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Scavenger Hunts

A good multi-chapter event. There are numerous ways you can hold a scavenger hunt, so get creative. You can break everyone up into teams of 2 or more. You can have them in one location – such as a shopping centre, or have them search around a whole town.

Set a start and finish time, hand out each team a sheet of instructions and things they are looking for. Make sure you specify if they are to bring back items or just photograph them, and if they need to enter any shops or if they are only to look from outside.

As this is likely to cause some disruption to the shops or shopping centre, please ask the shopping centre management or the council before planning a scavenger hunt.


Shopping Centre

Go to a shopping centre and split into pairs or groups (pair up people who don’t know each other to help them make new friends!) and together they need to find landmarks and other points of interest around the shopping centre. Using cryptic clues for the things the members need to find.


Find a number/letter

Can be done with an indoor shopping centre or small strip of shops – ask the shops to display a number/letter you give them (perhaps cut from red glitter card) in their front window. Hunters need to note the shop name and what letter/number they found.



Set clues for which landmarks they are hunting for.  These could be street signs, statues, a particular tree or shop.  They can photograph the landmark or note down some answer they get from that location.


Photographic Hunt

Teams must take photos of the following scenarios:

  • Photograph a female stranger who is a great example of a red hatter, but doesn’t even know it.
  • Photograph the cutest pair of purple undies you can find.
  • Photograph the team next to a sign with the number 50 on it (could be a house sign, street sign, price sign, etc.)
  • Photograph a Red Hat (must not belong to any of your team)
  • Photograph items that fill in the blanks:
    • I shall spend my pension on ________ and _________
    • I shall go out in my _______________ in the rain
    • And eat three pounds of ______________ at a go
    • Or only ____________ and ____________ for a week
    • And hoard __________s and ____________s and _______mats
    • and things in _________

Literal Fashion Show

The idea is to take an outfit name, such as “bell bottoms” and make a literal version, for example attaching bells onto your derriere. A selection of names for clothing items that could have literal meanings are placed in a hat and members draw one (keeping it secret), then at the fashion show (perhaps a week or two later) they show off the creations they have made.  Having fun descriptions to read out as the ladies are showing off their creations would be good

The Commentator can wear a sack dress with potatoes on it (common-tater ;) )


  • “Pillbox hat” – a hat with medication boxes attached
  • “Ball gown” – dress with balls attached
  • “Bloomers” – pants with artificial flowers on them
  • “Double breasted jacket” – jacket with 2 bras
  • “Print Dress” – Dress made out of newspapers
  • “14 Karat Necklace” – 14 plastic carrots made into a necklace
  • “Crop Top or Pants” – A blouse or pants with plastic vegetables attached to it
  • “Bell Bottoms” – Pants with bells attached to them
  • “Bloomers” – Ladies bloomers with flowers attached to them
  • “Tea Dress” – Dress with tea bags attached to it
  • “Ball Gown” – Dress with balls attached to it
  • “Straw Hat” – Hat with plastic drinking straws attached to it
  • “Bare Feet” – bear slippers
  • “Box pleated skirt” – hang small boxes from ribbons fastened around waist
  • “Dressed to the Nines”  – fasten the number 9 on a garment
  • “Panty hose” – Fasten a length of garden hose to a pair of coloured underpants
  • “Baby doll PJ’s'” – small dolls onto a pair of PJ’s
  • “Hot pants” – A heating pad front and back on a pair of shorts
  • “spring dress/hat” – Slinkies or springs attached to the dress/hat
  • “pin stripe” – rows of safety pins
  • “An EYE catching dress” – attach weird eye glasses to it, with a huge eye drawn on paper and pinned to the back of it.
  • “Tie Back” – men’s ties pinned to the back
  • “Chequred drerss” –  blank cheques pinned on dress
  • “Turtleneck” – a stuffed turtle tied around one’s neck
  • “Brief case” – pair of men’s briefs stretched over a purse
  • “cocktail dress” – a long evening dress covered with small plastic glasses, or feathers
  • “Cotton Dress” – cotton balls stuck to the dress
  • “A-Line” –  letter “A____” written on garment
  • “Sweet Ensemble” – garment covered in lollies
  • “House Shoes” – pictures of houses on the shoes.
  • “Card’igan” – fasten playing cards or greeting cards onto a jumper
  • “House dress” – pictures of houses all over a dress
  • “plunging neck line” –  a toilet plunger on a rope hung around the neck
  • “Sweat pants” –  attach empty deodorant bottles to a pair of tracksuit pants
  • “Regular Dress” –  prunes, bran, laxatives.
  • “Garden Dress” – seed packages on it
  • “sun dress” –  dress covered with pictures of the sun

Bag Lady Fashion Show

Have a fashion parade where the ladies dress up to represent a type of bag.  Each lady could draw the bag type from a hat – or select it from a list.  They might also like to write up something for the commentator to say while they are parading their outfit.


Eg for a “tea bag” the woman could wear teatowels, carry teapots etc.

  • Tea bag
  • Shopping Bag
  • Beach bag
  • Golf Bag
  • Laundry Bag
  • School Bag
  • Sports Bag
  • Garbage Bag
  • Hand bag

Mystery Escape Hunt Experience

Ever wondered what is it like to play a role of a detective? Want to put on your thinking cap and look for clues?
The Escape Hunt Experience offers a unique, exciting and family friendly place to hold your next event!
We offer a true “experience” where you are transported back over 100 years and play the part of a famous detective and their fellow friends (your group of friends!) to solve a mystery.  As a team, race against the clock in one of three themed rooms to unveil the guilty suspect’s identity and thereby making your “escape”!
You will need to use your combined skills to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in order to beat the clock – can you escape the room in time?
Larger groups can be accommodated by splitting up into matching rooms, competing to see which group will escape first.
Current mystery themes are:
1) Abduction in the Graveyard
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2) Murder in the Brewery
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3) The Tram Bomb Heist
Each mystery game has been designed to challenge the senses and requires brainpower, teamwork, decision making, resilience, perseverance, problem solving, code-breaking, puzzles, and plenty of red herrings.
A “gamesmaster” watches ongoing games from outside via CCTV and can assist if required.
Adventures last around 90 minutes as after the 60 minute game you can chat about your experience in the luxurious lounge area over a cool drink or nice cup of tea and then dress up in period costume for photos.
Situated in Queen St Melbourne, the Escape Hunt is open from 10:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week.
With cafes, restaurants and plenty of shopping venues near-by, make this an exciting and fun-filled outing to remember!
The Escape Hunt Experience is one of the top tourist attractions in multiple cities across the world (highly rated on Trip Advisor).  With 137 game rooms world-wide, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, the Gold Coast and opening soon in Adelaide.
For further information and to book your Escape Hunt experience, please visit or call 03 9600 1086 from 10am-10pm.
Phone: 03 9600 1086
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Mystery Dinner

You will be serving a mystery meal dinner where the guests order from a menu, without knowing what those menu items are!  There should be much fun when the guests get their courses and find out what they actually ordered!

How it works:
You provide a menu with the foods and drinks all given different names (Code names)  These names are usually in some way related to what the food is, and the guests might have fun trying to guess them.  You could also name them to do with a particular theme, such as Halloween.

If you wish, you can include the eating utensils in the list of items to be ordered, so that guests have to try and choose those without knowing what food items they will be served.  Making for some hilarious mealtimes when someone orders soup with no spoon,  spaghetti with chopsticks, or even a meal of only cutlery and no food!

Guests need to order their entire meal for the evening at the beginning, before any of the foods have been revealed, so they have no idea what will be served.

What you serve and how you organise it is completely up to you.

To make things easier, if you number the choices then the guests can order by number rather than having to write the names down.  In the kitchen, have a list of what items the numbers correspond to.  You may also want to have a few people helping in the kitchen who aren’t dinner guests (or it will spoil their surprise).  You could make up order dockets like this for each guest to write their order on:

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(Menu cards for 3, 4 or 5 food choices per course)


Serving options:
Since there are different ways people like to do this type of meal, there are some suggestions here for what you could do. Usually all dishes are to be finished before the next course is served, removing all plates and utensils before the next lot is served.

Perhaps after the final course, all guests can be offered seconds of anything they like, to help use up leftover food and ensure everyone has had their fill.
1).  Have dinner served in 3 courses, with all the items on the menu (perhaps about 20 – 30 options), available for people to choose in any course.   They select 3-5 items from the menu for each course.  Eg (Click image to enlarge/print):


This option means some people may end up with a course of only utensils, followed by a course of soup and icecream with no utensils!  So it can be a funny and unpredictable meal, but may not be filling enough for the guests, and some guests may go without a drink or utensils.


2). Have the items divided into columns – meal type foods, smaller nibbly foods, utensils and drinks/desserts. If a lot of the foods have sauces, you could add a column for those.  (The guests won’t know what the columns are related to).  They need to order 1 item from each column per course and cannot select an option more than once. Eg (Click image to enlarge/print):


Limiting it to 1 choice per column in each course means they should always have a course consisting of 1 utensil, 1 drink and 1 decent portion of food.  So the results won’t be as funny, but everyone should have enough to eat and drink.


2b).  Similar to above, but have some meal type foods options being in one list and everything else in another list – So they must pick one item from the first list, plus 2-3 choices from the second list.  Eg (Click image to enlarge/print):


This ensures everyone gets proper food each course, but other random food/drink/utensils as well.


3).  Have a number of menu items (maybe 15) and a dinner of 3 courses.  Everyone must order one of everything on the menu, choosing which course to have them served in. Eg (Click image to enlarge/print):


This gives everyone the same food, drinks and utensils, but served differently.


Examples of food to serve
If you have guests with food intolerances, you may like to mark the menu to make sure they don’t choose something they will not be able to eat, or serve only intolerant-safe foods.

Some examples of foods you could serve and the mystery names you could give them (of course this is just an example, feel free to make up your own):


  1. “Steamed Glacier” / “Farmer’s Friend” / “Universal Solvent” (Water)
  2. “Liquid Gold” (Orange Juice)
  3. “Teat Treat” (Milk)
  4. “Fresh Blood” (red fruit juice or punch)
  5. “Go-go Juice” (Coffee)
  6. “Boston’s Best” (Tea)
  7. “Warmed Beans” (Hot chocolate)
  8. “Pucker Up” (Lemonaid)


  1. “Irish Eyes” (Baked Potatoes)
  2. “Rolling Stones” (Meatballs)
  3. “Old Remedy” (Chicken Soup)
  4. “Autumn Leaves” / “Rain Forest” (Salad)
  5. “Farmer’s Alarm” (Chicken)
  6. “Golden Rods” (Spaghetti)
  7. “Roman Mixup” (Caesar Salad)
  8. “A wedding tradition” / “Jungle Lice” (Rice)
  9. “Smiles Galore” (Cheese)
  10. “A small raise” (Bread)
  11. “Bulb loaf” (Garlic bread)
  12. “Italian Tombstone” (Bread)
  13. “Cry me a river” (French Onion Soup)
  14. “Shredded Roots” (Hashbrowns)
  15. “Messy Babies” (Scrambled Eggs)
  16. “Gas & Go” (Baked beans)


  1. “Exotic Blubber” (Jelly)
  2. “Palate’s Paradise” (Cupcake)
  3. “Mud Pie” (Chocolate brownie)
  4. “Sweet 16″ (16 lollies in a bowl)
  5. “Congealed Blood” (Red Jelly)
  6. “Bulls Eye” (Mini Cherry Cheesecakes)
  7. “Perfect Coin Place” (A Mint)
  8. “Adam’s Nemesis” (Apple)
  9. “Pot Holders” (Pancakes)


  1. “Pants & Shirts” (Salad Dressing)
  2. “Solid State” / “Titanic Demise”  (Ice)
  3. “Pat Down” / “Greased Lightning” (Butter)


  1. “Elephant’s Wage” (Peanuts)
  2. “Tiny Globes of Wonder” (Peas or grapes)
  3. “Cat’s Eyes” / “Rolly Pollies” (Olives or Grapes)
  4. “Sailor’s Crumbs” / “Polly’s Delight” (Crackers)
  5. “Pucker Power” / “Green Dilemma” (Pickle/gherkin)
  6. “Bats and Balls” / “Sticks & Stones” (Carrot sticks & peas)
  7. “Wicked Breakfast” (Deviled eggs)
  8. “Round and Round” (Cucumber slices)
  9. “Colony Builder” (Ants on a log)
  10. “Earfuls” / “Just passing Through” (Corn)

Eating utensils:

  1. “Divided Branches” / “Perfect Pitch” / “Devil’s Horns” / “Two Paths” (Fork)
  2. “The Ripper’s Choice” / “Jack” (Knife)
  3. “Degreaser” / “Soaker” / “Sleepy Family” / “Lap Preserver” (Napkin)
  4. “Pine Forest” / Poisoned Dart” (Toothpick)
  5. “Cuddles” / “Silver” / “Shovel” / “Aeroplane” / “Sugar Transporter” (Spoon)
  6. “Harpoon” (chopsticks)

If you want to allow guests to select their utensils each course, you can use different names for them in each course to give them more options.

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