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Martha's Halloween Hunt

Halloween is Martha's favorite holiday, and to celebrate, we organized a special Halloween scavenger hunt to count down the days until October 31.

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Let us catch you up to speed! Each day we hid a riddle at the end of a favorite Halloween gallery and asked our users to post pictures of their answers to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #MarthasHalloweenHunt. Favorite entries received weekly prizes, and one grand prize was awarded!

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Previous Posts

  • The Grand Finale
    The Grand Finale

    Happy Halloween! The last 31 days have been spooky and exhilarating, and you've truly inspired us with all your creativity and imagination. Click to the very end to find out who won Week 4 as well as our grand prize! Who knows? It might be you!

  • October 29th
    October 29th

    First, cut your design from any medium you so choose. Layer me on any surface; I promise, you can’t lose. I look like a painting; I feel like one too. But no one else will know the truth, except you.

    ANSWER: Decoupage

  • October 27
    October 27

    Children troop from house to house dressed as a ghost, witch, or mouse. They ring the bell and say, “trick or treat,” all to get these sugary sweets.

    ANSWER: Candy

  • October 25th
    October 25th

    Strand by delicate strand, I am the hallmark of a haunted house. I lurk in doorways and in corners to trap each little louse. When you see me, know that my creator is not far away. Together we make sure that our "guests" do not stray.

    ANSWER: Spider's Web

  • October 24th
    October 24th

    Ghosts, witches, and goblins; oh my! Be on the lookout for broomsticks that fly. Seated on her perch, you might see her whisk by, in this pointy black topper that should catch your eye.

    ANSWER: Witch's Hat

  • Week 2 Recap
    Week 2 Recap

    We're already halfway through the month of October, and we couldn't be more excited that Halloween is almost here! Without further ado, we've selected our favorite pictures from Week Two for you.

  • October 19th
    October 19th

    Is this real life, or is it all a dream? The figures I see are not as they seem! They spook and they haunt and send chills up me, too. They utter a chilling phrase: a terrifying “Boo!”

    ANSWER: Ghost

  • October 15th
    October 15th

    With green skin and black hair and a bubbly nose, she makes soups of newts’ eyes and unlucky frogs’ toes. Her sisters band together for a torturous night, and on broomsticks they dance to feed horror and fright.

    ANSWER: Witch

  • October 13th
    October 13th

    My colors are orange, yellow, and white, and I'm a favorite on Halloween night. With no kernel, husk, or stalk to see, I’m often children’s favorite “veggie.”

    ANSWER: Candy Corn

  • October 9th
    October 9th

    What has Dr. Frankenstein done? He’s created a beast! And there are werewolves and vampires (they’re last but not least). They’ve risen this night, On All Hallows' Eve, To creep and to scare before they can leave.

    ANSWER: Monster

  • Week 1 Recap
    Week 1 Recap

    Week One in Martha's Halloween Hunt has come to a close, and we've been wowed by your beautiful entries. After sifting through over 1,200 fantastic photos of leaves, owls, mustaches, and more, we've finally reached a consensus on our favorites.

  • October 6th
    October 6th

    The taste of the season, some people might say, comes around each year in this big orange way. From lattes and pies to soups and tarts of all sizes, you’ll find this round squash is full of surprises.

    ANSWER: Pumpkin

  • October 4th
    October 4th

    From dust bunnies to dirt, I conquer the floors. We work hand in handle, as we master your chores. Then back to my lair, where I await your next call; then back to routine, to help tidy up your fall.

    ANSWER: Broom

  • October 2nd
    October 2nd

    Healthy and green, these veggies often get a bad rap, but they're truly delicious and serve up in a snap. Sliced, seasoned, and roasted with a little oil or butter, you’ve got a side dish that will set your heart aflutter.

    ANSWER: Brussels Sprouts

  • Buy Our Halloween Special Issue
    Buy Our Halloween Special Issue

    This year's Halloween special issue, on sale now wherever magazines are sold, is your one-stop resource for the spooky season -- complete with step-by-step instructions for the most creative pumpkin carvings, one-of-a-kind costumes, easy decorating ideas, and recipes for irresistible cookies, cupcakes, cocktails, and other tantalizing treats.

  • October 30th
    October 30th

    They say we can’t see, but smell you, we do fine. Huddled in our caves, we wait and we pine. For at night we soar free, our wings up in the sky, and if you see me in your house, you’ll shrill a scared cry.

    ANSWER: Bat

  • October 28th
    October 28th

    From coffins, these undead creatures rise, seeking blood as their ultimate prize. Sunlight’s known to harm their pale skin; arm yourself with garlic and you just might win.

    ANSWER: Vampire

  • October 26th
    October 26th

    From the moment you enter the horrors begin: Ghosts pop out from corners, and vampires grin. Every step forward is a frightful endeavor, and this Halloween tradition spooks even the most clever.

    ANSWER: Haunted House

  • October 23rd
    October 23rd

    I get a bad rap in fairy tales and books, and in “Snow White,” you poke fun at my looks. But I’ll get my revenge; I’m a royal you see. You might be the nicest, but the fairest is me.

    ANSWER: Evil Queen

  • October 21st
    October 21st

    Brighter than candles and whiter than snow, werewolves and goblins come out in my glow. Whether waxing or waning, the night sky is my home, and I’ll light up the way while trick-or-treaters roam.

    ANSWER: Moon

  • October 20th
    October 20th

    On Halloween, children beg from door to door for store-bought sweets dentists deplore. Leave the candy bars for the kids, and instead bake these treats in muffin tins.

    ANSWER: Halloween Cupcakes

  • October 18th
    October 18th

    The bewitching hour is here at last, and you'll notice pumpkins disappearing quite fast. When they're cut up for food or carved for decor I'm tossed out of my home and, toasted, show up at the store.

    ANSWER: Pumpkin Seeds

  • October 16th
    October 16th

    Whether shaped like bats or topped with icing, these treats are sweet but also frightening. Before you take one from the jar, be sure that one blue monster remains afar.

    ANSWER: Cookies

  • October 14th
    October 14th

    The darkest confections are called by my name, and I make “angel food” sound comparatively tame. With each decadent crumb and each mouthwatering bite, I’m the cake that’s as dark as the darkest dark night.

    ANSWER: Devil's Food

  • October 12th
    October 12th

    The teacher’s pet might leave one on a desk, while a tiny inchworm uses one as its nest. Red, yellow, or green, the hue doesn’t matter, when this sweet autumn fruit is added to batter.

    ANSWER: Apple

  • October 10th
    October 10th

    With a mouthful of teeth (but don’t worry, I won’t bite!), I sit in dark places waiting to give you a fright. My big orange grin waits at your feet, greeting costumed children searching for treats.

    ANSWER: Jack-o'-Lantern

  • October 8th
    October 8th

    Though this sweet gourd also grows on a vine, it might not be the orange October squash first in mind. Serve it baked or mashed, in soup or a puree, and your meal will be healthy and hearty -- hooray!

    ANSWER: Butternut Squash

  • October 7th
    October 7th

    Attend a costume party and dress up if you dare. Choose something simple or give someone a scare. If you're short on time and need a tip from the pros, try on this accessory that will tickle your nose.

    ANSWER: Mustache

  • October 5th
    October 5th

    A furry, four legged fiend on Halloween night can often be the cause of a severe fright. But no matter the costume, this creature portends the pure loyalty and love felt by man's best friend.

    ANSWER: Dog

  • October 3rd
    October 3rd

    Tufts of feathers and big yellow eyes adorn this creature of the skies. Listen for its piercing cry -- this nocturnal bird is very wise.

    ANSWER: Owl

  • October 1st
    October 1st

    Kids take their bags out on to the street, searching for small tricks and sweet treats. Dressed as goblins and ghosts, but completely at ease, you'll see them crunching through piles and kicking up these…

    ANSWER: Leaves

  • The Grand Finale
    The Grand Finale

    Happy Halloween! The last 31 days have been spooky and exhilarating, and you've truly inspired us with all your creativity and imagination. Click to the very end to find out who won Week 4 as well as our grand prize! Who knows? It might be you!

  • October 30th
    October 30th

    They say we can’t see, but smell you, we do fine. Huddled in our caves, we wait and we pine. For at night we soar free, our wings up in the sky, and if you see me in your house, you’ll shrill a scared cry.

    ANSWER: Bat

  • October 29th
    October 29th

    First, cut your design from any medium you so choose. Layer me on any surface; I promise, you can’t lose. I look like a painting; I feel like one too. But no one else will know the truth, except you.

    ANSWER: Decoupage

  • October 28th
    October 28th

    From coffins, these undead creatures rise, seeking blood as their ultimate prize. Sunlight’s known to harm their pale skin; arm yourself with garlic and you just might win.

    ANSWER: Vampire

  • October 27
    October 27

    Children troop from house to house dressed as a ghost, witch, or mouse. They ring the bell and say, “trick or treat,” all to get these sugary sweets.

    ANSWER: Candy

  • October 26th
    October 26th

    From the moment you enter the horrors begin: Ghosts pop out from corners, and vampires grin. Every step forward is a frightful endeavor, and this Halloween tradition spooks even the most clever.

    ANSWER: Haunted House

  • October 25th
    October 25th

    Strand by delicate strand, I am the hallmark of a haunted house. I lurk in doorways and in corners to trap each little louse. When you see me, know that my creator is not far away. Together we make sure that our "guests" do not stray.

    ANSWER: Spider's Web

  • October 24th
    October 24th

    Ghosts, witches, and goblins; oh my! Be on the lookout for broomsticks that fly. Seated on her perch, you might see her whisk by, in this pointy black topper that should catch your eye.

    ANSWER: Witch's Hat

  • October 23rd
    October 23rd

    I get a bad rap in fairy tales and books, and in “Snow White,” you poke fun at my looks. But I’ll get my revenge; I’m a royal you see. You might be the nicest, but the fairest is me.

    ANSWER: Evil Queen

  • October 21st
    October 21st

    Brighter than candles and whiter than snow, werewolves and goblins come out in my glow. Whether waxing or waning, the night sky is my home, and I’ll light up the way while trick-or-treaters roam.

    ANSWER: Moon

  • Week 2 Recap
    Week 2 Recap

    We're already halfway through the month of October, and we couldn't be more excited that Halloween is almost here! Without further ado, we've selected our favorite pictures from Week Two for you.

  • October 20th
    October 20th

    On Halloween, children beg from door to door for store-bought sweets dentists deplore. Leave the candy bars for the kids, and instead bake these treats in muffin tins.

    ANSWER: Halloween Cupcakes

  • October 19th
    October 19th

    Is this real life, or is it all a dream? The figures I see are not as they seem! They spook and they haunt and send chills up me, too. They utter a chilling phrase: a terrifying “Boo!”

    ANSWER: Ghost

  • October 18th
    October 18th

    The bewitching hour is here at last, and you'll notice pumpkins disappearing quite fast. When they're cut up for food or carved for decor I'm tossed out of my home and, toasted, show up at the store.

    ANSWER: Pumpkin Seeds

  • October 16th
    October 16th

    Whether shaped like bats or topped with icing, these treats are sweet but also frightening. Before you take one from the jar, be sure that one blue monster remains afar.

    ANSWER: Cookies

  • October 15th
    October 15th

    With green skin and black hair and a bubbly nose, she makes soups of newts’ eyes and unlucky frogs’ toes. Her sisters band together for a torturous night, and on broomsticks they dance to feed horror and fright.

    ANSWER: Witch

  • October 14th
    October 14th

    The darkest confections are called by my name, and I make “angel food” sound comparatively tame. With each decadent crumb and each mouthwatering bite, I’m the cake that’s as dark as the darkest dark night.

    ANSWER: Devil's Food

  • October 13th
    October 13th

    My colors are orange, yellow, and white, and I'm a favorite on Halloween night. With no kernel, husk, or stalk to see, I’m often children’s favorite “veggie.”

    ANSWER: Candy Corn

  • October 12th
    October 12th

    The teacher’s pet might leave one on a desk, while a tiny inchworm uses one as its nest. Red, yellow, or green, the hue doesn’t matter, when this sweet autumn fruit is added to batter.

    ANSWER: Apple

  • October 10th
    October 10th

    With a mouthful of teeth (but don’t worry, I won’t bite!), I sit in dark places waiting to give you a fright. My big orange grin waits at your feet, greeting costumed children searching for treats.

    ANSWER: Jack-o'-Lantern

  • October 9th
    October 9th

    What has Dr. Frankenstein done? He’s created a beast! And there are werewolves and vampires (they’re last but not least). They’ve risen this night, On All Hallows' Eve, To creep and to scare before they can leave.

    ANSWER: Monster

  • October 8th
    October 8th

    Though this sweet gourd also grows on a vine, it might not be the orange October squash first in mind. Serve it baked or mashed, in soup or a puree, and your meal will be healthy and hearty -- hooray!

    ANSWER: Butternut Squash

  • Week 1 Recap
    Week 1 Recap

    Week One in Martha's Halloween Hunt has come to a close, and we've been wowed by your beautiful entries. After sifting through over 1,200 fantastic photos of leaves, owls, mustaches, and more, we've finally reached a consensus on our favorites.

  • October 7th
    October 7th

    Attend a costume party and dress up if you dare. Choose something simple or give someone a scare. If you're short on time and need a tip from the pros, try on this accessory that will tickle your nose.

    ANSWER: Mustache

  • October 6th
    October 6th

    The taste of the season, some people might say, comes around each year in this big orange way. From lattes and pies to soups and tarts of all sizes, you’ll find this round squash is full of surprises.

    ANSWER: Pumpkin

  • October 5th
    October 5th

    A furry, four legged fiend on Halloween night can often be the cause of a severe fright. But no matter the costume, this creature portends the pure loyalty and love felt by man's best friend.

    ANSWER: Dog

  • October 4th
    October 4th

    From dust bunnies to dirt, I conquer the floors. We work hand in handle, as we master your chores. Then back to my lair, where I await your next call; then back to routine, to help tidy up your fall.

    ANSWER: Broom

  • October 3rd
    October 3rd

    Tufts of feathers and big yellow eyes adorn this creature of the skies. Listen for its piercing cry -- this nocturnal bird is very wise.

    ANSWER: Owl

  • October 2nd
    October 2nd

    Healthy and green, these veggies often get a bad rap, but they're truly delicious and serve up in a snap. Sliced, seasoned, and roasted with a little oil or butter, you’ve got a side dish that will set your heart aflutter.

    ANSWER: Brussels Sprouts

  • October 1st
    October 1st

    Kids take their bags out on to the street, searching for small tricks and sweet treats. Dressed as goblins and ghosts, but completely at ease, you'll see them crunching through piles and kicking up these…

    ANSWER: Leaves

  • Buy Our Halloween Special Issue
    Buy Our Halloween Special Issue

    This year's Halloween special issue, on sale now wherever magazines are sold, is your one-stop resource for the spooky season -- complete with step-by-step instructions for the most creative pumpkin carvings, one-of-a-kind costumes, easy decorating ideas, and recipes for irresistible cookies, cupcakes, cocktails, and other tantalizing treats.

Comments (26)

  • 21 Oct, 2013

    Answer for October 21: The Moon. ♥

  • 20 Oct, 2013

    I don't think the riddle for Oct 19 was the same when I answered it Sat. Morning. The riddle listed for Oct 18 was the riddle listed for Oct. 19 (pumpkin seeds). I don't remember the ghost one at all and I have been answering every day. ???? Also, how do you notify the winners?

  • 16 Oct, 2013

    Your website sucks.

  • 13 Oct, 2013

    Riddle posted earlier on this site for October 13th was different.

  • 13 Oct, 2013

    Riddle posted on Instagram for October 13th is not the same as riddle posted here. Which one is correct?

  • 8 Oct, 2013

    I can not see the Halloween Hunt today

  • 5 Oct, 2013

    how come I cannot see today's riddle?

  • 4 Oct, 2013

    Where is today's hint?

  • 4 Oct, 2013

    http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/imagecache/img_240x300/images/content/pub/ms_living/2010Q4/msl_1010_pumpkin_carving_templates_04_image_xl.jpg
    The answer is an OWL

    MBC

  • 3 Oct, 2013

    I love this riddle. I love your idea of getting people involved with the holiday fun. Thanks for making my day brighter. I'm going to read this out to my little girl. She'll get a giggle out of this fun!

  • 3 Oct, 2013

    I'm not a computer person. My answer to the riddle is an Owl. But I don't know how to do instagram or lookup and down load pics . So I posted the pic my little girl drew of Clyd "the Dog" our puppy LOL. Oh well I hope you Like her Drawing LOL :)

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    It's right here...DOH!
    http://www.marthastewart.com/933581/crisp-candy-corn-treats?czone=holiday%2Fhalloween-center%2Fhalloween-center-pumpkins&gallery=923430&slide=933581&center=276965

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    where is the recipe for those candy corn-shaped treats? can't find it. teases us with the picture and no link...

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    Nobody is being forced into social media. Website is letting you upload your answers.... Don't like it? Don't play!!!

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    Come now everyone! Don't get cranky because you are not a part of the social media scene. If you will notice, below the contest is a caption that states, "Just Joining Us?". There is a link to allow you to upload your photo. http://www.marthastewart.com/1035300/play-marthas-halloween-hunt

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    I agree. Forced into social media with all the negative data out there? Shame on you, Martha!

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    I don't use Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Feel like I'm being excluded because I don't use social media.

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    Neither have I. I just joined Twitter tonight in an effort to get involved in Martha's Hunt, but I still can't figure out how to do it. Please give us more options, and better instructions to take part.

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    I dont have either one too!!

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    I don't use Twitter or Instagram. Please add Facebook!

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    I don't do either--the technology seems to elude me!

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    I don't either!

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    Me either! Need to expand

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    I do not do twitter or instagram and would like to participate in the Halloween Contest. How can we ALL participate?
    Thank you.
    Reanie

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    Hahn, got it on instagram-hope I did it right!?! Lol

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    Oh how about on FB too? I don't tweet or use instagram...yet anyway!

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