The game is played out just as it is in the Trash Can Game (free-for-all), except that everyone is on one of two teams.
Form a circle around the trash can, then have a leader count everyone off 1-2-1-2-1-2…etc. The goal of each team is to work together to get the other team members to touch the trash can without touching the trash can themselves (though at times self-sacrificing can be worthwhile to take down those difficult opponents). Confusion can set in as people quickly are tagged out and players often ask others which team they are on.
Give every person three slips of paper and have them write something down on each slip. It could be a person, place, thing, common phrase, or anything really. Put the slips in a bowl or hat. Then you split the group in half. We had it so that every other person was on a team, just so that it would have been hard for people to see the clues by accident. Find a timer, like a watch with a seconds hand, and find someone to keep score. Begin Round one.
Played similar to the game show “Password” or “Taboo”. One person from one team goes first, pulling slips of paper out of the bowl, and trying to get their team to guess as many of the written things as possible within one minute. You cannot use any of the words on the paper or that is a negative point. Each correct guess is a point, while each “pass” is a negative point. Make sure they don’t put the clues back in the bowl (Except you do put those things that were passed on back in the bowl for other teams to try). Once the timer runs out, add up how many correct guesses there were. Now it is the other team’s turn to try with the remaining clues. Play continues until all the clues are successfully guessed. If there is time left on the clock for a team when slips of paper run out, that team gets to play out their remaining time in the next round before it goes to the next team.
Played like Charades. All the slips of paper are added back to the bowl. This round is identical to round one, except that now the person giving the clues cannot speak, and must act out what is on the slips of paper. Like in round one play continues until all the items are successfully guessed. If there is time left on the clock for a team when slips of paper run out, that team gets to play out their remaining time in the next round before it goes to the next team.
One word clues. All the clues are added back to the bowl. This round is identical to previous rounds, except that now the person giving the clues can only use one word as a clue as to what is on the slips of paper, no acting! Like in round one play continues until all the clues are played.
Team with the most points wins! Other crazy bonus rounds could be using just facial expressions or one physical movement.