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Halloween Symbols Puzzle

This Halloween Symbols Puzzle challenges students to arrange four cards so that various numbers of symbols are visible on each card.

This is a fun Halloween-themed version of a classic playing card puzzle. For this Halloween puzzle, I replaced the classic hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds with fun Halloween symbols including spiders, pumpkins, black cats, and bats.

Halloween Symbols Puzzle

I posted this puzzle in my classroom on the dry erase board with large versions of the cards. I put ceramic disc magnets on the back of each card so that students can manipulate the cards as they attempt to solve the three challenges.

Halloween Symbols Puzzle

This puzzle is actually three challenges in one.

Challenge 1: Arrange the cards so that exactly four symbols are visible on each card.

Challenge 2: Arrange the cards so that exactly three symbols are visible on each card.

Challenge 3: Arrange the cards so that the four cards display 1, 2, 3, and 4 symbols respectively. The specific order of the symbols isn’t important, only that there is one of each.

Halloween Symbols Puzzle

I ran across the playing card version of this puzzle in The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers by the Grabarchuk Family. The original puzzle was posed by Professor Hoffman in 1893.

I laminated the instructions and cards to make them more durable and hopefully discourage students from trying to fold or cut the cards.

This puzzle can be solved without any cutting or folding!

If you don’t want to post all three challenges at once, I have also included individual posters for each challenge in the downloadable file at the end of this post.

Halloween Symbols Puzzle

Looking at this post in a month that isn’t October? I suggest printing the 4 Cards Puzzle. It is the same puzzle but with traditional playing cards instead of Halloween symbols.

If Halloween is near, check out my other Halloween-themed math activities below!

More Halloween Puzzles

Melanie Arazy

Monday 31st of October 2022

Hi! I'd love to see the solutions to the Halloween cards puzzles. I teach 7th grade math in IL. Thanks!