When Halloween fell on a cold, nasty night, Abby Slutsky used to plan a candy hunt for her children.
One easy way to create a Halloween candy hunt is to make up clues that lead your children to each piece of candy. The advantage of creating clues is that your children will find every Halloween treat, so you will not have to keep a list and search the house to locate unfound candy that would otherwise attract bugs. Unfortunately, it can take time to make up clues, and some people just do not have the desire.
Below are 20 clues (plus a few extra replacement clues) that you can use to hide Halloween candy in your house. If you have multiple children, put their names on pieces of masking tape and attach them to the Halloween candy so they can go to the same locations without arguing over who gets which treats.
Just print off the clues, cut them into separate strips, and place one with each piece of Halloween candy. Aside from for the final clue, you can put them in any order. If there is a clue that does not work for your house, skip that one or create a replacement clue. If you prefer to make these clues more festive for the Halloween holiday, consider printing them on pale orange paper cutouts decorated to look like pumpkins.
Twenty Rhyming Halloween Clues
Read through these Halloween candy-hunt clues carefully. Most of them will probably be appropriate for any household, but you can exchange some of these clues for some of the optional ones if they do not work in your house. (For example, maybe your child does not play music or does not have any trophies.) Remember to remove the location of the Halloween sweet when you cut out the clues. I have written these clues with extra spacing, so you can conveniently cut them into strips.
It’s where we keep a lot of our food—
Where you get a drink when you're in the mood.
(Put it in the refrigerator.)
We wrap leftovers with things in this drawer—
It’s in the kitchen, above the floor.
(Put candy in drawer where you keep wraps or foil.)
They never match, but they’re in a ball,
Look in your drawer, go through them all.
(Put candy inside a ball of socks.)
Mom or Dad keep their work papers here,
But is there something near the chair?
(Put under a cushion or on the floor near the chair in the home office.)
The trick-or-treaters come to the door,
But what is nearby that’s on the floor?
(Put under a front mat.)
It sits on a ledge, upon a wall,
If you need a stool, take care not to fall.
(Place on the ledge of a frame.)
When someone wants money, they use this phone,
It’s hardly answered unless an adult's home.
(Put it under a landline phone.)
The shampoo and conditioner are kept in here,
Check to see what else is there.
(Place in a tub, a shower, or a medicine cabinet.)
It won’t get washed if you don’t put it away,
Put it in the hamper today.
(Hide under dirty clothes that are on the floor in a kid’s room.)
In a pocket, in your pants,
Find it so we don’t get ants.
(Put in each child’s pants pocket in their closet.)
Tap on the keyboard, the screen is near,
Look closely and you’ll see it there.
(Put it under keyboard or computer.)
The place where guests, they always go,
And what they do—well, you know.
(Place candy in guest bathroom.)
Along a window’s ledge at last,
There is candy you want to grasp.
(Put on a window ledge.)
In the main room where we watch TV,
Are treats for you and treats for me.
(Hide in family room.)
The music room is a lovely space,
Your practice books are in their place.
(Put inside a music book.)
Your trophies sit upon a shelf,
Your candy, have you had enough?
(Place on a trophy shelf.)
Whose bed it’s under, I do not know,
Check them all, off you go.
(Put under bed of your choice.)
Shoe size (shoe size of someone in house) is where you’ll find
Halloween sweets of a favorite kind.
(Tuck into a shoe.)
Set the table, as you go,
What you’ll find, you soon will know.
(Put in a silverware or placemat drawer or put in a glass.)
A single chair, your favorite one,
Is where the candy stash is done.
(Put under a favorite chair on the floor or cushion.)
Note: This final clue should be the last one if you are using these clues for your Halloween candy hunt. There is probably a favorite chair that your children sit on. It could even be their chair at the kitchen table.
Additional Replacement or Optional Clues
These Halloween candy hunt clues are for parents who want additional clues or need a replacement clue because their children do not have trophies, music books, or some of the other items mentioned in the clues above.
Optional Clue 1
A bag you take when traveling light,
When you visit a friend overnight.
(Put in small travel bag.)
Optional Clue 2
Tea or coffee? It’s where you’ll find,
Candy of a yummy kind.
(Put in tea canister or coffee box.)
Optional Clue 3
Near an item a shade of blue,
Is where you’ll find a treat that’s new.
(Place near or under any blue item.)
Optional Clue 4
In a place where we keep lean,
At first, the treat may not be seen.
(Hide somewhere in a home gym.)
Optional Clue 5
It's the bag where you keep books,
Go right now, and take a look.
(Hide in a backpack.)
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 28, 2020:
Thanks for reading.
Danny from India on August 28, 2020:
Abby nice treat package for Halloween. I am sure kids would love to search the candy.
Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 27, 2020:
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. It is such a shame that most of them probably won't have a traditional Halloween this years. At least, my kids are adults now and don't have to worry about it.
greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 27, 2020:
Hi Abby - I used to do something similar to this, a sort of scavenger hunt, for my kids on Easter morning. Great fun. I love this article, love the ideas that will be very useful for parents wanting to give their children a unique way to celebrate Halloween. I know we had tons of fun doing this and video'ing it as the kids read each poem and clue excitedly. Nice work!