Whip out your wand and your Marauder's Map — you've got some things to hunt down this Halloween season.
The Burnett Honors College Honors Congress has conjured up a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt to be held Oct. 31.
The magical competition starts at 6 p.m. and will end at approximately 8 p.m. Teams will meet in front of the Burnett Honors College prior to the start of the event.
"We have done Harry Potter scavenger hunts in the past," said Annalise Sigona, Honors Congress director of fundraising. "Last year, we did do a Halloween scavenger hunt, so I kind of just put the two together."
Teams will consist of three people and can be formed either well in advance or right before the competition. Sigona, a junior business marketing major, said the scavenger hunt will not be too difficult, however, she recommends that teams include at least one member who has knowledge of the Harry Potter series.
Those with limited or no knowledge may still be able to help figure out clues, though.
The scavenger hunt will begin once each team receives a printout with hints describing areas to go to all over campus. Sigona said the teams must sprint to those locations and demonstrate that they were there by snapping a picture. Updates will be sent via text message during the event. The first team back to BHC wins. Each member of the winning team will receive a surprise reward.
"Other than that, I can't give too much away," Sigona said. "I think it's a pretty cool prize."
The event is open to anyone who wants to come, but a donation of $3 will be required to enter the competition as it is doubling as a fundraiser. Exact change is preferred. The donations will go to the Honors Congress Knight-Thon team, benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Some UCF students who plan to attend this Halloween event have already devised strategies.
Freshman industrial engineering major Andrew Johnson said that his strategy will be keeping as many people out of the loop as possible, in terms of coming to the event.
"The less competition, the better," Johnson said.
Another event participant, however, feels oppositely and sees strength in numbers, particularly with those on her team. Honors Congress member and Harry Potter fan Dorislynn Quiñones said she believes she will be able to assemble the most intimidating team.
"If my friend and I compete and we put our brains together, I think that everything that we know will definitely overpower everyone else," the freshman biomedical sciences major said.
If you are planning on attending, you can RSVP on the Honors Congress Knight Connect page or join the Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt event on Facebook.
Signing up prior to the event is preferred, but walk-ins are just as welcome.
"I'm expecting a pretty good turnout. A lot of people love Harry Potter," Sigona said.
For any additional information on the scavenger hunt, you can check out the Honors Congress Facebook page and send any other questions regarding the event to firstname.lastname@example.org.