Planning Your Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt at Home
Safe Trick-or-Treating Practices and Alternative
2020 has come with a lot of twists and turns engaging more of us to take Halloween into our own hands. With all of the new normal adjustments being made, you may not understand what is open in your state. A lot is changing, and many parents are changing trick-or-treating into an at-home or physical distancing scavenger hunt!
A scavenger hunt is a perfect solution to physical distancing trick or treating, this is because it can be done indoors with a small intimate group or outdoors in a yard or park. The game’s clues can be modified to challenge the age group that is playing. Be sure to stay safe; here’s how you get started:
Pick the Perfect Halloween Setting
Depending on your age group and where you plan on having your trick or treating scavenger hunt, determines the time you should have your party. If you are planning on having your scavenging event outside, you should plan on saving enough daylight so that the participants can easily find the next clue.
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Choose a Theme and the Rules
Select a common theme for your scavenger hunt so your players know exactly what they should be looking for. Some popular Halloween themes include zombies, pirates, vampires, or ghosts.
Whatever you decide, use a heat press machine to customize your clues with a specific symbol so your players are sure they’ve found the right clue.
Likewise, you should also decide the rules of your scavenger hunt. You can either have a free for all and have everyone just search for random clues and prizes, or you can set up clues that lead the group in a certain order.
Keep Track of all your Hiding Spots
Never forget your hiding places- that will completely ruin your party! Place prizes in custom bags so know exactly which treats belong to your party. Create a list of hints that vaguely describes the location of the prizes. Hide candy bags in Halloween props such as plastic zombies or ghostly figures. Give players their own list of clues, or read them out loud and have everyone hunt as a group.
Ways to Play
After you’ve hidden all of your candy bags here choose which way you want to play:
Free for all. Finder’s keepers! This style of game is a race to the finish! There are no clues, and the first person who finds the prize wins! Usually, the game is based on speed and sight rather than witts, but the games are over quickly and an extreme adrenaline rush.
Group hunt. One person holds the list of clues and announces them to the group. Each person hunts individually and is out of the game once they found their prize. This is a fair way to ensure that everyone gets a prize and that no one leaves the party upset.
One-person team. Each person gets their own generated list of clues. Each prize will contain a clue that would lead to the next one. The first person that finds all 3 clues and collects all 3 items wins the grand prize!
How to Stay Safe While Trick or Treating
If you’re planning your trick or treating scavenger hunt outside then you’re going to have to take extra precautions. Here is a list of a few safety precautions you need to take when you plan your outside scavenger hunt:
- Continue to practice physical distancing rules and stay 6 feet away from anyone who is not immediate family
- Adhere to face-covering rules
- Clean hands frequently, especially before and after eating
- Encourage costumes with face coverings and gloves
- Inspect and sanitize Candy that is given to you
How to Give Away Candy Safely
If you decide to stay home this Halloween, but still want to participate in the holiday then there are a few safety precautions that you should consider. Here is a quick guide to celebrating the holiday at a safe distance. Here are a few tips on how to get started:
- Do not participate if you are sick
- Wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth
- Tape 6-foot lines on your sidewalk and around your home
- Use a candy dish, tube pole, or net to distribute candy
- Wash your hands frequently
2020 Trick or Treating with Yescomusa
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