Trivia quiz questions with answers about Halloween
Halloween Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
What is Halloween?
A: Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.
The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about when?
A: 1745 and is of Christian origin.
The word "Hallowe'en" means what?
A: "Saints' evening".
Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by what?
A: Folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking
countries, some of which are believed to have pagan roots.
Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after what?
A: Supernatural figures such as vampires,
monsters, ghosts, skeletons,
witches, and devils.
Over time, in the United States, the costume selection extended to include what?
A: Popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and
In Ireland Halloween masks are known as what?
A: False faces.
When did costuming become popular for Halloween parties in the US?
A: In the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children.
When did the first mass-produced Halloween costumes appear in stores?
A: In the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.
It is estimated that children have collected how much money for UNICEF since its inception?
A: More than $118 million.
According to a 2018 report from the National Retail Federation, how many Americans will spend money on Halloween costumes for their pets in 2018?
A: 30 million.
The most popular costumes for
pets are what?
A: The pumpkin, followed by the hot dog, and the bumble
bee in third place.
The first recorded purpose-built haunted attraction was what?
A: The Orton and Spooner Ghost House, which opened in
1915 in Liphook, England.
This attraction actually most closely resembles what?
A: A carnival fun house, powered by steam.
It was during the 1930s, about the same time as trick-or-treating, that what first began to appear in America?
A: Halloween-themed haunted houses.
When did haunted houses as a major attraction begin to appear?
A: It was in the late 1950s, focusing first on California.
Sponsored by the Children's Health Home Junior Auxiliary, what opened in
A: The San Mateo Haunted House.
When did the San Bernardino Assistance League Haunted House open?
A: In 1958.
The haunted house as an American cultural icon can be attributed to the opening of what?
A: The Haunted Mansion in
Disneyland on 12 August
Knott's Berry Farm began hosting its own what in
A: Knott's Scary Farm.
Evangelical Christians adopted a form of these attractions by opening one of the first what?
A: "hell houses" in
The first Halloween haunted house run by a nonprofit organization was produced in
1970 by whom?
A: The Sycamore-Deer Park Jaycees in Clifton,
The March of Dimes copyrighted a "Mini haunted house for the March of Dimes" in
1976 and began doing what?
A: Fundraising through their local chapters by conducting haunted houses soon after.
What happened on the evening of 11 May 1984, in Jackson Township,
A: The Haunted Castle (Six Flags Great Adventure) caught fire.
As a result of the fire who died?
A: Eight teenagers perished.
The backlash to the tragedy was a tightening of what?
A: Regulations relating to safety, building codes and the frequency of inspections of attractions nationwide.
The smaller venues, especially the nonprofit attractions, were what?
A: Unable to compete financially.
Facilities that were once able to avoid regulation because they were considered to be temporary installations now had to what?
A: Adhere to the stricter codes required of permanent attractions.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, what entered the business seriously?
A: Theme parks.
On All Hallows' Eve, many Western Christian denominations encourage abstinence from what?
A: Meat, giving rise to a variety of
vegetarianfoods associated with this day.
On Hallowe'en (All Hallows' Eve), in Poland, why were believers were once taught to pray out loud as they walk through the
A: In order that the souls of the dead might find comfort.
In Spain, Christian priests in tiny villages toll their church bells in order to what?
A: Remind their congregants to remember the dead on All Hallows' Eve.
In Ireland, and among
immigrants in Canada, a custom includes the Christian practice of what?
A: Abstinence, keeping All Hallows' Eve as a meat-free day, and serving pancakes or colcannon instead.
In Mexico children make an altar to invite what?
A: The return of the spirits of dead children.
The Christian Church traditionally observed Hallowe'en through a what?
A: A vigil.
Worshippers prepared themselves for what, on the following All Saints' Day with prayers and fasting?
In Finland, because so many people visit the cemeteries on All Hallows' Eve to light votive candles there, they "are known as what?
A: Valomeri, or seas of light".
Today, Christian attitudes towards Halloween are what?
Some Protestant Christians celebrate All Hallows' Eve as what?
A: Reformation Day, a day to remember the Protestant Reformation, alongside All Hallow's Eve or independently from it.
This is because Martin Luther is said to have done what?
A: Nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to All Saints' Church in Wittenberg on All Hallows' Eve.
Often, "Harvest Festivals" or "Reformation Festivals" are held on All Hallows' Eve, in which children do what?
A: Dress up as Bible characters or Reformers.
In addition to distributing candy to children who are trick-or-treating on Hallowe'en, many Christians also provide what?
A: Gospel tracts.
One organization, the American Tract Society, stated that how many gospel tracts are ordered from them alone for Hallowe'en celebrations?
A: Around 3 million.
What do others order to pass out to children on this day?
A: Halloween-themed Scripture Candy.
Some Christians feel concerned about the modern celebration of Halloween because they feel it does what?
A: Trivializes – or celebrates – paganism, the occult, or other practices and cultural phenomena deemed incompatible with their beliefs.
Father Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist in Rome, has said what?
A: "if English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem."
In more recent years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Boston has organized what?
A: A "Saint Fest" on Halloween.
Similarly, many contemporary Protestant churches view Halloween as what?
A: A fun event for children, holding events in their churches where children and their parents can dress up,
play games, and get candy for free.
To these Christians, Halloween holds what?
A: No threat to the spiritual lives of children.
Christian minister Sam Portaro wrote that Halloween is about what?
A: Using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death".
In the Roman Catholic Church, Halloween's Christian connection is acknowledged, and Halloween celebrations are common where?
A: In many Catholic parochial schools.
Many fundamentalist and evangelical churches use "Hell houses" and comic-style tracts in order to do what?
A: Make use of Halloween's popularity as an opportunity for evangelism.
Others consider Halloween to be completely incompatible with the Christian faith due to its what?
A: Putative origins in the Festival of the Dead celebration.
The Eastern Orthodox Church recommends the observance of Vespers or a Paraklesis on the Western observance of All Hallows' Eve, out of the pastoral need to what?
A: Provide an alternative to popular celebrations.
According to Alfred J. Kolatch in the Second Jewish Book of Why, in Judaism, Halloween is not permitted by Jewish Halakha because it what?
A: It violates Leviticus 18:3, which forbids Jews from partaking in gentile customs.
Many Jews observe Yizkor communally four times a year, which is what?
A: Vaguely similar to the observance of Allhallowtide in Christianity, in the sense that prayers are said for both "martyrs and for one's own family".
Reform Rabbi Jeffrey Goldwasser has said what?
"There is no religious reason why contemporary Jews should not celebrate Halloween".
Orthodox Rabbi Michael Broyde has argued against what?
A: Jews observing the holiday.
Jews do have the holiday of Purim, where the children do what?
A: Dress up in costumes to celebrate.
Hindus remember the dead during what festival?
A: The festival of Pitru Paksha, during which Hindus pay homage to and perform a ceremony "to keep the souls of their ancestors at rest".
When is it is celebrated?
A: In the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, usually in mid-September.
The celebration of the Hindu festival Diwali sometimes conflicts with the date of what?
A: Halloween; but some Hindus choose to participate in the popular customs of Halloween.
There is no consistent rule or view on Halloween amongst those who describe themselves as what?
A: Neopagans or Wiccans.
Some Neopagans do not observe Halloween, but instead observe what?
A: Samhain on 1 November.
Some neopagans are opposed to the celebration of Hallowe'en, stating that it what?
A: "trivializes Samhain".
The Manitoban writes what?
A: "Wiccans don't officially celebrate Halloween, despite the fact that 31 Oct. will still have a star beside it in any good Wiccan's day planner.
Starting at sundown, Wiccans celebrate a holiday known as what?
Where does Samhain actually come from?
A: Old Celtic traditions and is not exclusive to Neopagan religions like Wicca.
In Scotland and Ireland, traditional Halloween customs include children doing what?
A: Dressing up in costume going "guising", holding parties, while other practices in Ireland include lighting bonfires, and having firework displays.
In Brittany children would play practical jokes by doing what?
A: Setting candles inside skulls in graveyards to frighten visitors.
Where did mass transatlantic immigration in the 19th century popularize Halloween?
A: In North America.
In the Philippines, during Halloween, Filipinos return to their hometowns and purchase candles and flowers, in preparation for what?
A: The following All Saints Day on 1 November and All Souls Day – though it falls on 2 November, most of them observe it on the day before.
In Mexico and Latin American in general, it is referred to as what?
A: "Día de los Muertos " which translates in English to "Day of the dead".
Most of the people from Latin America construct what in their homes to honor their deceased relatives?
A: Altars and they decorate them with flowers and candies and other offerings.