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Halloween Zombie Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Updated on December 3, 2016
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Zombie scavenger hunts are a great twist on old fun!
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Zombie apocalypse stories have been in movies and television for decades, but never has the idea been so popular as now. Everything zombie has been very much in vogue lately. For fans of this thrilling trend, this is the best scavenger hunt theme to choose from. Here are a few ideas to make your next zombie scavenger hunt the most fun and exciting game you’ve ever played.

  • Find Supplies: Food, water, and medicine—these are the most important things to remember in a zombie apocalypse, right? Teach the players in your scavenger hunt game the importance of finding things to eat, clean water to drink, medicine, and anything else you might need the next time your town is invaded by zombies. Have the players respond to clues that give hints as to the whereabouts of important pieces of equipment. They can then check each thing off of the list, one by one. Clues could read like so: “Look in the limbs of the tallest tree that you see to find something to ease the pain of your bumps and bruises.” (This clue could be a prompt to find a tube of antibiotic ointment strung from a tree branch.) If this is a teen scavenger hunt or a game for younger players, you can make the supplies novelty items. For example, you could fill a plastic gasoline can with fruit punch or label a box of candies as a “first aid kit.” This is a fun way to drive home the importance of keeping up with your survival supplies during a zombie takeover.
  • Hidden Zombies: Neosporin and sugary sweets aren’t the only things to look for in a zombies-versus-humans scenario. To keep things interesting, try playing a “hidden zombie” scavenger hunt. In this version of the game, instead of coming out and running after tasty-brained humans, the zombies lurk in creative hiding places and try not to be found before nightfall, when they strike. Give players in your game clues that will lead them to the location of each zombie before the clock runs out of time. If they find a zombie before their time is up, they can defeat the undead menace with “nerf” bats, or some other type of play weapon that won’t cause your zombies too much harm. You can decide for yourself what amount of time is best. For games with players who are children, where they will be slower at responding to clues and catching zombies, longer times might be more appropriate. You can also use either live actors playing zombies (adults would best suit this role for a children’s party) or make scarecrow zombies for your players to find and destroy.
  • Zombie Trail: Of course, in the real world (or, more appropriately, the hypothetical reality of zombie apocalypticism), zombies are not so stationary and don’t tend to hide or lie in wait. Train the players of your zombie scavenger hunt to track the undead like expert hunters. Leave clues around the venue where the game is held as to where the zombies might be or what direction they may be headed towards. For example, leave footprints, candy wrappers (brain lollipops, perhaps?), or crude messages written on paper for your players to find so that they can find each zombie or group of zombies. When found, players can either have fun demolishing a fake scarecrow zombie or stage some playful combat with a live zombie.
  • Find the Antidote!: Okay, so here is the next scenario: there is a horrifying disease running rampant in your area which causes patients to become “undead,” psychotic, and peckish for your brain. Your town has been overrun by these sick and zombie-like people and the only way to save the people you care about most in the world is to save the very people who are threatening them by finding the antidote to their condition. To play out this frightening but exciting situation, have players in your youth scavenger hunt or adult scavenger hunt follow cryptic clues that will lead them to the medicine that cures the zombie disease. Encourage them to explore the area in which the game is played by having the clues lead them up into trees, under rocks, and anywhere else you can think of to keep them on their toes and as excited as ever. Of course, this kind of game would not be nearly as competitive or fun without the threat of a zombie attack! Get a set of people act as zombies and have them run after your players, threaten to eat their brains, and generally just freak them out. This is a great game to organize for a birthday party or for a Halloween celebration because it is such a fun and thrilling way to simulate the experience of zombie survival.
  • Zombie House: Speaking of Halloween—isn’t a good, old-fashioned zombie apocalypse game just the perfect way to mark such an awesome holiday? Make your own kind of haunted house for your next Halloween get together, but with a slight twist: turn your haunted house full of ghosts into a zombie house full of undead tormentors. Set up the house of someone in the neighborhood to be the ultimate place to battle it out with some zombies. Players will follow clues that will lead them through the house and retrieve several different items. Each area of the house will have separate hazards and different environments for zombies to lurk in. Have actors (or, for those with limited budgets, friends or fellow parents from the neighborhood) play the roles of the undead and jump out to tackle the players as they come near their hiding places. This is a great thing to organize for bigger celebrations and for events where the whole neighborhood will attend. It is a great event for children and adults alike.
  • Zombie Wars: The ultimate battle—zombies vs. humans! If what you are looking for is a little healthy competition, then this might be the best scavenger hunt idea for lovers of zombie warfare. Have the players of your game split up into two teams. Have one side play as a team of humans against a group of players acting as zombies. Make a list of clues that will help players find items that they are looking for. Each team will compete to find the most items off of the list. The winning team will get bragging rights and some awesome prizes. If you like, you can make the items prizes in themselves. You can also have a big grand prize at the end for the winning team to enjoy. A zombie war event is a big thing to organize and plan, making it most appropriate for big holidays and events. This ultimate competition between the living and the undead is sure to make players hearts race and give them lots of fun memories to take home with them.

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Some Tips

  • Be Safe: Of course, safety should always be the number one priority. Make sure that children who are playing are supervised at all times and keep the violence of your game to a minimum. It doesn’t hurt to let players know that, even though you are simulating a zombie apocalypse, everybody needs to be safe and keep the play combat gentle. Always play scavenger hunt games in areas where you have express permission to do so. If you are playing in your neighborhood or in some other residential area, make sure to let the neighbors know exactly what is going on so that there are no surprises. You wouldn’t want little old Mrs. Johnson from across the street to die of fright after seeing a zombie crouched behind a bush. As long as you keep everyone informed and aware, things will be a lot safer.
  • Be Age-Appropriate: These ideas are versatile enough to be used for any age group, but you should be careful to make things appropriate for younger players. Keep things from getting too brutal or too violent when children are involved. It might also be a great idea to keep talk of eating brains and killing zombies to an absolute minimum when children are involved.
  • Dress the Part: This is, by far, the most important part of making your zombie scavenger hunt a hit. Make sure that your zombie actors are dressed like zombies. Put makeup on them, complete with cuts and oozes, and dress them in rags fit for the undead. This is an important part of making these scenarios life-like and exciting as well as frightening, for celebrations on Halloween.
  • Have Fun: The most important part. Always remember to have fun and to keep things exciting!

© 2015 Brett

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      My first thought was: Isn't it too early for Halloween? And then I thought: It's never too early to prepare for the Xombie Apocalypse. ]

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