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20 Scary Good Halloween Riddles

These spooky Halloween riddles will get you ready for October 31.

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Tricky Halloween riddles

If you’re not a fan of the spooky ghost stories that get told every Halloween, try testing your smarts with these scary Halloween riddles. 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 25 of the hardest riddles ever.

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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. Also, check out these spooky, silly Halloween books for kids.

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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. If you can solve these Halloween riddles, try to answer these detective riddles that only the smartest can get right.

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Black cat

When is it bad luck to see a black cat?

Answer: When you’re a mouse. These Halloween movies will scare you senseless.

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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 the true stories behind these popular Halloween traditions.

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Naked and bare

I am a body with a leg, an arm, and a head but I look like I am naked and bare. What am I?

Answer: Skeleton. You need to learn these 50 corny Halloween jokes.

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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!

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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. These Halloween party games will get you in the spooky spirit.

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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. See if you can find the ghost hidden in this tricky photo.

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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. Check out these brain teasers that will leave you stumped.

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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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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 that he thought the room was his. If so, he would have had the keys to the room, and thus he not have knocked. Don’t miss these famous ghost stories with totally logical explanations

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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: Ghosts.

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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. See if you can find the cat hidden in this photo of bats.

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Home spooky home

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

Answer: A living room. Check out these skeleton puns to tickle your funny bone!

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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. This is what people used to carve for Halloween before pumpkins.

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All ears

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

Answer: A cornfield.

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

For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.