The Halloween IQ Test: How Many Lines From Classic Spooky Reads Can You Identify?

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From Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, you’ve got a range of Halloween reads to choose from today—containing more than a few unforgettable lines.

Think you’re well versed in the spooky stuff? Take this Halloween I.Q. Test to see how many excerpts from iconic candy corn–flavored releases you can identify. If you get more than 10, you are officially an expert. Reward yourself with all the fun-size treats you can stomach!

 1. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…”

2. “The child was slender as fleeting hope.”

3. “Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”

4. “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys.”

5. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.”

6. “If hell was anything, it was talk radio—and family.”

7. “It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer.”

8. “The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats… Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve.”

9. “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.”

10. “I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

11. “Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?”

12. “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”

13. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”



1. “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe

2. The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

3. The Shining, by Stephen King

4. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

5. The Witches, by Roald Dahl

6. Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

7. “The Thing on the Doorstep,” by H. P. Lovecraft

8. The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury

9. Dracula, by Bram Stoker

10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Charles M. Schulz

11. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

12. Psycho, by Robert Bloch

13. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

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