5 Scarily Tricky Halloween Puzzles

More challenging puzzles, but this time Halloween-themed.

Get ready to unravel spooky mysteries, rack your brain to count bats and pumpkins and peek into the answers when the tasks get scary tough!

The Tricks of Trick-or-Treating

• There are 5 houses on the trick-or-treaters’ most favorite street.
• Each house has its own Halloween fixture or decoration.
• The owner of each house dressed up in a different costume.
• Each of these five owners has a certain kind of candy for trick-or-treater, hates a certain Halloween prank especially and keeps a certain pet.
• No owners have the same pet, hate the same prank or have the same kind of candy.

The question is: Who owns the raven?

Hints

1. The mummy lives in the house with a pumpkin patch.
2. Dracula keeps bats as pets.
3. The Frankenstein has got ring pops.
4. The cobwebbed house is on the immediate left of the house decorated with candles.
5. The cobwebbed house's owner has got peppermint patties.
6. The person who hates toilet papering keeps an owl.
7. The owner of the house with a scarecrow hates egging.
8. The man living in the center house has got jelly beans.
9. The ghost lives in the first house.
10. The man who hates ring-and-runs lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps spiders lives next to the man who hates egging.
12. The owner who hates screamers has got gummy bears.
13. The skeleton hates fake insects.
14. The ghost lives next to the house with a fake graveyard.
15. The man who hates ring-and-runs has a neighbor who has got candy corn.

Solution:

Numerous variables make this puzzle seem complicated, but you can solve it using deduction, a piece of paper and a pencil.

You’ve got the following variables:

• Halloween fixture/decoration
• Costume
• Candy
• Prank
• Pet

Make a grid and start filling it based on the facts you know for sure. Start with the clues you can immediately fill in (like clue 8 or 9), then use logic to fill in the rest. (e.g.: clue 14).

You can fill in much of the grid this way. But once you figure out who keeps spiders, things will get tricky. Try labeling the remaining boxes with all the possibilities and narrow the choice down from there. As soon as you do that, you’ll see that candy corn is the only possible option for the owner of house one. Then you can unravel the remaining clues following the same method as before. Eventually, you will fill in all squares of the grid and get to know that the skeleton is the owner of the raven.

Halloween Party Hard

You have a large number of friends coming over to your Halloween party, and all of them are thirsty for some pumpkin spice punch! The first friend would like to have 1/2 solo cup. The second friend asks for 1/4 cup. Your third friend needs only 1/8 cup and so on.

How much punch do you need to prepare to serve all of your friends?

Solution:

Don’t put on your toque blanche just yet – you will only need a single red solo cup’s worth of punch. If your friends kept asking for twice as little punch one by one forever, one cup would be enough.

Don’t Upset the Apple Cart

There is going to be a big Apple Bobbing competition in Halloweenland, and you have been given the honor of delivering 3,000 glossy red Gala apples from Appleville, which is 1,000 miles away. But the trick is that your cart can only carry 1,000 apples at a time. When you are riding towards Halloweenland, you need to pay a tax of one apple per each mile you ride. When you are going back towards Appleville, you needn’t pay anything. What is the highest number of Galas you can deliver to Halloweenland?

Solution:

Take 3 trips 333 miles long and pile up your apples on the side of the road. You’ll have 3,000-(333x3)=2,001 apples and 1,000-333=667 miles to go.

Take 2 trips 500 miles long carrying 1,000 apples each time (you will have to leave the one that does not fit behind). You’ll have 2,001-1-(500x2)=1000 apples and 667-500=167 miles to go.

Take the final 167-mile-long ride and arrive in Halloweenland with 1,000-167=833 apples for the competition.

Rhyming Riddle

My first part is someone who lives in disguise,

Whose work is a secret, whose words are all lies.

My next part is a letter, I won’t pretend,

The middle of the middle, the end of the end.

My ultimate part is the sound that’s heard

When someone can’t think of a suitable word.

Now add them together, and the harvest you reap

Is a Halloween symbol that gives you the creeps!

Spy + letter ‘d’ + err = spider

And finally, the most famous of Halloween related riddles:

Why is a raven like a writing desk?