue

Rugby

Heart

Monkey

Spiderweb

Curl

Monday

Cell Phone

Schoolbag

Snowman

Ball

Ferry boat

Tarantula

Bacteria

Motorcycle

Watch

Duck

Water bottle

Lacrosse

Keyboard

Owl

Umbrella

Hot dog

Scarf

Cushion

Frog

Bat

Coat

Butcher

Coffee mug

Notepad

Bow

Crab

Celery

Sofa

Seaweed

Jellyfish

Sneeze

Jelly

Fireman

Paperwork

Shake

Bridge

Light

Ambulance

Sledding

Broom

Diving

Shirt

Worm

Softball

Candy bar

Calendar

Cheese

Ice Hockey

Cream

Clock

Smiley face

Mechanic

Cycling

Newspaper

Alligator

Nurse

Leaf

Desk lamp

Clipboard

Furniture

Stapler

Sheet

Drum

Ice

Coffee cup

Pen

Kitchen

Jacket

Piano

House

Family

Spider

Spider web

Unicorn

Ocean

Plane

Zebra

Money

Calculator

Bra

Workload

Paper

Candle

Home

Skiing

Work

Fax machine

Teacher

T-shirt

Sky

Painter

Hair Brush

Sandcastle

Cookie

Flame

Musician

Hot cup

Blanket

Bucket

Scratch

Space rocket

Teddy bear

Towel

Girl

Bubble

Binder

Hair Gel

Bark

Bike

Smoke

Feather

Rabbit

Hammock

Polar Bear

Woman

Hammer

Employee

Clam Chowder

Bunk Bed

Dancer

Rock

Skull

Artist

Pillow

Coffee

Carpenter

Surfboard

Feet

Rainbow

Ghost

Bamboo

Boredom

Wheel

Plate

Tooth

Video camera

Hairdresser

Bandage

Secretary

Vanilla

Rocket ship

Mummy

Sundae

Snowboarding

Bubblegum

Night

Book

Fisherman

Dog leash

Milkshake

Drawing

Pay cheque

Whale

Notebook

Builder

Sailor

Laptop

Pencil Case

Toothpaste

Tie

Fly

Inchworm

Tennis

Socks

Octopus

Ears

Jeans

Pants

Sunglasses

Platypus

Stairs

Goosebumps

Kiss

Shoes

Table tennis

Legs

Pens

Thermos

Clothes

Lips

Amoeba

Apathetic

Avocado

Baggage

Bakery

Banker

Barge

Beanstalk

Best Friend

Blond

Blood

Blueprint

Body odor

Boulevard

Bouquet

Boxing

Bride

Cake

Candle

Candy Cane

Candy Dish

Cane

Canoeing

Career

Cargo ship

Cheer

Chef

Chess Set

Chicken pox

Classroom

Closet

Coastline

Coil

Computer

Conspiracy

Corn Dog

Couch

Cricket

Crustacean

Date

Death Star

Decoration

Disconnect

Doll

Dollhouse

Download

Dream

Drone

Dust

Earthquake

Earthquake

Egghead

Epitaph

Exhausted

Fairy

Farmer

Freelance

Frost

Froth

Furnace

Giant zit

Gown

Hockey

Human

Husband

Injury

Jaw

Karate

Lace

Lawnmower

Lawyer

Living Room

Lorry

Lullaby

Lunar Rover

Meditation

Miner

Minimalism

Mirror

Moonwalk

Moonwalking

Mower

Mugshot

Mushroom

Nanny

Neurology

Newspaper

Nightgown

Noise

Overqualify

Overtime

Owner

Patio

Pavilion

Payphone

Pest

Philosophy

Piano

Piano Bench

Piano Stool

Piano Wire

Pizza Sauce

Plank

Plankton

Plantation

Point

President

Prize

Psychology

Punctuality

Rabbit

Redundancy

Religion

Reservoir

Salary

Sandbox

Scepticism

Season

Slacking

Snowman

Stopwatch

Storefront

Stressful

Superhero

Telephone

Toaster

Tow Truck

Unemployed

Unhappy

Vacation

Waffle

Warmth

Wedding

Wheelie

Workaholic

Yoga

Zebra

Zoo keeper

Dress Shoes

Handcuffs

Hiccups

Hypnosis

Jello shot

Mindfulness

Mysterious

Softness

Stress

Worries

Flock