Etiquette for Children’s Easter Egg Hunts

For many children, the Easter egg hunt is the most exciting part of the holiday. Brightly colored eggs filled with candy?! It is a child’s dream come true! 

Be sure to keep these etiquette tips in mind if you are attending or planning an egg hunt for Easter Sunday.

Talk to Children Beforehand About Fair Play. 

Taking a moment to speak with your children beforehand about fair play can go a long way in preparing them for the event. Not only will they know what to expect, but the gentle reminder about good manners will help them remember this in a hectic and exciting environment.

This is also an opportunity to talk to older children about being mindful of younger children and giving them the chance to find eggs, too. It is a great opportunity to teach about compassion and sharing. 

Create Ways for All Ages to Participate. 

If you are planning an egg hunt for a small number of children, consider having color-coded eggs. Assign one color to each child and hide the eggs appropriately for their age. Smaller children can have more obvious finds whereas older children can be challenged. 

If you are planning a larger event, consider having separate areas for different age groups. This gives smaller children a chance to participate without the risk of being knocked over or hurt. 

Limit Sugar Consumption Before the Event.

If possible, avoid giving children too much sugar beforehand. Of course, most Easter baskets contain candy but sugar rushes (and crashes!) in a busy and often competitive environment may result in some meltdowns or cause children to lose their manners. Trust me, there will be plenty of candy after the eggs have been found.

Keep Food Allergies in Mind.

When planning an Easter Egg Hunt, make sure to include allergy-friendly candy options to ensure every child can enjoy their haul! The children will feel included and their parents will be grateful for your consideration of their safety. 

Leave the Egg Hunt to the Children.

Unless the egg hunt is for toddlers, leave the event to the children. Parents should not find eggs for their children.



Lisa Lyons is a renowned wedding and event designer, and owner of Lisa Lyons Events & Etiquette based in Winter Park, Florida. As an eagerly sought-after event stylist, Lisa Lyons has created extraordinary celebrations for an astute roster of clients, including copious celebrity sports figures, five star corporations and respected private individuals since 2003.





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