Free Printable Halloween Treasure Hunt for Kids. 24 mix-and-match clues plus blanks.
Just give them the first clue and let them off to hunt!
I have been amazed at how popular my various holiday treasure hunts are. With that in mind, I created a free printable Halloween treasure hunt for kids.
I want to clarify something- a treasure hunt involves clues. Whereas a Halloween scavenger hunt would involve looking for specific items- such as pumpkins or witch’s hats. When I was doing my keyword research, I was surprised how often Halloween scavenger hunt was used in the place of Halloween treasure hunt. Inaccurately. But perhaps I’m getting off topic (haha).
For the treasure at the end of the hunt, you can do traditional candy or some Halloween toys.
But I also have a few Halloween recipes that you might find interesting: Halloween Mummies Cake Bites, Halloween Mummies, or Halloween Buckeyes. Or you can have the prep done and have the kids help with the decorating for another fun Halloween activity.
If you’re looking for more Halloween printables, check out Halloween Apothecary Labels or Halloween Coloring Pages.
If you’re getting ready for Halloween, you have to check out my printable Halloween Binder.
It has EVERYTHING you need for a fabulous holiday. It’s 150+ pages and includes:
• Organizing- calendars, costume planner, etc.
• Party planner
• 15+ different games
• Decor (banners, wall art, food & drink wrappers, cupcake toppers, and more)
• Halloween & pumpkin recipes
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History of Halloween
Maybe it’s my history major. Or maybe it’s because every single year, I see some people angry on Facebook about Halloween. Some think it’s a pagan holiday and people who celebrate it are un-Christian. Others are pagans themselves and are angry at non-pagans appropriating their holiday.
I wish everyone would just relax. Who doesn’t love a holiday that involves candy and costumes?
After all these centuries, Halloween is a mixture of a bunch of holidays. It has origins in the Celtic practice Samhain.
But as often happens, when a new culture arrives, things get changed. In this case, when the Romans arrived- not one, but two different holidays were combined with it. “The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.”
In 1000 A.D., the Church made November 1st All Saint’s Day. The evening before began to be called “All-hollows” (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day).
In early America, the holiday wasn’t celebrated very often due to rigid Protestant beliefs. By the second half of the 19th century, it was a widespread celebration.
A concerted effort was made by newspapers and community leaders in late 1800s was made to make Halloween more about community and get-togethers. Many of the leftover pagan rituals were removed. Games, seasonal food, and costumes became widespread.
And by 2020, pet costumes are becoming increasingly common.
You’re going to love this treasure hunt!
The first and last clue are on the top of page 1. There are 24 total clues. The rest of the clues are mix and match. Use what you want and discard the rest. There are also two pages of blanks for you to write your own that fit your household.
If you have some ideas for clues that I don’t have included, let me know! I had a request for an outdoor version of this.
• Print options: regular paper works, but I suggest card stock for hardier cards.
• All of the files are in pdf below. Click on the “download” button below each image. So, if you want all 24 clues plus the two pages of blanks, there are six files to download.
Halloween Treasure Hunt
Let Me Know How it Goes
I hope you found some clues that your kids will like. I love doing these, and hope this free printable Halloween treasure hunt brings joy to your family!
Comment below letting me know how it works out.
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With the pandemic this Halloween, we are looking for ways to creatively do Halloween at home (immune compromised family). These are great! Thanks so much for sharing!
thanks for sharing the Halloween treasure hunt cards !
You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you so much for sharing these! So perfect for this year and having some Halloween fun with our family during a year we are all trying to recreate traditions just a bit. Many thanks!!
I know! I actually posted these 2019. But I’m glad I did…it takes awhile for Google and Pinterest to notice new content exists. And it has worked well for 2020 with all the new restrictions. Hope you enjoy.
SJENE KENDRICK says
This is the cutest halloween scavenger hunt ever!
Thank you! I did some effort into the graphics in the cards and was happy with them. (Arranging the graphics, not creating them…I’m not that good.)
Thank you so much for sharing this. This was lots of fun for kids between 7 to 10 to play.
Glad to hear it was fun. Have a Happy Halloween.
This is perfect for small group of kids.
I was looking for content to make a scavenger hunt this year for my boys (since we wont be out trick-or-treating) and these print outs will be a huge time saver. Thank you so much!
You’re welcome. I hope your boys enjoy the treasure hunt.
Thankyou for this 🙏🏼.
You’re welcome. Thanks for taking time to comment.
Really appreciate this. Needed something for my son to do since we’re not trick-or-treating this year! Thank you so much! Many families are grateful for your good ideas! Be well!
Thank you! Sorry to hear you can’t trick or treat. But hopefully this will provide a little fun. You can always tape a mini-candy to each clue. Stay safe!
This is totally awesome! I appreciate you creating this and sharing it with all for free. You rock! God bless.
Awww.thank you. Hope you enjoy it!
Angela Scott says
This is absolutely great. Thank you for the blank ones, since every house is different. They really helped with my treasure hunt.
Thank you so much for sharing this! My kids will love this.
Shawntele DeSantis says
Kimberly Michael says
Thank you so much! You’ve helped this mom of 2 boys so much! No trick or treat due to pandemic, so
at-home Halloween treasure hunt it is!
i have been scouring the internet for free easy printables and came across your site, I just want to say thank you so much for the free printables, you really made this so easy and my kids will have so much fun… thank you
This is great! Now my kids won’t be disappointed on Halloween.
Thank you so much for sharing.
OMGoodness! You just saved Halloween 2020! Thank you SO MUCH! I cannot wait to do a treasure hunt with my kids!
Thank you so much for doing this! They are so cute and I love that there are 24. 10 cards just go too quickly. With the pandemic this year, have you considered doing clues for an outdoor treasure hunt? I would love to see that. I’ve searched a lot and most of the treasure hunts with cute rhymes are indoors. I hope you consider it as a future project! Thanks.
Thanks you so much for sharing!!!! All are so adorable!!!!
Miss Honey says
I adore the fact that your clues are perfect for around the house and that you also included blanks for us to make our own clues. Thank you so much for helping bring joy to a very challenging year.
Veronica Cunningham says
TOTALLY amazing!!! Thank you for sharing these & helping this “last-minute momma” out 😉
Thank you so much for sharing these!! They are beautiful and you just saved this busy momma a ton of time!!
Erica M says
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! With COVID, Halloween looks very different this year and these little cards are an amazing idea!
Hey thanks a lot, I’ll be passing this along
Happy Halloween to you and yours
Cannot thank you enough for publishing these super fun sheets! You’re so creative<3
Mrs Paula Whitaker says
Thank you so much for the printable Halloween hunt. My son was upset he couldn’t go tick or treating this year with the pandemic and you just made him have the best day. Sharing is caring! Thanks again.
M Crawford says
Thanks for sharing! We are staying inside and having some Halloween fun!
Thank you for this!!! It was so easy to use – just print and go! It’s something I would have never thought to do our able to pull off, I’m so appreciative of you taking the time to make and share this!
Joanna Cloke says
My daughter said this was the best Halloween ever! We turned off the lights and gave the kids torches to find the clues – they had so much fun! Thank you very much!!! X
Nely K. says
Thank you so much! You definitely saved Halloween this year. My boys had so much fun.
We had a great time for Halloween 2020 using your scavenger hunt! My seven year old twins loved it. They can’t wait to do another one.
I have some for other holidays. There are two for Thanksgiving and one for Easter for sure. Just go to the “Printables” tab, hover over holiday, and go to the appropriate holiday.
Glad they liked them.
Amanda Espinoza says
Thank you, thank you, thank you for saving my Halloween!! I have three kiddos and I was able to divide the clues up so each kid could go on their own hunt! I put each clue in a little baggie with three candies. So they were able to fill their bucket as they went along. At the end they were shocked to find full size candies. I also turned off the house lights and made them use flashlights to find their clues while we played music with disco lights. They had a blast!!! They immediately asked to do it again at Christmas. 🙂
I made it a night time hunt using glow sticks! I used your clues for Halloween 2020 when I was too worried to take my kids out trick or treating. It was a HUGE hit! Even my 13 year old enjoyed it! To make up for not getting candy while trick or treating I filled goodie bags with candy, then taped the clues, and some glow sticks/bracelets to each bag, and hid a bag(s) at each location. The kids ran around both inside and outside (I used your blank cards to make up some clues for our outside areas) with flashlights to find the clues. When they arrived at each clue, they put on the glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, etc. before heading off to the next. By the end they were glowing like crazy with pumkins full of goodie bags. It was such a hit that I’m printing the cards to do it again this year. Thank you so much for your hard work and creativity on the clues. They are really clever and so cute!
That sounds like so much fun! I love that you did treats at all of the locations and the glow sticks. Thank you for taking the time to comment. The treasure hunt was very popular last year….lots of parents didn’t want to risk trick or treating.
I love your ideas…thank you for sharing them.
This is so great! Do you have an outdoor halloween hunt done up?
Nope, just the indoor one. Sorry. But there are blanks to make your own clues.
Minna Tran says
I just found your website and your blank labels PDFs are exactly that I’m looking for a Halloween party that I’m hosting. Thank you so much for this!
I’ve searched your page but was wondering if you had blank labels that are more floral for a bridal shower?
No, I don’t, sorry. The labels have always been the least popular of my holiday content so I haven’t really explored the different options. But glad you enjoyed the Halloween ones!
I have done Treasure Hunts (for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, & Easter) with my granddaughter for the last 4 years. She absolutely loves them. There’s always a gift at the end. I have been fortunate to find a different free one every year (many are for sale nowadays). Your Halloween Treasure Hunt is amazing–the best I’ve seen. The graphics are adorable-I love all the choices for clues and having a variety of blank cards. The teacher in me has a difficult time not proofing things I print…I did find 3 typing errors that I thought I’d share-I could use a fine tip pen and correct them on each card…or I could tell 8 year old Ella that there are 3 spelling “tricks” & challenge her to find them! Page 1: 1st clue: “mighty” treats; last clue: “your” next clue; Page 4: “night” light. Hope you don’t mind my pointing these out. Thank you so very much for sharing your creativity with all of us. Happy Halloween!
These are AMAZING! Thank you so very much for creating these. My littles will absolutely love them this year in lieu of trick-or-treating.
Thank you so much for sharing! Is it okay if I share with my friends on FB?
So looking forward to use these clues with my grandkids. On the first clue it says You’ll have to achieve some might feats. Is might the right word…not sure what
It’s supposed to be “mighty feat.”
Thank you so much for these wonderful clues-really helping another Mama out! Perfect for the treasure hunt my children would like instead of trick or treating. Much appreciated
Thank you so much for sharing the scavenger hunt, but more specially for sharing information about the history of Halloween. There are people that raise their voice against this holiday without any real knowledge of what it’s really about historicaly.