12 FREE Halloween Treasure Hunt Clues For Kids

We absolutely love Halloween activities for kids in our household, and one of our all-time favorites is a thrilling Halloween treasure hunt.

Easter should certainly not be the only holiday that gets to have treasure hunts!!

I have purposely not numbered these Halloween scavenger hunt clues, as I don’t know the layout of your house! I have purchased some before with clue 1, clue 2, etc and the kids were running around the house like madmen!

Now, not to say that is not an excellent way to make the treasure hunt go on for hours. But for younger children, this might not be what you are looking for!

halloween scavenger hunt clues

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Halloween riddles for scavenger hunt

These 12 rhyming clues are perfect for younger or even older children. Especially if you don’t hide them in the obvious spots!

  • Close your eyes and wrap up tight, the next clue is hiding by a bedside light (either your bedroom lamp or theirs if they have one)
  • Ghosts and ghouls are screaming, the next clue is where you will be dreaming (under their pillow)
  • On Halloween you get to stay up late, the next clue is where you will find a plate (where you keep the plates)
  • Witches have a crooked nose, the next clue is where she would keep her clothes (either in the children’s closet or mommies)
  • Witches flying on a broom, the next clue is in mommy’s room (anywhere the children would think of as your room, either bedroom or kitchen!)
  • Pumpkin carving is so fun, the next clue is hiding in what you wear to run (either sneakers or sports gear)
  • I just love a Halloween wreath, the next clue is where you go to brush your teeth (near the sink in their bathroom.)
  • All the black cats come out to play, the next clue is hiding near something grey (a kettle, a toaster, an oven, or anything your children will think of.)
  • Look, can you see the flying bats? The next clue is hiding in your hat (hide it in one of their hats)
  • Halloween candy tastes so good, but make sure you don’t bloat, the next clue is hiding in your coat (hide it in a coat pocket)
  • The witches flying around the house making a scene, the next clue is hiding where mom cleans (the washing machine, dishwasher, or vacuum make great places)
  • It’ll soon be time to go Trick or Treat, the next clue is hiding where you eat (under the kitchen table)

If you are looking for even more Halloween treasure hunt ideas have a look at Etsy. They have hundreds to download immediately!

halloween treasure hunt clue in a red hat with a spider and a snake

How to play the indoor Halloween hunt

Get ready to embark on a thrilling indoor Halloween adventure with the treasure hunt! Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure your treasure hunt goes off without a hitch:

  1. To get started, you’ll need access to a printer to make use of the FREE printable treasure hunt materials.
  2. Download the free printable clues provided below (scroll to the end of this page). These carefully crafted clues will set the stage for an exciting Halloween adventure.
  3. When you print the clues, be sure to select the appropriate paper size, either A4 or letter. Rest assured, these printables have been designed to work seamlessly on both paper sizes.
  4. While cardstock is recommended for added durability. Regular printer paper will work perfectly well if that’s what you have on hand.
  5. Have a pair of scissors at the ready to cut out the clues. The clues have been intentionally made larger for easy handling. But you can always fold them if you need to tuck them into smaller hiding spots.
  6. Keep a pen handy to help you keep track of where you’ve hidden the clues. And the precise order in which they should be discovered during the treasure hunt.
  7. Last but not least, prepare the treasure itself. Given that it’s Halloween, you probably already have an abundance of candy at your disposal. However, if you’re looking for alternative spooky gifts to delight your treasure hunters, we’ll share our favorites below.

Have fun with a Halloween candy scavenger hunt too!

Don’t forget the teenagers

Halloween is a holiday that should be enjoyed by all, including teenagers. Don’t overlook the older kids in your Halloween planning. You can still make the treasure hunt an engaging experience for them by customizing it to be more challenging. Adjust the clues to suit their age and level of difficulty, ensuring they remain entertained and intrigued by the adventure.

Alternatively, consider taking the Halloween festivities up a notch for your older kids by organizing a Halloween escape room. These immersive experiences challenge their problem-solving skills and add an exciting twist to the holiday. You can find pre-designed escape room kits or create your own. Tailoring the puzzles and clues to match your Halloween theme.

Another fantastic option for teenagers is a Halloween photo scavenger hunt. Provide them with a list of spooky or Halloween-themed items, decorations, or scenarios to capture with their smartphones or cameras. This creative and interactive activity not only keeps them engaged but also encourages them to explore their surroundings and express their artistic side.

By including teenagers in your Halloween celebrations with age-appropriate activities like these, you ensure that everyone in the family, regardless of age, can have a spooktacular and memorable Halloween experience.

You will also enjoy our Thanksgiving scavenger hunt clues!

Halloween treasure for kids

Because my son has a severe peanut allergy, it’s often difficult to find candy that’s guaranteed to be produced in a nut-free facility. As a result, we lean towards non-candy gifts whenever possible! Here are our top Halloween gift ideas for kids.

Other fun Halloween activities

If you are looking for more Halloween fun to play in October why not play:

Halloween activity bundle


  • Halloween mad libs add humor to storytelling by filling blanks with wacky words. Making them perfect for family fun and creativity.
  • Halloween word search printable puzzles boost vocabulary with hidden holiday-themed words, suitable for solo or group entertainment.
  • The Halloween memory game is a classic match-and-pair activity where players flip over cards to find matching Halloween-themed images.
  • Halloween bingo printable cards bring themed excitement to gatherings, adding competition and suspense for fun prizes.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Why not bring them back early for Halloween, and disguise them as a Halloween elf? Check out all of our Elf on the Shelf Halloween accessories and ideas.

scavenger hunt printable bundle


Additional fall scavenger hunts

Don’t stop the fun this fall you will also enjoy our other free printable games:

Need to print later? Add this to your Pinterest board or share it on Facebook. You’ll have it handy whenever you’re ready to use it!

Download the free printable Halloween treasure hunt clues

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 12 July 2024 by Clare Brown

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