I am a big fan of scavenger hunts, and I love that they're as fun to plan as they are to participate in!
What Is a Scavenger Hunt?
You've been meticulously planning a party and want it to be an event to remember. Cue the scavenger hunt! A scavenger hunt is a game usually held in a large area, indoors or outdoors. A list of items or clues is given to everyone, and the goal is to find or collect everything on the list. This activity can be played with individuals vying for the win or with teams working together to finish everything first.
Scavenger hunts are a great way to host a child's birthday party or have fun with adult friends. They're enjoyable for all ages, and the whole endeavor is usually cheap and fun to put together. Whether you've never participated in one or are a scavenger hunt ninja, any hunt can be memorable with the twists and themes you choose!
Five Unique Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Look below for five hunt ideas you can use as a springboard for your party.
1. The Classic Hunt
The classic game involves a list of clues for hunters to find. Usually, the list is relatively simple, requiring players to find all of the items on the list. What makes it challenging is the fact that items are hidden and people work discreetly to keep their finds from opposing players' eyes. The first person or team who completes the list is the winner!
2. The Picture Hunt
Participants need to snap photos of all the items, people, or places on the list. Instead of simply collecting items, you can have players strike funny poses at specific locations or give them a dramatic scenario to act out for the camera. You don't need special equipment to do a photo hunt because most phones today already have cameras built in. This is an inexpensive and memorable option to try!
3. The Destination Hunt
In this game, you have a series of clues leading you on a trail to a specific destination. It resembles a treasure hunt because each clue leads to the next, and so on until you reach something big at the end. You can get creative here with the wording and images to challenge the players as they search for the spectacular finish line!
4. The Internet Hunt
Take the hunt online to change things up! The list can be a compilation of complex trivia questions, and contestants race to find the answers as quickly as possible. Add an element of pressure and excitement by having a time limit!
5. The Audio Hunt
The last type of hunt requires that players listen for clues instead of look for them. Contestants need to bring an audio recording device (perhaps a phone) to listen for and record specific sounds. The scores are then calculated based on how many sounds the players checked off the list.
Popular Ideas for a Scavenger Hunt List
Once you've decided on the type of hunt, it's time to go into the details and list items and activities for the players to find and do. You can really use your creative juices here to make it a fun and exciting game for everyone!
- Objects. If you chose a specific theme, brainstorm objects that are related to the overarching idea. For instance, a pirate-themed game could have a parrot, treasure map, gold coins, a ship, and an eye patch on the list. To verify players actually found each item, you can write something on the object that they need to record, or ask them for the object's color.
- Movies and Art. If people are already at the mall or in a museum, a great option is to have the hunters look for specific movies or famous works of art. They can befriend other players as they discuss the qualities of a good movie, or learn more about history and artists!
- Famous Look-Alikes. This is particularly fun for photo hunts! Put a list of celebrities with reference pictures together and have your players look for someone who resembles them. The kicker is having them ask to take a picture with the look-alike and looking through everyone's snapshots at the end!
- Words and Numbers. The search is on for specific words or numbers! Players can look on signs, billboards, magazines, license plates, and clothing to find what the chosen word/number. To make it easy to check, have players take a picture of each item they find to tally up the results. Whoever has the most wins!
- Actions. Write down a list of actions people do. Players need to find others doing whatever is on the list. An example could tell people to find someone buying a book or a person feeding the birds. If you want to make it easy, you can do it by profession and have a list of people with certain jobs that players can find. An additional idea is to assign different point values for each action, depending on how difficult they are to find! Action ideas work great in photo hunts.
- Inconspicuous Items. Ask the players to bring back a paperclip, a specific color pencil, or other small items that might be difficult to find. If you have a set number in an indoor room, you can increase excitement as people race to find the items before they're all gone!
Would you plan a scavenger hunt for a gathering of family and friends? If so, what kind would you choose, and what would you put on the list? Let me know down below!
© 2010 B wood
i love the ideas me and siblings did them on April 08, 2020:
i love the ideas me and my siblings did them
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samunro on November 06, 2012:
Your destination hunt sounds a lot like what I would call a treasure hunt. Is there any reason that you did not go with that name?