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I decided to have a go at making a witchcraft themed escape style puzzle for Faith as part of our ‘witchcraft through the ages‘ topic and it turned out really well. Faith is 12 but this could easily be modified for different ages and abilities. We did it in our homeschool but it could be used for Halloween or just for fun too!
In this guide, you will learn what you need to do it yourself at home too, how to get the free printouts, how to set it all up, and how it should all go if successful!
What you need for a witchcraft themed escape puzzle
- The free print outs (see below) or you could make your own.
- Two boxes which you can put code padlocks on.
- Two three-digit code padlocks.
- One sheet of white paper.
- A white crayon or pencil.
- A paintbrush.
- Food colour
- A plastic food bag or a piece of cling film.
- A balloon
- A cat (toy or picture)
- Small prize (optional!)
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How to set up the witchcraft themed escape puzzle
- Print out and cut out the pack or make your own.
- Place the certificate and prize (if using) inside one of the boxes and lock with one of the padlocks. Set the code to 893.
- If you have a cauldron, place the large clue with WHY on the top inside and then hide in the room you are playing in. If you do not have a cauldron, you could get around this by saying ‘think modern’ and hiding the clue in a saucepan.
- Put the mini wordsearch inside a book.
- Stick the two circles together so you have the Pentagram on one side and the clue on the other. Hide this somewhere in the room.
- Stick the mini pentagram on to a broom.
- Tape the anagram under your dinner table.
- Take the white paper and white crayon and write the following – ‘My shape is a rectangle and I have 4 legs. I am hard enough to break an egg. I am part of the family so pull up a seat. I am a place you like to eat.’
- Place the paper with the paint and paintbrush next to a cat (could be a toy or a picture).
- In an ice cube tray fill one cube with water and a drop of food colour. Take the companion clue, fold it up small and then wrap it in clingfilm to protect it from getting wet. Sit it in the ice cube coloured water and freeze.
- Roll up the scroll and tie with a ribbon. Place inside your second box and lock with the padlock.
- Set the code for this padlock to be 692 and then take a scrap of paper to the top of the box and write -1
- Cut the purple picture box into strips. For younger kids, you could cut into shapes etc.
- Place the puzzle strips into the balloon and then blow it up and tie the end.
- Hide the balloon in the room.
- You are ready to start!
How it should go!
So you start by giving the child the first clue and the locked box. Start the timer now too as they can fill in their time on the certificate at the end. The word pop is in capitals so hopefully, that will make them think of popping a balloon. Once they find the balloon and pop it, they will have the puzzle pieces which they need to assemble.
The puzzle then gives them the clue which should lead to them having the date 1692. They should be able to work out from the 1- on the top of the box that they need to enter the code 692.
Inside the box, they find the next clue. The first letter of each sentence spells out the word ice. This should lead them to the ice tray where there will be a clearly different coloured ice cube in the tray! They then need to melt the ice to get the clue which is inside.
This clue should lead them to find the cat who has a blank piece of paper, paint and a paintbrush. Hopefully, they will work out that they need to paint over the paper to reveal the hidden clue.
This should lead them to find the anagram which is under the dinner table. Once the anagram is unscrambled, the word should read broomstick which then takes them to any brooms in the house. This is where they will find the small pentagram and they then need to look for a larger one.
The answer to the pentagram clue is of course book which should send them searching through books until they find the mini wordsearch. Once solved the remaining word will be ‘cauldron’. This is where you need to add in ‘think modern’ if you are using saucepans instead.
They now have the final clue. In order to solve it, they need to count how many letter W’s, H’s and Y’s are in the paragraph. As the letter W has -3 on it, they deduct 3 from the total number of W’s in the paragraph. They can write the code in the boxes on the sheet so that they do not forget!
All that is needed now is for them to find the box and open it using the code. You can now stop the clock and they can fill in their certificate and if you are using a prize then they will have that too!
How we got on!
Faith really enjoyed this and the fact that it was timed spurred her on as she wanted to get a good time. Faith’s favourite part of the challenge was the ice cube. Although instead of melting the ice cube under the hot tap which was what I thought she would do, she decided to get a hammer and smash her way into it! Faith managed to complete the witchcraft themed escape puzzle in 56.22 minutes. Which I think was pretty impressive as I did not really offer any guidance apart from telling her to check again when she was doing a task correctly but had missed a couple of the letters.
If you have a go at this I would love to hear how you and your children get on.