Theme Party Downloads
Bring REAL ADVENTURE
to your Egyptian theme party!
The Stele of Khafra
Fully translatable stone and gold painted
Egyptian tablets with historically
PLUS - Storylines, formats and freebies
for creating your own Egyptian themed treasure hunts!!
HERE TO SEE MORE!
Theme Party Downloads
designed Egyptian themed treasure hunt
of Egyptian Theme Party Ideas
||Egyptian Themed Bingo
||Tons of archeology
theme party ideas
||Gold Crown of Anubis
AMAZING looking Egyptian treasure gems! NON-FLAT
BACK for ultimate realism!
Paper - PERFECT for a ancient Egypt adventure!
HERE FOR EGYPTIAN PARTY DECORATIONS
THE TEMPLE OF COATL
Watch the movie and solve the adventure!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Werewolf Adventure!
BOOKMARK US WHILE YOU
Egyptian Party Supplies
and Decorations from Shindigz! Save 10% with coupon!
Costumes from Celebrate Express
see about FREE SHIPPING!
the History Adventures Page
the Quest Experiences Indiana Jones Page
Return to Adventure
The Mummy's Tomb
(An exerpt from The Mummy section of The
Over the years, Halloween has created in itself
a vast library of images and frights that have for the most part,
turned into near cliches. Of course, these cliches are still a lot
of fun. After all, what would Halloween be without spider webs,
haunted graveyards and an occasional headless man? However, for
those that pursue new creative avenues during this holiday season,
it can be very difficult to do 'what no one's seen before.' As a
new twist this Halloween, I suggest that you specialize. Pick a
single theme and explore it to its full potential. The following
portion of ideas detail some examples of how to focus your Halloween
frights (whether in a Haunted House or for a Halloween Party) on
the theme of The Mummy.
· Create the entrance to a large Egyptian
tomb for your guests to enter through (either the entire experience
is within the tomb, or the tomb only being a smaller part of a larger
· Temple walls can be constructed from cardboard
boxes, stacked like large bricks. Spray a strong fixative on the
boxes and sprinkle sand onto the surfaces, creating a rough, sandstone-like
texture. For painting, find two distinct shades of tan spray paint
and one dark brown. Cover the walls with the slightly darker shade
of tan first. With a razor blade, SLIGHTLY score the spray can opening
- enlarging it. This will create a slight sputter or spitting of
paint as it is applied. Do not cover the walls completely with the
sputtering, use it only to add depth. Finally, with the dark brown
can, score a little more heavily the opening as you did with the
lighter tan. VERY sparingly, allow a couple sputters to hit the
wall. The finished effect looks great. Fast, cheap and looks great
(the three best qualities for haunted house designers).
· Spider webbing can be generously strewn
throughout the tomb. A tip on the application, though. First off,
know where ahead of time you'd like to put your spider webbing.
In order to achieve that thin, splayed webbing affect (where it
is not all scrunched up in clumps as it so likes to do) you'll need
to hammer very small nails (where possible) strategically throughout
the desired area, allowing for places to 'snag' the webbing.
· Gold coffin (or gold walls, if needed).
Spray paint the box structure (or wooden or whatever material you've
chosen to make it) with a standard HIGH GLOSS finish gold spray
paint (not matte finish). Using some art history books as guides,
draw cartouche images on the sides using a fine tipped, black permanent
marker. Now, the marker will not be dark enough atop the gold spray
paint &you'll need to go back over it with some black acrylic
paint. Some color was used by the Egyptians, notably white, turquoise
and an earthy brick red. Reflect these colors in touch up details
on the sides of the coffins.
· Curtailing the above, inscriptions on
walls can be done in a similar fashion. For the sake of time and
appearance, try to get your hands on an overhead projector (ask
your local school teacher, they can often get access to these freely
- or those who often make presentations at their work). Make a transparency
of the image you wish to display on the wall (or a book if you can
find an Opay (spelling?) projector.
· Several mummies on the inside - the ones in the beginning
are dummies made to look real. As the guest travels through, they
encounter live actors dressed as dummy mummies (i.e. the guest will
become comfortable with seeing the stationary mummies and will assume
that all future ones will be the same. Later, when they encounter
ones that look a little less convincing, they can have a rightful
fright when it comes to life to scare them, chase them or just sneak
up behind them.
· Build a table from stacked boxes. Cut
a hole in the top of the table the size for a grown person's torso.
Place a sandy, linen cloth over the table (with a hole of the same
size and position as the table). The live actor will sit in the
table with their chest, head and arms poking out of the top hole
you cut. He/she is to be dressed as the top half of the mummy, lying
motionless on the table. Make a fake 'bottom half' of the mummy,
placed disjointed to the torso. The effect the guest will experience
will be seeing a mummy broken in two at the waist, lying on a stone
table/altar (see below for ideas on creating stone surfaces on cardboard
boxes). They will be quite shocked when the mummy reaches out for
· Mummies look great coming out of walls
- especially in very narrow passageways.
· Allow a live-action mummy to not move
until after the guest(s) have already passed. The mummy would follow
them from behind, ready to make an easy scare. Done once in the
beginning, the guests will constantly be looking over their shoulders
for future surprises.
· A great way to make mummy wrapping is
to use tea stained cheese cloth (what cooks use - especially on
turkeys and large foul). Have fun playing with it &it won't
take you long how to figure out how to wrap it. (A note about wrapping,
make sure that the strips are NOT all in uniform length or width
&remember, these mummies have been around for centuries and
the wrappings have all be disintegrated!)
· Locate your local carnival supply company
(the Oriental Trading Co. is who I've always used. Check out their
website for ordering online) for purchasing small plastic spiders
and snakes. These look great coming out of the mummies. Preferably,
have the exiting one of the nine holes of the body (I'll let you
do the counting &) The eyes and mouth are perhaps the most popular.
The reason why I mention companies such as Oriental Trading is the
fact that they have great rates for larger quantity purchases. For
instance, you could buy a bag of 100 spiders for what you might
spend on 20 at a retail toy store. Plus, you'll find the selection
· Give small printed cards to the guests on how to translate
some of the hieroglyphs during their experience. The experience
is always a lot more fun when you actually have something to do.
Plus, it is a great way to preoccupy your guests long enough for
someone to sneak up behind them. Additionally, you'll be able to
utilize language to instill fear by creating curses and warnings
as to what the guests are about to encounter.
to Egypt Port
Return to Adventure Theme
|Using Hieroglyphs in Your
What adventure has been romanticized more than
the mysterious unveiling of an undisturbed, Egyptian tomb? These
kinds of hunts are an absolute blast to plan - a chance to let
your creative spirit run a muck!
Wouldn't it be great if we were all fluent in
the ancient glyphs (writing) of Egypt? I dare say that probably
none of us are Egyptologists - but that doesn't mean that you
can't include that beautiful writing in your treasure hunts.
The first point I'd like to make is a very positive
one... that is that probably none of your participants will be
able to read a lick of the writing either...which also means that
they would never know if you faked the whole thing. Now don't
get me wrong, having a degree in Art History, the purist in me
would like to imagine spending countless hours designing historically
accurate documents for my participants to translate...however,
reality sets in and I am forced to return to 'faking it' mode...
The following are some ideas to incorporate Egyptian
Hierogliphic writing into your hunts:
* First off, there ARE some Egyptian Translator
links on the internet. However, I've only found two (so far) that
are still active links.
- This translator will take any 10 letter English word and translate
it phonetically letter for letter (as well as it can be translated)
into Egyptian hieroglyphic writing. Although the phonetic representation
is there, it doesn't coordinate the slightest in meaning.
- This translator will take any name and translate it according
to the principles above. The only difference is that it can take
more than 10 characters. This one also prints it vertically in
* Since probably you aren't going to be going
for the 'historically accurate' route anyway...I would suggest
downloading some Egyptian fonts for Windows. This way you can
play around with what characters look the best.
Additionally, since you can fire them up in WORD, you won't need
to be an artist to produce some great clues. Here is a site where
you can download a full set of characters in five files. They
* Something to remember is that the Egyptian
scribes wrote BOTH from left to right and from right to left.
Additionally, they often wrote from top to bottom.
* If you really want to make something look great...
and is cheap - try this:
Once I made a large Egyptian coffin. I took a
large, long moving box and spray painted it gold. With a pencil
I drew different glyphs and figures and then, with black acrylic
paint (poster paint would probably work just fine as well...I
just had the acrylic paint handy...) paint on the pencil lines
with a thin paint brush. Don't try using a black permanent marker...tried
that and it didn't work. Then, with other colored paints (ocre,
mud red, turquoise and white) paint different aspects of any figures
or images you drew. It took some time...but it looked very impressive!
* If you need to do a lot, check out a rubber
stamp store. I bought a 5x5 inch square rubber stamp of Egyptian
hieroglyphic writing. It works with any standard ink pad and works
pretty well (as long as you press evenly.... sometimes easier
said than done.)
These stamps also work great in clay. Bake the
clay once it's stamped to make it hard and you could have a great
looking Egyptian stele. If you are lucky, find someone who does
ceramics...they could fire the ceramic clay in the kiln. That
produces fantastic results!
to Egypt Port
Return to Adventure Theme
The Curse of the Mummy
"The most dire punishment follows any rash
intruder into a sealed tomb." Marie Corelli, novelist A remark
made just two weeks before the death of Lord Carnarvon, the excavation
coordinator to the Tutankhamun site
"...all sane people should dismiss such inventions
Howard Carter, chief archeologist to the project
In 1323 BC, the enigmatic life of Tutankhamun,
the young Egyptian ruler, came to an early end. Although much evidence
leads us to believe he was murdered, the actual cause of his death
to this day has yet to be scientifically confirmed.
In 1923 AD, at about the same time of year as the young King's death,
Howard Carter, the chief archeologist, opened the way into the burial
chamber of the tomb. The marvels and riches he found sparked the
interest of newspapers all over the world.
A popular theme of these newspapers during those successive months
focused around the strange happenings and deaths that were all speculatively
attributed to the curse of the dead pharoah. Whether this 'unsettled'
spirit actually wreaked havoc on the intruders or the circumstances
were all just bizarre coincidences, the newspapers had a frenzy
reporting each strange occurance as they happened. The following
are just a few of the deaths that were 'attributed' to The Curse
of the Mummy."
* At the precise moment of Carnarvon's death, it
was said the lights of Cairo went out, while at the same time in
England, Carnarvon's three legged terrier, Susie, howled and dropped
* Carnarvon's younger brother, Aubrey Herbert,
died suddenly in September of 1923 (only months later).
* On February 16, 1923, the day the tomb was opened,
Carter's pet canary was swallowed by a cobra.
* Carter's secretary. Richard Bethell, died in
unusual circumstances at the Bath Club in 1929
* Bethell's father, Lord Westbury, who had never
seen the tomb but possessed a small collection of Egyptian antiquities,
committed suicide a short time later. (An eight year old girl was
accidentally killed by Lord Westbury's hearse.)
* An X-ray specialist passed away unexpectedly
while en route to Egypt to examine the King's mummy.
* Georges Benedite, a French Egyptologist, died
as the result of a fall after seeing the tomb.
* The American Railroad Magnate, Jay Gould, died
of pheumonia (the result of a cold contracted during a visit to
* Arthur Mace, Carter's right-hand man, suffered
a breakdown of health and died before the tomb had been fully cleared.
* Ali Kemel Bey, an Egyptian, was shot by his
wife in the London Savoy some time after viewing the discovery.
to Egypt Port
Return to Adventure Theme
Treasure of a Fundraiser
By Joe Dean
the 15+ years of designing themed treasure hunts professionally,
some of the most successful and exciting events planned were for
fundraising efforts. With low overhead costs and the ability to
generate a lot of excitement for a fresh, new type of event, themed
adventures are proving to be more and more successful in raising
money for private and public organizations, large and small.
a number of different creative and exciting ways to raise money
by planning a themed treasure hunt. This article will attempt
to 'whet your appetite' as to the numerous ways funds can be raised
and excitement generated for your next fundraising event.
itself can vary greatly in both size and budget. Some hunts I've
produced have been for crowds in the hundreds paying small entrant
fees - all attempting to be the first to complete the hunt for
a prize donated by a local merchant. Others have been considerably
more sophisticated, as in the case of a California Department
of Mental Health function held a few years ago. Bids were sold
to a more affluent crowd and a Quest for the Holy Grail adventure
was held on the grounds of a very large and wealthy estate. (For
more information on the Quest for the Holy Grail adventure, click
here) The flexibility exists to ensure that every group fundraiser
can be successful, no matter the size, age or affluence of the
is a collection of ideas to show the various and numerous ways
to raise money easily and creatively by planning a fantastic themed
treasure hunt adventure &
Begin by planning on selling tickets to participate in the event.
The adventure itself will be worth the price of the ticket, by
following the step-by-step instructions of planning this kind
of themed adventure. Ticket prices can vary depending on the demographics
of your participants. For example, if your are planning an event
involving high school aged students, you'd probably fair better
at selling hundreds of tickets at a cheaper price. However, if
you were planning an event for a more mature and sophisticated
crowd, you might want sell tickets at a much higher price, making
available only a set number of tickets for purchase to ensure
higher odds at winning the grand prize for the participants (especially
if a prize is given for the winning team.)
Great prizes can be offered. Many groups have been very successful
at arranging for prizes to be donated by local merchants. Sometimes
a large prize was donated, such as a television set. At other
times, a small basket of several smaller gifts has been offered
from donating merchants ($15 gift certificates, etc.) Prizes can
also come in the form of services provided by the organization
planning the adventure. For example, a prom committee raising
funds for their dance could give out free Prom bids to the first
five finishing teams. Another idea for a prize is to have the
top placing teams being refunded their entry fee - or even getting
a percentage of the total proceeds taken in by the event.
Here are a few tricks to get prizes donated
o Offer the vendor's location as one of the stop's (free advertising)
o Offer to photocopy a small advertisement on the back of a map
o Allow the vendor (depending on the type of business they are
in) to set up a booth or something thereof at the final destination.
o Put the sponsor's advertisement on the ticket the participants
As a way to enhance your theme, find out if a local costume shop
will donate one or some of the needed costumes
Curtailing the above, if there are any other props or set pieces
that would enhance your theme, find out if there are any vendors
who would donate them in exchange for a form of advertising
Capitalize on your theme. Is your theme based on Pirates of the
Caribbean? Why not have a small pirate port themed area at the
beginning/end of the hunt and sell spaces to vendors where themed
items and food can be sold? The same would work for a mini Renaissance
Faire or an Egyptian marketplace. Depending on your theme, you
could really plan a spectacular bazaar that could rival the hunt
itself for excitement!
Print up a mini story or background piece about the theme and
storyline of your adventure treasure hunt and distribute them
to the participants before they begin. It will generate a lot
of enthusiasm when your participants get consumed with the story.
Once the event is proven as a success, it could easily be turned
into an annual event, as it did with several of my clients. Teams
from the year before often reassembled in later hunts to try once
more to win the prize. A continuing plaque or trophy could be
displayed with the current and all past year's winners.
greatest part about planning a themed treasure hunt adventure
for your next fundraiser, besides all the excitement it will generate,
is the fact that it has a potentially very high chance of having
very little overhead costs. Aside from some photocopies and footwork,
few other expenses need to be expended - now that is music to
a fundraiser's ears!
new and exciting that everyone will remember in future years!
Plan a treasure of a fundraiser!
to Egypt Port
Return to Adventure Theme