Mall Scavenger Hunt Party

mall scavenger hunt party ideas

A Mall Scavenger Hunt Party is perfect for teen girls!  It’s as simple as picking teams (we had 3, 3 person teams chosen by a random drawing), setting the rules and sending them off with a Mall Scavenger Hunt List.  

The only preparation was a 1 hour trip to the mall to come up with the scavenger hunt list, and I’ve already done that for you!

These Mall Scavenger Hunt ideas should get you started…just make a quick trip to your mall to make sure you have the stores that I’ve listed in parentheses.

Mall Scavenger Hunt Party



  • The Mall Scavenger Hunt Partywill last 2 hours with a break after the first hour for dinner.
  • Meet us at Sbarro after 1 hour.  Every minute your team is late will cost you 1 point.
  • Every item is worth 1 point.
  • Team members must stay together, splitting up will result in a 5 point penalty each time.
  • No running.
  • You may not get more than 1 item from a store.
  • Be polite!
  • If you try something on, make sure to put it back!
  • Call or text us if you have any questions or problems.
  • The team with the most points will get first choice for prizes!  The prizes are all items that you’ll be purchasing during the mall scavenger hunt.


Mall Scavenger Hunt List

I divided the Mall Scavenger Hunt list into 3 categories: shop, seek, snap!

Shop:   you’ll have a total of $40 to buy these items, so spend it wisely!  Everything you purchase will become a prize at the end of the party, so purchase items you really like!

  • A chocolate bunny (Godiva, Dylan’s Candy Bar)
  • A piece of jewelry with an Eiffel Tower on it.  If there’s an Eiffel Tower + other things…that’s fine! (Icing, Claires, Charming Charlies, Wet Seal)
  • Sunglasses from a store that starts with the letter “A” (Aeropostale)
  • Flavored lip gloss (Bath & Body Works)
  • Anything with a cat or dog on it.

Seek: collect these items in your shopping bag!  I gave each team a reusable shopping bag & a small ziploc for the edible samples.

  • Lost receipt
  • A free sample of something cinnamon flavored (Cinnabon)
  • A Starbucks cup
  • A perfume sample (any department store or Bath & Body Works)
  • A straw with a wrapper that is not all white
  • A tiny ice cream sample spoon
  • A take-out menu
  • A business card
  • A mostly pink shopping bag (Victoria’s Secret)
  • A French fry (you cannot buy it!)
  • Wedding registry printout (most department stores)
  • Chocolate sample
  • A hanger
  • Employee application
  • A piece of toilet paper

Snap: use a cell phone camera to snap pictures of the following:

  • 3 stores in which the first letter is not capitalized
  • Have 1 member of your team put on a pair of high heels and take a picture.
  • A naked mannequin
  • A pink teddy bear
  • The fruitiest store in the mall (Apple!)
  • 1 member of your team getting their eye make-up done

At the end of the hunt, we returned home to tally the points and enjoy cake. The team with the most points was given first choice of the items the girls shopped for, second place = second choice, third place = third choice. After this, the remaining items were given away in a drawing.

Best party ever according to my 13 year old daughter!

Please leave a comment to share your ideas for a Mall Scavenger Hunt Party.


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  1. Matia says:

    Going to do,this next month. Looking for some invitation ideas and some prize ideas at the end. I am not having them buy anything…..just photos.

    • Kristl says:

      Enjoy! Come back and tell us how it went!! :) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Alexey says:

    Modern kids really likes such party types! Thank you for the article. Another variation I found useful is Photo Mall Scavenger Hunt

    • Kristl says:

      Photos would be fun especially since most teens have a phone! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tanya says:

    Thanks for the detailed instructions!! I am going to do this tonight as a party and up until I saw your website I wasnt sure how I was going to do it!!

  4. Yvonne Stone says:

    Did you have to tell the mall you were doing this? Also – did you leave the store names for the girls? or take them out? This is awesome!! Thanks!

    • Kristl says:

      I did call the mall just to make sure they didn’t have some sort of policy against scavenger hunts, and it was no problem. I left the stores names off on the “official” scavenger hunt list…I included them in my article just to give you an idea and help you plan. If you do this party, please let me know how it goes! When it comes to entertaining teen girls, you really can’t go wrong with a mall and shopping!

  5. stephanie Price says:

    I have heard of these but never seen the instructions so thanks so much for sharing this idea! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to one of these!

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