Halloween Reading Comprehension

Free printable reading comprehension short stories for Halloween. Read and test comprehension online or print for offline use. Recommended level: 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Grade and up


The Story of the Jack o' Lantern

Once upon a time in an old village in Ireland, there lived a man named Jack. Jack was so mean that even the Devil didn't like him. Jack kept every penny he had. He never shared.

Jack died on Halloween night. When he knocked on the door of heaven, he was turned away because he was so selfish.

Then Jack went to the Devil's door. Jack was very angry and cried, "Where can I go? How can I see in this darkness?"

The Devil tossed a burning coal into a hollow pumpkin and told Jack to wander forever with only the pumpkin to light his path. From that day he has been called "Jack o' Lantern."

Where did Jack live?
Georgia
Ireland
Scotland
Ireland Which of these words does NOT describe Jack?
mean
selfish
helpful
helpful When did Jack die?
January 1
Halloween
Christmas Day
Halloween What was Jack afraid of after he died?
the devil
pumpkins
the darkness
the darkness What lesson does the story teach?
Mean people carry candles in pumpkins.
No one wants to be with people who are mean and selfish.
Pumpkins are from Ireland.
No one wants to be with people who are mean and selfish. Why is Jack called Jack o' Lantern?
because he makes lanterns
because the Devil named him that
because he walks around forever with a lantern
because he walks around forever with a lantern

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