Neighborhood Christmas Scavenger Hunt List

Here’s a fun idea for a Christmas scavenger hunt that you can play in your neighborhood this festive season.

It’s a great way to have some fun outdoors and can be used with kids, youth groups or adults.


  • Scavenger hunt list (see below)
  • Pens
  • Cameras (optional)


None needed.


Your neighborhood, or a nearby one that has a lot of houses with outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.


This can be played as one group if used as a family activity, in smaller teams with youth groups or pairs if playing with adults.


Give each team / player a copy of the list below and a pen. Explain that their task is to walk around the neighborhood to see how many outdoor Christmas yard decorations they can find that are on the list.

If playing with more than one team, set a time limit that they have to return by – if possible, have some hot apple cider ready for when they get back.

Team Option

If playing this with two or more teams, it might be worth organizing this as a photo scavenger hunt. To do this, ensure each team / player has a camera – cell phone cameras are fine.

They then have to take photos of each Christmas yard decoration as proof that they’ve seen each one.

At the end, display all the photos on your TV or a large computer monitor for everyone to see each other’s photos.


Here’s a list of 20 different outdoor decorations for the players to find.

Beneath this is a free printable scavenger hunt list containing the same items – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when organizing this game.

  1. Snoopy
  2. Rudolph with a glowing nose
  3. Santa in a sleigh
  4. Inflatable snow globe
  5. Strings of lights with at least 300 light bulbs
  6. Nativity scene
  7. Toy soldier
  8. Penguin
  9. Candy cane
  10. Snowman
  11. Snowflake
  12. Angel
  13. Star
  14. Polar bear
  15. Gingerbread man
  16. Train
  17. Grinch
  18. Bells
  19. Elf
  20. Mickey Mouse

Printable Neighborhood Christmas Scavenger Hunt List

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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:


  • List of yard ornaments (see below)
  • Pens




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.


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.


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.


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.


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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