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Riddle Me: How to Plan a Great Scavenger Hunt for Adults

People love scavenger hunts because of the camaraderie, fun, excitement, and competition it provides to strangers and acquaintances. Playing scavenger hunts greatly help people work together, show their intelligent moves, and simply have fun. Everybody can play scavenger hunt on any occasion such as birthdays, Easter Sunday, Christmas, Halloween, and even team parties and corporate events. Now let’s try to dig deeper and find out some tips and tricks on how to best plan a scavenger hunt. It is important to choose a theme, send the invite, create a clue list, add complexity to the hunt, prepare for the pre-hunt meet up, keep in mind and remind others about warnings and other rules, and set-up the post-hunt meet up.

Having a theme will help tie everything together to have an appealing package, so you may think of a good theme such as a bachelorette night our party or food-based scavenger hunt. Having a theme means you can have the participant wear or dress up in crazy costumes like scary costume ideas for the Halloween. When sending an invitation, it is best to do it at least two weeks beforehand, and if you can do it a month beforehand, the better. It is best to pick a great location for the game, a safe place for everyone, one that can accommodate the size of your group, preferably a place where you can do everything on bare foot, and a place where you don’t have to drive anywhere just to look for clues. When it comes to creating a clue list, it is important to make one that is long enough so that not everyone will be able to get every item right away, and it allows players to prioritize items they need to get first that will help them for the next clues. Remember to keep the list secret until the day of the scavenger hunt to prevent cheating, and assign designated points to each clue, giving higher points to the most difficult items or clues. The ideas for the clue list may include a coin from a different country, a pizza coupon, a job application, disposable coffee cup with a business logo signed by one of the employees, a poem that tells a story’s origination, toothpick, red lipstick mark, a cocktail umbrella, get a stranger to tell a joke, a local town official, or a graffiti in a nearby local business’ washroom.

For adding complexity to the hunt, you can require participants to perform or sing to get a clue, have them build an item from scratch, divide the clues into puzzle, snap a picture from the clue, or hide a clue on a book and provide only the call number or ISBN number. It is very important to provide some points to remember such as complying with the rules, avoiding breaking the law, and the time limits before you start the game.

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