The 2021 Halloween Treasure Hunt is over. Check back next year.

2021 Halloween Treasure Hunt

It’s October, and the Halloween Hunt has returned!

We’ve scattered a collection of jack-o-lanterns around the site. You’ll solve the clues below to find the jack-o-lanterns and gather them all together.

  • Decipher the clues below and visit the corresponding LibraryThing pages to find a jack-o-lantern. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there’s a jack-o-lantern on a page, you‘ll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have a little over one week to find all the jack-o-lanterns (until 11:59pm EDT, Sunday October 31st).
  • Come brag about your collection of jack-o-lanterns (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least two jack-o-lanterns will be awarded a jack-o-lantern badge Badge: .
  • Members who find all 12 jack-o-lanterns will be entered into a drawing for one of five LibraryThing (or TinyCat) coaster sets and stickers. We‘ll announce winners at the end of the hunt.
P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the vulture illustration!
ConceptDawg has made all of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple of years. We like them, and hope you do, too!

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Jack-o-lantern 1

The ghosts go in, the ghosts go out,
The spirits spook and roam about.
This domicile is full of thrills,
Its residents can give you chills.

Jack-o-lantern 2

This novel tells a classic tale,
Through articles, and diaries and mail,
Of an undead creature from the realm of lore,
A deadly Count who comes to England’s shore.

Jack-o-lantern 3

Mystery and horror, poetry and prose,
A raven that comes, but never goes;
Women dying young, and men going mad,
This author’s work is frightening and sad.

Jack-o-lantern 4

Can a veggie be a source of fright?
Does the food you eat come by at night?
One rabbit finds that he is being haunted,
By the very treat he once most wanted.

Jack-o-lantern 5

Beyond the forest lies this land,
Circled round with mountains grand,
Realm of Gana and her witches’ brew,
Its legends speak of nosferatu.

Jack-o-lantern 6

A gross and ugly abomination,
A creature of the imagination,
It comes in every shape and size,
Horrific, whatever be its guise.

Jack-o-lantern 7

A character from both history and lore,
A figure whose story has been told before,
Now this modern novel gives another view,
Of the vampire hunt you thought you knew.

Jack-o-lantern 8

Somewhere in the Pine Tree State,
There is a town with this odd trait:
It is a place of terrors and of traps,
But is not real and can’t be found on maps.

Jack-o-lantern 9

A schoolmaster of a superstitious bent,
Two rivals for Katrina’s marital assent,
A midnight ride over hill and dale,
A headless horseman on the rider’s tail.

Jack-o-lantern 10

From house to house they go at night,
The children out for fun and fright,
The goodies they collect together,
Alas, they will not last forever.

Jack-o-lantern 11

This honor is a prize for fear,
For works of horror and fantastic drear,
It’s handed out by fellow writers,
Who take pains to recognize outsiders.

Jack-o-lantern 12

A little pig who’s full of fun,
A choice of costumes, one by one,
This board book hero’s got to choose,
The spookiest outfit for his use.