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Riddle Me: How to Plan 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. A scavenger hunt adventure helps people work together, show their clever or smart nature, and have pure fun. Scavenger hunts are great to play on birthdays, Christmas, Easter Sunday, corporate team events, and any other occasion requiring fun and teamwork. Allow us to share with you some ideas on how you can plan a fun and exciting scavenger hunt, most especially for grownups. The different steps involving a scavenger hunt include selecting a theme, sending the invite, creating a clue list, adding complexity to the hunt, preparing for the pre-hunt meetup, keeping in mind and reminding others about warnings and other rules, and setting-up the post-hunt meet up.

It is important to choose a theme to make the scavenger hunt more exciting 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. 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. Choose a safe place for the venue, one that can accommodate the size of the group, preferably a place where you can do everything on bare foot, and you don’t have to drive anywhere. 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. To add challenge, assign designated points to each clue, and give points to more difficult items. 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.

Some tips to make the scavenger hunt more challenging include asking the participants to perform or sing to get the clue, having them build an item from scratch, taking a picture from the clue, dividing the clues into the puzzle, or hiding a clue on a book and provide only the call number or ISBN number. Once you have everyone, it is crucial to give some points to remember such as complying with the rules, avoiding breaking the law, and the time limits.

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