We have a love/hate relationship with Halloween in our house. On one hand, my kids absolutely adore all the fun activities, candy and costumes. On the other hand, there are plenty of opportunities for them to want to run and hide until November 1st. From bloody handprints in the front window of a house to decapitated heads on the front lawn, people have taken Halloween decorating to a whole new level.
We have tried a ton of strategies through the years to help them cope with their fear of scary decorations and not let it take away from all the Halloween fun. This is extra challenging with all the creepy decorations popping up all around us on our street. In fact, the majority of the houses on our street go all out when it comes to Halloween decorations.
Last year, a news crew even came to showcase my neighbor’s decked out home. It takes my neighbor days to set up the scary scene and it includes things like dead people hanging from the trees. Ugh. Definitely not my cup of tea.
In order to make living on our street a little more bearable during the month of October, we came up with a creative way to embrace the gore! =) My kids just love scavenger hunts (and most things Halloween related) so we have created a Neighborhood Halloween Scavenger Hunt! This is a fun, simple way for children to objectively examine some of the Halloween decorations that they see every day.
From witch’s feet to spider webs to spooky eyes in the bushes, your kids will love searching for all things Halloween and right in your own neighborhood! You can download your very own Neighborhood Halloween Scavenger Hunt card too just by signing up for emails below.
***UPDATED in October of 2020: In a year that Halloween is looking completely different due to the pandemic, I pulled out this Halloween Decoration Scavenger Hunt and thought it would be the perfect socially distanced Halloween activity! You can load the whole family into the car and drive around numerous neighborhoods, marking off different Halloween decorations as you spot them. It could become the equivalent to driving around looking at Christmas lights together!
If you are a family who doesn’t feel comfortable trick or treating this year due to safety issues related to the pandemic, you could do this activity as an alternative on Halloween night. As long as you bring your own bags of candy to munch along the way, of course!
Looking for another holiday scavenger hunt? Check out this new one I just posted! Christmas Decoration Scavenger Hunt