Halloween Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Updated on October 4, 2017
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Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.

Free Quiz for All Halloween Parties!

Fun and educational, this Halloween quiz offers fifty questions (with answers) about one of Britain's most popular traditional festivals.

From the easy to the tough, this range of puzzling questions should challenge even the most knowledgeable of Halloween experts. Great for seasonal parties!

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1. On which date does Hallowe’en fall? - October 31st

2. What is the word Hallowe’en an abbreviation of? - All Hallows Eve

3. What is a group of witches called? - A coven

4. What would you traditionally bob for at Halloween parties? - Apples

5. Where did bobbing for apples originate? - Ancient Rome.

6 What is the traditional name for a pumpkin with a face carved into it, when it is illuminated from within by a candle? - Jack O' Lantern

7. What were Jack O’Lanterns carved from before pumpkins were used? - Turnips.

8. Which song was a 1973 hit for Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers? (lyric clue: it was a graveyard smash.) - "Monster Mash"

9. Where do real vampire bats live? - North and South America

10. List the signs that someone’s a werewolf.- Their eyebrows meets in the middle; hairy palms, a long middle finger; turn hairy in moonlight.

11. Who wrote the novel “Dracula”? - Bram Stoker.

12. Count Dracula is based on a real person from history - what was his name? - Vlad Dracula, a prince also nicknamed Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler

13. Name the country over which Vlad Dracula once ruled, which still considers him a national hero? - Romania

14. Some people claim to be real vampires: true or false? - True.

15. Hallowe’en was first celebrated by who? - Druids

16. When were Hallowe’en greetings cards first made; 1600s, 1700s, 1800s or 1900s? - 1900s.

17. Who wrote the novel, “Frankenstein”? - Mary Shelley

18. What was Dr. Frankenstein’s first name? - Victor

19. Why did the tradition of fancy dress for Hallowe’en begin? - So that when evil spirits see you, they’ll think you’re one of them and leave you alone.

20. The Celts believed that the lord of the dead travelled the earth on Hallowe’en. What was his name? - Samana or Herne the Hunter

21. What is the traditional name for Herne the Hunter’s shrieking band of witches, goblins and ghosts who ride through the skies on Hallowe’en? - The Wild Hunt.

22. What does the old English word “Hallow” mean? - Saint.

23. By what name is midnight also known? - The witching hour.


24. Who wrote the novel called "The Witching Hour"? - Anne Rice

25. Name Anne Rice’s famous blond, French vampire. - Lestat de Lioncourt.

26. Lambs Wool was once a popular Hallowe’en drink made of milk and crushed, roasted…what? - Apples

27. What do pumpkins grow on - stalks, trees, vines or bushes? - Vines.

28. What is the title of a witch’s pet cat or toad? - A familiar.

29. Shakespeare's three witches from Macbeth were also known as… what? - The Weird Sisters

30. Name the first ingredients which Shakespeare’s witches added to their bubbling cauldron.


Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake.

Eye of newt, and toe of frog/ Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting/ Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble/ Like a hell-broth boil and bubble
.

31. As well as a cauldron, what other magical tools might a witch use? - Wand, broomstick, spell book, herbs, doll with pins in.

32. What is the other, traditional name for a broomstick? - A besom.

33. Where were witches believed to fly to on their broomsticks, on Hallowe’en? - The Grand Sabbat

34. Ghoulies and ghosties and… what… go bump in the night? - Long-legged beasties

35. According to the contemporary witchcraft religion of Wicca, is a male witch known as a wizard, a sorcerer, a witch or a spell-caster? - A witch.

36. Name the famous ghost of Great Windsor Park, who’s most often seen riding through the grounds on Hallowe‘en? - Herne the Hunter.

37. Which country celebrates The Day of the Dead instead of Hallowe’en, which includes the tradition of passing a live person in a coffin through streets?
Mexico

38. Which magical characters must be appeased with offerings of biscuits and a saucer of milk? - House elves

39. Is a banshee likely to: sing, hum, scream or whistle? - Scream

40. What is the traditional Scottish name for Hallowe'en, which derives from the name of Celtic god Samana? - Samhain.

41. Why is it dangerous to step into a fairy ring formed of mushrooms? - The fairies might steal you away.

42. If you’re ever invited inside a fairy mound, what must you never do? - Eat or drink.

43. Who chased Ichabod Crane through Sleepy Hollow? - The headless horseman, the ghost of a Hessian soldier from the American revolution.

44. Christmas is Britain’s most commercially-successful festival. What is the second? - Hallowe’en.

45. What walks abroad on Hallowe’en? - Witches, ghosts, goblins, demons, vampires, the ancestors, the dead (and similar.)

46. To protect yourself from evil on Hallowe’en, what common kitchen ingredient would you carry in your pocket? - Salt.

47. What is the day after Hallowe’en called? - All Souls Day.

48. Name the cakes traditionally baked on All Souls Day. - Soul Cakes

49. Name another traditional Hallowe’en food. - Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup or candied apples.

50. Which are the two colours most often associated with Hallowe’en today? - Black and orange.

© 2010 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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      Jonnyboy 

      9 months ago

      Day after Holloween is All Saints Day, not All Souls.

    • AdeleCosgroveBray profile imageAUTHOR

      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 

      4 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Questions 2, 20, 21, 22, 26, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 40, 47, 48 and 49 all refer to traditional British Hallowe'en customs and issues.

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      Jeremy 

      4 years ago from Grand Blanc, MI

      I was actually hoping to see something a bit more traditional in nature touching on more Samhain references and less... commercially mythical.

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      angrove 

      5 years ago

      number 47 is incorrect. the day after halloween in all saints day, all souls day is the 2nd november according to wikipedia

    • AdeleCosgroveBray profile imageAUTHOR

      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 

      7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      What may seem trivial to some is, however, a deeply sacred festival to others.

      Thanks for dropping by, SJerZGirl.

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      SJerZGirl 

      7 years ago

      Neat list of trivia!

    • AdeleCosgroveBray profile imageAUTHOR

      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 

      7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Thanks for spotting that, Brigid; I've corrected #43 now.

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      Brigid 

      7 years ago

      #43 is incorrect. Ichabod Crane was chased by the headless horseman, he's not the headless horseman. The headless horseman was a Hessian solider in the American Revolution.

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