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27 Scary-Good Halloween Riddles

These clever (and chilling) Halloween riddles will get your brain ready for Oct. 31

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Tricky Halloween riddles

If you’re not a fan of the spooky ghost stories that get told every Halloween, don’t worry—try testing your smarts with these scary Halloween riddles instead. Once you’ve mastered all of them, see how many your friends and family can answer correctly. If you want more of a challenge, see if you can solve the hardest riddles ever—or, you can indulge in the lighter side of Halloween by checking out these Halloween trivia questions.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 1

Mystery object

The person who built it sold it. The person who bought it never used it. The person who used it never saw it. What is it?

Answer: A coffin.

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25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 2

Shattered glass

The Smith family is a very wealthy family that lives in a big, circular home. One morning, Mr. Smith woke up and found his mirror had been shattered. He knew it was one of his employees who had done it. So he asked them what they were doing in the morning, and he got these replies.

Driver: “I was outside washing the car.”
Maid: “I was dusting the corners of the house.”
Cook: “I was starting to make lunch for later.”

From the replies, he knew who it was. Can you guess who it was?

Answer: The maid. The house was circular; it didn’t have any corners.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 3

Black cat

When is it bad luck to see a black cat?

Answer: When you’re a mouse.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 4

Son of a surgeon

A man was driving with his son in his car. They got into an accident and were in critical condition. Two ambulances from two different hospitals arrive. The man is taken to one hospital and his son to a different one. The doctor walks into the operating room, looks at the little boy, and says, “I can’t operate on this boy. He is my son.” How can this be?

Answer: The doctor is the boy’s mom.

These Halloween riddles are pretty freaky—and so are these creepy Halloween stories.

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Naked and bare

I am a body with a leg, an arm and a head, but I don’t have flesh or eyeballs. How is that possible?

Answer: I’m a skeleton.

Skeletons always make good Halloween costumes if you’re in a pinch.

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Halloween treats

How do you spell candy in 2 letters?

Answer: C and Y (C-and-y).

If you want year-round fun for your young ones, test out these head-scratching riddles for kids!

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 7

Feet, eyes and life

I have no feet to dance, I have no eyes to see, I have no life to live or die, but yet I do all three. What am I?

Answer: Fire.

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25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 8

Neat in a chamber

I am wrapped, but I am not a gift. I am kept neatly in a chamber, and archeologists find me as a great treasure. What am I?

Answer: A mummy.

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Night creatures

If you see one flying around, you’d better be careful at night, as some turn into vampires and will give your neck a big bite. What are they?

Answer: Bats.

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Cheery skeleton

What do you call a skeleton that makes you laugh and giggle when you’re sad?

Answer: A funny bone.

These Halloween puns will have you laughing till you’re coffin.

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Grave men

Two men are walking in a graveyard. The first man walks to a grave. The second man says, “Who is in that grave?” The first man points to the grave and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the grave?

Answer: “That man’s father is my father’s son” refers to the speaker. Since he’s pointing to the grave, it means he’s in the grave.

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25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 12

Hotel confusion

In a hotel, a man was sleeping when he heard a knock on the door. He shifted the blanket and stepped down from the bed. He walked to the door and opened it to find a stranger standing outside. Upon opening the gate, that stranger said, “Pardon me, I must have made a mistake. I thought this was my room.” The stranger then walked the corridor and climbed down the stairs. The man closed the door and immediately called security. He asked them to arrest that stranger immediately. Why did he ask them to arrest that stranger? What made him suspicious?

Answer: The stranger said he thought the room was his. If so, he would have had the key to the room, and thus he would not have knocked.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 13

Roam at night

Some people believe in me and others don’t. At night I roam around and sometimes I float. If you hear a troubled noise coming from the ground, go run and hide from my creepy sound. What am I?

Answer: A ghost.

Want more riddles? Take a crack at these challenging long riddles.

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Growing through the years

I’m tall when I’m young, I’m short when I’m old, and every Halloween, I stand up inside jack-o’-lanterns. What am I?

Answer: A candle.

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Head to toe

You can find me from head to toe, I am a liquid, I make some people faint and I am in every living being you know. What am I?

Answer: Blood.

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Home spooky home

A zombie, a mummy and a ghost bought a house. It has all the usual rooms except for one. What room won’t you find?

Answer: A living room.

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What does a vampire have?

If the witch has a broom and the jack-o’-lantern has a candle, then what does a vampire have?

Answer: A bloodhound.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 18

All ears

I have hundreds of ears, but I can’t hear a thing. What am I?

Answer: A cornfield.

25 Scary Good Halloween Riddles 19

In the bank

Dracula loves to draw this, as well as put it in the bank. What is it?

Answer: Blood.

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More is less

People are scared of me. When you have more of me, you will see less. What am I?

Answer: Darkness.

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Strange noises

This place has hardly any lights, but a lot of creaking floors. There are all kinds of strange noises and some random slamming doors. What is it?

Answer: A haunted house.

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Fixing up pumpkin

You can get your jack-o’-lantern here, or you can use it to fix a hole in your pumpkin. What is it?

Answer: A pumpkin patch.

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A purrfect Halloween riddle

I’m thought to bring bad luck, I blend in the night and I’m known to mingle with witches. What am I?

Answer: A black cat.

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Halloween heist

A priceless mirror, six feet tall with a beautiful silver frame, was stolen from a legendary haunted house. The top three suspects are the Halloween monsters last seen in the house: a witch, a vampire and a werewolf. So, who stole the mirror?

Answer: The witch. Silver is known to kill werewolves, so the werewolf couldn’t have touched it. Vampires can’t see their reflections, so the vampire wouldn’t need the mirror.

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A real head-scratcher

I don’t have eyes, but once I did see. Once I had thoughts, but now I’m white and empty. What am I?

Answer: A skull.

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Ask for me on Halloween

You can easily get me any time of year, but you have to specifically ask for me on Halloween—otherwise, you’ll end up empty handed. What am I?

Answer: Candy.

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An unexpected Halloween treat

What makes skeletons strong and black cats purr with delight?

Answer: Milk.

After you’ve solved all these Halloween riddles, read about the spookiest urban legends from every state.

Additional reporting by Kelly Kuehn.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan Cutolo is a former senior production editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine, where she lives, and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.