5 Fun Fall Scavenger Hunts Your Kids Will Love

Fall is almost here and what better way to enjoy it than with these fun fall scavenger hunts for kids? 

Fall is such a wonderful time of year! 

In fact, many recent polls indicate that fall is now named as the most favorite season of the year. And it’s not just our obsession with pumpkin spice everything – it’s the changing of the leaves, the crispness of the air, and so much more.

To help your kids enjoy all the special things about fall, try these fun fall scavenger hunts with them!

From football games, trips to the pumpkin patch, or just taking a walk through your neighborhood, these scavenger hunts will help you and your kids focus on many of the things that only happen in autumn. 

The fall scavenger hunts you’ll find here are perfect for kids of all ages. There is no reading required, so even your littlest kids can participate!

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Free Fall Scavenger Hunt printables for kids

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When you do, you’ll gain access to the fall scavenger hunt printables – as well as more than 40 other great printables in the Jen Bradley|MOMs Printable Library! 

free printable fall scavenger hunts

To make everything crystal clear, let’s take a look at each of the fall scavenger hunt printables next! 

Fall Scavenger Hunt

You can do this scavenger hunt pretty much anytime and anywhere during the fall.

You could take your kids for a walk around the neighborhood, go on a hike, or visit a nearby park.

It may take some time to find everything, so you could post this on your refrigerator or keep it in the car with you too!

fall scavenger hunt

Here’s a quick rundown on everything your kids need to find for this scavenger hunt (moving from left to right, top to bottom):

  • orange pumpkin
  • red leaf
  • acorns
  • sunflower
  • tree with no leaves
  • jacket or hoodie
  • brown leaf
  • leaf pile
  • scarecrow
  • fall wreath
  • rake
  • geese flying south
  • squirrel storing nuts

Football Scavenger Hunt

If you have any little football fans in the house, this scavenger hunt will be lots of fun!

Your kids could do this while watching a football game in person or on television – either works.

football scavenger hunt

Here’s a quick explanation about the 13 things you need to find for this football scavenger hunt:

  • helmet
  • football
  • player rushing (running with) the ball
  • player on the line of scrimmage
  • cheerleader
  • football field
  • field goal or 1-point conversion
  • referee
  • fans
  • hanging football jersey
  • foam finger
  • scoreboard

Pumpkin Patch Fall Scavenger Hunt

This pumpkin patch hunt is perfect for a fun weekend family outing!

(You know the one where you take a million photos and buy a ridiculous number of pumpkins?! – Yes, that’s the one!)

It would also work well at an apple orchard too.

pumpkin patch hunt

From left to right, top to bottom, here are the 13 things to find at the pumpkin patch:

  • green pumpkin
  • barn
  • tractor
  • scarecrow
  • hay bales
  • rooster
  • apples
  • orange pumpkin
  • donkey
  • white pumpkin
  • cornstalk
  • yellow gourd
  • homemade jam

Related article: 19 Fun and Easy Pumpkin Carving Alternatives for Kids

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

This fall scavenger hunt for kids is perfect for the days and weeks leading up to Halloween, especially as people start decorating their yards and doorsteps!

halloween scavenger hunt for kids

Have your kids try to find these 13 Halloween items:

  • haunted or spooky house
  • Halloween candy
  • ghost
  • black cat
  • witch’s hat
  • Frankenstein
  • black bat
  • orange pumpkin
  • candy corn
  • Jack-o-lantern
  • mummy
  • skeleton
  • spider

Related article: 11 Awesome Family-Friendly Halloween Minute to Win It Games

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

This Thanksgiving hunt is ideal for kids to do on Thanksgiving day while you may be busy preparing things in the kitchen.

thanksgiving scavenger hunt

The 13 Thanksgiving things to find are:

  • orange pumpkin
  • cornucopia
  • turkey decoration
  • Pilgrim
  • family
  • gravy boat
  • football
  • pumpkin pie
  • roasted turkey
  • mashed potatoes
  • Thanksgiving decoration
  • parade
  • cranberry sauce

Related article: 9 Awesome Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

Fun variations for these kid-friendly fall scavenger hunts

While you can certainly print the scavenger hunt pages and have your kids find the items, you can also make them extra fun with a couple of simple variations:

1. Have a scavenger hunt competition

To have a scavenger hunt competition, divide your family, guests, or friends into several small groups.

Then you’ll need enough copies of the same scavenger hunt page for each group.

Give each group the same amount of time to work on the scavenger hunt. They can either cross items off the list as they see them, find and bring back the physical items, or do a photo scavenger hunt (more on that in a minute!).

The group that finds the most items on the page in a specific amount of time is the winner!

2. Organize a photo scavenger hunt

A photo scavenger hunt is lots of fun! For each item on the scavenger hunt checklist, players need to take a picture of themselves with the item.

This means each team will need a phone or other type of camera. Encourage teams to take silly or funny photos for extra points.

And if they can’t find a specific item, they could always take a photo of themselves impersonating it.

For example, if players can’t find the scarecrow from the Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt or the Frankenstein from the Halloween Hunt, they could act them out and take a picture instead.

At the end of the scavenger hunt, it’s best to have each team share their collection of photos by screen sharing to a larger screen, such as a television. This way everyone can see each other’s photos.

You could even give a small prize to the team for the most creative or goofiest photo!

Final thoughts about these fall scavenger hunts for kids

With fall quickly on the way, we hope you love these fun free printable fall scavenger hunts as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them!

If you haven’t downloaded them yet, click this link right here to get access!

The advent of cooler weather is always a great time to get outside with the kids and carry out a simple family activity like this.

And if you give any of these fall scavenger hunts for kids a try, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! 

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What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy? 9 Great Ideas

21 Amazing Family Halloween Costume Ideas

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Will you be using any of these free fall scavenger hunts this year? 

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