Halloween scavenger hunts offer a variety of options for objects and clues. Adult parties can utilize scary objects and have complicated clues, while parties for children call for safer objects and simple written or oral clues.
Hide plastic skulls for adults' or children's Halloween scavenger hunts. Skulls are common enough around Halloween that they should not terrify younger participants, especially if the skulls are not detailed. For adults, leave clues that are a little difficult to solve, such as "Look for an object that has both sockets and joints." For children, leave simpler clues, such as, "Look for the bone that holds your brain." Children who cannot read should receive oral clues.
For a more horrific version of skulls, hide severed heads. For female heads, make the clues reference Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded in 1536. For example, "Find a piece of Henry VIII's second wife." For male severed heads, refer to the tale of the headless horseman. The clues can reference the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" or the headless horseman himself. To reference the story, write, "Find the most famous object in Washington Irving's most famous story." To refer to the headless horseman himself, write, "Find the object for which a ghostly rider searches on his nightly quest."
Not all Halloween scavenger hunts will require that guests arrive in costume. For such scavenger hunts, hide costume items; the first person to find them all and don them is the winner. Give guests a scavenger hunt clue list that says, "Seek three items that will change your identity. One item will cover your head. Another item will hide your face. The third item is an accessory to wear or carry. All of these items must match." Then, hide wigs, hats, makeup, masks and accessories. Make sure there are at least two or three different costumes, so that the guests have to find matching items. For example, hide clown costumes and spy costumes. Guests who find clown items cannot mix them with spy items or they lose.
A candy scavenger hunt for kids at Halloween can be much like an Easter egg hunt. The only difference is that children should search for one each of the different types of hidden candies. Make the riddle simple, such as, "Look for a list of things your mom does not let you eat before bedtime. When you find the list, look for one of everything on it." Make it easy for the children to find copies of the lists. Give them each a Halloween candy basket or bag before they begin.