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Riddle Me: Planning a Great Scavenger Hunt for Adults

Whether strangers or acquaintances, people, even grownups, love to play scavenger hunts because of the fun, excitement, competition, and camaraderie the game teaches. Scavenger hunt is a great way to bring people to work together, use their nuts and wits, and have fun. Scavenger hunt can be played in almost any occasion requiring teamwork and fun such as Easter Sunday, Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, and even team parties and corporate events. Let us review a reference guide on how to plan to hold 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. By having a theme, you can ask the participant to dress up in crazy or ideal costumes such as Halloween costumes for party enhancer. Send the invite to the participants a month or at least two weeks beforehand for them to prepare properly, most especially their costumes for the themed party. 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. Creating a clue list is considered the most intimidating and exciting part is creating a clue list that should be long enough so that not everyone won’t be able to get every item, and it allows players to prioritize items they need to get first. You should assign points to each clue, giving higher points to more difficult items. There are great ideas for your clue list such as a coin from a different country, 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, a pizza coupon, a job application, disposable coffee cup with a business logo signed by one of the employees, 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. Once you have everyone, it is important to remind them of the time limits, points to remember, and remind them not to break any laws.

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