Whatever your plans for Halloween this year, we can help you create a fun and spooky atmosphere with an exciting Halloween trivia game with your family and friends. From facts about scarecrows and pumpkin carving to everyone’s favorite Charlie Brown, these Halloween trivia will set a light and deliciously haunted tone for your Halloween reunion.
Test your fellow ghouls and witches to see if they really find out which ghost would haunt the halls of the White House (can you guess?) Impress your friends with your knowledge of Halloween candy and which states have banned certain costumes. You’ll want to continue having fun reciting your favorite witch and vampire quotes and resurrect the Sanderson sisters with a post-quiz Halloween movie night. Maybe even tell some of your best Halloween jokes. Or you can keep the competitive spirit going with a pumpkin carving competition. Either way, we invite you and your Halloween-loving friends to end the evening with a true classic: by robbing your own bowl of candy! Read on to brush up on the most interesting facts about Halloween.
How many pounds of sweet corn are produced each year?
Reply: You might find it hard to believe, but 35 million pounds of sweet corn are produced every year! That’s 9 billion pieces of the tricolor wonders to snack on every Halloween.
Who was the first First Lady to decorate the White House to celebrate Halloween?
Reply: Mamie Eisenhower in 1958. (This 17 x 21 foot jack-‘o lantern is 1993 scenery!)
A master magician …
Which famous magician died (!) On Halloween?
Reply: You might find it hard to believe, but the magician Harry Houdini passed away on Halloween.
Sweets in wartime
What candy was given to soldiers during the Korean War?
Reply: Launched in 1896, Tootsie Rolls were accidentally dropped by US troops in combat during the Korean War. The troops then praised the candy for keeping them fed and even plugging the bullet holes that sealed when they froze in the freezing temperatures.
A stomach ache in the making!
Can you guess how many calories are in an average Halloween bag?
Reply: Prepare yourself: around 11,000! How’s that for the motivation to relax on the first night and put away a few treats later in the week?
And the winner is…
Which country holds the record for the biggest pumpkin of all time?
Answer: Switzerland! Weighing 856 kilograms (just under 2,000 pounds), the pumpkin was grown in 2015 and was not suitable for consumption.
If only I had another name …
Which of the following terms is NOT a term for a scarecrow? Hodmedod, Murmet, Doodle bag, Hay-man, Gallybagger, Tattie Bogal, Mommet, Mawkin, Bwbach.
Reply: Doodle Bag. Which is an English word for a bagpipe. Either way, while the Scarecrow might not have a heart, it does go by a lot of names!
What were the first Jack-o’-Lanterns originally?
Reply: Turnips. Originally from Ireland, people would dig turnips and place a piece of coal in them as a kind of lantern and place it on their doorstep as a guide for poor “Jack”. Jack, according to legend, deceived the devil and was not allowed to enter Heaven or Hell, so he was cursed to wander the earth forever between the two. The Irish then brought this tradition to America and discovered that pumpkins were a much better alternative to turnips, instilling an American fall tradition.
Trick or Treat, feel my feet!
In what century did the tradition of the trick or the treatment begin?
Reply: The American tradition of cheating or treating dates back to the 1920s, but in Europe as early as the 16th century people were known to go door to door on Halloween night asking for food, reciting verses, wearing costumes. and warn of curses if they have not received a warm welcome.
Oh, big pumpkin!
In It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown, who does Linus take for the Great Pumpkin?
Reply: Snoopy. Linus passed out after seeing a dark figure stand up in the pumpkin patch, thinking it was the big pumpkin. Instead, it was just Snoopy, whom Sally sees and gets mad at Linus for making him miss out on all the Halloween fun waiting to be in the pumpkin patch.
Vampires are real
What was Bram Stoker’s original name for Dracula?
Reply: Earl Wampyr. Wampyr is the German word for vampire. Stoker changed the name to Dracula after seeing the name in a book he borrowed from the library during his summer vacation in 1890.
What year will the next Halloween have with a full moon?
Reply: 2039. The previous Halloween with a full moon was right in 2020 and after that year so you will have to wait another 19 years to see another full moon on Halloween night.
Which Halloween radio series caused mass panic on October 30, 1938?
Reply: War of the Worlds. Originally a special Halloween episode of The Mercury Theater on the Air, it was directed and performed by actor Orson Wells who adapted it from the original novel by HG Wells. Whether or not Actually causing hysteria and mass panic is up for debate because apparently there weren’t many listeners.
How many colors of M & Ms are in a normal bag?
Reply: Six. The colors in a regular M & Ms bag are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown. In 1995, consumers were asked to vote on which color they wanted to replace the original beige M&M. Blue won and was introduced later that same year.
What was the first wrapped penny candy in America?
Reply: Tootsie Roll, which was created by Leo Hirschfield in 1907. This lightly cocoa flavored candy was the first mass-produced individually wrapped penny candy in America.
Keep spirits at bay
What do you sprinkle on your doorstep if you want to keep evil spirits out of your home on Halloween night?
Reply: Salt. We’ve all seen Alison wield a container of salt like a weapon to fend off the Sanderson sisters in Hocus pocus and that seemed to do the trick … for a while. But outside of Disney movies, according to tradition, sprinkling salt in a room or around an area can ward off evil spirits who might be trying to harm you. It is a Buddhist tradition that you throw salt over your shoulder to do the same. Either way, a pinch of salt is a small price to pay for a little bit of ghost protection on Halloween … or any night.
What phobia do you suffer from if you have an extreme fear of Halloween?
Reply: Samhainophobia, which is an abnormal and constant fear of Halloween. Be careful, because there is fear at every turn during the month of October. The Halloween season has a habit of stoking even more phobias – the fear of cats (coimetrophobia), clowns (coulrophobia), the spiders (arachnophobia), witches (wiccaphobia), black (nyctophobia), ghosts (phasmophobia) and cemeteries (coimetrophobia).
Not allowed on Halloween
What product is banned in Hollywood for Halloween?
Reply: Stupid chain. Stay away from Hollywood, and Hollywood Boulevard in particular, if you plan to use silly string on Halloween night. A ban on the messy toy went into effect in 2004, due to complaints from business owners, but expect to shell out $ 1,000 in fines if caught with a can in hand or string in. the hair.
In what state is it illegal to dress up as a nun or priest on Halloween?
Reply: Alabama. According to Law Section 13A-14-4:
“Fraudulently pretending to be a clergyman.
Anyone who, in a public place, fraudulently claims by habit or appearance to be a minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy, is guilty of an offense and, on conviction, shall be punished with a fine not exceeding $ 500.00 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or by both such a fine and imprisonment. (Acts 1965, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 273, p. 381; Code 1975, Â§13-4-99.) “
A ghost in the Lincoln room?
What ghost would British Prime Minister Winston Churchill see in the White House?
Reply: Abraham Lincoln, according to a story widely told by Churchill. When he was invited to the White House, Churchill was done with a long bath and was returning to his next room, naked with only his cigar, when he saw Lincoln sitting by the fireplace. Churchill said, “Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to put me at a disadvantage. At which, Mr. Lincoln apparently only smiled and disappeared.
Origin of the name
What does the word “Halloween” mean?
Reply: Holy evening or holy night.
Candy from strangers
How many children have been hurt or injured by poisoned or manipulated candy that strangers gave them on Halloween?
Reply: Zero. We all remember our parents warning us to take candy from strangers, spreading fear with stories of hidden razor blades or poison inside the candy. Apparently, most cases of strangers inserting objects into candy have been very rare and have never resulted in serious injury. Most cases of candy forgery have in fact been committed by family members and blamed on strangers.
How is the “mystery flavor” of Dum Dums lollipops made?
Reply: Rather than cleaning the machines between flavor batches, the company will take the leftover flavor A and the leftover flavor B and combine them to create the mystery flavor. They then use packaging with question marks to signify its mysterious flavor profile.
What is souling and what are people asking for door-to-door?
Reply: Soul-cakes. The tradition of going door-to-door, singing, and collecting soul-cakes (cupcakes to commemorate the dead) began in the 15th century. This activity did not involve any disguise or threat to deceive, but probably influenced our modern tradition of “cheating or dealing”.
If Halloween is the day with the third highest number of parties in the United States, what are the other two days that occupy the top two spots?
Reply: New Years and the Super Bowl. Yes, these other two days attract more parties, but Halloween comes in third.
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