Halloween Scavenger Hunts Are a Fun, Safe Alternative to Trick-or-Treating

Melissa Johnson of the lifestyle site Best Friends for Frosting recently shared how families can make sweet memories galore—while staying safer at home.

Best Friends for Frosting Egg hunt
Photo: Melissa Johnson

Like many events and holidays, Halloween is shaping up to look quite different this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pointed out that many typical Halloween traditions, such as door-to-door trick-or-treating, are high-risk for COVID-19 transmission. But there are still plenty of Halloween activities for kids that are sure to make for a fun, festive time. Just ask Melissa Johnson, the entertaining expert behind lifestyle site Best Friends For Frosting and mom of two from Sacramento, California.

Johnson recently shared a creative trick-or-treating alternative on her site: a Halloween scavenger egg hunt, which was sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

Johnson's Halloween Scavenger Egg Hunt How-To

On her site, Johnson explains that all you need are plastic Easter eggs—either new or from your springtime stash. "I love the idea of going with a color scheme, using orange and drawing jack-o-lantern faces on each of them with a black paint pen," she writes.

The blogger tells Parents.com that while yellow and orange can represent favorite fall treats, like candy corn, you could also draw Frankenstein on the green eggs and ghosts on the white eggs.

best friends for frosting egg hunt
Melissa Johnson

Then, it's time to fill the eggs with candy. "Grab a mixture of traditional snack size candy options for your eggs," writes Johnson. "The kids love everything from Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, Wonka Runts, and Jolly Ranchers to M&M’s, Almond Joy, and Snickers! Put candy in your eggs, and then hide the eggs all throughout the house or even the backyard."

Johnson suggests having kids dress up in Halloween-themed pajamas to get the party started. And to amplify the celebration, you can prep Halloween-themed treats or a big bowl of punch.

How It Went Down at the Johnson Household

"Our kids—Claire, 4 and Charlie, 10—had an absolute blast," she tells Parents.com. "They had so much fun competing towards finding the most eggs within the fastest amount of time." They also enjoyed being able to play and explore in their own backyard, shares the proud mom.

best friends for frosting egg hunt
Melissa Johnson

As frustrated as some kids might be that they can't get out and trick-or-treat this year, Johnson says that this challenging time has offered families "a fun opportunity to switch things up in creative, memorable ways." She notes, "I hope to inspire other parents to be creative at home."

As for the Johnson family, the activity is they now plan to bust out annually. The mom of two shares, "Staying at home or not, this will be our new tradition for years to come."

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