One idea you may want to try is finding multiple lists that are already made and take what you like from the lists. Gather half a dozen lists for the occasion that you are celebrating and look through them. This makes it easy to choose some really great items that will give your players a challenge, but you can also drop items off the scavenger hunt list if you know your players won’t be able to get them. You don’t want it to be too easy, but you don’t want your players to get frustrated and give up either.
Something else you should take into account is how your players are going to get the “evidence.” Are you going to require everything on the list to be brought back to you? Or are you going to have a photo scavenger hunt?
Scavenger hunts that use photos instead of requiring items to be brought back are gaining popularity. One reason is that it is getting more difficult to get some items for free, and you don’t want to make your guests pay to play your game. Another reason is that it actually gives you more options for your scavenger hunt list. If your players don’t have to bring the items back, you can send them after some really unusual stuff. This makes your game more interesting, and can help keep it even more relevant to the theme.
As you can see, there are many things you need to think about when making your scavenger hunt list. But instead of seeing them as a hindrance, try to see it as a way for your creativity to really come through. By keeping the hunt relevant to the occasion and fitting for the players, it is sure to be a hit.