Halloween Trivia Quiz
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Which colors are particularly associated with Halloween?
The light within
A distinctive Halloween custom is the making of jack-o’lanterns, nowadays usually from pumpkins but originally from neeps (turnips). Which figure from Irish folklore is associated with the origin of the jack-o’lantern?
B) A husband whose demonic mistress turned his wife into a dog
C) A thief who tricked the devil into promising not to claim his soul
D) A warrior who slew a hound of Culann the smith, then took its place
Naming the night
Halloween has a variety of traditional names in the British Isles where the festival originated. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
After the saints
Halloween is also called All Saints Eve (or All Hallows Eve), because November 1 is All Saints Day. The following day, November 2, is also traditionally celebrated in parts of the British Isles. What is it called?
In Mexico, the 1st and 2nd of November (All Saints Day and All Souls Day) are the occasion of a Halloween-flavored celebration called the…
B) Blessed Ghosts of Ancestors Feast
C) Carnival of the Spirits
D) Day of the Dead
Know your barmbrack
Halloween celebrations in Ireland often feature “barmbrack”. What is it?
B) A game in which one must correctly repeat a tongue-twisting song
C) A traditional Halloween fruit bread, often with baked-in objects
D) A berry cordial to be sipped by each guest on entering the house
In the dark
In one popular British Halloween party game, the participants must attempt, while blindfolded, to:
B) Identify each person present by touching only their right hands
C) Navigate an obstacle course quickly and without stumbling
D) Tag the other people in the room, while evading “the Grey Goblin”
Which of the following celebrated poets produced a lengthy poem on the topic of Halloween traditions?
The Village Halloween Parade in New York City’s Greenwich Village is world-famous for its stupendous scale, with fifty thousand performers and two million spectators present. The parade was originated in 1973 by a:
B) Crusading school principal
C) Doctor with a passion for marching bands
D) Drama club for New York police officers
New tricks and treats
Over the years Halloween has inspired not just children, artists and merrymakers, but also American inventors. Three of the following Halloweenish innovations are actual patented inventions. Which one did we make up?
B) A Halloween costume with left and right inflatable heads
C) A scary disembodied hand with a motor to make it wriggle
D) Special pumpkin-carving tools for creating jack-o’lanterns
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