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Remember that scavenger hunt from highschool with all your friends?

The thrill of racing to beat the clock, the laughter and smiles of your friends, and the incredible bonds that were formed?


Good Clues are key to a good Scavenger Hunt for Adults and I have provided a step-by-step walkthrough on how to host a Scavenger Hunt and clues to go with it! You can also check out Hostible for hosted scavenger hunts. Hostible is a marketplace for Adventures, Classes, & Experiences.

Scavenger Hunts are one of my favorite activities! I love the competitiveness, creative clues, phones and videos, and connecting with friends.


In an age of smartphones and Netflix, playing games while thinking through the complexities of the clues is a refreshing change. I love to design them and participate in them with both friends and family! Outdoor parks, malls, downtown centers, your own home, or even amusement parks make perfect venues for Scavenger Hunts!

Step 1: Choose a theme

Sometimes the theme chooses itself based on the event, such as a birthday party, holiday, bachelorette/bachl or a family reunion. Otherwise, choose something that has a lot of possibilities such as a pirate theme, food-based, tourism, or a girls/guys night out.


The theme needs to tie all the clues together into a captivating adventure for everyone!

Costumes can make for a creative twist as well.

Step 2: Send the invite

Schedule the date of the event at least 2-3 weeks in advance, but ideally at least a month. Location is important as it needs to be central for everyone and not require excessive driving to get to.

If the event is outdoors, be sure to check the weather and advise your guests to dress accordingly. If there will be a lot of walking, be sure to mention this so your guests can plan accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.

Step 3: Create the clue list

While intimidating, this can be the most fun for the host. You can assign points to each clue and even assign higher rewards to the more difficult clues. Encourage your guests to take pictures to document their fun. Maybe even offer extra points to the most creative or crazy photos.

Creating the clue list is one of the most fun parts of designing a scavenger hunt!

Step 4: Determine pre-hunt meetup

Determine a location for everyone to arrive at for planning. You could use a prominent landmark, your home or a business parking lot. If your event is in a public park or amusement park, be sure to give clear directions on the exact location within the park. Be sure to encourage your friends to arrive on time, the whole hunt will be disrupted if someone is exorbitantly late.

Once the entire group is assembled, be sure to explain the rules. Provide printed rules if possible. Remind everyone to have fun but not to do anything dangerous, or break any laws.

After everyone knows the rules, hand out the clues, necessary hunt items such as pencils and paper.

Step 5: Arrange the Post-hunt meetup

At this point, you may either participate with anyone who may need help, such as younger guests, or prepare a finishing welcome for the contestants. If you have asked your guests to text you the photos, you can begin sharing these on Social Media so everyone can see the fun! Be sure to hand out the prizes to the winners and announce them after everyone has completed the hunt. Most of all, don’t forget to have fun and not over-stress while you are preparing and facilitating your amazing scavenger hunt!

So that's it — how to host an adult scavenger hunt. If you run out of time or would like help, take a look at Hostible for some pre-arranged scavenger hunts!


Scroll down to find the top 20 clues to make your scavenger hunt intriguing and entertaining!


My life can be measured in hours, I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow, and wind is my foe.



What's black when you get it, red when you use it, and white when you're all through with it?



Runs, but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face.



One sheet, two sheets, three, sheets, more.. some use less, some use more

"Toilet Paper"


What is white when it's dirty and black when it's clean?



Stiff is my spine and my body is pale, but I'm always ready to tell a tale.



I have a sound that goes beep, and while the time I do keep, my main function is to heat.



What has a tongue that can't taste, eyes that can't see and a sole that will never die?



What loses its head in the morning and gets it back at night?



You're almost at the very end, but this is where your guests come in.

"Front Door"


I have keys but no locks, with space but no room and allow you to enter but not get in.



A clue to find where you keep things cold Where to go next is what you'll be told.



I start with an "e", I end with an "e", but I usually contain only one letter?



Bright like diamonds, hard like rock, I'm crushed or cubed or solid block. Look inside me



Plug but no bath. Ink but no pen. Paper but no news. Cable but no TV.



I have a neck, but no head, but I still wear a cap



What is filled six days a week but if you don't own it you can't take a peek.



A clue to find where you keep things cold Where to go next is what you'll be told.



I wave all day but never tire, at the end of the day I retire. What am I

"A Flag"


Used from head to toes, the more its used the thinner it grows.


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