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220 Charades ideas for all categories

If you’re stuck thinking of Charades ideas, worry not – we can suggest prompts for all the usual Charades categories, both hard and easy.

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Playing a game of Charades isn’t too complex, but coming up with enough Charades ideas can be. There’s only so many movies, books, and activities one mind can come up with – and you probably don’t have long to write them all down. If you’re looking for Charades game ideas, we’ve put together a long list of words that’ll save you a heap of time.

Before you get miming, here are a few more gaming guides from us. We can suggest some spicy Truth or Dare questions, as well as Never Have I Ever questions for fans of drinking games. We can also recommend the best board games in the tabletop space right now.

Here’s a list of great Charades ideas:

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Action Charades ideas

Easy action Charades ideas:

  • Cycling
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Basketball
  • Falling asleep
  • Praying
  • Singing karaoke
  • Archery
  • Shopping
  • Washing the car
  • Making a sandwich
  • Taking a shower
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Using a jump rope
  • Doing karate
  • Climbing a ladder
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Putting on makeup
  • Rowing a boat
  • Petting a cat

Difficult action Charades ideas:

  • Drinking out-of-date milk
  • Doing the laundry
  • Eating spaghetti
  • Taking the dog for a walk
  • Taking an exam
  • Playing Hide and Seek
  • Making a cup of coffee
  • Riding a roller coaster
  • Watching a scary movie
  • Climbing a mountain
  • Catching a cold
  • Buying shoes that are too small
  • Cutting down a tree
  • Forgetting your keys
  • Ordering a pizza
  • Playing a board game
  • Eating spicy food
  • Winning a race
  • Solving a Rubik’s Cube
  • Going camping 

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Book Charades ideas

Easy book Charades ideas:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Rapunzel
  • The Secret Garden
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • The Witches
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Little Women
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Holes
  • War and Peace
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Shining
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea
  • The War of the Worlds

Challenging book Charades ideas:

  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Macbeth
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Dune
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • The Gruffalo
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Beloved
  • The Catcher in the Rye

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Television Charades ideas

Easy television Charades ideas:

  • Friends
  • Rugrats
  • Peppa Pig
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Ben 10
  • Sherlock
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Lost
  • Doctor Who
  • The X Files
  • Star Trek
  • The Walking Dead
  • House
  • Batman
  • Firefly
  • Archer
  • The Office
  • Mad Men

Difficult television Charades ideas:

  • Cheers
  • Succession
  • Better Call Saul
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Simpsons
  • The Last of Us
  • Stranger Things
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Band of Brothers
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Twin Peaks
  • South Park
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • The Sopranos
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Good Place
  • Survivor
  • Saturday Night Live

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Movies Charades ideas

Easy movies Charades ideas:

  • Frozen
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Dark Knight
  • Fight Club
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Babe
  • Alien
  • Toy Story
  • Scarface
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Jaws
  • Chicken Run
  • Star Wars
  • Psycho
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Up
  • Taxi Driver
  • Ghostbusters

Challenging movies Charades ideas:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Thing
  • Finding Nemo
  • Despicable Me
  • Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Back to the Future
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Exorcist
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Terminator
  • Get Out
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Gladiator
  • Trainspotting
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Avengers: Endgame

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Songs Charades ideas

Easy songs Charades ideas:

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • Running Up That Hill
  • Rocket Man
  • The Final Countdown
  • Creep
  • Bad Guy
  • Jump
  • Dancing Queen
  • Lean on Me
  • Ring of Fire
  • Poison
  • Umbrella
  • Baby Shark
  • Free Bird
  • Bad Romance
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Flowers

Difficult song Charades ideas:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Rolling in the Deep
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Heart of Glass
  • Vogue
  • The Sound of Silence
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Single Ladies
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Ace of Spades
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Cruel Summer
  • Circle of Life
  • Uptown Funk
  • Old Town Road
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Born to be Wild
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Smooth Criminal 

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Christmas Charades ideas

Easy Christmas Charades ideas:

  • Building a snowman
  • Wrapping a present
  • Elf
  • Eating Christmas dinner
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Kissing under mistletoe
  • Silent Night
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Santa Baby
  • Decorating the Christmas tree

Challenging Christmas Charades ideas:

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Christmas Eve
  • Advent calendar
  • Love Actually
  • The Grinch
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Away in a Manger
  • Fairytale of New York
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

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