10 Halloween Scavenger Hunt Clues

It’s almost 31 October, so if you don’t have any activities planned yet, here are 10 Halloween scavenger hunt clues you can use with your kids for a fun game.

It also includes a free printable scavenger hunt list of the clues to give to your children – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • List of Halloween clues (see below)
  • Items that are the answer to the clues

Preparation

Each of the clues below details 10 scary characters / items, as well as where they should be hidden.

To prepare for this game, you’ll therefore need to hide the items in those places. There are a couple of options for what items you could use:

  1. Print a picture of each monster and hide those
  2. Get a toy, accessory, ornament, decoration, etc for each character and hide those

If you want to choose the second option, the list below links to possible items you could use that can be ordered from Amazon.

Instructions

Give the sheet of clues to your kids and send them hunting indoors and out in the front and back yard for the different items.

Alternatively, give them one clue at a time – when they’ve found the first item, give them the second and so on.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Clues

Here are the 10 rhyming clues you can use for this activity – these tell you which Halloween-themed character or item to use and where to hide it.

Beneath this list is a link for the free printable worksheet – please feel free to print as many copies as you need for personal use.

1. Vampire (In a cupboard)

One thing we know about vampires
Is that they don’t like daylight
Which means that you can find one hiding
In a cupboard out of sight

2. Ghost (Linen closet)

A common image of ghosts
Is that of someone covered with a sheet
So take a look in the place
We store folded linens to keep them neat

3. Skeleton (Where you store shoes)

A skeleton is made of bones
From its head all the way down to its feet
So this is where we keep the shoes
Before you put them on to pound the street

4. Witch (Where you store cleaning items)

Flying around on a broomstick
Is something witches are famous for
Which means this one has been hidden
Where we keep our things to clean the floor

5. Spider (Computer)

A spider decides to build its web
So that many flies it can get
There is another type of web though
So look where you access the net

6. Frankenstein’s Monster (By a light switch)

Electricity is what brought life to
Frankenstein’s monster and gave him a fright
Which means that this one has been hidden where
You enter a room and turn on a light

7. Black Cat (In the bath)

A black cat is a creature
You don’t want to cross your path
Although this one can be found
Sitting inside of a bath

8. Bat (In a closet)

They fly around during the night
And hang upside down during the day
If you look inside a closet
Then find a hanging bat you just may

9. Tombstone (In the backyard)

Etched into a grave’s tombstone
It often says RIP
Find one out in the backyard
Among some rocks it will be

10. Jack O’-Lantern (In the front yard or porch)

Carve a pumpkin, put in a candle
A Jack O’-Lantern is what you get
If you go to the front of the house
Then one of these you will find, I bet

Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt Clues

Halloween Scavenger Hunt For Kids – Spooky Yards

Spooky Yards is a fun Halloween scavenger hunt for kids that they’ll enjoy while exploring your neighborhood.

It’s simple to organize and play and is a great way to get your kids outdoors for some fall fun.

We’ve also provided a free printable list below – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • List of yard ornaments (see below)
  • Pens

Preparation

None

Location

The best place to play this is your neighborhood, provided you have plenty of neighbors who decorate their yards for Halloween.

If that doesn’t happen on your street, you’ll need to walk / drive to a different neighborhood that has plenty of yard decorations.

When

This could either be played in the days leading up to Halloween or on 31 October while trick or treating to make the night even more fun.

Teams

If you’re playing this with your own kids, you can walk around together trying to spot all the items on the scavenger hunt list.

To make it more competitive, get together with some of your kids’ friends and their parents and each take a couple of different streets to see who can find the most ornaments.

Instructions

Give the kids a copy of the list of Halloween yard ornaments that you can find below.

Explain that their task is to walk around your local area and see how many of the different ornaments and decorations they can find.

List

Here’s the list of 20 different yard ornaments that you might see at Halloween.

Beneath this is a link to download a free printable version of this scavenger hunt list – there are two copies of the list on the page to reduce the amount of paper you need to use.

  1. Skeleton flamingos
  2. Bat
  3. Zombie
  4. Vampire
  5. Something that lights up
  6. Spider
  7. Jack O’-Lantern
  8. Black Cat
  9. Skeleton
  10. Witch
  11. Ghost
  12. Spider web
  13. Something inflatable
  14. Frankenstein’s Monster
  15. Tombstone
  16. Haunted house
  17. Arm sticking out of the ground
  18. Cauldron
  19. Skull
  20. Broomstick

Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt For Kids

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