Candy is dandy, but adding this scavenger hunt to your Halloween gives kids the thrill of the chase. Download and print out our Halloween hunt for your trick-or-treaters to complete as they load up their candy bags (and don’t forget the glow-in-the-dark markers for filling it out)!
Give this hunt a twist that’s just for your trick-or-treat crew by filling in the blank space on the paper with a feature specific to your neighborhood. Scope out elaborately decorated homes ahead of time and add a detail or two from their setup—“gravestones” from a particular date, for example, or a certain arrangement of skeletons—to your scavenger hunt to help keep kids’ eyes searching.
You can also personalize the hunt by issuing a bit of a challenge, making the blank space a rhyme, trivia question or riddle appropriate to the age of the child.
- Rhyme: “It’s no surprise that candy is yummy / Now finish this rhyme and find a ______.” (mummy)
- Trivia: This is the only mammal that can fly. (bat)
- Riddle: I have a body, legs, and arms—but I don’t have any guts. What am I? (skeleton)
Try having younger kids work in pairs or teams; you can have the teams compete to see which group finishes first. And no matter the age of your troupe of ghouls, safety rules apply: Don’t use mobile devices while in motion, use sidewalks and crosswalks, and decorate costumes with reflective tape to maximize visibility to nighttime drivers. Have a fun fright!