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.
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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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