In Colonie, a suburb of Albany, NY the Statues we played was a variation of Tag. The game was played with approximately four to six players. The person who was “it,” chose a category (most beautiful, funniest, ugliest, most frightening, etc.) of statues before playing started. All players then began running. When the “it” person caught a player, he swung the player around and let him go. The player froze in the landing position, becoming a statue. When all players had been caught and turned into statues, the “it” person chose the best statue in the selected category. The player chosen best statue was then “it” and playing resumed.
No one here has really described the game “statues” and I was wondering if it’s the same game I knew. I grew up in Chicago in the 60’s and the girls in my neighborhood played a game called “statue maker.” I don’t know who taught us it (one of our moms?)or how we learned it, but it was one of our favorites. From what I remember, it went something like this: You needed at least 5 or 6 girls in order to play. One girl played the part of the “statue maker” and the other was the “customer.” The statue maker would spin the other girls around and around by the arm and when she let go, the girl would have to freeze in whatever position she landed in. (We used to have the most hilarity with this … crazy positions that you remain in!) Then the statue maker would walk the customer by each girl, trying to “sell” the merits of each statue. The customer would eventually pick one of the statues by tapping her. This brought her to life and then she would chase the customer around and around. My memory is fuzzy at what happens after this point, but I think the freed statue then becomes the customer and repeats the same. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I’m curious if this is a similar version to what you all played in New York?