Brace yourselves, Halloween is coming. And with it, among its many undead manifestations, most people’s dormant (and often not even consciously acknowledged) love of trivia. Which is, obviously not a love for trivia itself, but a love of being a witty, pedantic bastard or bastardette whenever possible.
Of course you’re one too. Stop denying it. And instead, channel your (malefic) energies on preparing for the onslaught of Halloween trivia questions and answers you are about to deal with, ranging from Halloween movie trivia questions and answers to candy trivia questions and answers. Exciting, huh? Well, at least you won’t have to prepare for Superbowl trivia questions and answers this time. Probably… Unless you have a fanatic friend who’ll derail your get-together.
Anyway, in this article you’re going to find some information to use for Halloween trivia questions, either to make some questions and answers yourself, or just to help you give the right answers if you’re playing somebody else’s game. Now, if you’re going to conceive a series of Halloween trivia questions for kids, you should do your best to try and find some fun Halloween trivia questions and answers, so as to keep them interested.
However, regardless of whether the Halloween quizzes you’re interested in are adult quizzes or you intend to use Halloween trivia for kids, in both cases, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to make research and write them down yourself (unless you want to, of course). You can just Google “printable Halloween trivia questions and answers” and you’ll probably find something ready-made that suits your needs. Just print it and have fun.
So, some info, in case you do want to make your own Halloween trivia quiz or just want to know the answer to some popular trivia questions.
Let’s start with where Halloween originated. The name itself is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”. And to burst your bubble right from the start, I have to point out that scholars do not agree on its origin. Some say that initially the holiday was known as “Samhain,” a Celtic festival which marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the cold months, while also making the veil between the two worlds be at its thinnest, which meant the dead could walk the earth. Others say that it is a holiday with entirely Christian roots. While others still, claim it has its origins in ancient Roman rituals (the feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or Parentalia, the festival of the dead). So, you might not want to put this into a quizz, as people might raise the debate and object to one answer or another. Or if you do, you could accept all 3 answers…
In any case, remember that the Hallows’ in “All Hallows’ Evening” is more than a subtle hint. It refers to sainthood or being hallowed (sacred or blessed), i.e. “All Saints Eve” (as the holiday is also called sometimes). Logically enough, the day after Halloween is called “All Saints Day”.
The official colors of Halloween are orange and black, orange for the harvest and black for death. And the first instances of people doing the popular trick or treating in costumes (or guises) date to at least the 16th century in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wales, the main reason for this apparently being to keep the dead from recognizing the living or driving them off. This latter goal was/is also why a bell is rung on Halloween.
Before carving pumpkins (which, by the way take between 90 to 120 days to grow!), people carved turnips. And this also has more to do with the Jack O’ Lantern than you perhaps knew. Because the present day Jack O’ Lantern carved from pumpkins is actually a symbol for an old story featuring a thief named Jack who managed to trick the devil not to take his soul. When he died, he wasn’t accepted into heaven and, as the devil couldn’t take his soul either, couldn’t go in to hell as well. So, he was left to wander the Earth after his death forever. As he complained to the devil that he “can’t see”, the devil laughingly threw him an ember to make a lantern. Since Jack had a turnip with him, he carved it so he could place the ember inside. Jack himself became Jack Of The Lantern the eternal wanderer…
As for another creature of the night, the famous Dracula, which has nothing to do with Halloween by the way but people still dress up as him, he has a historical origin. The fictional account that Bram Stoker wrote, which brought Dracula to world fame, was actually based on a medieval ruler of (suprise again) NOT Transylvania, but its neighboring country, Țara Românească (meaning The Land of Romanians). Both regions are part of the territory which is present day Romania, and historically they were two of the 3 main regions that were home to the same people (under various rulers) which would later unite, become Romanians and create modern-day Romania.
That medieval ruler’s name came to be Vlad Țepeș, or Vlad the Impaler, “Spikey” or “Of The Spike” in a loose translation, because he had a very effective way of fighting both internal crime and the Ottoman invaders which were besieging his country: he would impale common criminals or invaders on a stake while they were still alive and watch them slowly hemorrhage to death. And he was so calm and content with this that it is said he would take his meals outside, supervising mass executions and eating happily. Pretty gruesome, right? And fit for Halloween.
But there’s more. His “Spikey” part of the name is (obviously) a nickname he got later in life due to deeds such as this. However, his birth name was Vlad Drăculea. Starting to look familliar? Good. But it’s still not what you think. Despite the word “dracul” meaning “the devil” in modern Romanian, Vlad’s Drăculea name has even more subtle origins, as it means “son of Dracul”. Because his father was named Vlad Dracul. And noooo, it did NOT stand for Vlad the Devil (or in his son’s case, Vlad Son Of The Devil). Dracul, in this particular case, meant “of the Dragon” or “the Dragon”. Because… Vlad Sr. had been inducted into the Order of the Dragon (a military-religious society of that time) and… drum roll, in latin Dragon is Draco, hence all the derivations and deviations discussed so far that led to his son’s name and the subsequent Dracula of Bram Stoker. Talk about a convoluted heritage.
Now for a few fun Halloween facts. The cat costume was the 6th most popular adult costume of 2009. I know… I know.
And speaking of cats, apparently in England (if not anymore, at least in the past) white cats equal bad luck and black cats equal good luck.
Believe it or not, but some people aren’t only afraid of the creatures that come out on Halloween, but also of the holiday itself. This is called Samhainophobia.
The record for the world’s largest pumpkin was broken by Norm Craven in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
If you want to meet a witch, according to tradition, wear your clothes inside out, then walk backwards on Halloween.
A werewolf has tell-tale signs even in human form, namely: a unibrow, a long middle finger, tattoos and hairy palms. Sounds like some geeky pianist metal guys are in for some trouble and mob lynching.