What’s black and white and read all over? This page chock-full of Thanksgiving riddles! If you’re as into fall and autumnal holidays as we are, then Halloween and Thanksgiving are your jam. And if you also happen to have kids who love things like Thanksgiving jokes, pumpkin puns, and all kinds of fun, then you’re in luck. From head-scratchers to real groaners, we’ve compiled a collection of kid-friendly plays on words that will keep everyone at the kids’ table (including you, if that’s where you sit — no judgment) busy for hours. OK, at least an hour. Read slowly.
If your little ones do happen to blow through the following brain-busters before the tryptophan-induced napping kicks in, don’t worry; we’ve got backup. You can read them some light-hearted Thanksgiving quotes. Or, if you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy another Thanksgiving cupcake, you can print out some turkey coloring pages or fall coloring pages to distract your kiddos (from the fact you’re bogarting the sweets, natch). But these Thanksgiving riddles should buy you some solid time without squabbles.
Thanksgiving Riddles to Keep the Kids’ Table Entertained
- What has feathers and a beak but is dressed?
A Thanksgiving turkey.
- Where do turkeys go to dance?
The Butter Ball.
- At Thanksgiving dinner, which hand should you butter your roll with?
Neither — you should use a knife.
- Which side of a turkey has the most feathers?
- If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?
- When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary.
- What do you get when you have Broom Hilda on the beach with a turkey?
A turkey sand-witch.
- Why did the turkey cross the road?
To prove he wasn’t chicken.
- Why did they let the turkey join the Thanksgiving band?
Because he had the drum sticks.
- What happened to the turkey who got in a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him.
- I can be smashed, baked, carved, and you can see me everywhere on Thanksgiving. What am I?
- When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?
On their feet.
- If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
- What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
- What kind of key has legs but can’t open a door?
- I can be hot or cold and made with fruit, vegetable, or meat. But either way, on a Thanksgiving table, I will be a treat. What am I?
- A pie.
- Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
Because of their fowl language.
- I have ears, but I cannot hear. I have flakes, but I have no hair. What am I?
- What can never be eaten at Thanksgiving dinner?
Thanksgiving breakfast and lunch.
- What do grateful, thankful, wonderful, and joyful have all in common?
They are all stuffed.
- What is brown, big, and red all over?
A turkey with cranberry sauce.
- What do the Pilgrims, Indigenous people, and Puritans have in common?
The letter “i.”
- What do you get when you cross a turkey with a centipede?
Lots of drumsticks.
- Can a turkey fly higher than an ostrich?
Yes, because ostriches don’t fly.
- Pious and devout, I wear black and white clothes and funny hats. I am not a nun nor a priest, but I was an adventurer. Who am I?
- What are unhappy cranberries called?
- You reap what you sow because of this, remove the first three letters, and it becomes an object you can wear. What is it?
- What is that favorite sport of pumpkins and gourds?
- If it took three people four hours to roast a turkey, how long would it take four people to roast the same turkey?
None, the turkey is already cooked.
- It’s a flower, but it doesn’t bloom; it sounds like a month and floats over water. What is it?
- What is hard, oddly shaped, and brings you good fortune on Thanksgiving?
- If the turkey says “gobble, gobble, gobble,” and a peach says “cobbler, cobbler, cobbler,” what would a computer say?
“Google, Google, Google.”
- What are you going to get if you breed a turkey with an octopus?
Eight feather dusters.
- What has feathers, is the star of a November feast, and goes up and down?
A turkey in an elevator.
- What do you call it when it’s raining turkey and birds on Thanksgiving?
- What smells the best every Thanksgiving dinner?
- Most people eat me, and that is no suprise. I taste great as chips, mashed, and also as fries. What am I?
- I spy with my little eye an orange squash that is baked in a pie. What am I?
- Which classic Thanksgiving beverage is considered to be sad?
- If you like sweet side dishes, I will make you a happy fellow, as I have sweet potatoes as well as sugar and marshmallow. What am I?
- You see this festive event along the street on this very special day. For Felix to Mickey Mouse to Dora and Bugs Bunny, all of the people make way. What is it?
The Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- If you want to picture fall, my image would be best. I am a horn that is filled with all the season’s harvest. What am I?
- What sound does a limping turkey make?
- What do you get when you cross a turkey and a monkey?
A banana that gobbles.
- What’s the main difference between Thanksgiving and April Fools’ Day?
On one, you are thankful. On the other, you are prankful.
- What’s always in the middle of every Thanksgiving table?
The letter “B.”
- Why does Little Johnny always get low grades every Thanksgiving?
Because everything is marked down after the holidays.
- It is a kitchen appliance, but it is not trying to boast. In November at Thanksgiving, your delicious turkey is what it roasts. What is it?
- What’s blue and covered with lots of feathers?
A turkey holding its breath.
- What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?
The letter “g.”
- If you feel scared on Halloween and jolly on Christmas, how do you feel on Thanksgiving?
- Why do pilgrims’ pants always fall down?
Because they wear their belt buckles on their hats.
- What do you get when a turkey lays an egg on top of a barn?
- Why did the cranberries turn red?
They saw the turkey dressing.