Mall Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Are you looking for some fun mall scavenger hunt ideas? If so, we have just the thing for you – 20 funny photo and video tasks.

We’ve also explained below how to plan the scavenger hunt and produced a free printable list of the task ideas so that it’s easy for you to organize.

Here’s how to play it:


  • List of tasks (see below)
  • Pens
  • Cameras (or cell phones if they can take photos and record video footage)


No preparation is needed.


This mall scavenger hunt will be most fun when played in teams of 4 – 6 people, especially as some of the tasks require several players.

It’s therefore perfect for using as a kids birthday party activity and with youth groups, although there’s no reason why a group of adults couldn’t use these ideas!


Provide each team with a list of the tasks and a pen, plus ensure that each team has a camera that’s capable of taking video footage (most cellphones should be able to do this).

Explain that their challenge is to complete all 20 tasks that are on the list. There are 10 photo tasks and 10 video tasks – some only require one player in order to be completed, while some of the other ideas will need the whole team to participate.

Due to the nature of some of the tasks, if you’re planning this for kids or a youth group, make sure you set out some rules for them as to how they should behave – check out our list of 10 rules here.

Arrange a time and a place to meet at the end, then send them off in the mall to complete all the tasks.


There are two ways for teams to score points with this mall scavenger hunt – base points and bonus points:

  • Base points – Teams earn 10 points for each of the ideas that they manage to complete
  • Bonus points – Award 10 bonus points to the team that takes the best photo or video for each task

This means that each team can score a maximum of 200 base points, while there are also 200 bonus points up for grabs.

Task Ideas

Here’s the list of 20 different tasks that teams have to complete, split between those that have to be photographed and those that have to be videoed.

Beneath this is a link for the printable scavenger hunt list – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when organizing this game.

Photo Task Ideas

  1. Everybody laying on the floor in a star shape with your heads touching
  2. Pose with a mannequin
  3. “Look! We all managed to fit in this!”
  4. Wear the most outrageous outfit you can put together in one store
  5. Get a hug from a security guard
  6. “I can’t believe you licked that!”
  7. Perform a handstand
  8. Entire team doing a catalog pose in a furniture or home furnishings store
  9. Drink from a water fountain upside down so that your face is beneath the water
  10. “I don’t think that’s how it’s supposed to be used!”

Video Task Ideas

  1. Four members of the public performing The Village People’s YMCA
  2. Propose to a store worker
  3. All members of your team performing a catwalk in the food court
  4. One team member leapfrogging over the rest of the team
  5. All the team in an elevator singing Happy Birthday to the next person who gets on
  6. The whole team hopping on one leg for 30 seconds
  7. Ask a stranger in the food court if you can have one of their fries
  8. Dance with a member of the public
  9. A little child singing ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’
  10. Walk around the food court with toilet paper hanging out the back of your pants

Printable Mall Scavenger Hunt Tasks

Mall Scavenger Hunt Ideas