Creating A Haunted House Scavenger Hunt

Halloween is very different this year but we wanted to make sure we celebrated one of T’s favourite days.

So we created a surprise Sugary Scavenger Hunt around the house, including turning our family room into a haunted surprise.

The fake cobwebs and spiders blended in nicely with the real ones!

As soon as it turned dark outside, we began our hunt.

Chocolates and candy were placed all over the house and T had a flashlight in one hand and a bucket in the other as he explored the house with the hubby and I.

On a regular day, our 50+ year old fixer upper home looks like someone got murdered in it. So it wasn’t hard to make it spooky for Halloween. I mean, missing kitchen cupboard doors, hello!

Our wonderful neighbour gifted T a basket of treats which we put as the final surprise – next to a spooky white lady skull with glowing red eyes – in our basement crawl space.

T bravely – kinda – crawled under to retrieve his bounty.

T knew something was up all day because we were working on it but he didn’t know the details other than he had to wait until it got dark outside.

I took him for a late afternoon walk so the hubby could finish the final details of our surprise.

After the scavenger hunt, T told us in the most heartfelt way, “Thank you for decorating the house. I really appreciated it. I love Halloween.”

And he gave us both a big long hug and told us, “I love my parents.”

It was one of the rare handful of times that he expressed such a genuine and so well articulated outpouring of love.

And it was honestly all the sugary sweetness we needed to hear during these trying times!

19 thoughts on “Creating A Haunted House Scavenger Hunt

  1. Love this. It brings truly the exciting, thrilling spirit of Halloween everyone in the family can enjoy . Thank you for sharing the unforgettable wonderful moment. Stay blessed always. Regards to your family.

    1. Thank you! And I’m glad you were able to celebrate Fall and in a way that felt right for your family.

      PS. Like the rest of the world, I’m on edge with watching your election results. Hang in there!!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  2. What a great night! Memories to last a lifetime I’m sure! And living in a house built in 1876 …. I totally get the cupboards without doors and other stuff 😂

    1. Thanks Robyn! I hope so. I like to make traditions for him. He’ll likely expect this every year now though. Haha. I hope the rest of D and your family’s Halloween went well too!

    1. Thank you. That’s very kind of you. 🙂 We definitely don’t see ourselves as the cook parents but maybe he saw us as that last night. 😊

  3. What a creative idea to turn your house into a haunted house scavenger hunt. Well done with the decorations and surprise factor. I legit laughed out loud when you were talking about how your home looks like someone got murdered in it on a regular day. That’s too funny.

    1. Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it. And glad I made you laugh. But I was being serious. 🤣 It’s one of those homes “with great potential.” 😂

  4. First of all what a wonderful thing you both did for T! But his response is so touching I could cry from his happiness. He truly knows the kind of parents you both are. You both out
    did yourselves with this one! Kudos🎃

    1. Thank you, Diane. It was a wonderful day. And because we have an extra hour of sleep tonight we let him stay up a bit longer. Thankfully now in bed and so I can watch a scary movie with some freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.

      Hope you had a nice Halloween and birthdays celebration!

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