We are choosing to skip traditional trick or treating this year and instead I am going to do a Halloween Scavenger Hunt for my kids. Shhh, it’s a surprise!
I am going to hide clues all around the house that lead the kids to different stashes of candy. They will be able to take their bucket from spot to spot and fill it with candy and other treats. At the end of the scavenger hunt, they will be able to sit and enjoy their “haul”, just like if we went regular trick or treating.
How does the Halloween Scavenger Hunt Work?
There are 15 clues that lead kids to different locations inside the house. Place a stash of candy at each clue location along with a clue for another location. It really doesn’t matter what clue goes where; just mix them up.
To start, give your child one clue for any of the locations. If you have multiple kids, give them all clues to different locations so that each child has a chance to find the candy stash on their own.
Tip: Give each kid a sheet listing the number of candy stashes along with a place for them to write down where they found each stash. This helps the kids keep track of how many stashes they have found and how many stashes are left. (This also helps you out if they don’t find all of them; you will know exactly where to go to remove the leftover stashes.)
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Clues
Here are 15 clues that I put together for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Feel free to use my clues or create your own for a fun indoor scavenger hunt.
Clue #1 – Refrigerator
Black cats, witches brew
Dancing ghosts and mummies too
Eating candy sure is nice
But don’t put it here or it will be cold as ice
Clue # 2 – Mirror
Casper the ghost, Fudgie the Whale
Cute costumes will prevail
When you get dressed you look in me
A shiny image is what you will see
Clue # 3 – Closet
Want some candy? Take it out the bowl
On Halloween, that’s how we roll
Trick or treat is what we do
Find me where you would find a shoe
Clue #4 – Pantry
In a cauldron, potions we mix
Don’t make a mistake that we can’t fix
For all the ingredients you will need
You will find them here indeed
Clue #5 – Play room, game room, den
Dancing spiders, ghosts that boo
For Halloween, there is much ado
Like the Shakespeare play of the same name
Search for us where you would play a game
Clue #6 – Desk
Halloween is on a Saturday, yeah!
No school today, hip hip hooray!
But school is fun, isn’t it?
When you work this is where you sit
Clue # 7 – Cupboard
Chocolates, candies, we want a treat
All of them are yummy to eat
But candies don’t go where you put a dish
Even if that is my fondest wish
Clue # 8 – Inside rain coat or inside rain boots
We love candies, short and tall
We can’t wait to eat them all
Let’s hope on Halloween it doesn’t rain
Or you’ll need one of these which is a pain
Clue # 9 – Laundry Machine
Cartoon characters running around
On Halloween they will be found
Trick or Treating on the road
Put dirty clothes here and run a load
Clue #10 – Den or Where you Watch TV
Twitches One and Twitches Too
Jack and Sally and Casper too
Who doesn’t love a good Halloween show?
To watch one, this is where you would go
Clue #11 – Sock Drawer
Harry Potter and Halloween are a good pair
Moaning Myrtle gave us all a good scare
Poor Dobby would like to be free
But he needs this item you see
Clue #12 – Guest Room
Creep music, creaking boards
Stately knights with their swords
When company comes for a night or day
This is where they would need to stay
Clue #13 – Tub or shower
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins galore
We love pumpkins, we want some more
If we get dirty, we need a good scrub
We would go here to rub a dub dub
Clue #14 – Bed
Collecting candy along the way
Makes for a very great day
But it’s also tiring running around
So here we’ll lay our head and not make a sound
Clue #15 – Couch
Run, run to get some candy
Wearing sneakers sure is handy
When you’re tired and need some rest
Sitting here would be best
We hope your kids have a great time on their Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Happy Halloween!