How to Plan a Western Style Scavenger Hunt

By Michelle Barry
Incorporate traditional elements from the Old West into the scavenger hunt, such as cowboys and saloons.

A scavenger hunt is an effective and practical way to keep children entertained during a Western-themed party. This also offers a way for the party attendees to work to win their party goody bags. Use a Western theme for the clues, prizes and the places where the clues are hidden. A Western-style scavenger hunt will help the children at the party connect with the party theme and become invested in the Wild West-style atmosphere.

Set an allotted play area for the scavenger hunt to take place. For smaller children, this may be restricted to a home or yard, but the game area for older teenagers could extend to local parks or even around town.

Decorate the area (if limiting area to home and yard) to match the Western theme. Scatter sand to create a desert feel and place cactus plants around the area.

Create cardboard cutouts of saloon-style doors to position in doorways. The doors are opened through the middle, with the flaps opening to the sides to let the individual enter.

Incorporate other Western paraphernalia, such as cowboy hats on coat racks, chaps hanging in closets and horse stuffed animals placed around the house.

Create clues relating to the Western-style elements or using Western terminology. For example, to lead the players to the bathroom, write a clue that says, "This is where a cowboy would go after too many glasses of whiskey." You could also right more obvious clues, such as, "Check inside this hat worn by cowboys."

Create the clues so they lead players to the end of the game where a prize is hidden.

Things Needed

  • Poster board
  • Tape
  • Western decorations
  • Western items (i.e., cowboy hat, stuffed animals)
  • Paper
  • Markers

About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.