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5 Crazy Games To Play When Hanging Out With Friends

Good friends make life better, happier, and more fun. Most of the time, you never run out of things to gab about, but if you do...

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Maybe we adults idealize our own red-rover days, the hot afternoons spent playing games that required no coaches, eating foods that involved no nutrition, getting dirty in whole new ways and rarely glancing in the direction of a screen of any kind.”

~ Nancy Gibbs

Good friends make life better, happier, and more fun. Most of the time, you never run out of things to gab about, and you can always find fun things to do with one another. Friendships are especially important when you’re a young adult. You are new to “adulting” so it helps to have a positive and strong support system of other young adults to help you navigate your new reality.

Looking for something new to do when hanging out with friends

Although there are probably things you could be doing with your beloved squad, there are times when you simply can’t decide on what to do when hanging out with friends. You could go to a movie together or go out to dinner… Or, you could stroll around the mall or hang out at Target… Perhaps, you could go the traditional route and head to the nearest bowling rink or grab a pizza from your local pizza parlor.

But, what if you just aren’t feeling those activities and want to do something outside-of-the-box? And, what if you’re not into traditional board games? No problem! Some of the best games don’t even come with boards! Seriously, many times the most exciting games involve nothing but a group of friends who aren’t afraid to go outside of their comfort zone and try something new.

Do you want to do something that is fun, exciting, and a little cray-cray? No problem! You could play crazy games with each other in the comfort of someone’s home. 

Sometimes, less is more, if you know what I mean?

How to start

All you need for this idea to start are a couple of sodas or adult beverages, pizza, wings, or whatever foods float your boat, a large area to get comfy in, and a group of friends! The great thing about playing crazy games is that you get to spend time with your group in a comfortable environment while having an insane amount of fun.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been friends since childhood or you became friends as adults, playing games can help you learn a tremendous amount of useful info about each other. So, next time you’re hanging out with friends, suggest playing some wacky, off-the-cuff games together. If they roll their eyes and shrug off the idea, throw out that there will be cocktails and delicious food there, and watch their attitudes magically change for the better.

FYI: Challenges have become immensely popular amongst young adults wanting to have a good time with their buddies. You can find videos of these crazy “challenges” on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

So, if you are looking to add a little excitement to your get-togethers, you may want to add some crazy games into the mix. Playing these games is a cheap, fun way to bond with friends. These crazy games cost relatively nothing, excluding the cost of drinks and food, which is always a plus when you’re a young adult with limited money!

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Pickle challenge

This crazy competition game involves determining who can successfully finish a jar of hot and spicy pickles first.

FYI: To win, the person must also drink all of the pickle juice in the jar. Not keen on pickles? Well, you can substitute any tart, salty, or super sweet food instead. The goal is simply to see who can complete the task first (usually within a time limit).


Would you rather…?

This game is as crazy as they come! However, try not to upset or offend your friends with your questions. Remember, this game is supposed to be fun and crazy – not hurtful and crazy. This activity involves hanging out with your friends in a circle and selecting a person to begin the questioning.
This person is tasked with asking two challenging questions – questions that everyone in the group must answer. There are no winners or losers in this game, as the goal is just to laugh and learn more about each other. A sample question could be, “Would you rather run down the street naked screaming or kiss the first person who crosses your path?”
FYI: The questions will probably get crazier and crazier as the game continues.


Desert island challenge

This crazy-cozy game is perfect for couples and friends alike. The desert island challenge involves laying a large sheet of paper on the floor and asking everyone to stand on the paper (the island). The area outside of the paper is the ocean.
The goal is to avoid stepping off the island into the water. Every 30 seconds a part of the paper is snipped, making it harder for everyone to stay on the island. The person or couple who stays on the longest without stepping into the water is the winner.


Pacqui hot chip challenge

The Pacqui hot chip challenge became an Internet sensation during the summer of 2019. This crazy game involves eating fiery tortilla chips to see if you can withstand “the burn” aka the extreme heat of the Carolina Reaper pepper, reported to be the hottest pepper in the world.
If you can survive the heat without dropping dead – you’ve won the challenge! Millions of people around the world couldn’t help but try out these devilish chips, posting the results on YouTube and various social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram).
Disclaimer: You won’t actually drop dead from the heat, however, after a couple of these bad boys, you may want to.


Beer pong

Ever heard of beer pong? Well, it’s a crazy game just for adults (over 21). Although it’s not the classiest game you could pick to play with friends, it’s still fun! It’s especially good for small groups of friends who just want to chill, drink, and have a good time. No frills involved.
Beer pong involves beer, of course, red plastic cups, and at least 2 ping-pong balls. You’ll also need to have a decent amount of coordination to get the ball into a cup of beer. The winner is the person who makes all of their opponent’s cups first.


Keep reading for more ideas

You can learn more about “playing crazy games when hanging out with friends” by reading the following articles: Crazy Games to Play, 100 Fun Games to Do With Friends On a Boring Day, and 20 Fun Games to Play with Friends.

About the Author

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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