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Halloween Scavenger Hunt Fun
Halloween will always have a certain magic to it. It’s the one time of year where we celebrate ghastliness and ghouls with smiles on our faces; when children are given candy as a reward for their costumed efforts. In fact, when one thinks about it long enough, it’s hard not to realize that Halloween has become one giant ceremonial scavenger hunt. People dress up, wonder the streets, and seek out treats. So why not take things a step farther and stage a purposeful Halloween scavenger hunt?
It’s the perfect night for it! Everyone is already outside and running rampant, so no one will be bothered by a few people entertaining themselves with some healthy competition. You just need to put a little work into it beforehand.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Preparations
Before you can actually begin your Halloween scavenger hunt you need to have a few things figured out. You need to have any and all costumes in order long before Halloween. It’s always best not to be scrambling to come up with a costume last second. You should also consider leaving someone to pass out candy at your house while you’re away. You wouldn’t want to disappoint the local kids, after all!
Next, you should decide what kind of scavenger hunt you want to do. You can do the classic item retrieval kind of hunt, a photographic scavenger hunt, or a mix of the two. If you’re on a budget you could just have a hunt for candy. The winner in such a situation would be the one who brought back the most treats. This is only really possible when you’re dealing with Children, however. It’s generally frowned upon for adults and older teens to go around collecting candy on Halloween, costumed or not.
If you really want to go above and beyond, though, you can…
Work the All Hallows Eve Angle
Your Halloween scavenger hunt can benefit greatly from some theatrics! It doesn’t have to be just plain old Halloween with a bunch of little kids getting candy and trying to spook each other. It can be All Hallows Eve! The one night of year where all sorts of supernatural spookery are possible; the night where anything can happen!
It’s all fictional, of course, but who doesn’t love a good plot? If you’re organizing things for a group of kids then it’s especially nice to give them a story or two to think about during the game. Just make sure you keep it age appropriate and that you don’t scare the younger children, as they’re still impressionable and easily shaken.
Even if you’re not working kids, a nice story to go along with the scavenger hunt can make things more fun. You can theme the items of the hunt around the story if you want to go even farther. Here are some examples of plots and hunt objectives modelled after Halloween:
- Players can be told that a long dormant evil spirit has been released and that they are the ones who must stop it. The items in this hunt would be related to a “ritual” of sorts for stopping the ghost. Such items might include crucifixes, various sigils, or a container to capture the ghost in. If this scenario is played out as a photographic scavenger hunt then you can work off of the old myth that souls can be captured in photos, change the single ghost into a pack of ghosts, and you can treat every person (player or not) dressed as a ghost as an object to be photographed. At the end of the night the person with the most photos of different ghosts would be dubbed the winner.
- Every player can pretend that they are part of a witch’s coven and that they must collect materials to cast a spell. Be creative. You might not be able to do the whole “hair of dog, eye of newt,” routine, but you can certainly come up with something reasonable. The winner in this situation would be the first one to cast the so-called spell.
- Players can be instructed to collect as much food (i.e. candy) as possible in order to create a stockpile for the pending zombie apocalypse. The winner would be the player who has the most candy at the end of the night.
If none of these scenarios work for you then you’re free to make your own! Go nuts! Be as creative as you’d like, use whatever props you can, and aim for it to be fun above all else. Just make sure that you have a good idea of how long it’ll take to play the scenario out! You don’t want people to get tired or give up before the end, do you?
It is also important to play with a group of people who can tell fantasy from reality. Any children involved need to know that it’s all just a game and that none of it is real. Any adult or teen involved needs to have a firm grasp on what’s true and what’s been made up for the sake of entertainment. This might seem kind of obvious to most people, but a reminder never hurts!
Be Careful Out There
A Halloween scavenger hunt can be great fun! Keep it unique and creative, but – more importantly – safe! The excitement of Halloween can get the better of the best of us, but just because we are having fun, doesn't mean that we shouldn't be careful about the safety of those close to us and those around us.
Have a happy and spooooooky Halloween everyone!
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© 2014 Brett