50 Hallowe'en Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
Free Quiz for All Hallowe'en Parties!
Fun and educational, this Hallowe'en 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 Hallowe'en experts. It's great for seasonal parties!
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Halloween or Hallowe'en?
"Hallowe'en" is the correct spelling of "Halloween", being a contraction of "All Hallow's Eve".
1. On which date does Hallowe’en fall? October 31st
2. What is the word Hallowe’en an abbreviation of? All Hallow's Eve
3. What is a group of witches called? A coven
4. What would you traditionally bob for at Hallowe'en 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 meet in the middle; they have hairy palms and/or a long middle finger; they turn hairy in the 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 cauldron 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
Questions & Answers
What should all Halloween lovers say when knocking on the door?
The call of "Trick or treat" is a fairly modern tradition, originating in America. Other countries have their own traditions, and knocking on doors isn't part of those, necessarily.Helpful 27
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