Scavenger hunting with kids or adults is a fun way to celebrate Halloween, the fall and the outdoors before the weather really turns. If your family is skipping trick-or-treating this year, a scavenger hunt for Halloween is a safe alternative.
Fall and Garden-Themed Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Sending kids on a scavenger hunt is a great way to get them outside and keep them active and occupied. Give kids a list of things to find that they can easily pick up and bring back, for instance a red leaf.
This kind of fall garden scavenger hunt can be educational as well as fun. Challenge kids based on age and ability. Depending on age, the kids can do the hunt alone or with parents along. Here are some ideas:
- Use a list of colors that kids can match to outdoor items like leaves, pine or fir cones, feathers, flowers, acorns, pebbles and more.
- Make a list of plants to find. This can be scaled up or down in difficult. For example, little ones can find evergreen needles, while older kids can search for spruce versus pine needles.
- Instead of trick-or-treating, send the kids out to take pictures of Halloween themes and decorations, like ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons.
A Spooky Halloween Scavenger Hunt for Adults
Adults enjoy scavenger hunts too, and you can make a Halloween list that’s more challenging and even a little scary. Send teams or individuals out to find tricker items. For gardeners, make a list of specific fall plants, or create riddles that must be solved in order to find the item.
Or, make a creative scavenger hunt more open to interpretation. For instance, look for natural things that are spooky, like a tree that looks like it has a face in the bark, a spider web, a gnarly branch or stem, a pure black rock, a ghost-shaped leaf, a dead flower blossom, a black feather.
Of course, no scavenger hunt is complete without a prize. Make it a race to see which team can come back first with all the items and reward the winner with Halloween candy or a healthy treat.
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Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.
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