On Friday my boyfriend and I got invited to a Day of the Dead party/scavenger hunt. The hosts decorated their house to look like a spooky funeral home, complete with a coffin in the living room and creepy old photographs on the walls, (although apparently some of those were of actual relatives.) The drinks were in bottles labeled “poison” and “formaldehyde,” and we feasted on slimy Jell-O worms and a chunky beet soup (because, the hostess said, it looked like bloody body parts.)
After eating and drinking and remarking on everyone’s costumes, we headed out into the cold for a scavenger hunt around the Freemont neighborhood, and I got to thinking about all the other scavenger hunts I’ve been on in my life.
There was a period of time in high school when my friends and I got into scavenger hunts. We would make them up ourselves, and I remember putting things on the list like “rub a fat man’s belly” and “give a member of your team a bath.” That second item is why I have several pictures of my high school friend, Degra, wearing a towel at a birthday party.
But probably the best scavenger hunt I ever went on was a Halloween hunt in New Orleans, created by my friend Gina. In case you’ve never been to New Orleans, people there love costumes, and they go all out for Halloween. They don their most outrageous or elaborate outfits and then take to the streets. For this scavenger hunt, we had to find people dressed, for example, as Sarah Palin (this was in 2008), or as Frankenstein, and then take a picture with them. We also had to find things like “the sluttiest costume” and “the scariest costume.” It was a great way to roam the wild streets of the French Quarter with a purpose. Plus, it made for great pictures.
Since today’s theme is scavenger hunts, I decided to create a “book scavenger hunt.” For this scavenger hunt, you don’t have to go anywhere…you only have to roam the wild streets of your mind. See if you can think of a book (or two!) that satisfies each of the following descriptions. And no using Google because that’s no fun! I’ll publish my own set of answers next time. Have fun!
BOOK LOVER’S SCAVENGER HUNT
1, A book in which a real-life celebrity is a fictional character.
2. A book in which the main character is adopted.
3. A book in which the main character commits adultery.
4. A book that takes place in an alternate universe.
5. A book in which the narrator dies.
6. A book in which the main character is a twin.
7. A book that takes place in at least 3 different countries.
8. A book in which the main character is physically handicapped.
9. A book in which the narrator kills someone.
10. A book in which there is a secret which is never revealed.
Here’s another type of book scavenger hunt to try.