September 25, 2009


Last year for my daughter's 7th birthday she requested that her party include a scavenger hunt. My husband and I had a lot of fun just putting the list of items together. We combed the internet, drove around town seeking inspiration, and went into a few local stores and public buildings making arrangements with the people who worked there. What resulted was an outrageously fun time for about twenty of my daughter's friends, plus their parents, siblings, and even some grandparents.

What I loved about this party was that it got everyone outdoors in the fresh air, moving around, seeing our hometown from a new perspective. It required teamwork and strategy, creative thinking and a good sense of humor. We live in the small Victorian town of Pacific Grove, California. Folks that know ol' "PG" will know right away that I likely reside in a "cottage", "bungalow", or "Victorian Charmer", all euphamisms for teeny-tiny-house-on-a-postage-stamp-lot. So, it's especially nice that with this type of party, you don't have to worry about paring down your guest list since most of the activities take place around town. Everyone convened back at our place after about an hour; lists were reviewed; prizes handed out; and then we enjoyed some of my husband's I-think-I-might-have-died-and-gone-to-hick'ry-pit-heaven BBQ.
If you're not off daydreaming about good BBQ, you're probably wondering what this has to do with Halloween. Okay, here's the deal: The birthday party Scavenger Hunt was such a success (based on feedback from all participants) that we decided to do it again for Halloween. The Halloween Scavenger Hunt turned out to be such a blast, that we decided to make it an annual event.

With candy corn & costume time just around the corner, I figured I'd post a free PDF of our Halloween Scavenger Hunt list for anyone out there who might be interested in rounding up a few friends, getting a little extra mileage out of those Halloween costumes, and starting a tradition of their own.

Here are some tips/guidelines:
1) Teams: you can either create teams based on your RSVP list or let your guests form their own teams.
2) Ask each team to bring a digital camera.
3) You can give bonus points to teams that come in costume.
4) We give each team an identical bag of "tricks" which includes their scavenger lists, pens & pencils, and some props. One of our favorite props is a roll of toilet paper. One of the scavenger hunt items involves wrapping a team member in the entire roll like a mummy, standing in front of a local museum.
5) Take a walking or driving tour around your town to get ideas to add some local flavor to your hunt.
6) Depending on your neighborhood, you may want to give your teams the option of using their car.
7) Send all the teams out at the same time and give them a return time. We typically give the teams an hour.

We'd love to hear your original ideas for Halloween Scavenger Hunt items in the "Comment" section below.
Thanks for sharing!
*photos appear courtesy of Holly at 504 Main, who participated in last year's hunt
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Halloween Scavenger Hunt


  1. This was a fantastic idea Jenn. we had a great time last year and are really looking forward to this years event.

  2. What a great idea and how fun for kids. Thanks for sharing this great scavenger hunt and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  3. It must be a sign...Happy SITS Saturday I was typing my comment to the person above me the computer whacked out and now you are above me...and I have already it must be a sign to comment again. Happy a beautiful PG Saturday!


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