With the house all decorated for Halloween and lots of talk about what costumes will be worn this year, we are getting in the spirit of the season at our house! We had been meaning to get together with some neighbors whose boys are buddies with my little guys, so I thought it would be fun to create an activity they could do together to get ready for Halloween while using their senses and exploring the great Halloween decorations in our neighborhood!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Invitation, flashlights, scavenger hunt page or clues, treats, and a few brave souls willing to explore the neighborhood on a spooky night! :)
WHAT TO DO:
Print the Spooky Scavenger Hunt invitation (see below) or make your own. Drop it in a friend or neighbor’s mailbox and plan out what night your spooky scavenger hunt will occur (we put the invitation in a cute gift bag with a couple of flashlights from the dollar store). Print the Spooky Scavenger Hunt page so the kids will know what to find on their walk, bake some cookies, and let the fun begin! Let the kids explore the neighborhood in the dark, shining their flashlights around to find the items on their list.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:-Turn the flashlights off for a few minutes and ask kids to describe the things they hear and feel (wind blowing on their faces, leaves rustling on the ground, maybe even an owl hooting!).
-A game of flashlight tag is a must once the scavenger hunt is over!
-Print your own scavenger hunt page with pictures specific to your neighborhood. Have a neighbor who goes crazy with Halloween decorations like giant spiders and skeletons the yard? Put pictures of those on your list!
-You could also make clues for your scavenger hunt and deliver them to neighbors or tie them onto trees and telephone poles ahead of time so the kids can hunt down their Halloween treat at the end!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Social skills, cognitive skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration