Grab a copy of our *newest* Halloween Scavenger Hunt activity — a FREE printable Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt with clues & riddles that let kids trick or treat around the house!
This is a fun way for kids to Trick or Treat around the house and is also universal scavenger hunt meaning that it will work in ANY house since the clues are generic enough to fit where you live. You can use all of the clues or just some of them plus there is NO order to the clues & riddles so it’s really easy to set up too!
Free Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt Riddles
We have some really fun ideas for scavenger hunts, games and activities at this time of the year — for example, this FREE printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt for Kids with picture clues and the classic Halloween Touch & Feel Mystery Box game!
Since many of our Halloween activities are outdoor ideas, I wanted to be sure we had an indoor scavenger hunt available for you since the weather on Halloween can be a tad unpredictable 😉 Yea, we’ve had more than our share of cold and rainy trick or treat nights.
So as I thought about what type of indoor hunt would be a fun idea this year, I realized that it needed to be something that kids would enjoy, could work in ANY house and also be flexible enough that you can include ANY type of treat you’d like!
Yep, that’s right — doesn’t have to be candy (although that’s always a biggie at this time of the year) — could be non-edible treats or even healthier snacks (seriously, there are enough healthy Halloween-themed snack ideas that I could probably do this hunt 3 times over with my kids 😉 Don’t worry, we share quite a few ideas below!
How to Set Up an Indoor Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Getting things set up for this hunt can be done in minutes! Seriously, it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:
- First, print off the FREE set of Halloween treasure hunt clues and riddles (you can get those below) and decide how many hiding places you want to have for your kids (or teens or husband – you can use this hunt with anyone who likes Halloween 🙂
- Second, choose what types of ‘treats’ you want to hide. The hunt includes 10 printable clues and riddles BUT you can use a few of them more than once since they are general hiding locations.
- Next (without the kids seeing you do this) hide the treats with riddles in the locations listed next to each clue on the printable sheet.
Now you’re ready to start the scavenger hunt!
Candy Scavenger Hunt Clues and Riddles
As I mentioned, you don’t have to give out these clues in any order — I needed this to be an EASY hunt for all us parents. So you get to sit on the couch and enjoy the chaos while the kids run from room to room trying to find their treats!
If you have younger kids, you can help them read the clues and then play the “Hotter/Colder” game too as they get closer or father away from their next hiding spot.
To get your kids started, either:
- hand them a clue and send them off to find each treat OR
- put all the clues into a plastic pumpkin, witch’s hat or other fun Halloween-type bin and have them choose out one clue at a time and then go search for their treat.
If you’re using pre-packaged treats (eg. things that are already wrapped) you can just hide those with the clues. However, if you’re using loose candy (like candy corn, M&Ms, etc) you might want to consider items like these Halloween Scavenger Hunt Pumpkin Eggs or these awesomely cool Glow in the Dark fillable skeleton skulls (a BIG hit with older kids & teens!)
Speaking of treats ….
Healthy Treat Ideas for Halloween Scavenger Hunt
You can also see in the photo that I don’t hide only candy — I also like to have some Halloween Treats that are not Candy like themed snack items, small Halloween toys, etc.
And I always get emails from folks asking about ideas for other non-candy snack items so here’s a list of some ‘healthier’ Halloween-themed edible treat ideas for you:
- Organic Gummy Snacks
- Bats & Jacks Mini Pretzel packets (seen in photos)
- Halloween Animal Crackers (great for younger kids!)
- clementines (baby oranges) – draw a jack o lantern face on the orange 😉
- Mini Halloween Granola Bars
- Ghost & Bat Veggie Chips (seen in photos)
- Skinny Pop Popcorn individual bags
- Any type of pumpkin spice cereal (can be used as a snack or mixed into a trail mix)
Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt
You can also add in a few ‘tricks’ to the scavenger hunt if you’d like to (after all, it is a trick or treat hunt right?)
One of the tricks that I use (especially with older kids) is making the hunt a little hard. For example, you can see in the clue above that kids have to decipher the clue (the answer is ‘shoe’) and then go look — and for my kids, we have a LOT of shoes. So I do not make it easy for them 😉 If you have younger kids, you might want to put the treat in their shoe – for older kids, put the treats in any shoes so they have to look for a bit (don’t worry, they will look – candy is at stake here!)
Here’s an example of one of the riddles included in the hunt — “These items are transparent (just like a ghost!) If you look thru them, you might see the moon!” This is an example of a clue that can be used more than once because chances are, you have quite a few windows around your house.
And if you’re looking for other ideas, check out these 5 Easy Halloween Games you can set up in less than 5 minutes too!
When I created the clues, I also wanted to be sure the hiding places were open-ended too so the scavenger hunt could be used in any indoor location. For example, the clue above will lead kids to where they eat — I don’t know where that is at your house but I’m sure your kids know 😉
We usually eat at our kitchen table so I could hide the treats on the chairs that are pushed under the table. But you know what I did — I taped the treats to the underside of the table (lol!) Because if you want candy at my house, you’ve gotta work pretty hard to find it 😉
More Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home
We’ve got a TON of fun ways to celebrate Halloween close to home this year!
In addition to Trick or Treating around the house, hop over and take a peek at the printable Halloween at Home Games and Activities for the whole family! In fact, you can use some of the printable activities in this pack as some of the ‘treats’ kids can find too.
Grab your FREE copy of the Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt here!
More Scavenger Hunt Ideas:
Fall Scavenger Hunt for Kids (with free printable!)