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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. 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. Now let’s try to dig deeper and find out some tips and tricks on how to best plan a scavenger hunt. 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.

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. If you have a theme, you can invite participant in their very own costume to enhance the party such as Halloween costumes. When it comes to sending an invitation, do it a month or at least two weeks beforehand. Select a location that is best for the theme and the group size, 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. 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.

To make the scavenger hunt more challenging, you can ask the participants to perform or sing to get the clue, have them build an item from scratch, snap a picture from the clue, divide the clues into the puzzle, or hide 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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