A good way to transform a mediocre scavenger hunt into something special and unforgettable is to incorporate a theme into the event. There are several ways this can be done effectively. The primary requirements for a scavenger hunt with a theme are appropriate related items to search for and recognizable elements of atmosphere drawn from the inspiration of the theme. Even if the desired atmosphere cannot reasonably be created, just having the right objects on the list of targets can go a long way.
When planning a theme scavenger hunt, it is a good idea to start with the objectives. Carefully consider what type of items best communicate the theme you want to use. If it is a movie, sit down to watch it with a notepad in hand and write down objects or situations that stand out and will be associated with the film. This technique also works for TV shows, books and music, and it can sometimes provide you with more than enough material to work with. Whenever you have a specific source that you are using for your theme, study it and pull the best and most recognizable ideas out of it. A more general theme with no particular origin will require a bit more thought, but should not be much more difficult.
Once you have established the objectives for your search, focus on creating the right atmosphere. This can take many forms, but the most effective thing you can do is choose a location that fits the theme you are going for. A beach would work well for a tropical or even a desert theme, but it would be less suitable for a scavenger hunt based on a mountainous area or office location. You can further enhance the chosen setting with decorations or props. Also, you can encourage participants to wear costumes that relate to the theme. A good way to encourage costumes is to combine a best costume contest with the scavenger hunt.
There are no limits to the methods you can use to bring a theme to life within your scavenger hunt. You could set up circumstances that must be met in ways defined by your theme, or people to be interacted with who are acting out parts based on the theme. Whatever motif you choose, it is sure to add a lively and unique character to your scavenger hunt. If you want to create a theme scavenger hunt but you are having trouble coming up with an idea to build it around here is a list of ideas to use or modify however you wish:
- Pirates and treasure (probably the most popular and frequently used theme)
- Knights, princesses, castles
- Spaceships, aliens, Star Wars
- Cheerleading, ballet
- Exploration, archeology, Indiana Jones, National Treasure
- Camping, jungle, outdoor activity
- Mystery, detectives
- Food, cooking
- Fantasy, Fairies, Lord of The Rings, Narnia
- Sports (football, baseball, hockey, etc.)
- Historical periods (stone age, Roman empire, colonial era, etc.)
- Almost ANY movie, book, TV show, band, or other well-known entertainment