These free printable Halloween scavenger hunts are perfect for kids and families to enjoy together. Hand out the scavenger hunt sheets and add an extra layer of fun to your Halloween celebrations!

Kids love scavenger hunts, my kids love for me to make impromptu scavenger hunts in our home, yard, or neighborhood. 

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Halloween is the perfect time for a scavenger hunt because neighborhoods and cities tend to go all out in decorating for the season. So grab one of the Halloween Scavenger Hunt printables at the end of this article and head out for some good, old-fashioned, family fun!


halloween scavenger hunt with picture of kids in costumes doing a hunt and example pages


How to Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Halloween scavenger hunts are so easy to do because there’s next to no prep work!

All you need is a few of the printable Halloween scavenger hunt sheets and a pen or marker to mark off all the things you find. That’s it! Easy-peasy!

Not sure exactly HOW to hold a Halloween scavenger hunt for kids? Here are a few tips to get you started. 

Choose an appropriate sheet for your needs. There are 3 different scavenger hunt sheets to choose from below:

  • A Halloween-themed word list
  • A Halloween candy themed list
  • A Halloween-themed picture list 

The picture list is perfect for young kids who aren’t good at reading, they can simply look at the pictures. It’s also a shorter list for smaller attention spans. 

The candy list would be a perfect pairing your Halloween scavenger hunt with trick-or-treating. You can take the sheet along with you to walk in your neighbor hood or to a trunk or treat at the mall or church. 

And the word list is perfect for older kids and adults who can read and want the challenge of finding more items. 

Give everyone their own sheet. You know, because sibling rivalry! If you only have one sheet for the whole family things can turn argumentative quickly. So use that ink and print out one for each person. 

Make your scavenger hunt a small competition. Again, siblings tend to love to compete– see who can find all their items first. You can even have some prizes back home for those who finish!

Collect the items or pictures of the items. Add another layer to your Halloween scavenger hunt by taking pictures of each of the items along the way. You can match up all the candy with the list once you’ve gotten home to prove you found them all!


halloween scavenger hunt pictures


Tips for a Successful Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Here are a few tips for making your hunt go smoothly:

  • Dress for the weather. That means make sure to bring coats and hats if it’s cold. Or maybe wear a warm Halloween costume!
  • Use a clipboard. It can be frustrating to try and write on a flimsy piece of paper while on the move. Secure your scavenger hunt to a clipboard so you have a hard writing surface- and it won’t blow away!
  • Bring a flashlight. A night time Halloween hunt is so much fun! But be sure to bring a flashlight or use glow-sticks


What if you have teens or tweens? Here are few ways to make the Halloween scavenger hunt more fun:

Take a Halloween SELFIE Scavenger Hunt: Teens love taking selfies, right? Have them take a selfie next to each of the objects listed.

Make it a Team Effort: Have a big group of teens or tweens? Split them into teams and have them race to finish the list first. 


halloween hunt list candy edition


Halloween Hunt FAQs:

How many copies do I need to print?

One per person is best. If you’re doing teams, then one per team.


What if I can’t find all the items on the list?

That’s fine! This is a fun activity to do with the whole family and it’s meant to be just that- fun! Just find as many as you can- and if it’s a competition, the one who finds the most is the winner.


Does the scavenger hunt have to be done on Halloween? 

Nope,  you can do it anytime in the month or so leading up to Halloween. The candy list would probably be best done alongside trick-or-treating though.


Do I have to do the scavenger hunt outside?

Nope. While it’s probably easier to find some of the items outside you could totally think outside the box and do a scavenger hunt inside a store (like Hobby Lobby!) or even inside a shopping mall.


halloween scavenger hunt word list


Halloween Scavenger Hunt Prize Ideas

What kinds of things could you give out as prizes? Here are a few ideas:

  • Halloween stickers
  • Fall or Halloween books
  • Halloween pencils
  • Mini Erasers
  • A Halloween Movie (winner gets to choose!)
  • Extra treats!


Download The Halloween Scavenger Hunt

The PDF download includes all 3 different Halloween Scavenger Hunts, each one full page.

  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt (word list) 
  • Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt
  • Halloween Picture Scavenger Hunt (for non-readers)

This resource is available for you to use for free in your home, classroom, or group. It can not be sold or reproduced for commercial purposes. If you’d like to share the Halloween Scavenger Hunt, please share the link to this article instead of sharing the file directly. 

Click below to download the scavenger hunt:

Halloween scavenger hunt examples



Print them out and enjoy! 

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