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    Default Scary Scavenger Hunt Clues

    As people walked through our Haunted Forest this year, they did a scavenger hunt. Thought maybe you could get some ideas from this, here are the poems I wrote as clues to what they had to find as they walked through in the dark.

    SAY GOODBYE TO ALL MANKIND, AS YOU LEAVE THE MORTAL WORLD BEHIND,
    AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE FOREST GATES, PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE WORST OF FATES,
    A NECKLACE OF GARLIC AND A SILVER STAKE, ARE TWO THINGS YOU SHOULD SURELY TAKE.
    (I hung garlic necklaces on the gate (a clove of garlic strung on a piece of ribbon) and a wooden box of silver stakes (used big silver nails to simulate stakes) on the gate.

    UNAFRAID OF THE WARNINGS OF DANGERS THAT LOOM, THEY ENTERED THE FOREST AND MET WITH THEIR DOOM,
    THEY'RE FOOD FOR THE WORMS NOW, AND IF YOU ARE BRAVE, YOU'LL STEAL ONE FROM THE GHOSTLY GRAVE
    (One tombstone in the graveyard had a ghost by it, and underneath the tombstone was a pile of dirt with rubber worms in it)

    BLOOD AND BONES AND GUTS AND GORE, THEY'VE BEEN HERE SINCE 1864,
    WOUNDED AND BLEEDING AND STALKING THE LAND, IF YOU NEED PROTECTION THEY'LL GIVE YOU A HAND.
    (There is a campsite with reproduction Civil War tents on it, so I had two guys dressed in Civil War uniforms and bleeding skeleton masks handing out little rubber skeleton hands I found at Walmart, the scare at this site was that they had muzzle loaders that they fired (no ball, of course, just powder and patch) as people came around the corner in the dark).

    AROUND THE CAMPFIRE BURNING BRIGHT, DANCE THE SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT,
    ONE GUARDS HIS TREASURE, DRESSED NOT IN WHITE, CHECK UNDER HIS SKIRTS, AND BRING US A BITE.
    (This site had a bunch of white ghosts holding hands around a campfire, one ghost was black instead of white, and under him was a bucket of those cheap plastic vampire teeth, thus the Bite)

    WHEN YOU'RE FACE TO FACE WITH A DEADLY FATE, OF FANGS AND LEGS THAT NUMBER EIGHT,
    PREPARE FOR THE WORST AND DRAW YOUR LAST BREATH, AS YOU PLUCK A BABY FROM THE WEB OF DEATH.
    (This site had the giant spider with lots of web and a dummy wrapped up in it, but also had little plastic spiders all over the web mixed in with little plastic human babies (Walmart in their cake decorating stuff), the trick here was they had to pay attention and bring a human baby, not a baby spider)

    SHE'S CENTURIES OLD, A TERRIBLE SIGHT, SHE STALKS THESE WOODS ON THE DARKEST NIGHT,
    SHE'S WICKED AND GREEN AND ROTTEN WITHIN, BRING BACK A WHISKER SHE'S PLUCKED FROM HER CHIN.
    (At the witch's lair, there were jars of brew ingredients, with one marked Witch's Whiskers, which were straws from one of those little craft store brooms)

    IF YOU SURVIVE THE DEADLY FLAME, AND THE FEARLESS BEAST FROM WHICH IT CAME,
    YOU'RE A BRAVE-HEARTED SOUL, NOW DO YOUR PART, AND BRING US BACK HIS COLD, RED HEART.
    (At the fire-breathing dragon, which is actually a huge boat that looks like like a dragon that we hook up propane and a torch to so he blows fire, we hung a big red bag shaped like a heart around his neck and filled it with little red glass hearts I found in the candle aisle at Walmart)

    WHEN THE VOLTAGE GOES UP AND THE SPARKS START FLYIN', AND FLESH AND BLOOD AND BONES ARE FRYIN',
    YOU MUST SET ASIDE YOUR FEAR, AND BRING US BACK A SOUVENIR,
    THE ASH OF A MORTAL, IF YOU DARE, LOOK AROUND, THERE'S PLENTY TO SPARE.
    (At the electric chair I roped off an area with caution tape and filled it with the ashes from a mess of the campfire pits)

    THOUGH THE WARNING SAYS BEWARE, REACH INTO THE DEVIL'S LAIR,
    HE'S WAITING THERE INSIDE THE HOLE, TO SNATCH A BODY'S WAYWARD SOUL,
    HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY WITH FATE, RETRIEVE THE KEY TO HEAVEN'S GATE.
    (There were four big old stumps here, so I put a hollow log beneath one so people could stick their hand in. We put a red light behind the hole shining out, so they could see it, and a big sign that said Beware, and when they would reach in, the Devil would grab their hand and come up over the top of the stumps to scare them, then gave them a key, which was one of those big plastic keys off baby rattles I found at the dollar store)

    MORTALS IN THE FOREST TEND TO LOSE THEIR HEAD, BUT YOU MUST OVERCOME YOUR DREAD,
    FIND A ROTTING SKULL LEFT LAYING THERE, AND BRING US BACK A LOCK OF HAIR.
    (At the guillotine, I left a rotten looking skull that I'd glued a wig on, and a pair of scissors, so they had to cut off a lock of hair and bring it to us.)

    This was a lot of fun, we gave them a bag containing the rules and the list of clues, that way they had a bag to collect everything in. Thought maybe someone might want to try something like this, it added a new twist to the Haunted Forest.



    Yagottawanna!

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    Bare...this is so cool I can hardly believe it! I've seen scavenger hunts done this way...but none of them were enhanced by such excellent lyrics! I feel like I've just done a tour through your forest! So what did I win?


    Your friendly neighborhood Wizard

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    What do you win? Why, David, you've already earned the best prize of all, you get the incredible honor of being hailed as our GREAT AND POWERFUL WIZARD! (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain....), what more could one want??

    Yagottawanna!

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    You know, sometimes you folks say things so incredibly nice, that it actually leaves me speakless, you know that? And that's not all that good a thing for someone with a reputation for being outspoken. But thanks, Bare. What a sweet thing to say. By the way, you didn't happen to take pictures of all the things you described in your incredible scavenger hunt, did you?


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    Uh Oh David, sorry if I cramped your style, although I find it hard to believe that you of all people could be speechless, . That would be a sad day when we couldn't have your outspoken opinion, I'll try not to be so nice and leave you speechless in the future. (I said TRY, but it's hard, you know, because I think behind that tough pumpkin skin of yours there's a telltale heart....). I did take some pictures, but not with a digital camera, so as soon as I get them developed I'll post them here.

    Yagottawanna!

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    OH MY GOODNESS!!! That was the coolest thing EVER - i felt like I was doing it right along as I was reading! This is sooo cool - do you run a haunted house/forest? Dont tell me this is out of your home??
    I want to come play!

    True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.
    --Anonymous

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    This started as a family party every Halloween (my family is huge and big on theme parties) and a hayride through the woods behind our house. Once a campground opened up the road from us, they approached me and asked if we'd be interested in doing it at the camp and using their Rec Hall for the party, so it's been there for about the last 5 years. Each year we try to do something different. This was the first year they had to walk through instead of riding the haywagon and do a scavenger hunt. Because it started as a family party and something we have a blast doing, we've don't charge to get in, although it is open to the public. We don't advertise, other than right here locally, because between my family and friends and the campers and word of mouth we get well over a hundred and fifty people, a number that is growing every year. We haven't taken the leap to charging for it and advertising, because we only do it for one night, all our actors do it for fun, not pay, even our DJ is a camper who volunteers his services, and really the Rec Hall couldn't handle too many more people. I've never been to a professional haunt, I don't think there are any even around here, but everyone who comes to our Haunted Forest swears that it is way better than any other they've been to, and they come back year after year, even reserving their campsites a year ahead. Now that the haunt is over for this year, I am already trying to think what we can do next year, help! I'm addicted!

    Yagottawanna!

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    That sounds unbelievably fun, Bare! And to camp overnight after the haunt sounds...well...intense (get it? in tents) What part of the country are you in? I might just consider reserving a camp space myself! LOL.


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    No kidding! I say we all here at the forum taking a camping trip next year! This was totally cool.

    "The Boogie Man is gonna get ya"

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    barefootcountrygirl, your scavenger hunt clues are the best ever!! I wish I could have done something like that when I led a Girl Scout troop. The haunted forest in the campground sounds so great -- wish I could come-a-campin' there!!!

    cinders

 

 
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