GREENFIELD — A spooky concoction with elements of Halloween, the circus and zombies will hit Greenfield with “The Greatest Hunt Unearthed.”

The traveling scavenger hunt, a fundraiser for Greenfield-Central High School’s soccer teams, is the brainchild of Denise Strange. Greenfield-Central’s soccer field needs repairs, and Strange’s son is a member of the soccer team — and she has experience putting on scavenger hunts to raise money.

Strange remembered an event she orchestrated when her children were at St. Michael’s School to raise money for a student field trip to Washington, D.C.: a spooky fairy tale scavenger hunt — an idea easily adaptable to a sports team fundraiser.

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The Greatest Hunt Unearthed — a zombie-circus scavenger hunt — lurches out of the Greenfield-Central High School soccer parking lot (located on West McKenzie Road across from the Hancock County Public Library) at 7 p.m. Friday. Teams of up to six people will travel together in one car throughout Greenfield, stopping at multiple locations to complete a challenge.

“It’s a scavenger hunt meets the Amazing Race,” Strange said, referring to the reality adventure series on television.

With “the Greatest Hunt Unearthed” as a theme, each of the locations will represent a different act from a traditional circus: clowns, center ring, side show, animal acts – and each features a challenge. Not wanting to give away any spoilers for the event, Strange described a challenge from the haunted fairy tale themed scavenger hunt she did at St. Michael’s. In the original Grimm’s fairy tale, Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper. Therefore, the scavenger hunt challenge was to throw “bloody toes” (sausages) at a tic-tac-toe board until players achieved three in a row.

In addition to courage and a strong stomach, each team will need a digital camera or smart phone to complete photo challenges at some of the stops. For example, Strange said, one challenge might be to take photos of your team’s best tricks on a trampoline.

As in a traditional scavenger hunt, teams also may have to collect items along the way – like something that can be juggled, Strange said.

“They (the challenges) are pretty vague,” Strange said, “to leave a lot of room for creative interpretation.”

Once teams complete the challenges at a given location, clues are given by attending Circus of the Dead performers to move on to the next challenge.

“The grosser and scarier the more they’re going to want to do it,” Strange said.

At the end of the race, games, food and prizes will be waiting for participants at the final location.

Registration for the hunt is limited, but Strange and crew will take some walk-in registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The cost to participate is $10 per person.

Strange cautions that some of the content of the challenges may not be suitable for younger children, but anyone age 13 and over is welcome to be a part of a team.

If you go

Registration for the Greatest Hunt on Earth opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Greenfield-Central High School soccer complex (across from the Hancock County Public Library on McKenzie Road)

The event starts at 7 p.m.

Registration is limited; $10 per person; six people per team

Teams need a vehicle and a digital camera or smart phone to take photographs

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