Carnival Scavenger Hunt Escape Room at Home Printable


This theme is among my favorites. It is like a carnival party, meets escape room, meets scavenger hunt!

If you are looking for DIY carnival game ideas, you may have found what you’ve been looking for. Not only does this include carnival games, but also your guests must scavenge for clues and play the carnival games to escape the traveling carnival. This is a little bit of everything wound together to create an epic great time for your friends and family!! A thorough printable to create an incredible backyard carnival that includes 5 carnival games, a mad house, challenger event, pinata, puzzles, clues, and tons of fun for all ages!!

The Inescapable Carnival is a carnival party with carnival booth games, silly string challenge of kids vs adults, a madhouse, an optional spooky theater, and pinata.

Once the kids arrive, they can never leave AND are now forever a part of the traveling carnival. No one has yet to successfully escape.

If they are brave enough to try, they must work through the

  • booth games
  • puzzles
  • solve secret messages
  • silly string challenge
  • pass through the madhouse unscathed
  • wallop the pinata to find the keys to freedom


The objective is to find keys necessary to escape, with the final key unlocking the entrance of the Inescapable Carnival.

It’s incredible fun that’s perfect when you have a wide age span. We had children from 3+ to 15 years old, and the adults played too!

The little ones are entertained by the carnival games, while the older ones (8+) work through the scavenger hunt, AND even the teenagers loved it.


A thorough step by step ebook written in large easy to read font, which includes:

  • An overview of “the flow” of the hunt
  • Decor ideas
  • Game rules
  • Step by step detailed instructions
  • Materials list
  • Master setup checklist
  • Booth operation instructions
  • Printables and clues
  • Carnival decor printables
  • Carnival video
  • Carnival invitations that can be customized


This scavenger hunt is a level II hunt. Our level II hunts require setup time and sourcing of materials.

I want you to be aware setup time is needed. These hunts are designed for parties, to create fun memorable experiences that leave the kids begging for you to do it again.

There is set up involved, you will need to decorate your space like a carnival, make a madhouse (spooky darkroom) and set up 5 carnival booths.

The guide will provide you with plenty of ideas to decorate. You can go as crazy or minimal as you would like, it depends upon how elaborate you want to get with decorations.

I would recommend a minimum of 4 days to set up and spend a few hours each day to work on set up, so it’s not stressful.

One or two days to source materials, two days to decorate and make carnival objectives, and one day to put everything in place for the hunt.

This can be hosted indoors or outdoors. If indoors you need space for 5 table games, madhouse, and silly string war. Whether indoors or outdoors you need to have a lockable entrance.

This hunt requires obtaining supplies, like balloons, darts, a puzzle, toilet paper.

You can check out the complete materials list here. I try to source most all items at the dollar store to keep costs low, but provided a list with Amazon links too!


It’s amazing what a few string lights, paper streamers, balloons, and a carnival soundtrack found on Spotify or YouTube can do to turn a space into a carnival.

A laundry room, shed, or a black plastic make-shift room are all great options for a madhouse.

We locked the backyard gate with a padlock and the players are instructed this is the only exit.

If an escape room carnival party scavenger hunt sounds like your thing, this hunt has been a favorite among our family and hopefully yours too!



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