A great way to have fun at a Halloween party this year is to host a Halloween scavenger hunt. Depending on the age group, scavenger hunts can be simple to ornate and still be rewarding.
First, make sure that everyone comes out a winner no matter how old the participants are or how many teams you split your group into. Even if first prize is a mondo bucket of candy and second prize is a plastic ring, give something to everyone.
Scout areas for clue locations beforehand. No matter what the scavenger hunt is, either finding clues or gathering stuff, planning is the key to every scavenger hunt.
Incorporate different media into your hunt. Use writing, pictures, texture, poems, and nature into your themed scavenger hunt around Halloween. Mix it up with a written clue once and then a picture clue next followed by a puzzle to solve before finding out where to go. There are endless possibilities for clues.
As with everything new in technology, use texting or the internet in your scavenger hunt. Design your own website with multimedia clues on it and even have a totally online scavenger hunt with winners notified by email or text later on.
If your hunt is for younger children, try to keep the scavenging to one property between in your house and outdoors and keep the clues simple. Have them explore trees outside and that scarecrow sitting on the porch swing. For older kids, you can have a walking scavenger hunt that goes over the neighborhood.
When organizing a scavenger hunt get parents involved too. Have them be ready for clue locations or be clues themselves at different houses or even their place of business when appropriate. Make sure they know what’s coming first.
To get local businesses involved, ask their permission and even say this is a Halloween scavenger hunt. Give them some kind of incentive like the clue will involve buying an item off your shelf or ordering food if you go to a restaurant.
Take into account where people involved with the hunt work for easier access to places that may be businesses. If you have parents who work at such and such firm, have them be a possible location for a clue. If you have a hunt for teens, get their store in the mall where they work to be involved. It just takes some explanation to the appropriate person at the business and their permission shouldn’t be too hard to get.
Public places are great to hide clues, as long as they are out of the way. That old gnarled tree in the park is great as long as no one sees you hide the clue. Be prudent and cautious so no one accidently messes up the hunt.
Don’t defame any property. Don’t be digging in someone’s yard for “X Marks the Spot” treasure hunt clues. Keep it simple like “under the third brick on the left” if the brick is already loose. You can turn just about any environment into a scavenger hunt for Halloween if you know what to look for.